The Institute of Geology and Mineral Exploration dismisses up to 210 employees after its merger with other scientific bodies.
According to the announcement of the Minister of Environment and Energy (December 20th 2011), due to reorganization and mergers of public sector scientific organizations, the Institute of Geology and Mineral Exploration (IGME) is reducing its staff level by more than 50%. As such, between 156 and 210 employees will become jobless.
The IGME in its present form was founded in 1976. Its main purpose is the research and study of the geological structure of the country, the identification and assessment of minerals and energy raw materials, research and exploitation of groundwater resources and the assessment of risks from natural disasters. Its aim is to improve quality of life and environmental protection.
IGME is a Legal Entity of Private Law, supervised by the Ministry of Environment and is official state adviser on geo-science, minerals and energy raw materials.