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Eldorado Announces Start-up of the Efemcukuru Gold Mine in Turkey

Jun 30, 2011

VANCOUVER, BC - Paul N. Wright, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eldorado Gold Corporation ("Eldorado" the "Company" or "we") is pleased to announce the start-up of the Efemcukuru gold mine in Izmir, Turkey. The necessary permits are in place to allow full mining and processing operations, and low grade ore is currently being fed to the mill. Mining activities continue in the South Ore Shoot, and approximately 16,000 tonnes at 10.5 g/t Au have been stockpiled at the plant site. At full production, Efemcukuru will produce 120,000 ounces of gold per year and Eldorado is currently studying the potential to bring the operation up to 150,000 ounces per year.

In addition, we are very pleased to announce that the Kisladag Mine achieved a significant milestone in May of this year, having produced over one million ounces of gold since the project started in 2006.

"We are extremely proud of these two achievements, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank our employees in Turkey and Canada for their hard work and perseverance", said Paul Wright, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eldorado Gold. "Kisladag has been the cornerstone of the Company, and the fact that it has now produced over 1,000,000 ounces of gold at cash costs of approximately $285 per ounce is a testament to the quality of this operation.

The successful start-up of Efemcukuru is the result of years of hard work. This high grade operation will contribute low cost ounces and help ensure that Eldorado remains in the industry's lowest quartile of production cash costs."

Eldorado is a gold producing, exploration and development company actively growing businesses in Turkey, China, Brazil and Greece. With our international expertise in mining, finance and project development, together with highly skilled and dedicated staff, we believe that Eldorado is well positioned to grow in value as we create and pursue new opportunities.


"Paul N. Wright"

Paul N. Wright
President and Chief Executive Officer


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Eldorado Gold Corporation's shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: ELD) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: EGO). Our Chess Depositary Interests trade on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX: EAU).


Krista Muhr, VP Investor Relations
Eldorado Gold Corporation
Phone: or 1.888.353.8166
Fax: 604.687.4026
Email: kristam@eldoradogold.com

1188, 550 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2B5
Website: www.eldoradogold.com

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