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Eldorado Announces Approval of the Preliminary Environmental License for the Tocantinzinho Project

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Eldorado Announces Approval of the Preliminary Environmental License for the Tocantinzinho Project18:37 EDT Thursday, September 27, 2012VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 27, 2012) - Paul N. Wright, Chief Executive Officer of Eldorado Gold Corporation (TSX:ELD)(NYSE:EGO) ("Eldorado", the "Company" or "We"), is pleased to announce that the Preliminary Environmental License (PEL) for the Tocantinzinho Project (the "Project") has been granted by the Environmental Council of Para State, Brazil (COEMA). The PEL confirms the environmental feasibility of the Project and allows the Company to apply for the Construction License, the final permit needed for construction of the Project to commence. The PEL was granted after affirmative public hearings were held with the local community and the recommendation for approval of the Environmental Impact Assessment was received from the technical and legal sections of the Environmental Office of Para State (SEMA).The Tocantinzinho Project is a proposed open pit mine with a conventional Carbon in Leach (CIL) milling circuit. The current mine life is 11 years with a 1.9 million ounce proven and probable gold mineral reserve. Eldorado is completing the feasibility study for the project and continues to explore aggressively in the Project area as well as the greater Tapajos region.Eldorado is a gold producing, exploration and development company actively growing businesses in Turkey, China, Greece, Brazil and Romania. With our international expertise in mining, finance and project development, together with highly skilled and dedicated staff, we believe that our company is well positioned to grow in value as we create and pursue new opportunities.ON BEHALF OF ELDORADO GOLD CORPORATIONPaul N. Wright, Chief Executive OfficerCertain of the statements made herein may contain forward-looking statements or information within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements and forward-looking information can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates", or "believes" or the negatives thereof or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements or information herein include, but are not limited, to statements or information with respect to the Tocantinzinho Project.Forward-looking statements and forward-looking information by their nature are based on assumptions and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or information. We have made certain assumptions about the forward-looking statements and information and even though our management believes that the assumptions made and the expectations represented by such statements or information are reasonable, there can be no assurance that the forward-looking statement or information will prove to be accurate. Furthermore, should one or more of the risks, uncertainties or other factors materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in forward-looking statements or information. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, among others, the following: gold price volatility; discrepancies between actual and estimated production, mineral reserves and resources and metallurgical recoveries; mining operational and development risk; litigation risks; regulatory restrictions, including environmental regulatory restrictions and liability; risks of sovereign investment; currency fluctuations; speculative nature of gold exploration; global economic climate; dilution; share price volatility; competition; loss of key employees; additional funding requirements; and defective title to mineral claims or property, as well as those factors discussed in the sections entitled "Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Information Form & Form 40-F dated March 30, 2012. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements or information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements or information contained herein. Except as required by law, we do not expect to update forward-looking statements and information continually as conditions change and you are referred to the full discussion of the Company's business contained in the Company's reports filed with the securities regulatory authorities in Canada and the U.S.Cautionary Note Regarding Mineral Reserves The terms "Mineral Reserve", "Proven Mineral Reserve" and "Probable Mineral Reserve" used in this release are Canadian mining terms as defined in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects under the guidelines set out in the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (the "CIM") Standards on Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves, adopted by the CIM Council on August 20, 2000 as may be amended from time to time by the CIM. These definitions differ from the definitions in the United States Securities & Exchange Commission ("SEC") Guide 7. In the United States, a mineral reserve is defined as a part of a mineral deposit which could be economically and legally extracted or produced at the time the mineral reserve determination is made.Eldorado Gold Corporation's Common Shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:ELD); New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:EGO). Request for information packages: laurelw@eldoradogold.comFOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Nancy WooEldorado Gold Corporation604.601.6650 or 1.888.353.8166604.687.4026 (FAX)nancyw@eldoradogold.comwww.eldoradogold.com