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07 February 2023

Will additional mining be an imperative to support some of the major societal transformations in Europe?

The Critical Raw Materials Act is a European Union (EU) legislation enacted in 2017 to address the supply risks posed by critical raw materials to the EU’s economy and industry. These materials are considered critical as they are essential for the functioning of key industrial sectors such as high-tech, energy, and defense, and their supply is vulnerable to disruptions.  The act aims to secure the supply of these critical raw materials by promoting sustainable sourcing and recycling within the EU, reducing dependence on external suppliers, and improving strategic cooperation between EU countries.

Is mining still a thing in Europe and is the Critical Raw Materials Act be a game-changer for Europe we discussed with Rolf Kuby, Director General of Euromines.

About Rolf Kuby

Mr. Rolf Kuby is the Director General of Euromines. He has an extensive experience in EU public affairs and advocacy. Next to engaging with EU policymakers on behalf of the industry and his active involvement in sustainability strategies, he is also a senior expert in EU Environment, Climate and Energy policies. Mr. Kuby’s most recent roles were Head of the EU Brussels Office of Wirtschaftsvereinigung Stahl and previously Director External Affairs and Head of the EU office at Aurubis.

About Euromines

Euromines is the recognised representative of the European metals and minerals mining industry. The association’s main objective is to promote the industry and to maintain its relations with European institutions at all levels. Euromines provides services to its members with regard to EU policy and serves as a network for cooperation and for the exchange of information throughout the sector within Europe. The association also fosters contacts with the mining community throughout the world.

Euromines represents large and small companies and subsidiaries in Europe and in other parts of the world which provide jobs to more than 350,000 people. Through the activities and operations of these members, more than 42 different metals and minerals are produced. For some metals and minerals, Europe is the world’s leading producer.