Editorial - From Policy To Practice

Continued policy support from Brussels has found its way into many Member States’ and industry activities in the past two to three years. Efforts by all parties to riase awareness have given a new stimulus to research and projects that have been on-going for some time as well as providing the ground for new projects

The importance of the extractive industry for growth in the EU

Part of the program of the Hellenic Presidency and fully endorsed by the Greek Ministry of Environment and Climate Change this conference aimed at discussing issues such as the definition of the critical economic importance of raw materials to the EU, combined with the high risks associated with their supply.

Bulgaria - Recognizing the importance of mineral resources

The Mineral Resources Industry is an important strategic sector in the economy of Bulgaria. It is the basis of all other industries and an important factor for economic stability and energy independence in the country.

Bulgaria occupies a leading position in European mining, ranking second in gold and third in copper production on the continent. In terms of the production index per capita, the country complies with the definition of "mining country", with an indicator above the global average.

Supplying much of Europe’s REE needs – promising Swedish deposits

The supply uncertainty experienced by consumers of critical metals has been on the public and political agenda since 2010, when the rare earth element (REE) crisis demonstrated the fragile nature of the current REE supply chain, built as it is upon an unsustainable Chinese monopoly.  Continued global political tensions and instability have ensured that the desire for energy and resource independence has remained topical.

From policy to practice? – Tungsten in the UK

Recently much has been written and debated about mineral supply policy, particular for important industrial and metal mineral resources (sometimes termed ‘critical minerals’ or ‘strategic minerals’), to the economy of the UK and the EU.  Concern as to the future security of commercial supply of such mineral resources is now widely acknowledged.

Portuguese Best Practice in land planning and minerals policy

The European Commission selected this year three examples from Portugal to include in a brochure with twenty five good practices cases in Europe in the raw materials sector.

From Policy to Practice – The Austrian Minerals Strategy

Austria’s industry is – in many areas - heavily dependent on raw materials. As the limitations of access to raw materials become tighter and tighter – on the world-market as well as from domestic sources within the EU - it becomes more and more important to ensure or at least to improve the supply for the Austrian economy.

No Net Loss - Where to Next?

Over the last couple of years, no net loss policy (relating to biodiversity and ecosystems) has gathered ground at EU level.  Initiatives in this field include a European Commission Working Group, and a study entitled Policy options for an EU No Net Loss Initiative (published in 2015).  The Working Group (which ran in 2012 and 2013) gathered together industry, NGOs and Member State representatives, culminating in the publication of several documents compiling the views of the different stakeholders.

Bringing nature back into the mine

The extractive sector is of vital importance for human well-being and growth, as it produces products which cover basic needs of modern society. However, by its nature it affects the environment causing visual disturbance. A core element of S&B’s public environmental policy since 2006 is land reclamation. Conserving and restoring biodiversity constitutes one of the basic targets of rehabilitation processes followed by the Company, as well as development of post mining land uses.