Main challenges and drivers for industry in exploration and extraction in practice: The industry perspective

The presentation of Thomas Drnek (representing Euromines and RHI AG) at "MIN-GUIDE Policy Laboratory 2" in Leoben, Austria,21 - 22 March 2017.

MIN-GUIDE is a Horizon 2020 project that aims to establish a coherent and innovation friendly minerals policy framework in Europe by developing a Minerals Policy Guide and engaging diverse stakeholders in the mineral sector and related areas.

 

A Quick Guide to Socio-economic Analysis of a Mining/Quarrying Project

One of the most visible economic impacts of mining/quarrying operations on a community is the employment that it generates. 
Employment is generated through the creation of jobs within the mining/quarrying operation itself, for instance during the exploration, mining/quarrying and closure/rehabilitation phases. These jobs are directly related to the mining/quarrying operation. However, there are jobs created outside of the ‘gates’ of a mining/quarrying operation. These are a result of the building of roadways to reach the mine/quarry, the construction of new homes for mines/quarries and their families, and the businesses required to service the families for instance.
The objective is to calculate the total employment generated by the operation

A Quick Guide to Community Development

Sustainable community development programs are those that contribute to the community’s longterm development needs and priorities and ensure a fairer distribution of the costs, benefits, risks and responsibilities associated with mining activities. 

Euromines Newsletter - November 2016

In this issue of Euromines Newsletter you will find the following articles:

  • EIT RawMaterials, a New European Initiative in Raw Materials
  • The EU Copernicus Programme and the Raw Materials Sector
  • Enhancing Implementation and Capacities: The New EU Mining Mentor Centre and Its Objectives
  • METALert – An Emergency Response System for Heavy Metals in the Environment
  • Integrating Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation into the Life-Cycle Management of Mining and Milling Sites
  • LKAB´s Work with Compensation of Natural Resources for the Mertainen Site
  • Green Bridge Competition – Examples of the Best Practices in the Rehabilitation of the Mining Sites in the Czech Republic

A Quick Guide to the EU – Canada Free Trade Agreement

The objective of CETA is to increase bilateral trade and investment flows and contribute to growth in times of economic uncertainty. This is in line with the Europe 2020 strategy to boost growth through external competitiveness and the participation in open and fair markets worldwide. To this end, the EU and Canada achieved the ambitious agreement they wanted, opening up new trade and investment opportunities for economic actors on both sides of the Atlantic. Both sides have also underlined the importance that economic activity takes place within a framework of clear and transparent regulation by public authorities, and that they consider the right to regulate in the public interest within their territories as a basic underlying principle of the Agreement. The EU and Canada are resolved to preserve their ability to achieve legitimate policy objectives, such as public health, safety, environment, public morals and the promotion and protection of cultural diversity.

Evaluation Study to support the Fitness Check of the Birds and Habitats Directives

The study has been prepared by a consortium of ex-perts led by Milieu Ltd and including the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IE-ЕР), ICF International and Ecosystems Ltd.

March 2016

A Quick Guide to an Attractive Investments Framework for Mines and Quarries

The four most important elements:

I.    State strength
A state which is legitimate and capable at all levels (national, regional, and local). 
A government whose policy decisions are credible and broadly accepted and an administrative apparatus that can implement these.

II.    Limits to state strength 
Institutional checks and balances that support the legitimacy of government and the administrative apparatus, and guard against abuse of state power at all levels (national, regional, local).

III.    Compatibility of formal and informal rights, institutions and rules
Legitimacy of formal economic institutions guarding essential necessities of a stable economy (exchange rate, fiscal sustainability).

IV.    Technical capacity of the public sector and decision makers at all levels

A Quick Guide to EU/International Investment Agreements

Investment is a leading source of economic growth, job creation, infrastructure, competition, international trade and innovation. Countries with a high level of investment systematically achieve higher levels of development in more sustainable ways. A central question among policy makers is therefore how to enhance investment? Bearing in mind that investment is triggered and influenced  by multitude of factors, and that international investment agreements (IIAs) are not a substitute for long-term and comprehensive improvements towards a transparent, rules-based pro-business policy environment, they do play a fundamental role by providing an additional layer of security to foreign investors and can thus be an important factor for host countries to attracting incentivize more foreign direct investments (FDI), both in quantity and quality. 

A Quick Guide to a sound National Minerals Policy

National minerals policies that ensure security of supply of important raw materials and ensure the sustainability of the extractive operations as well as their products are crucial to economic policies.

Therefore it is important that each country has such a policy and ensures that it includes considerations and objectives of other relevant policies, such industrial and trade, environment energy and climate change policies, health and safety and consumer protection policies, as well as regional development and employment policies.  However, it is also important that raw material policies are not jeopardised by uncoordinated policy making in the afore-mentioned areas. 

And whilst it is important to update and modernise  raw materials policies and adapt them to developments of the country it should be noted that raw material investments are long-term investments and therefore are sensitive to frequent, quick and unpredicted  changes.

An industry approach to EU Hazard Classification of Ores & Concentrates

The guidance is intended to promote the continued development of sound scientific approaches for the classification of O&Cs and will assist the industry in achieving a harmonised approach to classification and labelling.

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