A new publication “Implementing the EIP on Raw Materials in selected EU Member States” prepared by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in close cooperation with other partners, namely Euromines, IndustriAll, EURACOAL and the European Commission has just been published. The publication summarizes the work done in 2015 when the European Economic and Social Committee’s Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) decided to hold four round tables – in Spain, Slovakia, Romania and Finland.
The aim of our round-tables is to also fulfil the mandate set by the European Commission for consultation and participation of civil society and social partners on the implementation of these initiatives.
Topics addressed in the round-table discussions included:
- Production, trade and consumption of energy and non-energy raw materials;
- Political, legal, administrative and societal challenges related with the secure access to raw materials from EU sources
- Secondary raw materials and aspects related to the concept of “circular economy”;
- Health and Safety issues.
The objective of the round-table debates was to link the Member States’ economic and industrial policy along the value chain from raw materials to end-products and to develop strategies and overcome obstacles to maintain a well-functioning European industrial fabric by improving investment conditions and creating new jobs.
The activities carried out in partnership in 2015 were greatly appreciated by the representatives of the two sides of industry and government institutions, which is why in the coming period, we will look into the possibility of holding similar events in other EU countries.
We hope you will find this publication interesting and useful.