Of course, the access to raw materials from other parts of the world is seen as equally important and here in particular the EU wishes to ensure that environment, health and safety aspects of the extraction and processing of the raw materials will be assured.
Hence the debate is not just about easy, cheap access by eliminating trade and export restrictions from certain countries, but about ensuring the access to “sustainably produced” raw materials.
In this context, the EU is undertaking new cooperation with raw material rich countries in Africa and Latin America.
EU-Africa cooperation on Raw Materials:
EU-AU Joint Session on Infrastructure for the Raw Materials Sector
Crans Montana Forum on Africa & South-South Cooperation
EU-Chile, Brazil, Argentina cooperation