European extractive industries towards just transition: critical raw materials’ sustainable mining in Europe

When: Tuesday, November 16, 2021 – 15:00 to 16:30
Where: Hybrid event, Rue d’Arlon 80 – 1040 Brussels

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Strategic raw materials are vital for key industrial value chains in Europe and essential for the manufacture of green technologies that will enable Europe to meet its climate objectives. This event will be aimed at presenting the challenges of European extractive industries in sourcing sustainable raw materials for the Green Deal. We will specifically discuss how European domestic mining can help in improving the sustainability of critical raw materials sources for Europe and which are the challenges related to that.

By exchanging on best practice experiences of mining in Europe, speakers will also raise their views on what can be improved from a regulatory and technological perspective. The event will see the presence of MEPs Hildegard Bentele and Erik Bergkvist, Judith Kirton-Darling from industriAll European Trade Union, Mark Rachovides from Euromines and Julia Poliscanova from Transport and Environment. The event will be introduced by two keynotes speech from Maive Rute, Deputy Director General for DG GROW and Bernd Schäfer, CEO EIT RawMaterials.


  • Joaquim Nunes de Almeida, Director, Ecosystems IV: Mobility & Energy Intensive Industries, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Bernd Schäfer, CEO EIT RawMaterials


  • Hildegard Bentele, Member of the European Parliament
  • Erik Bergkvist, Member of the European Parliament
  • Judith Kirton Darling, Deputy General Secretary IndustriAll European Trade Union
  • Julia Poliscanova, Senior Director Vehicles and Emobility at T&E Transport and Environment
  • Mark Rachovides, President Euromines

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