The declaration highlights that social dialogue initiatives can contribute to securing responsible and sustainable raw materials from Europe and elsewhere and that they have a role to play in the just transition to a decarbonised economy. The presence of strong and independent social partners and collective bargaining will ensure sustainable extractive industries with good working conditions, a safer and healthier environment, job satisfaction, and decent wages.
In their declaration, the social partners call for:
- Widening the scope from critical to strategic and essential raw materials and renaming to “EU Raw Materials Act” (EU RMA) to reflect the wider scope.
- Ensuring decent work and good working conditions
- Favouring domestic supply through European deposits and circularity
- A clear definition of sustainable and responsible raw materials, including a social pillar and a social partner perspective
- Application of high internally applied and recognised environmental standards for domestic extraction
- Improvement of the communication and effective dialogue around extractive industries activities in order to avoid the negative effect on public opinion by all relevant stakeholders.
- Monitoring and data exchange through an EU Raw Materials Agency/Governance
- Streamlining and speeding up permitting procedures by strengthening and improving administrative capacity, for example through the digitalisation of permitting, increased staffing or one-stop-shops, and not by circumventing environmental and social standards or safeguards.