Thu, 2013-07-18 10:16

European Minerals Day 2013 – celebrated across Europe creating synergies with EU Horizon 2020

Press Release

Around 30.000 children and adults celebrated the 4th edition of the European Minerals Day on 24-26 May 2013 at their next door quarrying or mining operations, to explore the fascinating world of minerals and discover how essential they are to our daily life. Overall, more than 170 events took place, organised by mineral raw materials producers and national geological surveys at around 113 sites – quarries, mines or plants - in 24 countries all over Europe, and beyond. Through guided visits, visitors got the opportunity to learn more about today's sustainable mining practices, from exploration, extraction, sorting and mineral beneficiation processes, as well as the wide range of end-use applications, as well as good environmental practices. The event reports will be published on

Fri, 2013-03-15 13:29

European Minerals Day 2013

General News

The European Minerals Day aims to raise awareness about the importance of minerals, both in daily life as well as for the European economy as a whole, thereby reaching out to a wide range of stakeholders, from policy makers at EU level and in the Member States to the general public.

The European Commission has chosen the European Minerals Day as its primary platform to communicate about the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials.  The minerals sectors organising this biennial pan-European public awareness raising event much welcome this decision.  

  • On 23-24 May, the Launch Event of the European Minerals Day 2013 will take place in the presence of Commission V-P Antonio Tajani in Vipiteno, Italy.
  • On 24 to 26 May 2013, local communities and children will explore the world of minerals at open day events at quarries, mines and plants across the EU.
  • It is also planned to hold an exhibition and several satellite events hosted by MEPs in the European Parliament (exact date to be confirmed). The main theme is “The European minerals sector – an essential, innovative industry, throughout the value chain”.

The European Minerals Day is organised by European trade federations from the mineral raw material industry and related organisations, currently CEMBUREAU, EuroGeoSurveys, EuroMetaux, Euromines, EUSalt and IMA-Europe as well as the research platforms ETP SMR. Other sectors are most welcome to join the initiative.

If you wish to read more about European Minerals Day please visit its website:

Mon, 2013-03-04 16:01

European mineral potential presented at PDAC 2013

Press Release

4th March 2013,Toronto: “New mines in the old World”.

At a two-day course, organized by a new pan-European research and industry collaborative body, European Ore Deposit Initiative (EODI), an overview of the metal endowment of the “Old World” of Europe was given. Held on 1st and 2nd March 2013 under the chairmanship of Prof. Herrington, Natural History Museum of London, over 60 geologists and exploration managers discussed a range of European mineral deposits and their future mining potential.

Wed, 2013-02-13 12:45

EC: Reducing the EU's dependency on raw materials: EIP launched

General News

On the 12th February 2013 the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on raw materials was officially launched by European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani. On this occasion a press conference took place in Brussels and the memorandum was issued (Please see the attached file).

The press conference was followed by the 1st High Level Steering Group Meeting. Dr. Corina Hebestreit participated in the meeting. The specific report from Euromines will follow.

Euromines Policy Committee is following the whole issue and is preparing the inputs and positions.

Fri, 2012-12-14 09:45

ICMM report on leading indicators for occupational H&S

General News

ICMM launched a report on leading indicators for occupational health and safety in the mining industry.

"Leading indicators are used to measure the direct and indirect precursors that lead to incidents; providing an opportunity for preventative action to be taken," said ICMM's René Aguilar at the ICMM Health and Safety Conference in Santiago, Chile. This is in contrast to lagging indicators which are used after an incident has occurred.

Thu, 2012-12-06 13:09

A Swedish and Polish Contribution to the Raw Materials Initiative

Press Release

The conference on Swedish and Polish Contribution to the EU Raw Materials Initiative was held in Brussels on 27 November 2012. It was organized by KGHM Polska Miedź, LKAB, ZGH Bolesław and Boliden with the support of Euromines. It was held under the auspices of Permanent Representation of Sweden & Republic of Poland to the EU. More than 50 participants attended. 

Fri, 2012-11-02 17:19

Mining & Tourism: Conference Press Release and Limassol Declaration

Press Release

Regions in the forefront: Raw Materials & Tourism 2012

01 November 2012

With the support of the Geological Survey Department and Mines Service of Cyprus, Euromines - the European Association of Mining Industries Metal Ores & Industrial Minerals - organized an international conference entitled ‘Regions in the Forefront: Raw Materials & Tourism 2012’ with high level participation from the European extractive industry, governmental institutions, geological surveys and academia across Europe. The conference took place on 30th and 31st October in Limassol  (Cyprus) and it was an official conference of the Cypriot Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Conference was under the auspices of the Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment of Cyprus, Mr. Sofoklis Aletraris.

Thu, 2012-11-01 11:25

ICMM has launched new series of publications

General News

Mining has a growing role in economic development and poverty reduction

London, UK, 17 October 2012

ICMM has launched two landmark publications - “The role of mining in national economies” and “Trends in the mining and metals industry”.

The publications are the fourth and fifth releases in an on-going series focusing on mining's contribution to sustainable development. The series has been commissioned by ICMM to spark a constructive dialogue about the key issues the mining industry faces. It seeks to set out some of the more important benefits, costs, risks and responsibilities related to mining and metals in today’s world.

Mon, 2012-07-30 15:56

I2Mine Press Release

General News

Funding has been secured from the European Commission 7th Framework Programme for the I2Mine project, an initiative focused on the technological challenges the mining industry is currently facing including the exploitation of ever deeper deposits and the aspiration for an invisible, safe, zero impact mine.  The project will be carried out by a consortium of 26 companies and academic institutions from 10 European countries led by LKAB from Sweden over a period of 4 years.

Tue, 2012-05-29 14:58

Raw Materials Initiative - Pilot Action

General News

A consortium, led by TNO (and as partners Euromines, d’Appolonia, BRGM, Ifremer, NTUA, the University of Leoben, CIKTN) (and endorsed by the ETP-SMR) has been tasked by the EC to collect information and suggestions on innovative technologies and pilot plants throughout the EU-27, and propose criteria and indicators to come to a prioritization among these suggestions. This will support the ambition of the EIP on Raw Materials to target  10 innovative pilot actions along the whole raw materials value chain. Yesterday, an invitation to participate in a web-based questionnaire was issued to a long list of industry associations and European Technology Platforms, with the request to distribute the information about this questionnaire to their members and associates.