Greek Presidency Conference

Maximising value – Invitation to Athens

It is a great pleasure for Euromines to invite you to the Raw Materials High Level Conference:

“Maximising value: The Importance of the extractive industry to growth in the EU economy and its regions”

The event will be held on the 20th of June 2014 at the Megaron Conference Centre, Athens, Greece.

Please visit conferennce website to see the agenda, speakers and register.

The conference is included in the official programme of the Greek Presidency of the EU and is fully endorsed by the Greek Ministry of Environment Energy and Climate Change.

Minerals and metals are essential to industrial production processes and every day products. They have always been an integral part of our everyday life. Minerals and metals are vital to development our quality of life and sustainable communities.

Mining is a fundamental industry to Europe, providing the material base for many other European business and industrial sectors:

Construction, chemicals, automotive, aerospace, machinery and the equipment sectors, which together provide a total value added of €1,324 billion and employment for some 30 million people, all depend on access to raw materials.

The ultimate aim of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials is to help raise industry's contribution to EU GDP to around 20% by 2020. It will also play an important role in meeting the objectives of the flagship European Commission initiatives ‘Innovation Union’ and ‘Resource Efficient Europe’. It will do this by ensuring the sustainable supply of raw materials to the European economy whilst increasing benefits for society as a whole.

Securing reliable and undistorted access to raw materials is of continuing concern both within the EU and globally. As a consequence, the Raw Materials Initiative was instigated to manage responses to raw materials issues at an EU level. At the heart of this work is defining what are the critical raw materials that have high economic importance to the EU combined with high risk associated with their supply. The conference aims to discuss these issues and share the views of the European Commission, Member States, industry CEOs and other stakeholders.

The conference will also examine the development of the 2nd Pillar of the Raw Materials Initiative. There remain a large number of valuable raw materials deposits in Europe. Their sustainable exploitation can increase Europe’s supply of mineral resources, help to ease imports from third countries that may apply lower environmental, corporate and social standards, foster the growth of Europe’s Regions as well as provide raw materials that are crucial for the competitiveness of several industries and the development of green technologies.

The European mining industry carries out its activities in a highly-regulated and ever-evolving EU regulatory framework and, despite fierce and, sometimes, unfair international competition. We promote the implementation of best practices for the continuous improvement of the industry’s high environmental as well as health & safety performances and for the well-being of local communities benefiting from our activities.

It is in the mining regions where both local traditions and political ambitions meet European strategies and legislative challenges. While the origins of change are global, its impacts are regional and local. This means that the mining regions have to come up with manageable and competitive solutions, which also are sustainable environmentally, socially and economically. This is a challenging task.

Many of the European mining regions are facing the same challenges; applying a high number of EU regulations, the need of exchange of information on European and regional level, the need for a closer interaction between companies and regional actors, and finding solutions for sustainable growth in the regions.

The extractive industry can play a central role in community development by acting as a catalyst for positive change in areas that may otherwise have little if any opportunities for economic and social development. This is especially true in situations where mining can be a catalyst to help to build up other (non-mining) sustainable income sources in the areas where tmines are located so that communities are able to develop beyond the exhaustion of ore reserves and the closure of the mining operation.

New EU policy initiatives deserve our participation and support. We must be part of shaping their outcomes. Innovation, research and resource efficiency are themes at the core of what we do. We are long-term investors, creating jobs and skills and paying taxes, often in the regions of Europe that need them most.  The conference will provide a platform to discuss these and other crucial issues with our most relevant counterparties and partners.