Access to non-European raw materials

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.

Raw Materials Diplomacy