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EUROPEAN MINERALS FORUM : VERHEUGEN SETS OUT RAW MATERIALS INITIATIVE TO INDUSTRY.

Enterprise Commissioner Gunter Verheugen set out to industry the European Commission's raw materials initiative at the European Minerals Forum, on 26 November. Parallel to increased worries about security of energy supply, the EU is now calling for a European strategy for security of supply of raw materials. Industry fears competitive disadvantage if there is no secure access to critical raw materials, generally limited to a small number of countries. Verheugen's strategy, presented on 4 November, aims to improve access to raw materials on world markets, to foster the right framework for sustainable supply of raw materials from EU sources and to increase resource efficiency and promote recycling in the EU.

Thierry Salmona, president of the Industrial Minerals Association (IMA) Europe, stressed the significance of raw materials. "The construction, chemicals, automotive, aerospace and machinery sectors, which provide a total added value of 1,324 billion and 30 million jobs all depend on access to raw materials," said Salmona. He called for greater recognition to be given, not just in terms of security of supply but also environment. Salmona also announced plans for the second European Minerals Day 2009, to be held from 15-17 May 2009(1). "The 2009 European Minerals Day is an excellent way to inform, educate and enthuse European citizens about the importance of the minerals sector in providing raw materials that are essential for so many everyday products," said Verheugen.

(1) aSee www.mineralsday.eu

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