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A high-level workshop on 'Governance and Policy within Mining and Metallurgy EU Regions' will be organised between 14-15 June 2018 at Parque Tecnológico de León in León, Spain. The workshop is organised by partners in the MIREU project and hosted by MIREU partner Fundacion ICAMCyL.
Objectives of the workshop:
- Discuss a European roadmap by exchanging best practices on how to foster sustainable mining by means of a Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS3).
- Set up a European-wide mirror of regions considering mining and metallurgy within their Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS3).
- Create a large-scale demonstrator between EU regions boosting mining and metallurgy, covering everything from primary to end-user applications, to ensure the main industrial value chains’ core of the economic engine.
- Cluster and interlink present EU initiatives on raw materials, mining and metallurgy at regional level.
The workshop will offer key note presentations on current topics within the field of mining and raw materials; case studies of key EU regions with relevant activities in mining and metallurgy; a synergy boot camp; and a networking event.
Please find attached the draft agenda and the invitation.
European Mining Business Forum is an event that is held at the initiative of Bulgarian Mining Chamber from 2010 onwards. It is one of a kind in Bulgaria and the country has a host as one of the European countries with developed mining industry and a significant experience in prospecting and exploration of mineral resources.
EMBF is a platform for discussion, exchange of ideas, solutions and best practices in all aspects of sustainable development in the sector. The forum aims to show the key role, importance and place of the mining industry, to be discussed condition, innovations, policies and the future of this important economic sector of Europe. We are trying to attract more participants engaged in an open dialogue on the most important and topical issues that concern not only the mining industry but also the entire European community.
The forum brings together hundreds of participants from the country and Europe, representatives of:
- European institutions and public administration at the highest level;
- diplomatic representatives;
- scientific and educational institutions;
- employers and professional organizations;
- NGOs in the field of sustainable development;
- mining and servicing the industry companies.
The aim of the seminar should be to define the role of regions in shaping a holistic industrial strategy for the EU, particularly with regard to innovation, digitalisation and global competition. Through a smart, sustainable and inclusive industrial policy, innovative ecosystems are to be promoted in the regions, entrepreneurship encouraged, and jobs created.
Regulatory barriers will need to be dismantled, sustainability ensured, European technological sovereignty preserved and fairness achieved in global competition. To this end, the experience and knowledge of the regions and their proposals for a future EU industrial strategy are indispensable.
The example of Saxony can be used to demonstrate the progress made towards “Industry 4.0” in the fields of microelectronics, e-mobility, material efficiency/resource technologies and advanced manufacturing.
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Markus Reuter, Director-Helmholtz-Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology, will make reference to the MIREU and REMIX projects in his lecture 'No growth without raw materials: Europe must maintain and develop production and recycling technologies' at the ECON External Seminar in Dresden on 2-3 May 2018.
‘Sweet kisses’ from Brussels and Dresden, made by the best chocolatiers, were given to each speaker after their presentations. This selection of Belgian and Saxon pralines illustrates how European regions contribute to Europe´s wealth. However, it is not only the art of fine living that makes Saxony an outstanding region on our continent, but also the diversity in geological resources, entrepreneurship and peoples´ commitment to mining and metallurgy for the past 800 years.
MIREU partner GKZ Freiberg decided to mark the kick-off of the ambitious MIREU project with a conference, which was held on 1 March 2018 at Dresden’s top location: the beautifully restored Taschenbergpalais, located opposite the castle and Semper Opera. For the very first time, a conference brought together all major raw material and associated metallurgy sectors, one of the greatest benefits of connecting with other European regions. Trends ranging from fluorspar mining and fluorine acid production to the current development of Zinnwald´s lithium deposit by Deutsche Lithium AG, which has a strong focus on downstream business, were presented at the conference. The local tin smelter Feinhütte Halsbrücke, one of only four European tin smelters left, which has a strong backward integration to valorise nearby tin-indium-zinc deposit Tellerhäuser in the Saxon Erzgebirge, was equally introduced. This exhibition highlighted current activities that valorise domestic raw material resources, with the holistic approach of closing value chains.
This showcase, illustrating both the partners and aim of the project, inspired more than 130 attendees from all stakeholder groups to join this one-day conference, which was opened by Martin Dulig, the Saxon State Minister of Labor and Economy. In his keynote, he welcomed the project’s opportunities and underlined that the State Government is committed to the aims of MIREU.
However, there are bottlenecks to fully exploit Saxon skills and resources at European scale, such as attracting investments, raising raw material awareness and reducing bureaucracy. The latter is especially a challenge for smelters, which face severe pressure from environmental regulations. Other key questions, which were covered by the presentations, were “What makes investors go to Saxony” and “What makes investors leave Saxony”. A further topic of discussion throughout the conference, was the meaning of aggregate and industrial minerals mining as a contributor to the region’s GDP.
The collaboration between the MIREU partner regions has only just begun. This was underlined in a speech by Michael Tost, representative of the MIREU partner Montan Universität Leoben from Austria, who presented networking opportunities between Styria and Saxony. In fairness, an easy game as the two countries share a long history of collaboration, and as both countries’ people have a preference for something sweet…