Heidi Johansson

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The MIREU partner regions Lapland, North Karelia, Castilla y León, Sterea Ellada and Västerbotten have together with the region of Kainuu (FI) and the region of Asturias (ES) partnered up in a Smart Specialisation partnership, focusing on the mining industry, related industries and services and global value chains. The partnership falls under the Smart Specialisation Platform for Industrial Modernisation and was officially announced at the 9th REMIX Peer Review Visit, which took place in March in Joensuu, Finland. The background for this partnership can be found in the projects REMIX and
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For its 9th and last Peer Review Visit, the REMIX project headed towards the North to the city of Joensuu, Finland, in mid-March. The visit was hosted by Business Joensuu and the Regional Council of Lapland and included both a deep-dive into the mining and metallurgy industries at national and regional level, as well as visits to local metallurgy and mining actors. The new Smart Specialisation partnership on mining industry and global value chains, supported by a number of REMIX and MIREU regions, was also officially launched during the Peer Review Visit. The first day of the visit kicked o
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Mining Investment Europe is a strategic mining conference and exhibition for the leaders of the mining, quarrying and construction materials industries, bringing together 250 attendees from 20 countries. Mining companies, investors, governments and service providers travel from all over Europe, Middle East, Asia and North America for two days of partnering, networking and business matching. Mining Investment Europe welcomes global miners, entrepreneurs, financiers, investors, government leaders, technical experts and innovators under one roof ​wanting to enter, expand and develop the
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The conference will tackle the challenges faced by the raw materials sector in Europe, find inspiration in smart and green innovations presented by successful business practitioners, and debate on the currently observed development trends and possible scenarios for the future of the European raw materials industry. More information on the conference and registration is available here.
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The MIREU project recently organised a high-level workshop on ‘Governance and Policy within Mining and Metallurgy EU Regions’, which was hosted by our project partner ICAMCyL in León, Spain. The workshop gathered regional authorities from several European regions and experts in the field of raw materials and mining, to discuss the future of mining and metallurgy in Europe. The workshop kicked off with a welcome by the Mayor of León, Antonio Silva, followed by interventions from the Governor of Lapland, Mika Riipi, as well as the President of the Council of León and the Director Gener
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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) launched in 2017 a project to develop recommendations for improving and supporting the implementation of better regional development policies in a mining and extractives context, and to increase the collaboration and knowledge sharing among mining regions and cities. As the objectives of the OECD project play well into the objectives of MIREU, the two decided to partner up and join forces! Ilari Havukainen from the Regional Council of Lapland represented MIREU together with Ilkka Nykänen from Business Joensuu at the 2nd OECD
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The MIREU project has since the start collaborated closely with its sister project REMIX (Interreg Europe). The two projects do not only share eight partners but are also closely linked through their objectives and ambitions. Both projects put great emphasis on the need for European mining and metallurgy regions to collaborate and to map synergies between themselves to improve the conditions for the raw materials industries both within the regions and on an EU level. Several MIREU project partners have participated in the REMIX Peer Review Visits, which have taken place in the participating
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The EU Raw Materials Week is the annual event organised by the European Commission in Brussels, where the raw materials community comes together to take part of the latest news on raw materials in the EU and to discuss and exchange on relevant issues. Several MIREU project partners participated in the sessions, which covered a broad range of topics related to raw materials, either as panellists, presenters, moderators or participants. The presentations of the MIREU partners did not only contribute to great discussions, but they also showcased the vast knowledge and expertise that is present wi
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This year's PDAC is organised between 3-6 March at the Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada.  The World’s Premier Mineral Exploration & Mining Convention is the leading convention for people, companies and organisations in, or connected with, mineral exploration. In addition to meeting over 1,000 exhibitors, 3,500 investors and 25,600 attendees from 135 countries, you can also attend technical sessions, short courses and networking events. The four-day annual convention held in Toronto, Canada, has grown in size, stature and influence since it began in 1932 and
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The 5th REMIX Project Meeting will be organised between 12-14 March 2019 in Joensuu, Finland. Visit the REMIX website for more information!
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Heidi Johansson

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 776811 — H2020-SC5-2017.