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  • Raw materials
  • Mining
  • Environment

EIT Raw Materials

EIT Raw Materials has the ambitious vision of turning the challenge of raw materials dependence into a strategic strength for Europe. Its mission is to boost the competitiveness, growth and attractiveness of the European raw materials sector via radical innovation and entrepreneurship.



European Technologie Platform on Sustainable Mineral Resources
Mineral resources are crucial for the competitiveness and innovation of the European economy. The minerals industry, comprising producers and users of industrial minerals and metals, aggregates and ornamental or dimensional stone, oil, gas and derivates, as well as coal and by-products, provides vital inputs to Europe's economy and social well-being. Because of their great diversity, minerals and their derived products are necessary for almost every aspect of life.


IMA Europe, the Industrial Minerals Association

Europe IMA-Europe is an umbrella organisation which brings together a number of European associations specific to individual minerals: Calcium Carbonates (GCC/PCC), Dolomite, Andalusite, Bentonite, Borates, Diatomite, Feldspar, Kaolin, Lime, Mica, Plastic Clays, Sepiolite, Silica, Talc, Vermiculite. Together, IMA-Europe's associations represent over 500 companies in 28 countries.



EUROMETAL is by far the most relevant and largest network of Steel Traders, Flat Service Centers and Steel Stockholders in Europe.

EUROMETAL’s mission is to know all there is to know about steel and the steel industry.

We bring together the people who matter in the European steel business so that they can exchange their knowledge and experiences for the benefit of the whole European industry in the context of an increasingly difficult global environment.



Eurometaux is the Brussels-based association servicing and representing the European non-ferrous metals industry.

Eurometaux constitutes the interface between the European non-ferrous metals industry and the European authorities and international or intergovernmental bodies. It is committed to establishing dialogue with the latter in order to ensure early consultation in all fields of policy and legislation that may affect industry and to asserting the sector's views and positions in this respect. It asserts the contribution of the European industry and its products to sustainable development, as well as this industry's views and positions, whenever the opportunity to do so arises across all sectors of society. In doing so, Eurometaux is the industry's voice on all regulatory matters.


Euromines, European Association of Mining Industries, Metal Ores & Industrial Minerals

Euromines is the recognised representative of the European metals and minerals mining industry. The association's main objective is to promote the industry and to maintain its relations with European institutions at all levels. Euromines provides services to its members with regard to EU policy and serves as a network for cooperation and for the exchange of information throughout the sector within Europe. The association also fosters contacts with the mining community throughout the world.

Euromines represents large and small companies and subsidiaries in Europe and in other parts of the world which provide jobs to more than 350,000 people. Through the activities and operations of these members, more than 42 different metals and minerals are produced. For some metals and minerals, Europe is the world's leading producer. 

Euromines provides a formal platform in which the members evaluate the impact of European and International policies and legislation on the industry and define common positions and actions.



The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.


European IPPC Bureau (EIPPCB)

The European IPPC Bureau is part of the Sustainable Production and Consumption Unit of the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS). The IPTS is one of the seven scientific institutes of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC).

The European Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Bureau (EIPPCB) was set up in 1997 to organise an exchange of information between Member States, industry and non-governmental organisations promoting environmental protection on Best Available Techniques (BAT), associated monitoring and developments in them. 


EuroGeoSurveys (EGS)

EuroGeoSurveys (EGS), The Geological Surveys of Europe, is a not-for-profit organisation representing 37 National Geological Surveys and some regional Surveys in Europe, an overall workforce of several thousand experts.

EuroGeoSurveys members, the National Geological Surveys, are public sector institutions carrying out operations and research in the field of geosciences. These organisations have a long tradition, in many cases more than 100 years, in collecting data, preparing information and conducting research focused on their national subsurface. 


European Environment Agency

The European Environment  Agency (EEA) is an agency of the European Union. Our task is to provide sound, independent information on the environment. We are a major information source for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy, and also the general public. Currently, the EEA has 33 member countries.


UNECE, UNFC and Resource Classification

United Nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources (UNFC) - a universally acceptable and internationally applicable scheme for the classification and reporting of fossil energy and mineral reserves and resources.