Non-energy raw materials

Non-energy raw materials are an essential part of both high tech products and every-day consumer products, such as houses, automobiles, computers, and mobile phones. European industry needs fair access to raw materials both from within and outside the EU. On the one hand, exploration and extraction are facing increased competition for different land uses and a highly regulated environment. On the other hand, the EU is highly dependent on imports of economically important raw materials which are increasingly affected by market distortions.

On 4 November 2008 the European Commission adopted a new integrated strategy which sets out targeted measures to secure and improve access to raw materials for the EU.

The proposed strategy is based on three pillars:

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The Commission will report to the Council in 2 years on the implementation of the Raw Materials Initiative.

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