The growing global economy is putting significant pressure on the competitive situation of EU manufacturing industries and raises questions over costs and security of access to primary and secondary non-energy raw materials. The situation calls for an integrated policy which covers trade, development, environment, external relations, research and industrial policies.
A Commission Staff Working document on the competitiveness of the EU non-energy extractive industry of 4 June 2007 analysed the availability of non-energy raw materials within the EU. It also examined the different drivers of a competitive extractive industry in Europe.
As a next step, the Commission is preparing a Communication which is expected to be finalised in the second half of 2008, setting out a European strategy on non-energy raw materials.
In preparation of the Communication, the Commission services invited stakeholders to give their opinion, until 24 March 2008 on the issues and policy options raised in a background paper.
Below you fill find the summary of the replies to the online questionnaire.
In addition, we have also published a number of individual position papers , as authorised by the respondents.