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Critical raw materials

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Enterprise & Industry online magazine.
A vast array of raw materials, including minerals and ‘high-tech metals’, play a key role in the development of industrial applications and advanced consumer products. According to a recent report by an expert group in the framework of the EU Raw Materials Initiative, Europe is in a vulnerable position when it comes to securing its supply of some of these raw materials: out of 41 minerals and metals analysed, the experts labelled 14 as critical. The results of the report will be used in the drafting of strategies to ensure access to raw materials which the European Commission will present in autumn 2010.

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Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry, 'Metals, Minerals, Raw Materials' Unit entr-metals-minerals-raw-materials@ec.europa.eu

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