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17 June 2010

Report forecasts shortages of 14 critical mineral raw materials
mine © Lee Prince

Raw materials are an essential part of both high tech products and every-day consumer products, such as mobile phones, thin layer photovoltaics, Lithium-ion batteries, fibre optic cable, synthetic fuels, among others.



But their availability is increasingly under pressure according to a report published today by an expert group chaired by the European Commission.



In this first ever overview on the state of access to raw materials in the EU, the experts label a selection of 14 raw materials as �critical� out of 41 minerals and metals analysed.



The growing demand for raw materials is driven by the growth of developing economies and new emerging technologies.



The list was established in the framework of the 2008 EU Raw Materials Initiative1 in close cooperation with Member States and stakeholders.



The results of the report will be used for the drafting of a forthcoming communication on strategies to ensure access to raw materials which the Commission will publish in autumn 2010.



The expert group considers that 14 raw mineral materials are critical for the European Union: Antimony, Beryllium, Cobalt, Fluorspar, Gallium, Germanium, Graphite, Indium, Magnesium, Niobium, PGMs (Platinum Group Metals), Rare earths, Tantalum and Tungsten.

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Vice-President

Antonio Tajani

Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship

"Today�s report provides very valuable input for our efforts to ensure that access to raw materials for enterprises will not be hampered. We need fair play on external markets, a good framework to foster sustainable raw materials supply from EU sources as well as improved resource efficiency and more use of recycling. It is our aim to make sure that Europe�s industry will be able to continue to play a leading role in new technologies and innovation and we have to ensure that we have the necessary elements to do so"

Vice-President A. Tajani website

Vice-President Antonio Tajani - Commissioner for Enterprise & Industry
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Electrical vehicles: car safety and type-approvals

 
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The European Commission proposed today to ensure that electric cars placed on the European market are safe and that consumers are protected against direct contacts with parts of the car under voltage. These measures will speed up the introduction of safe electric cars which have strong potential for reducing CO2 emissions.

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CE marking makes Europe's market yours

 
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Under the slogan "CE marking makes Europe's market yours!", the European Commission is carrying out an information campaign on the CE marking. The marking signals that a product is in compliance with all relevant EU legislation, making it eligible to be marketed and sold throughout the EU. By affixing the CE marking on a product, a manufacturer is declaring, on his sole responsibility, conformity with all relevant legal requirements.

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Space applications: a market for the taking

 
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The European Commission's Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Applications Action Plan adopted today aims to place European industry in pole position to take full advantage of the global downstream market worth about �100 billion in particular by using its own satellite navigation programmes, Galileo and EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System).

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Small Businesses: Better policy support for EU�s job engine

 
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With the onset of the economic crisis in 2008, a positive development of small and medium enterprises (SME) has come to a halt. Between 2002 and 2008, SMEs in the EU turned out to be the most important European Economy job engine. Selected key facts describing the national SME sector are provided. Member States have undertaken many relevant policy actions, but much more needs to be done.

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Boosting competitiveness and innovation, � 324 million for space and security research

 
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The European Commission has initiated negotiations to sign research contracts worth EUR 324 million with 108 successful space and security research consortia. They represent strategic domains for the EU�s competitiveness and contribute to the implementation of a range of policy objectives, including the fights against terrorism and climate change, and the furthering of industrial renewal.

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