European Rare Earths Competency Network
Rare earth in Europe
Rare earth elements are a group of 17 speciality metals used in high-tech products like smart phones and wind turbines. The European Union imports more than 90 % of its rare earth metal needs from countries like China as there is not enough internal supply. And experts predict that demand for these metals will only grow as consumer preferences shift towards hi-tech and green products. To ensure supply security, the EU is trying to improve access to rare earths, reduce their consumption and enhance extraction conditions across the continent.
The European Commission is bringing together experts to form a European Rare Earths Competency Network (ERECON) that will look at ways of addressing the issue of supply security. ERECON is guided by a Steering Committee that sets the agenda of the Working Group meetings of rare earth experts. Each Working Group has a different mandate: the first focuses on the primary production of rare earths in the EU, the second looks at resource efficiency and recycling and the third on trends and challenges. Sub-groups may also be formed to discuss more specialist subjects. ERECON's activities are coordinated by a Secretariat based in Brussels.
Rare earth experts unite for the first time
The first European Rare Earths Competency Network (ERECON) meeting took place in Brussels on 23 October. A European Commission initiative, ERECON is looking at ways of addressing the issue of rare earth supply security by improving access to rare earths, reducing their consumption and enhancing extraction conditions across Europe.
Expression of interest
If you are an expert in rare earths and would like to become a member of ERECON, click on the 'Register' button below and fill in the form. You will be notified as soon as the Network members have been selected.Register
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