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EU-Greenland Workshop on Raw Materials (Brussels, 19 June 2015)

EU-Greenland Workshop on Raw Materials (Brussels, 19 June 2015)
Published on: 20/07/2015
The raw materials diplomacy event “EU-Greenland Workshop on Raw Materials” was held in Brussels on 19 June 2015.

The workshop was opened by representatives of the Government of Greenland and the European Commission. It began with a presentation on the potential of raw materials in Greenland.

It was supported by a study commissioned by the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Milieu, Geus, and the Öko-Institut on EU-Greenland cooperation with regard to raw materials. The study took into consideration the EU's critical raw materials list and the needs of EU industry.

The workshop covered many topics including:

  • aeromagnetic acquisition of data;
  • social, economic and environmental impact of mining;
  • provision of support services for the mining sector;
  • mining and management of radioactive ores;
  • setting of a proper regulatory framework;
  • experience gathered through the Kimberly process.

The economy of Greenland and a specific mining project were also presented at the event.