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Third EU-US-Japan Trilateral Conference on Critical Materials

Towards New Models in Efficient Management of Critical Materials

29-30 May 2013 - Brussel, Belgium

Conclusions from the Conference (PDF version, 104KB)


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From left to right :
His Excellency William E. Kennard, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, United States' Mission to the European Union
Dr. Rudolf Strohmeier, Deputy Director-General, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation
His Excellency Kojiro Shiojiri, Ambassador of Japan to the European Union


Live webcast for the general session of 29 May available here.

The Third EU-US-Japan Trilateral Conference on Critical Materials focussed on the development and implementation of new models in efficient management of critical materials. Raw materials are essential for the sustainable functioning of modern societies and industries, but some raw materials have or will become “critical”.

In 2011 the EU, Japan and the US launched a trilateral dialogue to promote cooperation in the field of critical materials.


The first Trilateral Conferences were organised in Washington (October 2011) and in Tokyo (March 2012).

Both events attracted top governmental representatives, including US Secretary of Energy Dr Chu and the Japanese Minister for Energy Mr Edano.