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Sectoral social dialogue - Extractive industries

Social partners

Workers' representatives Employers' representatives
industriAll European Trade Union European Association of Mining Industries
  European Association for Coal and Lignite
  European Industrial Minerals Association
  UEPG - European Aggregates Association
  APEP - European Association of Potash Producers

Social dialogue in this sector covers:

  • mining of hard coal, lignite, iron and non-ferrous metal ores, and minerals
  • extraction of peat and salt
  • other mining and quarrying and support activities.

In the EU, the sector employs around 900,000 people. The extractive industry covers both energy and non-energy raw materials, but excludes the extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas.

Major challenges include climate change and the resulting obligation to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, job losses in Spain, Poland and other EU countries as a result of coalmine closures, international competition and working conditions.

Focus areas

The Committee is currently focusing on:

  • NePSI – European network on Silica
  • skills and qualifications
  • health and safety, fatality prevention
  • future of the industry in Europe e.g. issues such as resource efficiency, shale gas extraction.

Activities and meetings

Check the library entries for this sectoral social dialogue committee.


  • Budapest III joint declaration on Coal Policy (2012)
  • Joint position – Reinhard Butikofer report (2011)
  • Opinion of the social partners on the potential unilateral increase of the EU GHG reduction target to -30% (2010)

See also "European sectoral social dialogue – recent developments" (2010 brochure).