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Euromines Network for implementation and exchange on Non-Technological Raw-Materials Innovation in the EU

Acronym: 
ENTRIE
Objectives of the commitment: 

Euromines, as the recognized representative of the European metals and minerals mining industry to the European Institutions and a service provider to its members in the Member States, wishes to engage its network of membership for the effective implementation of the SIP. Therefore EC originating actions need to be taken to national, regional or local level. Member States have the sovereign right to exploit their own resources pursuant to their own economic, social, environmental and developmental policies. The natural endowment with primary resources depends very much on geology and the availability of secondary resources very much depends on historic development of the country and its economy and the national economic policies. Euromines provides a suitable network for this implementation, cooperation and for the exchange of information throughout the sector within Europe and links to the mining community throughout the world.

Description of the activities: 

1. EU - Euromines cooperation with DG Enterprise and RMSG
2. Czech Republic: ADOPTION OF A NEW CZECH MINERALS POLICY
3. Slovakia: DEVELOPMENT OF A SLOVAK MINERALS POLICY
4. UK: DEVELOPMENT OF A UK MINERALS POLICY
5. Greece: PREPARATION OF SPECIAL LAND USE PLANNING FOR MINERAL RAW MATERIALS, 2014-2017
6. EU - Awareness raising on the importance of raw materials 2014-2020
7. Multiple EU- Member States: Taking an example further: Austria
8. Multiple EU- Member States: National Sustainability Platforms. Most of the established senior mining companies have developed sustainability work based on general global standards. In the development chain of a new mine project it is common that small junior companies with less experience of sustainability work faces many contacts with authorities and stakeholders due to permitting processes of the mineral and environmental acts. This can lead to conflict and misunderstanding between the authorities, companies and stakeholders. It is necessary in that situation for a company to be able to fulfil not only the technological design criteria for a new mine site but also the demands of knowledge and communication of economic, environmental and social impact (or sustainability). Euromines will explore the possibility to adapt existing tools for community dialogue (ICMM) to the situation in a number of Member States, in particular for junior companies, to overcome conflictual situations with local communities.
Existing national legislative frameworks address the formal process for the development of a project and mine, but the “social” aspects are not addressed sufficiently.
Euromines will support national mining associations in evaluating existing sustainability platforms in the sector (e.g., Mining Association of Canada, Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada, Minerals Council of Australia, Federation of Indian Mineral Industries, International Council on Mining & Metals, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Global Reporting Initiative, UN Global Compact etc.,) for possible adaptation to the needs of all mining companies operating in their respective countries taking into account national conditions (i.e. Spain, France, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Greece, Finland, Romania, Bulgaria, Sweden, etc.)
9. Portugal: improve knowledge of the market and to foster know-how by Portuguese companies
10. EU - Standardised Professional descriptions and qualifications. Euromines will continue the project until its finalisation: piloting the approach for the jobs of “mine manager”, “blasting engineer” and “miner”.
11. UK - Competence and Competence Assessment in UK Underground Mines
12. EU - Safer by Design

Description of the expected impacts: 

Exchange of Best Practice amongst Member States.
Realisation of synergies available within individual Member State initiatives.
Improved Minerals Policy and Land-Use Planning in several Member States.
Increased public awareness, acceptance and credentials of the raw-materials supply industries in individual Member States.
Increased awareness and knowledge of raw-material flows and market opportunities within the EU.
Improved safety performance through more consistent professional training, qualification and competence and increased mobility of skills and labour between Member States.

Expected innovation outcomes: 
New services
Societal innovation
Other
Name of the coordinating organisation: 
European Association of Mining Industries, Metal Ores & Industrial Minerals (Euromines)
Country: 
Belgium
Entity profile: 
Other
Other: 
Non-profit industry association
Role within the commitment: 

Lead EU partner, supporting national contributions

Other partners: 
Name of partner: 
Czech Mining Association (Těžební unie)
Country: 
Czech Republic
Entity profile: 
Other
Other: 
Industry Association
Role within the commitment: 
Leading Project 2. to establish a government Roundtable to create a Czech Minerals Policy throughout 2015-2017
Name of partner: 
EMED Mining
Country: 
Slovakia
Entity profile: 
Private sector - SME
Role within the commitment: 
Supporting Project 3: Establishment of a government Roundtable by the Slovak Ministry of Economy and Ministry of Environment to create a new Slovak Minerals Policy throughout 2014-2016. The Roundtable will co-operate to ensure that the policy facilitates new investment in the sustainable supply of raw-materials from Slovak sources; establishes processes for engagement with local communities and NGOs; and streamlines the system for granting exploration and extraction permits.
Name of partner: 
Slovenské magnezitové závody
Country: 
Slovakia
Entity profile: 
Private sector - large company
Role within the commitment: 
Supporting Project 3: Establishment of a government Roundtable by the Slovak Ministry of Economy and Ministry of Environment to create a new Slovak Minerals Policy throughout 2014-2016. The Roundtable will co-operate to ensure that the policy facilitates new investment in the sustainable supply of raw-materials from Slovak sources; establishes processes for engagement with local communities and NGOs; and streamlines the system for granting exploration and extraction permits.
Name of partner: 
European Uranium Resources, Ltd./ Ludovika Energy, s.r.o.
Country: 
Slovakia
Entity profile: 
Private sector - SME
Role within the commitment: 
Supporting Project 3: Establishment of a government Roundtable by the Slovak Ministry of Economy and Ministry of Environment to create a new Slovak Minerals Policy throughout 2014-2016. The Roundtable will co-operate to ensure that the policy facilitates new investment in the sustainable supply of raw-materials from Slovak sources; establishes processes for engagement with local communities and NGOs; and streamlines the system for granting exploration and extraction permits.
Name of partner: 
Mining Association of the United Kingdom (MAUK )
Country: 
United Kingdom
Entity profile: 
Other
Other: 
Industry Association
Role within the commitment: 
Leading Project 4 to establish a government Roundtable to create a UK Minerals Policy. Leading Project 11 to align, where appropriate, qualifications and training in underground mines to accepted occupational standards, e.g., by National Occupational Standards or the standards required by licensed professional institutions. A competent person is an individual who has the required education, training, skills, experience and other qualities combined with the ability to consistently apply that knowledge and understanding to achieve effective performance to a desired level or to a particular standard. To demonstrate competence, organisations can define the essential competencies required for each role in their organisation. These role specific competencies can then be mapped to an individual employee and their competency level determined. The method of assessment of competency need not be the same for all roles and should be proportionate to the depth, complexity or impact of the role. Different approaches may be more suitable for routine operational tasks compared with safety critical tasks or front line management roles compared with senior management positions. A range of methods that can be used to assess competence: • Demonstrable and practical work-based experience verified by a supervisor. • Quality assured company training programmes which assess an individual’s knowledge and performance. • Nationally recognised qualifications which determine an individual’s knowledge and performance. • Professional qualifications gained through membership of institutes and the UK Engineering Council. • Assessment and coaching to develop appropriate attitudes and behaviours. Competence should be reviewed on a periodic basis and whenever someone changes roles within the workplace. Where significant gaps in an individual’s competence are identified organisations need to take appropriate action to ensure that the effective management of safety is maintained until any gaps in competence are filled.
Name of partner: 
Greek Mining Enterprises Association
Country: 
Greece
Entity profile: 
Other
Other: 
Industry association
Role within the commitment: 
Leading Project 5. The preparation of a Special Land Use Planning mechanism for the sustainable exploitation of the mineral resources in Greece. This will constitute the industry’s contribution to the Greek National Policy for the exploitation of Mineral Resources announced by the Greek State in February 2012 as a response to the needs of sustainable development incorporating the principles of European Initiative on Raw Materials (RMI). The programme includes: 1. Development policy: Identification of basic characteristics, priorities, strategic options and actions for the integrated and sustainable development of the extractive industry in the country for a period of fifteen (15) years. 2. Land planning: Basic Guidelines: Establishment of general principles and guidelines for land use planning based on characteristics, priorities and strategic options indicated in the development policy 3. Specification of guidelines: Specification of further guidelines and recommendations in terms of spatial reference, based on the classification of regions resulting from the assessment of local conditions with the priority to find innovative solutions for resolving any land use conflicts. 4. Proposals for adaptation of the current legal framework The estimated time for the implementation of the Special Land Planning for extractive industry is 24 months.
Name of partner: 
Fachverband Bergwerke und Stahl – Austrian Mining and Steel Association
Country: 
Austria
Entity profile: 
Other
Other: 
Industry Association
Role within the commitment: 
Leading Project 7 Introducing school material about the mining industry during the years 2014/2015 in Austria. Teachers will be trained for introduction of the material in secondary schools.
Name of partner: 
Swedish Association of Mines, Mineral and Metal Producers Association
Country: 
Sweden
Entity profile: 
Other
Other: 
Industry Association
Role within the commitment: 
Supporting Project 8 on the National Sustainability Platforms project led by Euromines.
Name of partner: 
Associação Nacional da Indústria Extractiva e Transformadora (ANIET)
Country: 
Portugal
Entity profile: 
Other
Other: 
Industry Association
Role within the commitment: 
To improve knowledge of the market and to foster know-how by Portuguese companies. Planned activities: Leading Project 9. 1. Diagnosis of Strategic Analysis; 2. Study to characterize the sector; 3. Strategic Plan for the extractive and transforming industry; 4. Practical Handbook of New Technologies for Extraction and Processing of Natural Stone; 5. Digital Guide to Environmental Product Declaration for the Natural Stone Industry; 6. Digital Guide to Workplace Safety and Prevention of Exposure to Crystalline Silica.
Existing EU contribution: 
No
Period to implement the commitment: 
Monday, 10 February, 2014 to Tuesday, 31 December, 2019