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.
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
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.
Lead EU partner, supporting national contributions