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The Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) is the EIP’s action plan. It incorporates inputs from EU governments, industry, academia and NGOs, consulted at meetings of the EIP’s Operational Groups. It was endorsed by the EIP’s High Level Steering Group on 25 September 2013.

The Strategic Implementation Plan sets out the objectives, targets and actions to be reached or implemented by 2020. It consists of two parts:

  • Part I - EIP objectives, targets & methodology; overall strategy;
  • Part II - Priority Areas, Action Areas & Actions targeting sector-specific stakeholders & practitioners.

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The overall objective of the EIP on Raw Materials is to contribute to the 2020 objectives of the EU's Industrial Policy — increasing the share of industry to 20 % of GDP — and the objectives of the flagship initiatives 'Innovation Union' and 'Resource Efficient Europe', by ensuring the sustainable supply of raw materials to the European economy whilst increasing benefits for society as a whole.

This will be achieved by:

  • Reducing import dependency and promoting production and exports by improving supply conditions from EU, diversifying raw materials sourcing and improving resource efficiency (including recycling) and finding alternative raw materials.
  • Putting Europe at the forefront in raw materials sectors and mitigating the related negative environmental, social and health impacts.


The Strategic Implementation Plan makes the above objectives more concrete by setting specific targets for the EIP to meet by 2020:

  • Up to 10 innovative pilot actions on exploration, mining, processing, and recycling for innovative production of raw materials;
  • Substitutes for at least 3 applications of critical and scarce raw materials;
  • Framework conditions for primary raw materials that would provide a stable and competitive supply from EU sources and facilitate its public acceptance;
  • Framework conditions for enhanced efficiency in material use and in waste prevention, re-use and recycling, and raw materials efficient product design;
  • European raw materials knowledge base with information, flows and dynamic modelling system for primary and secondary raw materials;
  • Network of Research, Education and Training Centres on sustainable raw materials management organised as a Knowledge and Innovation Community;
  • Pro-active international co-operation strategy of the EU at bilateral and multilateral level, promoting synergies with countries such as the US, Japan, Australia, Canada, Latin America and African Union across the different areas covered by the EIP.

Priority Areas & Actions

The Strategic Implementation Plan (Part II) includes 95 concrete actions, structured into 7 Priority Areas and 24 Action Areas:

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   I.A.   Research and innovation coordination
            I.1. Improving research and innovation coordination
   I.B.   Technologies for primary and secondary RM production
            I.2. Exploration
            I.3. Innovative extraction of raw materials
            I.4. Processing and refining of raw materials
            I.5. Recycling of raw materials from products, buildings and infrastructure
   I.C.    Substitution of raw materials
            I.6. Materials for green energy technologies
            I.7. Materials for electronic devices
            I.8. Materials under extreme conditions
            I.9. Applications using materials in large quantities
   II.A.  Improving Europe’s raw materials framework conditions
            II.1. Minerals policy framework
            II.2. Access to minerals potential in the EU
            II.3. Public awareness, acceptance and trust
   II.B.  Improving Europe’s waste management framework conditions and excellence
            II.4. Product design for optimised use of (critical) raw materials and increased quality recycling
            II.5. Optimised waste flows for increased recycling
            II.6. Prevention of illegal waste shipments
            II.7. Optimised material recovery
   II.C.  Knowledge, skills and raw materials flows
            II.8. EU raw materials knowledge base
            II.9. Possible EIT knowledge and innovation community
            II.10. Optimised raw material flows along value chains
   III.   International cooperation
            III.1. Technology
            III.2. Global raw materials governance and dialogues
            III.3. Health, safety and environment
            III.4. Skills, education and knowledge
            III.5. Investment activities


Read the EIP documents

Strategic Implementation Plan – Part I

Strategic Implementation Plan – Part II

Commission Communication (COM(2012) 82 final)

Staff Working Paper (SWD(2012) 27 final)

Press Release (Reference: IP/12/196 Event Date: 29/02/2012)

Memo (MEMO/12/144 Event Date: 29/02/2012)

Press Release (Reference: IP/13/863 Event Date: 26/09/2013)

Memo (MEMO/13/92 Event Date: 12/02/2013)


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