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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
The raw materials sector is showing some encouraging signs of development and recovery, but more efforts are needed to diversify supply and increase use of secondary materials.
Raw materials are fundamental for many sectors of the economy, including the automotive, electronic, and manufacturing industries.
In the EU, over 24.6 million jobs currently depend on the secure supply of raw materials.
Population growth, urbanisation and decarbonisation drive raw materials consumption.