Intense debate on ” ” (CRMs), chaired by Pietro De Lotto, President of the EESC’s Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI), at the 8th meeting of the – , with the participation of prestigious representatives of African countries.
I had the pleasure of opening the discussion as rapporteur for the ongoing .
It emerged that:
– Critical raw materials are indispensable for the EU’s green and digital transition and for key sectors such as Net-Zero industry, digital, space and defence.
– As the use of raw materials will double by 2060, according to the OECD, there is a need to support national capacities and strengthen supply chains to address the EU’s strategic vulnerability by strengthening its industrial system
– Increased sustainable production, extraction and trade of CRMs must be accompanied by compliance with high environmental & social standards
– New strategic partnerships are needed (such as the one signed with Namibia in November 2022), investments focused on training & skills to be developed directly in African countries, enhanced EU engagement to promote good governance and regional stability