Research and innovation
Raw materials policies and strategies
Joint educational and skills programmes
Licensing and permitting procedures, royalties and tax policies
Data reporting systems
Exploration, extraction, processing and recycling practices
Management and substitution of critical raw materials
International cooperation opportunities related to raw materials
The Observatory is a long-lasting and self-sustained spin-off of the H2020 funded project INTRAW (2015-2018), developed by a Consortium of 15 organisations, with the support of 24 third parties and more than 40 Experts from Europe, Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, South Africa and the United States.
The project has mapped best practices on mineral raw materials policies in five reference countries (Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa and the USA), and advanced a roadmap to foster the EU response to global challenges on mineral raw materials supply.
The European Union’s overall growth strategy “Europe 2020” (2010) outlines the EU’s aim to develop into a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. In this context, seven so-called flagship initiatives were presented as new engines to boost growth and jobs. Two of these initiatives are particularly relevant for the INTRAW project:
4 public and private research and innovation driven organisations:
ATSE, CSIR, FCT and Fraunhofer
1 international standardisation body applied to mining:
University of Exeter and University of Miskolc
Panels of experts
Panel of Experts on Research & Innovation
Panel of Experts on Education & Outreach
Panel of Experts on Industry & Trade
The Experts being all outstanding representatives of the international raw materials community, the main function of the Panels has been to mobilise knowledge and to strengthen the consortium’s capacity in reaching out towards stakeholders.