Policy area: Climate policy
The EU is dependent on the import of important minerals. EU’s raw materials initiative requires a lowered import need and a growth within self-sufficiency of metals and minerals for the Union. To provide the higher levels of self-sufficiency of minerals and materials within the EU needed for mobile phoned and batteries there needs to be, outside of recycling, an increase of exploitation of minerals within the Union. Northern Sweden has a key role in this with its unique supply of metal and minerals. EU’s access to raw materials is a vital part of its climate adaptation and will contribute in a number of ways in regard to reaching a climate neutral Europe.
Between 12-13 of June the The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD, held their third international meeting on mining in regions and cities. The two previous meetings took place in Chile and Australia so it was the first time the event was arranged in Europe where Skellefteå, together with Region Västerbotten stood as hosts. About 25 different nationalities participated, where a mix of actors from the public and private sector as well as society with different connections to the mining industry got togheter.