The fourth edition of the EU Raw Materials Week will take place from Monday 18 to Friday 22 November 2019, in Brussels.

It builds up on a series of events organised by the European Commission addressing the latest news on raw materials in the EU.

It will be a unique opportunity for the raw materials community to discuss and exchange on all relevant issues: policy, technology, international cooperation, framework conditions, knowledge base etc.

Critical Raw Materials at the event

On Monday, the third EU Critical Raw Materials Event will take place. After opening remarks and coffee break reserved for networking, the event will start with presentations about criticality definitions and the importance for companies to be informed about their individual risks and ways of addressing them. The following panel discussion will follow up on the preceding presentations and show ways of reducing criticality for different countries and stakeholders. After a networking lunch, the third session of the event will present research results about how the supply with CRM can be increased – not only via improving production, but also substitution of the materials to reduce dependencies. The final session will show how supply can meet the ever increasing demand of CRM by secondary sourcing – recovering metals from finished products. In doing so, the importance and role of CRMs in a circular economy will also be discussed.

On Tuesday, the 9th triateral talks between the EU, the US and Japan will take place. Further, there will be a meeting of the IRTC consortium on Wednesday.

Registration for the event will be possible from September.