Hosted by Judith Merkies MEP and supported by Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani and Herbert Reul MEP, European Minerals Day was premiered on 13 April 2011 at the European Parliament. The meeting saw all parties including the European Minerals Day partners* stressing the importance of the European minerals sector for Europe’s sustainable growth. The EMD partners* also welcomed the recently issued EU Communication on “Tackling the challenges in commodity markets and on raw materials” as well as the emphasis which it places on the importance of raw materials.
Welcoming participants to the event, Thierry Salmona, IMA-Europe President said: “The significance of raw materials to every industry and every aspect of life cannot be overstated. The construction, chemicals, automotive, aerospace and machinery sectors, which provide a total added value of € 1324 billion and 30 million jobs all depend on access to raw materials.”
The biennial European Minerals Day is organised by the industrial minerals, aggregates and cement sectors. During the weekend of 13-15 May 2011, various activities will take place at quarry and extraction sites across Europe to highlight the absolute importance of minerals industries to all stakeholders. A European Launch Event will take place at a quarry site in Bulgaria on the eve of European Minerals Day.
Biodiversity remains one of the key themes in 2011. Visitors will be able to discover the unique biodiversity found in rehabilitated quarry and extraction sites, which provide habitats for rare plant and animal species. The sector will also highlight it key role in enhancing resource efficiency, notably in its extraction and production processes, the manufacturing of the end-use applications, as well as end-of-life recycling and disposal. Finally, the crucial role the sector plays in Europe's competitiveness will also be addressed.
* European Minerals Day is coordinated at European level by IMA-Europe, the European Industrial Minerals Association, UEPG, the European Aggregates Association, and CEMBUREAU, the European Cement Association. Coordination at country level is ensured by national trade associations. The programme of events and list of participating countries and companies are available here: www.mineralsday.eu
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