Mining and Metallurgy Regions of EU MIREU
The MIREU project will bring together European mining and metallurgy regions to work together on improving conditions for the responsible development and secure supply of raw materials in the EU. The regions will share their experiences and knowledge to help tackle the fundamental challenges of establishing and maintaining an extractive industry.
The MIREU consortium is comprised of 30 partners, of which 17 represent regions, from all around Europe. The main objective is to establish the Council of Mining and Metallurgy European Regions – CoMMER, which will be a permanent platform for all regional stakeholders with interest in mining, metallurgy, raw materials and sustainability. CoMMER will be embedded as a Raw materials Task Force in ERRIN – European Regions Research & Innovation Network, on of MIREU partner.
Other key objectives:
• Map synergies between mining and metallurgy regions. This will include looking at raw materials value chains; market conditions; economic benefits and funding. It will also frame working practices, policies, stakeholder engagement and social acceptance, as well as environmental performance and post-mining opportunities across the regions.
• Identify favourable conditions for raw material development, based on successful projects and best working practices.
• Engage with stakeholders and wider society to raise public awareness about the need for minerals and the importance of responsible practices and a sustained supply within Europe.
• Develop EU level Social License to Operate (SLO) Guidelines and an accompanying Toolkit that will further the social awareness of mining and metallurgy at the national, regional and local levels; develop pan-European social responsibility standards for the mining industry; redefine the role of regional regulatory authorities in furthering SLO; and provide concrete tools for all affected stakeholders to improve transparency and communication, with the ultimate aim of building trust.