European Minerals Day
25-27 September 2015
This initiative by the European minerals sector and related organisations gives the opportunity to the European-wide public to explore the world of minerals and discover more about an industry that affects every aspect of our lives.
This biannual event welcomed more than 30,000 visitors in over 100 sites in 17 European countries during its first edition in 2007. Its success incited a wave of enthusiasm and the number of sites has been steadily increasing, even spreading to other continents!
The European Minerals Day 2013, engaged children and adults at 113 sites in more than 170 events in 20 European countries & 11 events in the rest of the world!
We are now looking forward to the 2015 European Minerals Day, with additional sectors and global companies joining the initiative.
Minerals play an essential role in our lives with 70% of EU manufacturing production depending on mined substances. 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.
In 2013, the European Commission chose the European Minerals Day as a key channel for promoting the European Innovation Partnership Initiative, creating synergies among all raw material stakeholders to illustrate the role of raw materials throughout the whole value chain with special focus on innovation and resource efficiency. In this regard we were honoured to welcome the European Commission Vice-President Tajani to the Launch event at the Vipiteno mining operations in Italy.
Biodiversity remains one of the recurring themes considering that quarries may host a variety of rare plant and animal species, and many companies are therefore proud to guide visitors through rehabilitated areas. This and many more activities aim at raising awareness of this sustainable sector. Entertaining side activities such as fossil hunting, animations for children, jeep safaris, workshops etc. make European Minerals Day an unforgettable experience for people of all ages.