A joint initiative by the European mineral raw materials industries
Welcomed by the European Commission
"The European Minerals Day is an excellent way to inform, educate and enthuse European citizens about the importance of the minerals sector in providing raw materials that are essential for so many everyday products. The sector is vital to Europe's competitiveness and its success is built on sound principles of sustainability and innovation." (European Commission, Raw Material Initiative, 2008)
In 2013, the European Mineral Days (24-26 May) will be used as one of the channels to raise awareness of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials. By creating synergies with the European Minerals Day, the European Commission seeks to "create momentum about the necessity to join forces to Europe's potential in innovation for Raw Materials" .
Partnership Criteria European Minerals Day 2013 (download)
European Coordinators (Organisers):
IMA-Europe - The European Industrial Minerals Association
The European Industrial Minerals Association, IMA-Europe aisbl, was founded in 1993 to provide sector-based representation for industrial minerals and to promote the interests of its members: CCA-Europe (Calcium carbonates), EBA (borates), EuLA (lime & limestone), ESMA (andalusite, mica, sepiolite & vermiculite), EUBA (bentonite), EUROFEL (feldspar), EUROSIL (silica sand), EUROTALC (talc), IDPA (diatomite), KPC-Europe (kaolin & plastic clays). Under its umbrella, IMA-Europe represents about 500 quarries and 800 plants. IMA-Europe covers all issues related to industrial minerals except commercial ones. Health and safety at the workplace, environmental protection and product safety are some of IMA's top priority issues. IMA-Europe ensures that the industrial minerals industry at large benefits from the sharing of non-sensitive information and plays a supporting role in the promotion of best practices. The European Minerals Day was launched in 2007 at the initiative of IMA-Europe, as a multi-sectoral pan-European awareness raising event. For more information on IMA-Europe, please consult: www.ima-europe.eu.
CEMBUREAU - The European Cement Association
CEMBUREAU, the European Cement Association, based in Brussels, is the representative organisation of the cement industry in Europe. Today CEMBUREAU includes 29 Members (27 Full Members and 2 Associate Member). Currently, its Full Members are the national cement industry associations and cement companies of the European Union (with the exception of Cyprus, Malta, Slovakia) plus Norway, Switzerland and Turkey. Croatia and Serbia are Associate Members of CEMBUREAU. In 2011, the production of cement in the CEMBUREAU 28 Member Countries amounted to 263 million tonnes, representing just over 7% of total world cement production (3.6 billion tonnes). CEMBUREAU Members directly employ approximately 61 000 people. For more information on CEMBUREAU, please consult: http://www.cembureau.eu.
EuroGeoSurveys - The Geological Surveys of Europe (www.eurogeosurveys.eu)
EuroGeoSurveys is an organisation of 33 European Geological Surveys. Our statutory aims are to address the European issues, to promote contribution of geosciences to EU affairs, to assist EU to obtain technical advice and to provide a network between the geological surveys.
EuSalt - The European Salt Producers' Association
EuSalt is an international non profit association with a multi-functional role. Primarily EuSalt exists to provide information, about salt and its many uses, to the general public and other interested parties. We also aim to encourage a better understanding of salt and recognition of the role it plays in our lives whether it is helping us get around in winter, keeping our bodies functioning or any of the many other uses for salt, in the home and industry. At all times, EuSalt aims to present a factual, balanced viewpoint and we regularly participate in relevant European and international forums. Another part of our role is to support international organisations like the Iodine Network, who are working to eliminate iodine deficiency worldwide, by sharing our expertise and knowledge.
EuSalt represents 21 salt producers (its members) located across Europe. Working closely with our members, the association encourages best practice on many aspects of production including environmental policies. We also liaise with the national salt associations across Europe, providing help, information and support when necessary. For more information on EuSalt, please consult: www.eusalt.com
EUROMETAUX - The European Association of Metals
Eurometaux constitutes the interface between the European non-ferrous metals industry and the European authorities and international or intergovernmental bodies. It is committed to establishing dialogue with the latter in order to ensure early consultation in all fields of policy and legislation that may affect industry and to asserting the sector's views and positions in this respect. It asserts the contribution of the European industry and its products to sustainable development, as well as this industry's views and positions, whenever the opportunity to do so arises across all sectors of society. In doing so, Eurometaux is the industry's voice on all regulatory matters. For more information on Eurometaux, please consult: www.eurometaux.be.
Euromines - The European Association of Mining Industries, Metal Ores & Industrial Minerals
Euromines is the recognised representative of the European metals and minerals mining industry. The association's main objective is to promote the industry and to maintain its relations with European institutions at all levels. Euromines provides services to its members with regard to EU policy and serves as a network for cooperation and for the exchange of information throughout the sector within Europe. The association also fosters contacts with the mining community throughout the world.
For more information on Euromines, please consult: www.euromines.org.
ETP SMR - The European Technology Platform on Sustainable Mineral Resources
ETP SMR: The European Technology Platform on Sustainable Mineral Resources (ETP SMR) aims at modernising and reshaping a fundamental pillar of the European economy: the European Minerals Industries. These include oil, gas, coal, metal ores, industrial minerals, ornamental stones, aggregates, smelters as well as technology suppliers and engineering companies. For more information on ETP SMR, please consult www.etpsmr.org.
European Organisations supporting the initiative:
IndustriAll - European Trade Union (www.industriall-europe.eu)
ELO - European Landowners Organisation (www.elo.org)
UEPG - European Aggregates Association (www.uepg.eu)
EBCD - European Bureau for Conservation and Development (www.ebcd.org)
Cerame-Unie - The European Ceramic Industry Association (www.cerameunie.eu)
EFG - European Federation of Geologists (www.eurogeologists.eu)