Those interested in Europe’s mining business will gather for Euro Mine Expo, June 10-12, 2014, in Skellefteå, Sweden. Although Europe is rich in natural resources it is a significant net-importer of most metals and minerals needed to sustain its economy. The securing of long-term supply of raw materials is crucial and there is an awareness of the need to promote mining within Europe to reduce the import dependency. At European Union (EU) and national levels, new policies and strategies are being developed aiming to strengthening Europe’s mineral sector.

The EU has stated that non-energy raw materials are vital inputs for the EU economy. At the same time, access to such raw material for EU industry and citizens is becoming increasingly difficult.

At the Euro Mine Expo conference, one day is reserved for the European mining industry. One of the speakers is Marita Ulvskog, member of the European parliament. Ulvskog will speak on the topic of Europe’s Raw Material Challenges.

An insight into the European Intelligence Network on the Supply of Raw Materials will be delivered by Juha Kaija, GTK, Geological Survey of Finland. Kaija is the project manager of European Commission’s FP7 project Minerals4EU. Sven Renner, head of the Global Extractive Resources at BGR (Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources), will also contribute by speaking on the topic National Mineral Strategies.

Euro Mine Expo also hosts a trade fair. “The exhibition has been growing and will cover more than 1,600 m2 indoors in 2014,” said Ann-Sofie Greander, sales manager for Euro Mine Expo. “2014 is no exception; the exhibitors registered are not only European, we will see companies from all over the globe.”

The trade fair with more than 200 exhibitors provides a unique opportunity to meet companies and forge new business contacts in exploration, mining, equipment suppliers, service and consultants. The indoor area is fully booked, but there are still outdoor stands available.