Critical raw materials

Rio Tinto's open-pit mine in Boron, California, one of two world-class borate deposits on the planet. [Steve Walser / Flickr]

The European Commission has launched a fresh attempt at securing access to minerals like lithium and rare earth elements, saying those will be critical to underpin Europe’s growth in digital and green industries.

Last month, the EU executive launched a strategy to develop a full value-chain for raw materials in Europe –  ranging from extraction to processing and waste recovery.

In this special report, EURACTIV looks at Europe’s renewed drive for “strategic autonomy” on critical raw materials.

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