Raw materials in the EU economy

Attention over the past years has tended to focus on lithium, cobalt, or rare earths, which are essential to smart phones and clean tech like wind turbines, and electric cars. But less exotic materials like coking coal used in steelmaking can be just as critical. [Bert Kaufmann / Flickr]

Securing access to critical raw materials has become a strategic objective for the European Union as the bloc moves towards ever-more digitalisation and green, high-tech products. In this special report, EURACTIV looks at some of the essential building blocks of the 21st century economy.

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