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Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Raw materials, metals, minerals and forest-based industries

Securing a sustainable supply of raw materials is a key priority for the EU. Raw materials, such as metals and minerals or forest-based materials, have become increasingly important to the EU's economy, growth, and competitiveness. More than 30 million jobs in the EU and many key economic sectors such as automotive, aerospace, and renewable energy are dependent on a sustainable supply of raw materials. Raw materials are particularly crucial for the development of modern environmentally friendly technologies and a strong European industrial base. Without them, there wouldn’t be any smartphones, laptops, or cars.

In the spotlight

Policy and strategy

The Raw materials initiative is the EU’s raw materials strategic policy framework. In addition, the European Commission launched 3 large initiatives

Areas of specific interest

Find out more about the Commission’s actions at EU and international level


The Commission's objective is to promote, within the EU’s wider industrial policy, the competitiveness of industries related to raw materials





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