Rosia Montana: Learning from the EU on legal frameworks for mining & minerals

Written by Catalin Hosu

One of the overlooked events of this summer, when talking about mining and minerals, was the 2014 Raw Materials Conference held in Athens, Greece, in June. The event, organized by the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission, focused on identifying the challenges of the high number of EU regulations, difficulties in exchanging information at European and regional levels, a need for closer interaction between companies active in the mining sector and national and regional actors, as well as solutions for sustainable growth.

I looked at some member states that have attempted to address these issues individually and pinpointed some of their solutions that be used as case studies for countries like Romania and for projects like the one in Rosia Montana.

There is a lot to learn from analysing the focus on information in order to promote the national potential in Portugal, the inclusive national strategy for sustainable mining in Finland, open dialogue and focusing on frameworks as established in Sweden’s national strategy and the streamlining permitting in Ireland. Each one of these countries offers a valuable lesson in moving towards a transparent, efficient and mutually-beneficial environment for the industry and society as a whole.

Read my entire piece here.