The European Raw Materials Alliance aims to build resilience and strategic autonomy for Europe’s rare earth and magnet value chains. It will identify barriers, opportunities and investment possibilities in the raw materials value chain, while also addressing sustainability and social impact.
Why did Europeans need raw materials?
Raw materials are crucial to Europe’s economy. They form a strong industrial base, producing a broad range of goods and applications used in everyday life and modern technologies. Reliable and unhindered access to certain raw materials is a growing concern within the EU and across the globe.
Securing reliable and unhindered access to raw materials is important for the EU. In the EU, there are at least 30 million jobs depending on the availability of raw materials. The European Commission’s actions to ensure a sustainable supply of these materials can be divided into 2 interlinked parts: the raw materials initiative and the European innovation partnership on raw materials.
Raw Materials or Natural Resources For European Union
Many strategically important industrial ecosystems in the European Union depend on a reliable supply of sustainable raw materials. Raw Materials and advanced materials in the context of Circular Economy are vital for European competitiveness and innovation capacity.
Mobility – Automotive
Aerospace & Defence
Another drive toward monopolizing the supply chain and the sources of supply as well as an expression of racing against the clock to control the flow of critical materials needed by dependent industries and economies that have not developed its relations with the suppliers on equitable and fair base of trade.
Recycling is just an alternate seasonal source that is depend of the level of transforming what has been already processed and it is also related directly to the level of consumption and the level of awareness of the consumers on the obligation of preserving the environment.
European countries are lacking a standard policy toward the preservation of the environment which is in disarray under the pressure of energy shortages.
The inflation of Energy resulted directly from the sanctions on Russia are hurting the EU’s 27 states economies who are seeking to control the related damages and impacts on the consumer and market conditions that translated in diminishing the supply side of the economic growth and the investment trends in renewable clean energy.
Finnish researchers recently estimated that Russia has cashed Euro158bn (£136bn) from surging fossil fuel prices during the six-month invasion – with EU imports accounting for more than half of that.
Therefore, a return of the Crank is actually reversing the engineering of the energy sourcing, distribution and transformation. The supply of raw materials and natural resources is also driven by the same causes, disrupted by the same motives and manipulated by the same groups dominating the related marketplace. The combination of conflictual relationships based on decisions that are short sighted are adding more fuel to the problems instead of defining lasting solutions.
The European Union’s executive body has proposed capping the price of Russian gas, which Putin has condemned a stupidity idea.
Market performance has varied greatly during previous conflicts and usually also depends on the ongoing economic situation. For example, the Yom Kippur war of 1973 led to a quadrupling of the oil price, high inflation, recession, a squeeze on profits and a sharp decline in the value of bonds and equities. On the other hand, when the US and its allies invaded Iraq in 2003, equity markets continued higher, partly because the invasion had been long-anticipated and partly because equity markets were just exiting the bursting phase of the dotcom bubble. This time, energy prices are rising, which presents a threat to household budgets and business profits (except for the energy sector). Also, the disruption to Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus will impact trade flows, which could further dampen the global economy, especially Europe.
There is a sense of lack of clarity on the Policy applied and the declarations made by the European Union and the European Commission:
On mediatic level, the themes are oriented toward punishing Russia and showing the deep impact that the sanctions taken by the US and the EU are freezing and neutralizing the pillars of economic activities and growth within the Russian Economy.
At the same time, Russia is still cashing and receiving payments and flow of liquidity through its international channel of distributing its raw materials, natural resources and other commodity that are fully produced and made and exported by Russians.
The rest of the world is watching with a sense of credulity without grasping with the reality or with the fictional propaganda:
Is there 2 Russia Characters who has set two tables:
One for Negotiations and and One for Confrontations with the Western economies while the stage of Ukraine’s remains the Theatre of War?
Within such environment of uncertainty, the Raw Materials or Natural Resources will be sourced by European Union on what kind of conditions and terms?
Where the European Union / European Commission will discover new sources of supply, given that the major supplier was Russia also?
Raw materials have become the new oil & gas at the heart of our EU economy.
President von der Leyen announced today in her #SOTEU address the launch of an “EU Critical Raw Materials Act”.
Here is how an ambitious EU initiative will ensure secure & sustainable access to critical #rawmaterials