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Conference: Towards a reinforced Raw Materials Initiave

Dutch Ministries, the Centre of Expertise on Resources and Representatives of Netherlands Industry and Employers

Friday, April 22, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 5:15 PM (CEST)

Conference: Towards a reinforced Raw Materials Initiave

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Towards a reinforced Raw Materials Initiative
'Strengthen Better Information on Security of Supply of Raw Materials'

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You are cordially invited to the conference 'Towards a reinforced Raw Materials Initiative: Strengthen Better Information on Security of Supply of Raw Materials', organized by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Centre of Expertise on Resources and the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW).

The conference will explore how Europe can further strengthen, and improve information compilation and exchange systems on raw materials with businesses, science and research institutes, as well as governments. The aim is to provide a consolidated input to the 'Expert Network on Critical Raw Materials' which will be launched under Horizon 2020 by the European Commission. One of the tasks of Expert Network is enhance the compilation and exchange of information, on the need for, and availability of raw materials. A few years ago, within the framework of the overarching Raw Materials Initiative, the European Commission started assesing the security of critical raw materials supply through a list of critical raw materials. In addition, a specific initiative on rare earths was launched: the European Rare Earths Competency Network (ERECON). We would like to see this initiative expanded for all European raw materials (including biotic materials taking into account its specific criticality factors) on a continuous basis,

In our vision, the outcome of this conference should be to provide the necessary input to reinforce the Raw Materials Initiative. The basis for this development will be information on the criticality of raw materials for the European economy. This is needed for a legitimated and targeted European policy on the security of raw material supply. Also, it will help raise awareness within the business-community.

The program of the conference is divided into a plenary part and several breakout sessions. All attendees will participate in one breakout session.

We ask you to prioritize one breakout session that you would like to participate in and give a second choice should the session of your first choice be fully booked.

During lunch we have prepared a preplanned Meet & Greet for all participants, for which you can sign-up beforehand. Participants will be asked to subscribe after receiving the official acceptance to the conference via a separate email. More details on this Meet & Greet are provided in this separate e-mail. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the conference.

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Final Program

09.00 Registration

09.30 Welcome: Opening and goal of the conference

  • Mr. Dirk Jan Koch, Special Envoy on Natural Resources (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands)

09.40 Opening speech

  • Mr. Bertholt Leeftink, Director-General Enterprise and Innovation (Ministry of Economic Affairs, Netherlands)

10.00 Presentation of the Dutch representatives

  • Dutch modelling on 'materials in the Dutch economy': Prof. Arnold Tukker (Institute of Environmental Sciences at Leiden University, Netherlands)
  • Policy and business: Ms. Karin Weustink (Ministry of Economic Affairs, Netherlands)
  • Debate with the audience

10.45 Coffee Break

11.15 Presentation of the German representatives

  • Insights from a policy perspective: Dr. Thomas Gäckle (Ministry of Economic Affairs, Germany)
  • Insights from a business perspective: Ms. Eva Stollberger (BDI)
  • Debate with the audience

12.00 Presentation of the French representatives

  • Insights from a policy perspective: Mr. Rémi Galin (Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France)
  • Insights from a business perspective: Mr. Laurent Corbier (Eramet)
  • Debate with the audience

12.45 European Commission: how to ensure sustainable flows of raw materials to the EU economy, raising awareness and consistency across policies

  • Mr. Constantin Ciupagea (European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre)

13.10 Lunch + Meet & Greet

14.15 Breakout sessions*

For every topic three main questions are central:

1. What is the intelligence required for the topic?
2. What conditions should be organized to optimize the intelligence possibilities?
3. What would be a useful EU policy initiative in this regard?

  • Session 1: Improving the intelligence level of enterprises: Chair Mr. Robert van Beek (FME) & Ton Bastein (TNO)

Supply risks are a result of trade barriers, political instability, stockpiling raw materials, increasing prices, speculation, natural disasters, legislation etc. Information is available but aggregated on a high level and changes continuously. Most enterprises are unable to collect and interpret all the necessary information they need to assess their supply risk.

  • Session 2: International trade in agriculture raw materials: Chair Ms. Floor Uitterhoeve (FNLI) & Mr. Eddy Esselink (MVO)

The European (food) consumption pattern is highly depending on the import of (a wide range of) agricultural raw materials, such as oils, fats, proteins and spices. Both import and export policies have a tremendous effect on the availability and security of supply. In this breakout session both the role of producing countries as well as the EU policy will be discussed and highlighting some of the key materials we use every day.

  • Session 3: Sourcing in Europe: Chair Dr. Patrice Christmann (BRGM) & Ms. Marion Braks (Economic Department, Netherlands Embassy in Paris, France)

This workshop will put a focus on sourcing of metals in Europe and addressing, amongst others, the question: how viable are the possibilities for sourcing of metals in Europe?

  • Session 4: Resource efficient chain approach for electronics: Chair Mr. Mattheüs van de Pol (Ministry of Economic Affairs) & Ms. Sonia Kalauzova (Philips)

In this session we will explore the information infrastructure necessary to facilitate a pan-European cooperation in the field of electronics, to mitigate resource risks (f.e. conflict minerals) through joint due diligence and circular business propositions.

  • Session 5: Corporate Social Responsibility: Chair Mr. Jan Pieter Barendse (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands)

To adequately take action in the area of conflict materials and minerals, international cooperation is a necessary precondition. In this session we want to explore possibilities to enhance corporate social responsibility. 

15.15 Coffee Break

15.35 Takeaways and Options

  • Mr. Mattia Pellegrini, DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME's (European Commission)

16.00 Outcome breakout sessions, concluding statements & discussion

  • Mr. Michel Rademaker (The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies)

16.30 Closing remarks

  • Mr. Hans de Boer, President of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW)

16.45 End of the conference & drinks


* Disclaimer: Due to a limited availability of seats, we cannot guarantee that everyone will be arranged in accordance to their first or second preference.

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