EU should promote continued supply of critical metals, consultant says

The EU should not encourage substitution of critical metals and should instead focus on promoting regulations that will help ensure their continued supply, according to Maurits Bruggink.

Bruggink, director at public affairs consultancy Ridens Public Affairs, made his comments to Metal Bulletin as the European Commission was in the process of analysing substances, including minor metals, that it has classed as “critical” for trade in Europe, to update a report first published in 2010.
The critical raw materials list has already attracted some criticism from the industry, which is concerned that it could promote substitution and create unnecessary fears about supply shortages.
“The word ‘critical’ is a bit unfortunate as customers think that ‘critical’ means ‘we have to find substitution’. The list gives extra encouragement for them to find substitutions, but what is needed is more security of supply in the future,” Bruggink said.
Ridens Public Affairs has coordinated a critical raw materials alliance, which met in Brussels in February to present a voice of the industry to the EU.

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Chloe Smith

April 25, 2014

13:22 GMT

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