As appears from the MINLEX report, the wide variety of permitting processes in the EU is challenging for mining investors in the non-energy extractive industry. However, mining companies cannot be kept dependent on slow and sometimes complex permitting procedures that interfere with other regulations (environmental, labour, chemicals, etc.), while fixing their mining rights is key and preliminary to all other related regulatory issues. Streamlined and focused processes combined with harmonisation of regulations would favour the investment climate and allow relaunching EU’s own mining industry and production to the best of EU’s strategic interests, including the best interest of the consumers.
The presentation will outline an attempt to remove barriers to mine permitting in order to meet these targets.