EIT RawMaterials supports key activities regarding minerals, metals, raw materials innovation, entrepreneurship and education, and EIT RawMaterials has many stakeholders and collaborators. Synergetic activities include participation in alliances, advisory boards, working groups and committees, and we have regular meetings with key stakeholders on national and EU level, such as the European Commission and representatives for important raw materials organisations and associations. These are some organisations that we work closely with:


Copernicus is the European Union’s Earth Observation Programme, looking at our planet and its environment for the ultimate benefit of all European citizens. It offers information services based on satellite Earth Observation and in situ (non-space) data.

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EBA – European Battery Alliance

The European Battery Alliance (EBA) was launched in October 2017 by Vice President Šefčovič.
This cooperative platform gathers:

  • the European Commission
  • interested EU countries
  • the European Investment Bank
  • key industrial stakeholders
  • innovation actors

The immediate objective is to create a competitive manufacturing value chain in Europe with sustainable battery cells at its core. To prevent technological dependence on our competitors and capitalise on the job, growth and investment potential of batteries, Europe has to move fast in the global race. According to some forecasts, Europe could capture a battery market of up to €250 billion a year from 2025 onwards. Covering the EU demand alone requires at least 10 to 20 ‘gigafactories’ (large-scale battery cell production facilities).

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EBRD – European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is an international financial institution founded in 1991. As a multilateral developmental investment bank, the EBRD uses investment as a tool to build market economies.

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EIP – The European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Raw Materials

The European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials is a stakeholder platform that brings together representatives from industry, public services, academia and NGOs. Its mission is to provide high-level guidance to the European Commission, Members States and private actors on innovative approaches to the challenges related to raw materials.

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EIRMA – European Industrial Research Management Association

The European Industrial Research Management Association is an independent, member-led and non-profit organisation involving around 100 major companies operating in a wide range of sectors. It is a peer-to-peer learning organisation for R&D and Innovation professionals. The Association was founded in 1966 with the support of OECD. EIRMA deals with effective global management and organisation of business R&D and innovation
within a European perspective.

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EMIRI – Energy Materials Industry Research Initiative

EMIRI – The Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative, set up in 2012, is driving forward research and innovation in the advanced materials for low-carbon energy applications. Innovative energy technologies are required to cost-effectively meet Europe’s energy and climate change challenges. These technologies will be enabled by the introduction of new, advanced materials.

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EREK (European Resource Efficiency Knowledge Centre)

The European Resource Efficiency Knowledge Centre helps European companies, especially SMEs, save energy, material and water costs. EREK provides tools, information and business opportunities demonstrating new and better ways to be resource-efficient and benefit from circular economy business models which turn waste into assets.

EREK also supports national, regional and local organisations across Europe that work with SMEs to improve their environmental performance, helping them to become more resource-efficient.

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Euromines is the recognised representative of the European metals and minerals mining industry. The association’s main objective is to promote the industry and to maintain its relations with European institutions at all levels. Euromines provides services to its members with regard to EU policy and serves as a network for cooperation and for the exchange of information throughout the sector within Europe. The association also fosters contacts with the mining community throughout the world.

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IMA Europe – The Industrial Minerals Association

IMA-Europe is an umbrella organisation which brings together a number of European associations specific to individual minerals: Calcium Carbonates (GCC/PCC), Dolomite, Andalusite, Bentonite, Borates, Diatomite, Feldspar, Kaolin, Lime, Mica, Plastic Clays, Sepiolite, Silica, Talc, Vermiculite. Together, IMA-Europe’s associations represent over 500 companies in 28 countries.

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INSPIRE – Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe

The INSPIRE Directive aims to create a European Union spatial data infrastructure for the purposes of EU environmental policies and policies or activities which may have an impact on the environment. This European Spatial Data Infrastructure will enable the sharing of environmental spatial information among public sector organisations, facilitate public access to spatial information across Europe and assist in policy-making across boundaries.

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JA Europe – Junior Achievement Europe

JA Europe is the largest non-profit in Europe dedicated to preparing young people for employment and entrepreneurship. JA Europe is a member of JA Worldwide® which for 100 years has delivered hands-on, experiential learning in entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy. JA creates pathways for employability, job creation and financial success.

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JRC – Joint Research Centre

The Joint Research Centre is the Commission’s science and knowledge service. The JRC employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.

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K4I – Knowledge4Innovation

Knowledge4Innovation is an open, independent, non-profit platform with a wide variety of stakeholders including regions, cities and universities, research organisations, trade organisations and think tanks as well as technology platforms small and large companies.

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SPIRE – Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency

EU process industry is at the core of most industrial value chains and faces the key challenge of having a high dependence on resources (energy, materials and water). An alliance of eight sectors of the European process industry (cement, ceramics, chemicals, engineering, minerals and ore, non-ferrous metals, steel and water) launched a new initiative on Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency (SPIRE), which is now becoming a contractual public-private partnership (PPP) under the new EU framework programme Horizon 2020. The sectors united under SPIRE include more than 450.000 individual enterprises, provide jobs for 6,8 million employees and generate annually more than € 1.600 billion in turnover. As such they are vital for Europe, representing 20% of the total European industry, both in terms of employment and turnover.

The SPIRE community has set out a research and innovation strategy reflected in the multi-annual roadmap for 2014-2020, which has been the subject of extensive public consultation. The research and innovation activities proposed are expected to lead to the breakthrough technologies needed to make the European process industry more sustainable and competitive, through improvements in resource and energy efficiency.

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PROMETIA is an international non-profit association promoting innovation in mineral processing and extractive metallurgy for mining and recycling of raw materials.
The Association aims to strengthen European technical skills and industrial know-how in raw materials processing and support industrial and economic development by:
• promoting easier access for industrial partners to the most relevant and competent European R&D teams as well as to services & facilities for up-scaling metallurgical and mineral processes in Europe
• promoting the most innovative cutting-edge scientific results from European research teams towards industrial partners
• facilitating the visibility and access of all the partners to various funding opportunities

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UNECE – United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe is one of the five regional commissions under the jurisdiction of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. It was established in order to promote economic cooperation and integrations among its Member States.

EIT RawMaterials is a part of the UNECE Resource Management group.

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