Brussels, 19.11.2020

Partnering with the HORIZON 2020 MIREU project (Network of Mining and Metallurgy Regions in EU) we are pleased to invite you to a series of webinars from the MIREU project! The series is a chance to learn more about some of the project’s key findings. In the attachments you will find the event invitation as well as detailed agendas for each of the three sessions taking place:


Wednesday 25 November – 10:00 – 13:00 CET
The soft skills approach to responsible mining and metallurgy: education as a key ingredient for society-wide SLO
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Wednesday 2 December – 14:00 – 15:30 CET
Funding and investment conditions: how to attract money but also to trigger innovation and build expertise in Europe
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Thursday 3 December – 14:00 – 17:00 CET
Network of Mining and Metallurgy European Regions – joining our resources and giving the regions a voice in Brussels
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Registration is now open for all three sessions on the MIREU website. You will receive a separate link to join each session you sign up to. We look forward to engaging with you throughout the series.


Hilary Webb
Junior Policy & Communications Officer
Tel: +32 2 503 35 54
Mob: +32 2 486 47 61

We are pleased to announce that the new Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda (SRIA) on Circular Economy is now published, and available for download here.

The SRIA was developed based on eight priority themes (biomass and biotechnologies, chemicals, construction and demolition, food, plastic, raw materials, waste and water) and builds on four societal areas that face sustainability challenges (urban areas, industrial systems, value chains and territory and sea) to identify priority areas to tackle EU region-wide issues and facilitate the circular economy transition.

Developed within the H2020 CICERONE project in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, the SRIA will constitute the backbone of the future joint programming platform for circular economy: the EU Circular Cooperation Hub.

GKZ contributed and paid attention to include raw materials and metallurgy. And we are please to have these subjects considered in SRIA to a wide extend. We would like to take this opportunity - also in the name of CICERONE consortium - to thank all stakeholders that have provided feedback throughout the development of the SRIA, working with us to build more alignment and cooperation for circular economy R&I.

For more information on the CICERONE’s outputs, including the recent publication of a policy paper on “An innovation policy to meet the EU’s Green Deal circular economy goals”, visit our website at

Photo: Courtesy Nickelhütte Aue.

With its latest Communication to the European Parliament on “Critical Raw Materials Resilience: Charting a Path towards greater Security and Sustainability”the European Commission recognizes that the “Access to resources is a strategic security question for Europe’s ambition to deliver the Green Deal. The new industrial strategy for Europe proposes to reinforce Europe’s open strategic autonomy, warning that Europe’s transition to climate neutrality could replace today’s reliance on fossil fuels with one on raw materials, many of which we source from abroad and for which global competition is becoming more fierce.

The EU’s open strategic autonomy in these sectors will therefore need to continue to be anchored in diversified and undistorted access to global markets for raw materials” and to foster exploration and extraction of domestic raw materials. This is where GREENPEG comes into play. The project focusses on LCT and NYF type pegmatite that may show economic grades of critical materials such as high purity quartz or lithium, essential for the energy transition. They are small but occur in large numbers, allowing exploitation with little investment, but hard to find. The aim of GREENPEG is to develop innovative, competitive toolsets at TRL7 for the exploration of buried LCT and NYF pegmatites, including three new instrumental techniques and new datasets for prospect scale (<50 km²) and district scale (50-500 km²) exploration.

Under the slogan „Join us feeding the energy transition“ GREENPEG started Juli 2020 comprising 13 partners from five European countries. The project is coordinated by the University of Oslo and financed by the EU HORIZON 2020 programme. GKZ is responsible for „Exploitation, Dissemination, Clustering“ and developed together with scharfe//media, Dresden the GREENPEG website.

Chemnitz Industrial Museum is expanding the permanent exhibition thematically

On the initiative and with expert advice from GKZ, the Chemnitz Industrial Museum is expanding its permanent exhibition thematically to include the importance of raw materials, especially domestic raw materials, for the economy and our daily life. This should also promote more acceptance for this branch of the economy and more awareness of raw materials. In addition to examples from the past, from ore, hard and lignite and uranium mining of former Sowjet-German WISMUT AG, the focus is on the importance of raw material extraction for the current needs of people. It also deals with questions of consumer´s responsibility towards the environment, value chains and the circular economy, historical and current development paths in mining and the importance of raw materials for the future.
In three exhibition areas, selected exhibits demonstrate the diversity of domestic raw materials and their importance for society as well as stimulating and strengthening the Saxon and German manufacturing.

Read the press release from the Chemnitz Industrial Museum on September 4, 2020.

The scientific director, Ms. Jantje Samtleben, and the head of the construction material recycling, gypsum recycling, gypsum substitute construction materials department, Dr. Simon Eichhorn, continued their talks in the presence of the Thuringia representative of GKZ, Andreas Schaubs, meeting at GKZ office in Freiberg. The focus of the cooperation, for which membership in the GKZ is currently being examined, is on R&D and awareness-raising in construction material recycling as well as project developments at German and European level. The GKZ is thus expanding its presence in Thuringia and expanding its portfolio with this important topic, supported by the results of ongoing and completed projects, such as the HORIZON 2020 project CICERONE.

MIREU Metallurgy Region Saxony

Freiberg, Lisbon 10.7.2020

On 25 and 26 May GKZ and NOVA organised MIREU’s first online workshop: Funding Tomorrow’s Raw Materials (RM) Sector. The organisers have summed up the events key discussion ahead of the publication of a report.







Day one introduced a number of MIREU regional partners’ approaches and best practices in strategically developing a region´s RM sector in the context of public funding schemes. The main topics discussed were:

  • How raising the awareness of governments and the public on the strategic importance of raw materials may lead to better access to funds;
  • How networking mining regions and stakeholders from RM sector joint ideas and messages may create a larger impact on policy decision-makers;
  • What is the role of the clusters in funding of tomorrow’s RM sector, for example, as matchmakers, enablers of new development projects and connecting between regional business and at EU level;
  • How can a networking project like MIREU, and subsequently organisation like CoMMER, support mining and metallurgy regions in response to the challenges raised by the Green Deal and industrial policies on the demand for RM production in the EU.

Day two focused on attracting private mining investments for the benefit of regions. The main topics discussed were:

  • The EU should consider re-evaluating the supply chain of critical industries in Europe;
  • Mining in Europe – constraints, opportunities and ways to create favourable conditions for investing in the regions with rich mineral resources;
  • The value of data and its accessibility;
  • Skills and labour force needed in today’s mining and metallurgy sector;
  • The role of SLO in the future establishment of mines in Europe.

The findings and key messages from the workshop will be summed up in a report which will be published soon. The report includes a background contextual research on EU funding programmes 2014-2020 in relation to mining and metallurgy sector, the importance of consistent policies in attracting private mining investments and the outlook of future EU policies and funding schemes from the perspective of RM sector.

Freiberg, 14.7.2020

The managing directors of the BdG (Bonn), GDMB (Clausthal), VGBU (Berlin) and GKZ (Freiberg) met not online, but in person to join forces. The subject of the kick-off meeting at the GKZ office for a future constant exchange was the analysis of the Federal Government's Raw Materials Strategy and measures for its critical questioning, in particular on the subject of domestic raw material supply and the creation of a level playing field. Results included in the fact that GKZ will examine to join the organisation RohstoffWissen! and contribute his "best practices" for more resource awareness in civil society.

Brussels, 4.6.2020

GREENPEG is the acronym of a HORIZON 2020 innovation project as a contribution to the work program "Greening the economy in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals".
The focus is on the development and optimization of exploration technologies for an exploration tool kit for lithium cesium tantalum and niobium yttrium fluorine pegmatites. The tests are situated in four areas in Norway, Ireland, Austria and Portugal. GKZ leads the work package "Communication, PR, networking, innovation management and exploitation of results" in the € 9,250,000  project with 13 partners, including GKZ members.

After the “online kick-off meeting” on 4 June, a regional kick-off conference is planned for 24 November 2020 in Freiberg / Saxony. The website's lunch will take place in the last week of August 2020 from the Tysfjord test area in Norway.

Find the GREENPEG project description on CORDIS here.

Brussels, 31.5.2020

After several public consultations, the final version of the SRIA has now been submitted to the European Commission as a result of the HORIZON 2020 project CICERONE.

A focus on systemic change and adopting a cross-cutting interdisciplinary approach is at the heart of the SRIA, addressing eight themes (biomass, chemicals, construction and demolition, food, plastic, raw materials, waste and water) that build on four societal areas that face sustainability challenges (urban areas, industrial systems, value chains and territory and sea) to tackle EU region-wide issues and facilitate the transition to a circular economy.

GKZ set priorities especially in research and development in the field of metallurgy as a key enabler for the circular economy as well as in the recycling of building materials.
Find the previous publications here.

The coal phase-out represents an unprecedented economic and socio-political challenge for Saxony, in which the words mining and infrastructure are mentioned the most. In this context, the conference series "Mining meets Railway Technology" - a joint format of the industrial associations GKZ Freiberg and BTS Rail Saxony - addressed relevant dependencies of the rail-bound infrastructure with the securing of raw materials and water management at their latest conference in the Dresden Elbflorenz Hotel. Between needs, wishes and funding, on the one hand, and the understanding of geotechnical, material and water management challenges, on the other hand, experts on the subject gave lectures on the imponderables of a complex regional structural change.