Policy Dossier on the Raw material strategy


Raw materials are a vital part of high tech and every day products. For some raw materials, the European industry has a high import dependency and sometimes the supply of these raw materials is hampered by protectionist trade policies.

The European Union has therefore adopted a European Raw Materials Initiative based on three pillars: ensuring access to resources in third countries; fostering sustainable supply of raw materials from European sources, and boosting resource efficiency and promoting recycling.

The last pillar is particularly relevant for Municipal Waste Europe, whose members are involved in recycling activities. Indeed, waste is an important source of raw materials. More recycling and reuse would reduce the pressure on the environment and increase the supply of raw materials. 

Please, read the full policy dossier here