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For two days, Prague has become the capital city of European mining industry representatives

OSTRAVA (April 28th 2009) – The largest mining companies of all Europe, including companies operating in industrial fields whose existence is dependent on raw materials supplies, will hold discussions in Prague at a Conference “Mineral Resources for Europe” taking place today and tomorrow. This prestigious meeting of experts is organised by Euromines – European Association of Mining Industries in collaboration with Těžební unie – the Czech Mining Association and the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade within the framework of the Czech EU Presidency. The conference is also attended by the representatives of OKD, the north-Moravian mining firm that, as a member of the Board of Euromines and of the Czech Mining Association, is one of the organisers of the event.


Among other things, discussion will focus on the new EU raw materials initiative published towards the end of last year in reaction to the increasing shortage of natural resources and the more and more palpable competition in particular on the part of the Chinese and Indian firms which more and more often import natural raw materials from Africa and Latin American countries.


“Raw materials mining in Europe is considerably more environment friendly than in the third world countries,“ says Leo Bayer, Director of Operations OKD, commenting on the present-day trend.


The objective of the new EU initiative is to simplify the conditions for the access of industrial firms to minerals and metals deposits in wildlife preserves protected the Natura 2000 European network. Nevertheless, the European Commission emphasises that any increased mining activity in protected areas must be carried out in a sustainable manner.


Moreover, the European executive promotes enhancement of diplomacy in the area of natural resources and the establishment of a dialogue with international partners to ensure a better access of Europe to natural resource. The recommendations of the new EU strategies include an appeal for more extensive recycling of end-of-life products or ban on the illegal export of ferrous scrap.


The conference is held on April 28th and 29th in the Praha hotel.


Notes for editors:


Euromines is the recognised representative of the European metals and minerals mining industry in Europe. Its main objective is to promote the industry and keep relations to the European institutions at all levels. Additionally, it provides services to its members with regard to the EU policy and a network for information exchange and co-operation throughout the sector within Europe. Euromines closely co-operates and fosters contacts with other parts of the mining community throughout the world


Mining Union is an interest association operating in the Czech Republic since 1990. The main activity of the Mining Union consists in close co-operation with state administration bodies in the review procedure of the necessary bills and decrees, organisation of meetings, seminars and training courses. Since 2004 the Mining Union is a member of Euromines, European Association of Mining Industries, Metal Ores & Industrial Minerals.


Vladislav Sobol, spokesman, OKD, a.s.