The SUMEX project team is happy to announce our “bringing it all together“ workshop, where we summarize the results of the SUMEX regional workshops on permitting, land use planning, health and safety, reporting and socio-economic and environmental impact assessments.

This physical event will be held on 17 November 2022 from 9:30 to 12:30 CET in Brussels as part of the EU Raw Materials Week 2022.

What can you expect?

This event gives you the opportunity to connect with each other and share knowledge that contributes to improving sustainable management of extractive industries in Europe.

In addition to presentations from keynote speakers on sustainable good practice examples in the European extractive industry, this event will include a panel discussion and will give the possibility for exchange and networking.


Event agenda

09:30 – OpeningMaria Nyberg, European Commission

09:40 – Sustainability Framework and approaches in EuropeMichael Tost, Montanuniversität Leoben and Maria Nyberg, EC

10:00 – SUMEX main results from the regional workshops and 2 good practice cases: 

  • H&S challenges facing deep underground mine operators
  • Closing the loop in quarry extraction

Moderator: Katharina Gugerell

Case representatives:

  • Krzysztof Fulawka, KGHM CUPRUM R&D
  • Kjartan Eggebø, VELDE

11:40 – Panel discussion on “What is needed to make sustainability happen?”

  • Riikka Aaltonen, Mineral Policy Finland
  • Mattia Pellegrini, EC, DG ENVI
  • Pablo Libreros, Lafarge Granulats
  • Michael Reckordt, PowerShift e.V.

12:25 – Summary and closure

12:30 – End of the session


How can you register?

Please register through the Raw Materials Week’s website.

Please register early, since this event is limited to 100 participants.


How much does attendance cost?

The EU Raw Materials Week attendance for registered participants is free of charge.

A small stipend (200€) is available to support registered participants in offsetting travel costs (e.g. hotel, flights/ trains, local transit). To receive this stipend after participating the event, participants will be asked to complete a cost reimbursement form that will be available at the event. Participants will need to retain and submit all original receipts (boarding pass, booking confirmation, invoices, etc.).


When will my attendance be confirmed? How many people may attend?

You will receive a confirmation message from the EU Raw Materials Week organizers after assessing your registration application. Due to the limited size of this event (100 participants), it may not be possible to confirm all registrations.


What Coronavirus regulations apply?

The event organisation shall comply with all local COVID-19 regulations.


What is the background?

Numerous solutions, strategies and best practice examples towards sustainable extraction in Europe already exist. At the same time, important actors frequently lack appropriate opportunities to benefit from the knowledge and experience of other practitioners; they see the need for further capacity building.

To help fill this gap, the SUMEX project was hosting a series of peer-learning workshops on sustainable mining in different subject areas. The 5 focus areas are:

  1. land use planning,
  2. permitting,
  3. socio-economic and environmental impact assessment,
  4. health & safety, and
  5. reporting.

These workshops were held in four EU geographical regions to strengthen the regional network. The Brussels event will bring all results and discussion of the four regional workshops together.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Stefanie Degreif:

We look forward to seeing you in person in the workshop!