Meeting of Bilateral Dialogue on Raw Materials
November 17th, 2020 (by videoconference)
The third meeting of the Bilateral Dialogue on Raw Materials established under Article 25.4 of CETA took place in a digital format on 17 November 2020, hosted by the EU.
1. Opening remarks and policy updates
Policy updates focused on Covid-19 impact on the raw materials value chains, recovery patterns and plans and latest developments on critical raw materials’ policy and strategies from both parties, in particular in the context of achieving a climate-neutral economy.
2. Shaping the Strategic Partnership on critical raw materials
Both parties expressed interest in establishing a partnership on critical raw materials and agreed:
- CETA, in general, and the raw materials dialogue, in particular, provide a solid framework for developing the partnership, based on common interests, complementarities and shared values;
- The initial main axes for this partnership are: 1) integration of respective raw materials value chains, 2) cooperation on R&I and 3) aligning environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria and standards
3. Coordination in international fora
Both parties consider the Trilateral EU-US-Japan Conference on Critical Materials an important forum for addressing global challenges along critical raw materials value chains with like-minded countries. Expansion of this forum to include Canada and Australia as full members represents an important step to ensure greater coordination going forward.
Both parties agreed that it is important to strengthen cooperation on international standards for raw materials.
4. Innovation Exchange
Both parties presented the lates+t developments on R&I along the raw materials value chain, in particular in the context of Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation programme. Canada presented the main elements of its research strategy for the raw materials value chain.
Both parties agreed to explore how best to strengthen cooperation on R&I along the raw materials value chain.
5. Interaction with stakeholders
Stakeholders reiterated their interest in contributing to the dialogue, especially on four themes: increasing investment; environment and social licence to operate and responsible mining; permitting procedures; and innovation.
Stakeholders consider that policy requires coherence and permitting procedures need to be streamlined without compromising high ESG standards, if society wants a green, digital and climate-neutral economy.
6. Closing remarks and next steps
Both parties agreed to use this dialogue to develop the strategic partnership on critical raw materials, in collaboration with EU member states and Canadian provincial and territorial governments.
Due to the uncertainty linked with the Covid-19 pandemic, the next meeting of the dialogue will be decided and announced later, but it is anticipated for mid-2021.
DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW)
DG Energy (DG ENER)
DG Research and Innovation (DG RTD)
DG Trade (DG TRADE)
European External Action Service (EEAS)
EU Delegation to Canada
Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME)
Austria, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism
Belgium, Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs
Belgium, Federal Public Services Economy
Belgium, Flanders Investment & Trade Agency
Finland, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
Finland, Geological Survey of Finland
France, Ministry of Ecological Transition
Germany, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Hungary, Mining and Geological Survey of Hungary
Ireland, Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications
Poland, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Portugal, Directorate General for Energy and Geology
Sweden, Geological Survey of Sweden
EIT Raw Materials
Natural Resources Canada, Lads and Minerals Sector; Strategic Policy and Innovation Sector
Global Affairs Canada
Invest in Canada
Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Geological Survey
Ontario, Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines
Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Industry, Energy and Technology
New Brunswick, Minerals and Resource Development/Natural Resources and Energy Development
Quebec, Ministry of Economy and Innovation
Alberta, Jobs, Economy and Innovation
List of Representatives of the EU, Canada and Raw Materials Stakeholders Forum attending the government –stakeholders’ session of the EU-Canada Bilateral Dialogue on Raw Materials
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Canadian Rare Earth Elements Network (CREEN)
Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT)
Imperial Mining Group
Mining Association of Canada (MAC)
Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)
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