Annual Conference 2016: Minerals Policy and Governance in Europe
The first MIN-GUIDE Annual Conference took place during the European Raw Materials Week in Brussels on 2 December 2016. It focussed on minerals policy and legislation as well as minerals governance approach in the EU Member States.
The Annual Conference hosted around 75 participants from all over Europe, in order to exchange knowledge and experiences, based on the stock-taking of mineral policies in all EU Member States and the EU level undertaken in the project. In addition to high-level keynote presentations and interactive sessions, the MIN-GUIDE online Minerals Policy Guide was presented. Moreover, the Annual Conference provided a platform for networking and community building, allowing participants to make use of an informal meeting space to exchange with peers and stakeholders from related areas and communities.
The Conference comprised three interactive sessions, introducing participants to good practice results along the three pillars of the MIN-GUIDE approach for Good Governance:
- Policy coherence (strategic national policy frameworks),
- Enabling business environment (streamlined permitting procedures), and
- Transparency & legitimacy (stakeholder involvement).
The format of the sessions allowed participants to hands-on learn and exchange about good practice success criteria; explore transferability in their own context; and discuss gaps and future needs. In that sense, the three sessions were integrated with the outcomes of the 1st MIN-GUIDE Policy Laboratory, entitled “Good Governance in Minerals Policy in Europe” and, thus, enable a wider audience of participants to learn from its results and, moreover, further complement good practice learning and transfer.
All the presentations of the Annual Conference can be found below:
- Creating an enabling business environment: Cornerstones of a favourable minerals policy framework - Dirk Fincke, Secretary General UEPG;
- Stakeholder involvement in the mining sector: Facilitating a social licence to operate - Michael Tost, Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria;
- Results of the stock-taking on minerals policies - Andreas Endl, Institute for Managing Sustainability, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria;
- Presentation of the MIN-GUIDE Online Minerals Policy Guide (version 1.0) - Veronika Cerna, GOPA Com., Belgium;
- Results of the MIN-GUIDE Policy Laboratory 1: Overview and analysis and parallel workshop themes - Andreas Endl, Institute for Managing Sustainability, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria.
Workshop 1: Strategic national policy frameworks
- Sweden - Ms Lisbeth Hildebrand;
- Portugal - Ms Paula Castanheira Dinis;
- Finland - Ms Riikka Aaltonen.
Workshop 2: Permitting procedures
- Ireland - Ms Laurena Leacy;
- Denmark - Ms Birgitte Meidahl Petersen;
- Belgium (Flanders) - Ms Renate Schoofs.
Workshop 3: Stakeholder involvement