What is MINEX Europe Forum?

MINEX Forum is a registered trademark event aimed at highlighting business and investment opportunities in mining and exploration industries across European regions.

The Forum is organised by Advantix Ltd, an event and digital media company established in 2002. The Forum was incepted in 2015 in Vienna. In 2017 – 2019 the MINEX Europe Forums were held in Serbia, North Macedonia and Bulgaria, focusing on the sustainable development of raw materials in the Balkans region and wider Europe.  In 2020, during the COVID19 lockdown, the Forum was organised online.  In 2022 the Forum resumed its in-person format and was held in Albania, promoting opportunities in Western Balkans.

The 7th MINEX Europe Mining and Exploration Forum will be held under the theme “Mining and Green Transition in Central and Eastern Europe” on 17– 19 October 2023 in Poland focusing on Sustainable Mining and Just transition in Eastern, Central, and wider Europe.

What are the objectives of the MINEX Europe Forum?

The main objective of the Forum is to provide a fresh outlook on mining and exploration of primary and secondary raw materials development in Eastern, Central, and wider Europe and to stimulate discussion between industry, governments and investors on sustainable mining relying on advanced international knowledge and technology.

How is the Forum organised?

MINEX Europe Forum is organised in a hybrid format connecting remote and in-person delegates, speakers, and exhibitors. Access to the Forum’s sessions as well as a web application and live broadcasts is provided exclusively to registered participants. Remote viewers will be able to watch the live broadcast of the Forum sessions and purchase access to the event materials which will be released after 1 November.

Who organises MINEX Europe Forum?

The Forum is managed by Advantix Ltd, an event and digital media company established in 2002.

The Forum is organised in partnership with the UK Department of Trade

Who takes part in the Forum?

The Forum regularly brings together around 200-300 in-person participants from the hosting country and international organisations. For more information, read here.

How to contact organisers?

You can send questions to MINEX Europe Forum Secretariat by completing an online contact form. We will endeavour to reply within 48 hours.

What is a Just transition?

A just transition seeks to ensure that the substantial benefits of a green economy transition are shared widely, while also supporting those who stand to lose economically – be they countries, regions, industries, communities, workers or consumers.

A rapid increase in the speed and scale of actions required to reduce the risks of climate change will create new economic opportunities.

Whilst a just transition is mainly based on environmental considerations, it is also shaped by other structural changes affecting labour markets, such as globalisation, labour-saving technologies and the shift to services.

A just transition is an integral part of many of the global commitments adopted by countries. The Paris Agreement acknowledges “the imperatives of a just transition of the workforce and the creation of decent work and quality jobs in accordance with nationally defined development priorities” and highlights the importance of workers in responding to climate change.

Furthermore, the just transition concept links to 14 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, explicitly drawing together SDGs 12 – climate action, 10 – reduced inequalities, 8 – decent work and economic growth, and 7 – affordable and clean energy.

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What are mining opportunities in Eastern, Central and wider Europe?

Opportunities in Eastern, Central and wider Europe to develop the supply of metals and minerals to EU’s green energy transition.

  • Lithium: This metal is a key component in rechargeable batteries, which are essential for electric vehicles and renewable energy storage. Countries such as the Czech Republic have significant lithium reserves, which could supply a substantial part of the EU’s demand.
  • Copper and Silver: These metals are essential for wind turbines, solar panels, and electric vehicles due to their electrical conductivity. Poland is one of the world’s leading producers of silver, and both Poland and Bulgaria have substantial copper mining industries.
  • Rare Earth Elements (REEs): REEs are vital for a wide range of green technologies, including wind turbines, electric vehicles, and energy-efficient lighting. While China currently dominates global REE production, there are significant reserves in countries like Poland, which could potentially be developed to provide a more secure supply.
  • Nickel and Cobalt: These metals are essential for the production of lithium-ion batteries. Finland, Poland, and the Balkan countries have significant nickel and cobalt reserves.

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