The Forum facilitated essential conversations on the sustainable and dependable sourcing of primary raw materials to meet the needs of the European industrial ecosystems. It also addressed the impact of the European Critical Raw Materials Act, Just Transition, Coal phase-out, and other policies on further opportunities for the mining and metals industry in Central, Eastern, and wider Europe. A special session of the Forum was dedicated to the modernisation mining industry in Ukraine and the opportunity for the development of green metals and materials required to meet climate change commitments.
An exhibition of mining projects and technologies organised alongside the Forum stimulated business exchange and forged partnerships with the local mining communities.
The MINEX Europe Forum is dedicated to more than just knowledge sharing and industry meetings. It’s about making a tangible, positive impact on the communities it touches. The Forum contributed $5,620 to the Foundation Ukraine NGO to empower and support Ukrainian Refugees in Lower Silesia.
One of the key objectives of the MINEX Europe Forum is to share best practices in mineral resources management, mining and post-mining reconciliation, and redevelopment of mining areas. The Forum delegates had an opportunity to visit one of the most prominent cases of the repurposing of the old mine turned into a grand tourist attraction in Poland which has in 2022 won the prestigious European Heritage Award
Visit to a Medieval Gold Mining Village at Złoty Stok became an unforgettable experience showcasing post-mining reconciliation and redevelopment of mining areas, turning an abandoned mine town into a thriving tourist attraction and Polish-German heritage center.
Złoty Stok is the oldest mining and metallurgical centre in Poland. Arsenic and gold deposits were mined in these areas as early as the 13th century. Mining activity flourished in the 16th century. In the golden age of mining, there could be as many as 150 small and larger mines in the area In 1962, the mine in Złoty Stok ceased its activity, and later it was completely flooded. It is estimated that during 700 years of exploitation, 16 tonnes of pure gold were obtained from local deposits.
On May 28, 1996, the Underground Tourist Route “Gold Mine” was launched. Extremely interesting tunnels were made available: “Gertuda Adit”, and “Black Upper Adit” with the only underground waterfall in Poland (8 m high) and the newest section, open to the public since 2008, the Lower Black Adit.