"A citizen of an advanced industrialised nation consumes in six months the energy and raw materials that have to last the citizen of a developing country his entire lifetime."

-Maurice Strong, oil and mineral businessman

Our Aims

The CRM Interest Group works to strengthen the EU economy on solid foundations.

The MEP Interest Group on Critical Raw Materials was formed at the request of Prof. Carlos Zorrinho MEP to promote the interests of Critical Raw Materials (CRMS).

The CRM Interest group does not aim to create or support "political issues". The only political statement for the CRM Interest Group is to recognise the importance of the CRM's for Europe's Circular Economy.

What Are CRMs?

Raw Materials form Europe's strong industrial base, producing a broad range of goods and applications used in everyday life and modern technologies.

There is a growing concern about access to some of these materials. 

CRMs are raw materials of high importance to the EU economy and of high risk associated with their supply.

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According to the Commission

A list of identified CRMs serves to: 


   strengthen the competitiveness of European


    foster efficient use and recycling of materials

    negotiate trade agreements


    develop research and innovation

    increase awareness of supply risks​

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