The CRM Alliance welcomes the Commission’s call to create an expert network on critical raw materials. Given the supply risk and economic importance of critical raw materials for the European Union, it is vital that policy-makers from the EU and the member states make better informed decisions regarding the supply of CRMs, as well as work towards developing European standards to optimise the recovery of these materials. An expert network on CRMs will significantly help reduce the current knowledge gaps to foster the supply of EU sources, raise awareness of the importance of CRMs for society, and develop solutions to the various challenges relating to their supply. According to the Commission, this proposed action should develop an expert network or structure of networks covering all CRMs and where possible, include stakeholders to cover as much of the value chains as possible.
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