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Europe is getting into battle order to secure its supply of critical metals



Posted Feb 1 2022 at 18:45Updated Feb 1. 2022 at 07:14 PM

The Europeans’ dream of carbon neutrality in 2050 could come up against a harsh physical reality: to do without fossil fuels, the need for copper, lithium, cobalt or nickel is colossal. However, “only 2% of the metals used for the energy transition […] are available on the European continent”, recalled the French Minister of Industry Agnès Pannier-Runacher this Tuesday in Lens, during an informal meeting between European leaders to reflect on how to secure the supply of raw materials and first place in critical metals.

In this former mining basin, where a giant battery factory is under construction, the Ministers for Industry of the members of the Union, the Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton and the Vice-President of the Commission Maroš Šefčovič met agreed on a roadmap to strengthen “the strategic autonomy of the European Union” and make up for the delay in the battery sector. French Commissioner Thierry Breton made a point of specifying that this autonomy will remain “open”, since it will go through partnerships, but that it will be done “without naivety” in relations with countries, whether with the United States or with China.

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