THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS
underlines the role of local and regional administrations, which should be seen as important representatives of people potentially affected by strategic projects;
underlines that sustainability standards and human rights and environmental due diligence requirements must be met in supply chains in a way that is consistent, competitive and low in red tape;
underlines that skills and expertise in former and active mining regions can be important for the mining, production and processing of critical and strategic raw materials;
welcomes, therefore, considering a more ambitious recycling capacity target of at least 20% of the annual consumption of strategic raw materials in the EU aiming at full circularity in future;
believes that reducing the use of critical raw materials through efficiency gains along value chains must also be part of the solution for European security of supply;
stresses that the launch of research and extraction projects entails a major financial risk and that their planning, investment and operating costs may therefore be dependent on public financial support.
supports the creation of the European Critical Raw Materials Board to monitor compliance with the directives; regrets, however, that the European Commission has not provided for an explicit role for European local and regional authorities in this Board; calls on the European Commission, therefore, to extend the membership of the European Critical Raw Materials Board to include a representative of European local and regional authorities, appointed by the CoR.