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Critical Raw Materials and Industrial Policy

14th October 2015


The CRM Day marked the first official day organised by the CRM Alliance. After an informal reception hosted at the Ridens Public Affairs office the evening before, CRM Alliance members convened in the morning at the European Parliament for their first meeting. The objectives were to further discuss both individual and common concerns that CRMs are experiencing at the EU level and to agree on a future organisational structure. Members reconfirmed the objective to ensure that CRMs receive a systematic consideration when drafting legislation, which should not be focused on substitution. In practice, this meant the establishment of a clear strategy of the CRM Alliance to promote the importance of critical materials to the EU and to support a CRM policy.

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Speaker Profiles

Paul RUBIG - 8th Parliamentary term

Dr. Paul Rübig, Member of the European Parliament

Dr. Rübig is a Member of the European Parliament since 1996, as a representative of the Austrian ÖVP (EPP group). Dr. Rübig is a long-standing member of the ITRE Committee (Industry, Research and Energy), where he is also the vice-coordinator for the EPP group. He studied Business Administration and is a renowned advocate for SMEs, as president of SME global and honorary president of SME Europe. Furthermore Dr. Rübig is a Member of the Scientific Technology Options Assessment Committee in the EP and during the last parliamentary term, he was co-chair of the Business & Raw Materials intergroup.




qRZXn9Flor Diaz Pulido, European Commission, DG Enterprise, Deputy Head of Unit Raw Materials, Metals, Minerals and Forest-based Industries.

After studying Law, European and International affairs at the Autonomous and Central Universities of Barcelona (Spain), Flor DIAZ PULIDO completed studies on International Affairs at Cambridge University, Sciences Politiques (Paris) and the “Haute Etudes Internationales” in Geneva. She joined the Commission in 1995. After 4 years in the legal affairs department of DG Fisheries she moved into Energy matters ( DG ENER: inter-institutional matters; internal market and legal affairs) and DG MOVE (Aviation and maritime transports: internal maket, consumer affairs related to Transport, passenger rights), where she was appointed Head of Sector and later Deputy Head of Unit since 2009. In 2013 she has joined DG ENTR as Deputy Head of Unit in Unit F3 Raw Materials, Metals, Minerals and Forest-based Industries.




Rinalds Celmiņš, Latvian Permanent Representation to the EU, Counselor Entrepreneurship, Industry, Export Credits (no bio available)


yPpH84Mark Saxon, President and CEO of Tasman Metals 

As founding President & CEO of Tasman Metals Ltd, Mr. Saxon brings 22 years of experience in exploration and resource geology. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1991 with a First Class Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Geology. In 2006, Mr Saxon achieved a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment through the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. Mr Saxon has familiarity with a large number of mineralised terranes and individual mineral deposits and specialises in regional project generation for metals and exploration geochemistry. His experience ranges from first pass project generation to resource definition. Mr Saxon brings extensive experience and practical knowledge of the geology, prospectivity and operating environments of Australia, Europe and South America.



14th October 2015
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