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Critical Raw Materials and REACH

22nd September 2015


On 22 September 2015, the CRM Alliance organized a political luncheon event in Brussels. The luncheon was hosted by MEP Professor Carlos Zorrinho and sponsored by CRM Alliance member Etimine S.A. from Luxembourg. The event focused on a highly sensitive issue for several critical raw materials – EU environmental legislation (REACH) with a particular focus on borates. Since the EU is highly dependent on the import of borates into the EU from third countries such as Turkey and the United States, the discussion generally centred on the impact REACH has on trade.

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ZORRINHO Carlos - 8th Parliamentary term

Carlos Zorrinho – Member of the European Parliament

Carlos Zorrinho is a Portuguese politician and university professor. As a Member of the European Parliament, he is amongst others, Head of the Portuguese Delegation, Vice-chair of the Delegation for relations with the Federative Republic of Brazil, Member of the ITRE Committee, and Substitute Member for the ENVI Committee and the Delegation for the Delegation for relations with Mercosur. From 2009 to 2011, he served as Secretary of State for Energy and Innovation, within the Ministry of Economy, Innovation and Development. Returning to the Parliament in 2011, Carlos Zorrinho was elected Leader of the Socialist Party’s Parliamentary Group in September 2011. Mr. Zorrinho graduated in Business Management at the University of Information Management.


Bjorn Hansen – Head of Unit – DG Environment

Bjorn Hansen is one of the foremost experts on the history of REACH. He was involved in the creation of REACH and ECHA from the very beginning and basically designed the predecessor of REACH, the Existing Substances Regulation. In June 2003 he joined the Chemicals Unit of DG Environment in Brussels, Belgium where he is Deputy Head of the Chemicals Unit after having worked at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Ispra in 1991, Italy and at the European Chemicals Bureau from 1993 to 2003. Bjorn Hansen obtained his Master’s degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, New York, U.S.A. in 1985 and his Ph.D. in 1988 from the Technical University in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.


Bayram Ankarali – General Manager of Etimine S.A.

Bayram Ankarali was born in Turkey and has been living in Luxembourg since 1995. For the past 20 years he has been the General Manager of Etimine Societe Anonyme and has been actively involved in major European production industry and agriculture as supplier and supporter. Mr. Ankarali holds a Master of Business Administration. Etimine SA was established in 1984 in Luxembourg and is a subsidiary of Eti Maden IGM, a Turkish State owned company.


22nd September 2015
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