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Critical Raw Materials and Trade Policy

14th April 2015


The CRM Day on 14 April 2015 marked the first event organised by the CRM Alliance as an officially established organisation. In the morning, the first official Alliance board meeting was held in the offices of Ridens Public Affairs to discuss the main strategic objectives of the Alliance. At lunch time, the board was joined at the Thon Hotel EU by CRM Alliance members, Members of the European Parliament, representatives of the European Commission and of various Permanent Representations and Missions to the EU to discuss critical materials and trade. The day ended with the first official meeting of the CRM Alliance where the Board was officially elected by the General Assembly of CRM Alliance representatives. Previously, the CRM Alliance organised a CRM Exhibition in the European Parliament in February 2014 and a luncheon event on CRMs and Industrial Policy in October 2014.

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Speaker Profiles


Prof. Dr. Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl – Member of the European Parliament

Prof. Dr. Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl has been an MEP since 1989. She is a member of the German and EU Christian Democratic Party (EPP). She focuses on international trade and foreign affairs. She is the EPP standing Rapporteur on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the vice-chair of the EP Delegation for relations with Canada. Since 1973 she holds a PhD. nat. at the University of Leuven. Since 2009 she holds a Honorary Professorship at the University of Hildesheim where she has been teaching since 2002.




oDGIrVSigne Ratso – Director at DG Trade

Signe Ratso has been Director at DG Trade since 2007. She is currently responsible for Trade Strategy and Analysis as well as Market Access issues, including implementation issues. Her Directorate is also in charge of the industrial sector aspects of the EU trade policy, including energy and access to raw materials. Previously she has kept a Director’s post in the same DG, being responsible for the following areas: WTO and OECD issues, legal aspects of trade policy including WTO Dispute Settlements, export credits and dual use of exports, food-related sectors. After joining the Commission at the beginning of 2006, she held the post of Principal Adviser in DG TRADE for the first year. She has been dealing with international trade issues since 1983, being responsible for Estonia’s accession to the WTO and negotiating various bi- and multi-lateral trade and economic agreements. She has two University degrees. In 1983 she graduated from Tartu University in Estonia as an English philologist, in 1993 in International Trade and International Economics.


R1GwuyMartin Tauber – President of the CRM Alliance

Martin Tauber is the first President of the newly formed CRM Alliance. Since 2009 he has been working as a consultant for Magontec. As Vice President Strategy & Business Development he was engaged with building-up a business strategy and selecting and executing a take-over by a new owner forming the Magontec Group, listed on the Australian stock-exchange. Magontec is the most diversified magnesium metal company globally, with primary JVs, primary alloys, recycling and magnesium anodes. Previously, he has held various marketing positions working for: EOC Group, Belgium; Norsk Hydro Magnesium, Belgium; Borealis AB, Sweden; and PCD Polymere, Austria. He holds a PhD social and economic science from the University of Linz, Austria.


14th April 2015
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