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MEP Interest Group

Raw materials are crucial to Europe’s economy and essential to maintaining and improving our quality of life. Securing reliable and unhindered access to certain raw materials is a growing concern within the EU and across the globe. To address this challenge, the European Commission has drawn up a list of 20 Critical Raw Materials (CRMs), which were selected based on their economic importance to the EU and supply risk. The listing of these 20 materials not only demonstrates the essential role they play in the wider European economy, but also recognises their crucial role in the EU’s so-called mega-sectors: automotive, metals, aerospace, IT and electrical engineering.


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According to the European Commission, this list of critical raw materials should:

  • Include the EU’s industrial policy and strengthen industrial competitiveness
  • Stimulate the production of CRMs and the launch of new mining activities in the EU
  • Prioritise actions, negotiate trade agreements, challenge trade distortion measures, and promote research and innovation.

Given the European Parliament’s crucial role in the EU’s decision-making process, the MEP Interest Group on Critical Raw Materials was formed, at the request of MEP Prof. Carlos Zorrinho. This interest group, coordinated by the Critical Raw Materials Alliance, brings together like-minded MEPs from a cross party basis to discuss the many pressing issues facing CRMs.


ZORRINHO Carlos - 8th Parliamentary term
Prof. Carlos Zorrinho

Prof. Carlos Zorrinho is a Portuguese politician and is currently a member of the European Parliament for the S&D group. He is the Head of the Portuguese Delegation, Vice-Chair of the Delegation for the External Relations of the European Parliament to Brazil, member of the ITRE Committee, of EUROLAT and the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, and substitute member for the ENVI Committee and the Delegation for the External Relations of the European Parliament to MERCOSUR.

8th Parliamentary term
Prof. Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl

Prof. Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl is a German politician and member of the European Parliament for the Christian Democratic Union and a member of the European People’s Party.  Since her first election to the European Parliament in 1989 she has been continually re-elected.  She is the Vice-Chair of the Delegation for relations with Canada, a member of the Committee on International Trade, of the Subcommittee on Human Rights, and is a substitute member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and of the Delegation for relations with India.

Paul RUBIG - 8th Parliamentary term
Dr. Paul Rübig

Dr. Paul Rübig is an Austrian politician and member of the European Parliament for the Austrian People’s Party. He became a member of the European Parliament on 25 January 1996, and was re-elected in 1996, 1999, 2004 and 2009. On 25 June 2013, Mr. Rübig was elected MEP of the Year for a second time for his outstanding commitment in the field of research and innovation. He is the Vice Chair of the Delegation for relations with the Korean Peninsula, a permanent member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, of the Committee on Budgets, and is a substitute member of the Committee on Development.

Adina-Ioana VALEAN - 8th Parliamentary term
Adina-Ioana Vălean

Adina-Ioana Vălean is a Romanian politician and member of the European Parliament for the National Liberal Party. She is one of the Vice-Presidents of the European Parliament and member of the Parliament Bureau. Additionally, she is a permanent member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, of the Delegation for relations with the United States, and a substitute member of the Committee on International Trade.

Michael THEURER - 8th Parliamentary term
Michael Theurer

Michael Theurer is a German politician and currently a member of the European Parliament for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. He is the Chair of the Delegation for relations with Australia and New Zealand, a member of the Committee on Budgetary Control, the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, the Special Committee on Tax Rulings, and of the Conference of Delegation Chairs. He is also a substitute member of the Industry, Research and Energy Committee and the Delegation for relations with India.

Marian-Jean MARINESCU - 8th Parliamentary term
Marian-Jean Marinescu

Marian-Jean Marinescu is a Romanian politician for the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) and a Vice-Chair of the European Parliament for the European People’s Party. He is a member of the Delegation to the EU-Serbia Stablisation and Association Parliamentary Committee and of the Committee on Transport and Tourism. He is also a substitute member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, of the Committee on Budgetary Control and of the ASEAN Delegation.

PAVEL TELICKA - 8th Parliamentary term
Pavel Telička

Pavel Telička is a politician from the Czech Republic and currently a member of the European Parliament for Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. He is a member of the Delegation for relations with Israel, of the Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean, and of the Committee on Transport and Tourism. He is also a substitute member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, of the Delegation for relations with Belarus and of the Delegation for relations with the United States.

Gesine MEISSNER - 8th Parliamentary term
Gesine Meissner

Gesine Meissner is a German politician and currently a member of the European Parliament for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. She is a member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism, of the Delegation to the EU-Mexico Joint Parliamentary Committee, and of the Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly. She is also a substitute member of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, and of the Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector.

PIERIK Johanna - 8th Parliamentary term
Annie Schreijer-Perik

Annie Schreijer-Perik is a Dutch politician and currently a member of the European Parliament for the European People’s Party. She is a member of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, and of the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. She is also a substitute member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, of the Committee on Fisheries, and of the Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee.

DA SILVA RAMOS ANTUNES DE FARIA Jose Ignacio - 8th Parliamentary term
José Inácio Faria

José Inácio Faria a Portuguese politician and currently a member of the European Parliament for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. He is a member of the Delegation for relations with the countries of Central America, of the Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly, and of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. He is also a substitute member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism, and of the Delegation for relations with Japan.

francesc gambus
Francesc Gambús

Francesc Gambús is a Spanish politician and currently a member of the European Parliament for the European People’s Party. He is a member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, and of the Delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries. He is also a substitute member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, of the Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector, and of the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.