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I am writing to invite you to attend a presentation and discussion on the Minerals4EU project, in London, on Tuesday 11th November 2014. There is no charge to attend. Minerals4EU strongly believes in engaging with stakeholders at all stages, both to inform and to receive comments that will help to steer its development.

The Minerals4EU project, which is designed to meet the recommendations of the EU Raw Materials Initiative, will produce the most comprehensive and official European Minerals Yearbook as well as a foresight study on raw material supply and demand in Europe. A unique pan-European minerals knowledge data platform accessible through a web portal is being developed around an EU Mineral Intelligence Network structure, which will permanently maintain the system and mineral intelligence, and underpin the Yearbook. The system will especially enable sharing of mineral information and knowledge, and to find, view and acquire standardized and harmonized georesource and related data.

Minerals4EU integrates into a leading European mineral information network structure the best available mineral expertise and information from the unbiased knowledge base of the European national Geological Surveys and of other key stakeholders. The Network will provide data, tools, services, and expertise to both sustain the enhancement of resource efficiency and minerals supply security, and to foster sustainable mineral development for Europe in support of public policy-making, industry, society, communication and education purposes at European and international levels. The project, which is co-financed by the European Union, is developing fast and will be concluded in 2015. Further details can be found at

Invitations are being sent to senior professionals from a wide spectrum of the mining sector, together with those involved with mining in the financial, regulatory and broker communities. Senior representatives from the European Commission will be present, as will a number of management and technical staff from the Project. An associated press conference will be organized to involve representatives of the mining and other media.

The event is kindly hosted by Grant Thornton UK LLP in their City of London office. Programme details are shown on the next page.

You are kindly asked to confirm your participation as soon as possible and no later than 5th September to Francesca Siciliano (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Should you not be able to attend in person, you are welcome to appoint a representative or to forward the invitation to a colleague. However places are limited and priority will be given to those invited personally by Minerals4EU.

Yours sincerely,

David Ovadia MBE
Minerals4EU Exploitation Manager


Tuesday 11th November, 3.30pm, at
Grant Thornton UK LLP, 30 Finsbury Square, London, EC2P 2YU

15.30 Welcome - Chris Smith, Partner, UK Head of Mining, Grant Thornton UK LLP
15.45 The EC position and expectations - Mattia Pellegrini, Head, Raw Materials, Metals, Minerals and Forest-based Industries, European Commission
16.00 Aims and Objectives of the Project - Juha Kaija, Project Manager
16.15 How to obtain the results: the technology and deliverables - Daniel Cassard
16.30 What are the stakeholder benefits - James Baker
16.45 Q&A and comments to the Project Team - chaired by David Ovadia
17.15 Networking with refreshments / Parallel Press Conference


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