European Rare Earths Competency Network

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The European Commission is bringing together experts to form a European Rare Earths Competency Network (ERECON) that will look at ways of addressing the issue of supply security.

ERECON is guided by a Steering Committee that sets the agenda of the Working Group meetings of rare earth experts.  Each Working Group has a different mandate:

Working Group I: Opportunities and road blocks for primary supply of rare earths in Europe;
Working Group II: Closing the loop: European rare earths resource efficiency and recycling;
Working Group III: European end-user industries and rare earths supply trends and challenges

Sub-groups may also be formed to discuss more specialist subjects. ERECON's activities are coordinated by a Secretariat based in Brussels.

For further details of the work in the magnetic materials group please contact:
Dr Allan Walton a.walton@bham.ac.uk, 0121 414 5195
ERECON website -
http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/policies/raw-materials/erecon/index_en.htm