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European Parliament: Raw Materials Debate

MEPs from across the political spectrum have backed a report by the Environment Committee on the use of raw materials, during a debate on 12 September 2011.

The report, written by German Green MEP Reinhard Buetikofer, claims that EU industries need to use materials such as iron ore and aluminium more efficiently.

He pointed out that global demand for commodities such as iron ore and aluminium far outstrips supply. However he said there was no strategy for their future use - unlike for products such as crude oil.

There are calls in the report for better co-operation with supplier countries, such as Russia, Australia and Brazil.

Industry Commissioner Antonio Tajani said he was "won over" by the report and said he would enhance co-operation between the Commission and the Parliament in future legislation.

However he said the Commission had a "strong, existing desire" to promote the reuse and recycling of raw materials, before the Buetikofer report was published.

He strongly rejected criticism from Portuguese communist MEP Marisa Matias that the EU was pursuing a "neo-colonialist" approach to raw materials mining in Africa.

The report will be formally voted on during the daily voting session on 13 September 2011.

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