Future economic development and the well-being of citizens in East and South East Europe (ESEE) increasingly depend on greater economic competitiveness. Realising the region’s economic potential requires a holistic, growth-oriented policy approach [Competitiveness in South East Europe, OECD]. As this geographical region consists of countries with extensive mineralogic wealth, it is only safe to assume that role the of raw materials is fundamental in terms of competitiveness and growth of the respective countries.
EIT RawMaterials is one of the 8 Innovation Communities established by the European Institute of Technology (EIT) and aims to enhance the sustainable competitiveness of the European RM Sector, via innovation, education and entrepreneurship. EIT RawMaterials, being the largest raw materials consortium, connects more than 120 core and associate partners and over 190 project partners of leading businesses, universities and research & technology organisations from over 20 EU countries. The principal concept is the strengthening of the raw materials sector in a Pan-European level and it is supported by the strong and interactive presence of 6 Innovations Hubs and 8 Regional Centers that stimulate cross-cultural networking and collaboration across Europe.
In this framework,
Regional Center Leoben carrying a traditional responsibility for the region East and South East Europe through outreach, integration and community building activities, such as the annual ESEE Dialogue Conferences and,
Regional Center Greece, the interaction point between Greece, the coterminous Balkan countries and Cyprus with EIT RawMaterials community
are making a joint effort to reach out to the Bulgarian RM ecosystem to present opportunities, discuss challenges and empower synergies. This effort is supported by the Bulgarian Chamber of Mining and Geology, the national non-governmental, non-profit organization representing business from the area of mining and related activities and services, established in 1991.
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