What is MIREU?

The EU project MIREU aims to establish a network of mining and metallurgy regions across Europe. The main objective of the project is to identify ways to ensure the sustained and sustainable supply of mineral raw materials to the EU and to promote investment, innovation and growth in the sector.

As mining projects are carried out at regional and local levels, regions are key actors in ensuring a continued supply of mineral raw materials to the European economy. The MIREU project will bring together mining and metallurgy regions from across Europe to work together on improving the conditions for sustainable access and supply of raw materials in the EU. The MIREU consortium is comprised of 30 partners from 16 European mining and metallurgy regions.



With many European sectors and jobs depending on the access to mineral raw materials, the EU is committed to secure the reliable and unhindered access to these materials. The MIREU project will bring together European mining and metallurgy regions to work together on improving the conditions for the responsible development and secure supply of raw materials in the EU. The regions will share their experiences and knowledge to help tackle the fundamental challenges of establishing and maintaining an extractive industry.

The objectives of the MIREU project:

  • Map synergies between mining and metallurgy regions. 
  • Identify favourable conditions for raw material development.
  • Engage with stakeholders and wider society to raise public awareness about the need for minerals and the importance of responsible practices and a sustained supply within Europe.
  • Develop EU level Social License to Operate (SLO) Guidelines and an accompanying Toolkit.

ERRIN's Role

ERRIN is responsible for the MIREU project's communication and dissemination activities. This includes managing the project's website and social media channels; developing promotional material and publications; organising and participating in events; engaging in promotional activities; stakeholder engagement; and supporting project partners and regions in their local promotional efforts.

ERRIN is further involved in the task of developing a permanent platform for future collaboration between the European mining and metallurgy regions. The platform will be established after the end of the project to carry on the activities. 

MIREU at EU Raw Materials Week 2019

Our Project Team

Our staff members leading on the MIREU project

Ryan Titley

Ryan Titley

Project Manager

Heidi Johansson

Heidi Johansson

Communication & Dissemination Manager

Hilary Webb

Hilary Webb

Communication & Dissemination Support

Latest Updates

  • By Hilary Webb

Commission presents action plan to secure Europe's sustainable critical raw materials

The Commission has presented a new action plan on critical raw materials, which will work to secure a sustainable supply of raw materials to Europe while ephasising the EU's strategic autonomy.

  • By Ryan Titley

Green Deal: Sustainability for the EU Extractive Industries

As ERRIN continues to investigate the relationship between European Raw Materials policy and the overarching topic of the European Green Deal, we would like to invite our members to get in touch if they are interested in supporting a Task Force on this topic.  

  • By Hilary Webb

MIREU Survey on Perceptions of Mining in Europe

The MIREU project has launched a survey that aims to gauge perceptions of mining across Europe. The survey works towards a key goal of the project - understanding people's thoughts, feelings and expectations in regards to mining.

  • By Hilary Webb

Structural Transformation - Socially innovative design

This webinar will ask if and how social policy and the European Green Deal go together. Saxony-Anhalt will use its experience to demonstrate how it is possible to successfully phase out coal production, while pressing that focussing on economic aspects alone is not enough.