MIN-GUIDE: an answer to the need for a secure and sustainable supply of minerals in Europe.

The MIN-GUIDE project addresses the need for a secure and sustainable supply of minerals in Europe by developing a ‘Minerals Policy Guide’. The functioning of European economies and, consequently, the well-being of societies is highly dependent on the long-term supply of natural resources and raw materials for production and use. However, access to non-energy mineral raw materials that constitute the basis of industrial value-chains is not stable and secure.

To secure minerals supply in Europe we would need a policy framework promoting innovative and sustainable approaches to tackles challenges in the mining value chain. The MIN-GUIDE project has been designed to comprehensively tackle these challenges. The project will link to the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials (EIP) by feeding back its results into EU policy process, and supports outreach activities and community building.

MIN-GUIDE is a project that is funded by the European Commission in the Horizon 2020 programme. It is carried out by 10 organisations representing 9 European countries. The project runs from 1 February 2016 to 31 January 2019.


  • Providing guidance for EU and Member States on minerals policy and legislation
    By developing an online Mineral Policy Guide, MIN-GUIDE seeks to achieve greater transparency of European and national minerals policies. The online knowledge repository allows to outline the innovation potential of those policies and to highlight good practice examples along the whole chain of mining activities.
  • Facilitating minerals policy decision making
    Through the creation of the Minerals Policy Guide, MIN-GUIDE will profile the European Member States minerals policies, identifies the needs for future policy development, explores legal frameworks for cross-border exploitation and reviews minerals database standardisation and systematisation. All these activities are important to facilitate an efficient and effective policy decision making.
  • Fostering network-building for co-management and knowledge co-creation in minerals policy
    MIN-GUIDE foresees numerous activities (Annual Conferences and Policy Laboratories) and tools (Collaborative Spaces) to create a community of key stakeholders that are engaged and committed to build an inclusive stakeholder community for sustainable minerals policy. Both tools and activities are essential to guarantee the participation and the exchange of expertise of all the stakeholders.


  • Profiling Minerals Policy in Europe
    MIN-GUIDE aims at developing a comprehensive, customizable, user-friendly and up-to-date "Minerals Policy Guide". This online knowledge repository will be based on up-to-date and comparable information on minerals policy and related policy areas at EU level and in the 28 EU Member States.
  • Knowledge co-creation with minerals policy decision makers
    MIN-GUIDE will conduct interactive knowledge co-creation and learning processes in five "Policy Laboratory" workshops along the mineral production chain. This approach will allow decision makers to get an in-depth understanding of good practice policies on success factors, enabling framework conditions, and levers for transferability in different national contexts.
  • Forming a sustainable minerals policy stakeholder network
    By organising a series of three annual conferences, MIN-GUIDE will increase the outreach to a larger and diverse stakeholder audience; contextualize minerals policy in a broader setting; enable a mining value chain perspective; and integrate the mining value chain into the circular economy approach.


The MIN-GUIDE project aims at benefitting a wide range of stakeholders comprising not only mineral-policy makers and geological surveys but also business, research institute as well as civil society organisations.

At the end of the project, MIN-GUIDE will deliver: deeper understanding on good practice policies and practical experiences for policy implementation and transferability; increased policy knowledge and understanding policy impacts on innovation; insights into the projects results on policies in all EU Member States that foster innovation in exploration, mining, processing and waste management; training and guidance (online and onsite) to use the Minerals Policy Guide in your professional environment; knowledge exchange that supports networking, deliberation, and mutual learning among different stakeholders; targeted and wide-spread dissemination and promotion of latest scientific results on minerals policy issues and industrial innovation.