The European Minerals Day welcomes around 30,000 citizens every two years to around 200 quarry open days and related public events in more than 30 countries in Europe and beyond to explore and experience the world of minerals. With a special focus on the youth, the wide range of educational activities inform, engage and enthuse.
The European Minerals Day is a commitment under the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials, seeking to enhance understanding, acceptance and trust of mining operations. The Open Days offer an opportunity to the public to experience how the minerals sector contributes to:
Innovation: Minerals are at the core of technological progress and leading-edge industrial sectors
Regional Development: Minerals operations are at the heart of local economies and provide for jobs and growth with many businesses depending on them
Biodiversity: The minerals sector helps to enhance biodiversity and contributes to eco-system services
Resource efficiency: Minerals companies sustainably manage their resources, from the way they extract, and process the minerals, and also contribute to resource efficiency and energy savings throughout the value chain
Safety: the no 1 priority of the minerals sector