02-12-2021 09:00
Public Hearing on Environmental and social impacts of mining activity in the EU

Brussels, Room ANTALL 6Q2
Two miners in the mine
Public Hearing on Mines © Image used under the license from Adobe Stock

Over the past years PETI has received many petitions denouncing the bad consequences of reckless mining activities in different Member States, in breach of different EU environmental provisions, and with negative socioeconomic implications, for instance in the field of agriculture ,rural tourism, as well as public health.

On 2 December 2021, the Committee on Petitions organised a hearing on "Environmental and social impacts of mining activity in the EU", in association with the ENVI Committee.
The hearing started with the presentation of a study on the very same subject, commissioned by the Policy Department for Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs for the Committee on Petitions.
The following three panels, presented the academic point of view on mining legislation, safety standards, social and environmental impacts of mines and the environmental citizenship, public participation and transparency in the mining sector in the EU. The hearing provided further insight on the situation across the Union, legislative constraints and shortcomings, so as to give a structured response and a horizon to the different petitions received so far by the Committee.
The last panel presented experiences in addressing environmental and social impacts of the mining sector at EU level by NGOs.