The 4th MINEX Europe Mining & Exploration Forum took place in Bulgaria on 25-27 June 2019 under central theme ‘The Future of Sustainable Mining in the Balkans and Beyond’. GRAS representatives whare taking the attendance at the forum all together with some of GRAS members.

Over 190 delegates from 130 companies and 26 countries registered for the Forum. Twenty mining, consulting and technology companies from the Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, The Netherlands, Spain, UK and USA demonstrated their projects at the trade show organised alongside the Forum on 25 and 26 June.

Fifty two speakers from local and international companies operating in the Balkans Region and across Europe presented during the two-day programme.

At the 10 keynote and technical sessions, participants examined the lessons learned from global mining and discuss development of sustainable, efficient and responsible mining in Europe.

Speakers from Dundee Precious Metals, Geotechmin, Ellatzite-Med, Mundoro Capital, Lazarus Mining and Euro Lithium spoke about developing the Tethyan Belt mineral potential.

Forum Takeways

  • Green economy is impossible without mining!
  • The lack of mineral processing and refining capacity in Europe is a major constraint with political, economic, social and environmental risks.
  • Bulgaria and the countries of the Western Tethyan Metallogenic Belt have the potential for discovery of multiple world class deposits.
  • There are a significant number of closed mines that could be financially viable with the new technology.
  • With the emergence of smart mobile mining, economic development of smaller mines in Europe is also becoming a reality.
  • License to operate is considered the top business risk in Bulgarian mining sector.
  • Public authorities are too weak or scared to openly support mining due to high anti-mining sentiment at the local communities
  • Transition to the 0% carbon economy in Europe is impossible with the development of sustainable mining closer to home.

MINEX Europe 2019 – Summary


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