The Ministry of Mineral Resources has become member of The European Raw Materials Alliance (ERMA)

Naalakkersuisut (The Government of Greenland) approved 17 June 2021, that The Ministry of Mineral Resources could apply for membership of The European Raw Materials Alliance (ERMA). The Ministry of Mineral Resources was accepted as a member on 25 June 2021.

ERMA was announced by the European Commission in 2020 in support of EU's transition to a green and digital economy. ERMA is a network focusing on the entire value chain from extraction of minerals to end products and it includes all stake holders both in and outside the EU.

ERMA was launched along with the European Commission's 2020 List of Critical Raw Materials, of which the main part can be found in Greenland with varying degrees of documentation and potential for economically viable extraction.

The Ministry of Mineral Resources will use its membership of ERMA to inform about the opportunities for investing in Greenland's mineral potential and to corporate with ERMA's members from the entire value chain. Several mining and exploration companies in Greenland are already members of ERMA.

Minister for Housing, Infrastructure, Minerals and Gender Equality, Naaja H. Nathanielsen states:

"Naalakkersuisut gives high priority to the mining industry. The development of the industry is desired to differentiate Greenland's economy for the benefit of the people of Greenland. The Ministry of Mineral Resources' membership of The European Raw Materials Alliance is one of several initiatives to achieve these objectives within the field of mineral resources.

EU's focus on the green transition - as well as environmentally and socially responsible extraction of minerals - harmonizes with Greenland's objectives. I therefore look forward to The Ministry of Mineral Resources commencing cooperation with the members of The European Raw Materials Alliance and exploring the opportunities it can provide to Greenland."


For further information, please contact: Permanent Secretary, Jørgen T. Hammeken-Holm, Ministry of Mineral Resources, phone +299 34 68 46, email joeh@nanoq.gl