Rounding off Raw Materials Week — Panel Discussion, Walking Dinner & Cocktails
November 16, 2023
18:00 CET
Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre (Avenue du Boulevard 17, 1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode)

At the close of the EU Critical Mineral Week, Open Society Foundations would like to invite you to an event and reception with walking dinner and drinks on Thursday, November 16, at 18:00 at the Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre (Avenue du Boulevard 17, 1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode). We will round off the week by looking at the current geopolitical tensions and what they mean for the EU’s critical minerals policy, the implications for producing countries, and whether the demand for CRMs from Europe is sustainable and can be met in this context.

We will look at the above topics during a panel discussion, including Dr German Bersalli, an expert in drafting government guidelines on raw material policy. He will address the above questions by looking at the findings from his recent report around the needed reconfiguration of supply chains as Europe transitions and what the implications are for a number of producing countries. The discussion will be led by James Kanter, host of the podcast EU Screams, who recently released an episode that looks at different perspectives and risks related to the EU CRMA.


  1. Germán Bersalli, researcher at the Energy Transitions and Public Policy group at RIFS
  2. James Kanter, founding-editor of the EU Scream podcast, and a former correspondent for the International Herald Tribune and The New York Times.
  3. Other speakers TBC

After the panel discussion, we invite you to join us for a reception where we can reflect and discuss takeaways from the week with other participants over drinks and a walking-dinner.

We hope you will be able to join us for this event and reception, and we ask that you kindly register before Tuesday 14th November.

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