European Thematic Network on Extractive Industries (EUROTHEN) was conceived as
an initiative of the European Commission, DG XII, within the framework of the
Industrial and Materials Technologies Programme. The basic principles were
agreed upon during a Project Coordinators Meeting in Brussels, March 1996.
EUROTHEN came officially into effect in June 1997. EUROTHEN is a network,
supported by Community funding, of industries, academia and research
organisations that have mutual interests and complementary capabilities in all
aspects of the Extractive Industries Sector. This includes exploration,
exploitation and processing of ores, industrial minerals and ornamental stones.
provides the necessary forum to share problems and experience, and facilitates
the incorporation and transfer of technology and mobility of researchers. It
also coordinates activities so that all partners become better informed and able
to contribute more effectively to the alleviation of problems. It has created an
organised interface between the various projects supported by the EC in the
field of extractive industries through BRITE/EURAM and other relevant programmes
(CRAFT, SMT, INCO-COPERNICUS etc.).
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