Australia Seeks Closer Cooperation With Europe

by | 22. Sep 2023 - 11:08 | Politics

Minister promotes Australia’s mineral resources on the European continent.

Australia wants to promote itself as a reliable supplier of critical minerals. To that end, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Madeleine King is traveling to Europe, her department announced. King will meet with her counterparts from Germany, France, the EU, and the United Kingdom, as well as with industry representatives at the inaugural International Energy Agency (IEA) summit in Paris on Sept. 28.

Ahead of the trip, the Australian minister stressed that the global transition to clean energy would ride on the back of Australia’s critical minerals, pointing to her country’s reliable supply chains.

Critical minerals are important for the automotive industry, as well as the energy sector. As recently as August, Australian Trade Minister Don Farrell pushed for the conclusion of a free trade agreement with the EU, as this would facilitate European resource investments Down Under (we reported). The country has significant resources of lithium, cobalt, and rare earths, among others. Lynas, a major player in the industry, is also based there.

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