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EU – Ukraine Strategic Partnership on Raw Materials

Roadmap 2021-22

The Memorandum of Understanding between the European Union and Ukraine on a Strategic

Partnership on Raw Materials (hereinafter "the MoU") was signed on 13 July 2021. It reflects a

shared commitment to enhance cooperation in the field of raw materials and batteries. The aim is

to bring about closer integration of critical raw materials and battery value chains, with mutual

benefits.

While the MoU sets the political framework, this Roadmap represents the initial actions to advance

the goals of the Partnership defined under the three MoU work streams. These work streams are:









WS 1 - Approximation of regulatory mining frameworks and application of the sustainable

mining principles.

WS 2 - Integration of (critical) raw materials and battery value chains by facilitating joint

venture projects and business opportunities.

WS 3 - Closer collaboration in Research and Innovation along critical raw materials and

batteries value chains utilising Horizon Europe and other EU programmes relating to raw

materials and batteries.



This Roadmap will be a living document with regular updates to reflect progress made, and new

opportunities identified in the course of their implementation.

The partners agreed to use the existing collaboration structure of the Working Group on Raw

Materials, established under the EU-Ukraine High Level Industrial Dialogue, to monitor and

discuss any matters of relevance to implementation of the Roadmap.

The partners intend to organise a regular biennial high-level meeting (at ministerial level) to take

stock of Partnership progress and endorse the updates of the Roadmap.

The European Raw Materials Alliance and the European Battery Alliance play a key role on

the implementation of the Actions of this Roadmap.

Stakeholders from both sides will be invited to engage in the identified initial actions of interest to

them.



List of Initial Actions

1) Develop a low carbon strategy and roadmap to decarbonise raw material mining,

extraction and processing in Ukraine

Jointly developing a Low Carbon Strategy including Roadmap scenarios with agreed emissionreduction targets for 2030/40/50 is a key action towards our common Green Deal objectives.

This will help to raise public awareness and to identify areas for capacity building in the raw

materials and batteries sectors.

2) Strengthen sustainable and responsible sourcing and processing of raw materials and

batteries in Ukraine

Improved knowledge and application of responsible environmental, social and good

governance mining practices throughout the raw material and battery value chains is a way of

securing public acceptance and meeting sustainable financing criteria in Europe.

3) Digitalise and strengthen data management of Ukrainian mineral resources/reserves

Access to reliable geological and mining data and information will increase the attractiveness

of business opportunities for foreign investors in Ukraine. Information should be harmonised

and evaluated using international standards (e.g. UNFC, JORC).

4) Enhance the use of Earth-observation programmes and remote sensing for resource

exploration, operations and post-closure environmental management

Use the potential of remote sensing using Europe’s Copernicus Programme and other Earth

observation data and services to identify new critical raw material sites, monitor the

environmental performance of mines during their operating life and after closure. Develop

concrete case studies, provide capacity building and knowledge transfer.

5) Identify and conduct joint-venture projects for EU and Ukrainian industrial and

investment actors

The integration of sustainable raw material and battery value chains will not happen on its own.

The partners will promote active participation among their respective stakeholders in the

European industrial alliances, notably the European Raw Materials Alliance and the European

Battery Alliance, as platforms to collaborate and develop investment projects. In parallel,

continue to identify barriers and to promote investment opportunities for EU stakeholders.



Partnership Roadmap - as of 7th July 2021

MoU work streams / specific

objectives



WS1 - cooperation to improve the legal,

regulatory and administrative framework

stimulating the development of extractive

industries in line with the Ukrainian Strategy

2030 on extractives.



Actions

1) Develop a low carbon strategy and

Roadmap for Ukraine to decarbonise

raw material mining, extraction and

processing in Ukraine



WS3 - decarbonisation of extractive industry

by using green energy and industry

digitalisation.



WS1 - cooperation to improve the legal,

regulatory and administrative framework

stimulating the development of extractive

industries in line with the Ukrainian Strategy

2030 on extractives.

WS1 - exchange of information regarding

application of existing international

standards on due diligence and related

certification schemes for sustainable

production/sourcing.

WS1- facilitating capacity building for public

administration and industry stakeholders in

Ukraine involved in the European Raw

Materials Alliance and European Battery

Alliance.



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Jointly develop a Low Carbon Strategy and

Roadmap scenarios 2030/40/50 with agreed

emission-reduction targets.



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Organise capacity building events to improved

public and mining sector stakeholders awareness of

decarbonizing mining operations.



2) Strengthen the sustainable and

responsible sourcing and processing

of raw materials and batteries in

Ukraine



WS 2- technical assessment and evaluation

of previously-identified CRMs reserves in

Ukraine.



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Conduct a study to get the overview of advanced

battery technologies in Ukraine and of related

players in science and industry.



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Facilitate engagement of Ukrainian stakeholders

(membership) in EU industrial alliances.



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Organise a series of capacity building events for

public administration on responsible mining, due

diligence in the filled of critical raw materials and

batteries



WS 2 - digitalisation and harmonisation of

geological and mining documentation of

selected subsoil areas with CRMs in Ukraine

and their preparation for auction.



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WS2 - modernisation of extractive and

refining processes and technologies.

WS2 - supporting a circular economy in raw

materials through effective use and

increased recycling of critical materials.



Leading organisations



EBRD / DGs GROW, ENER,

TRADE, EU Delegation in

Kyiv / EIB



Ministries of Environment

Energy, Economy,

Strategic Industries,

Education and Science /

National Academy of

Science of Ukraine

EU Delegation to Kyiv, DG

GROW, EIB



Technical assistance in preparation of the

secondary mining legislation



3) Digitalise and strengthen data



management of Ukrainian mineral

resources/reserves



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Ministries of Energy,

Environment, Economy,

Strategic Industries,

Education and Science /

National Academy of

Science of Ukraine



Digitalization/scanning of the geological reports

and creation of investors’ “DATA ROOM” to provide



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Ukrainian Geological

Survey / NADRA /

Ukrainian Commission for

reserves

EBRD / EuroGeoSurveys /

EIT RawMaterials



free access to relevant data and information on

greenfields, brownfields and privatization assets.



WS 2 - cooperation in exploration of new

primary and secondary CRMs deposits in

Ukraine.



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Reprocessing of legacy geological reports to

identify new promising spots according to EU list of

CRMs.



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Establish a joint certified laboratory-analytical

centre for preparation and comprehensive research

of samples of rocks and ores.



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Facilitate exchange of experience in de-classifying

of geological data and information (e.g. some data

for CRM are still classified in Ukraine which is a

barrier for taking investment decision).



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Verification/re-assessment of CRM reserves of

Ukraine using international classification system

(e.g. UNFC, JORC).



4)



Enhance the use of Earth-observation

programmes and remote sensing for

resource exploration, operations and

post-closure environmental

management



WS 2- application of Earth

Observation/Copernicus data, services and

technology to support exploration, and

monitor active and abandoned mining areas.

WS 3 - new methods and advanced

technologies for exploration of new raw

materials and environmental monitoring of

mining activity using Earth Observation and

Copernicus data and services.



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Develop the Earth Observation Platform for Raw

Materials in Ukraine (EORM-U) to foster

exploration of primary and secondary CRM, as well

as monitoring of active and abandoned mining

areas.



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Conduct two selected case studies to demonstrate

the added value of the use of Earth

observation/Copernicus data and services (e.g.

mining waste exploration, analysis of changes in

natural landscapes in mining areas).



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WS 2 - cooperation in exploration of new

primary and secondary CRMs deposits in

Ukraine.



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Geoinform / Ukrainian

Space Agency / Ukrainian

Geological Survey /

Ministry of Education and

Science / National

Academy of Science of

Ukraine

European Space Agency /

DG GROW / EIB / EIT

RawMaterials



Organise a dedicated Workshop during the EU Raw

Materials Week 2021 to promote further the

collaboration in Earth observation for raw materials

related research and innovation.



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Promote existing specialised Earth observation for

raw materials training packages and other means

of capacity building (e.g. RawMatCop Programme).



5)



Identify and conduct joint-venture

projects for EU and Ukrainian

industrial and investment actors



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WS2 - modernisation of extractive and

refining processes and technologies;



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UGS / Ministries of

Environment, Energy,

strategic Industries,

Education and Science /

National Academy of

Science of Ukraine

EITs (ERMA, EBA members)



WS2 - supporting a circular economy in raw

materials through effective use and

increased recycling of critical materials;



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WS2 - actively identifying appropriate

battery-related projects,



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Matchmaking between sustainable and responsible

raw materials and battery projects in Ukraine and

investors via the business investment platforms of

the European Alliances (EBA, ERMA)

Promote active engagement of Ukrainian industrial

and research organisations in the EU industrial

alliances.

Organise a “Call for expression of interest” among

EU Alliances Members (ERMA, EBA) to promote

collaboration opportunities of the strategic

partnership.

Organise a dedicated business Workshop within

ERMA/EBA to present the investment opportunities

in Ukraine to EU industrial actors.