The new resource grab: EU policy on raw materials

November 2010

This report, jointly commissioned by Traidcraft Exchange and written by Mark Curtis, studies the effect of the European Union's efforts to help its companies access raw materials from developing countries. 

It argues that current EU trade policy on raw materials is a distraction from what should be the major goals: first, to reduce Europe’s own over-consumption of the world’s resources; second, to help create a more equitable global system to manage and utilise the world’s natural resources in a sustainable way.