Interacting with European institutions and processes: a how-to guide for communities affected by mining.
This how-to-guide is based on the experience and testimonies of European citizens and activists who have engaged with European Union mechanisms to register claims, petitions, and complaints related to the negative effects of existing or proposed mining projects in Europe.
Despite this European focus, we believe that many of the proposed courses of action described here can also be of use to those affected by mining projects outside Europe in which the institutions and administrations of the EU or EU countries play a negative role.
For example, in cases where the European Investment Bank finances a project, a consultancy, or public procurement related to mining. Or in cases where a mining company or the customer or consumer of the raw material is of European nationality, for example, in the German car industry.
In fact, the idea for this guide arose from questions raised by a non-European member of the Yes to Life, No to Mining Network who wished to better understand the functioning of European Institutions.
THESE ARE THE BASIC QUESTIONS THIS GUIDE TRIES TO ANSWER
- What are the main resources and mechanisms that we can use to complain to European Institutions in a concrete way about issues related to the impacts of mining on the environment and human rights?
- Are these mechanisms meaningful? Is it worthwhile for citizens, activists and campaigners to engage with them?
- Are there success stories we can learn from?
This guide draws on the knowledge of communities across Europe who have generously shared their experiences of engaging with the EU with the European members of the Yes to Life, No to Mining Network (YLNM) who have written this guide, we thank them for their time and generosity.
We dedicate this guide to communities resisting mining across Europe, and those communities outside of Europe resisting mining projects with ties to Europe.