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About MINEX Europe Forum

Founded in 2015, MINEX Europe Forum offers a vibrant platform for the dissemination of innovative technologies and promoting investment opportunities and best practices for mining and exploration across Europe.

The previous MINEX Europe Forums have been held in Austria, Serbia, North Macedonia, and Bulgaria. These Forums have brought together local mining communities and international companies to facilitate cross-border dialogue on developing sustainable mining industries across Europe.  In 2020 the Forum was organised online and highlighted mining projects in Southern, Northern, Central, and Eastern Europe.

The 6th MINEX Europe Mining and Exploration Forum was held on 5 – 7 July 2022 in Tirana, Albania focusing on Sustainable Mining in Western Balkans and wider Europe. MINEX Europe became the first major international mining event to be held in Albania. The Forum addressed a broad spectrum of issues, themes, and initiatives evolving in the mining and geological industry. Over 50 experts presented exciting projects, technologies, and investments that are helping Europe’s mining and metals industry to achieve new levels in terms of productivity, resilience, and sustainability.

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Mining in the Western Balkans countries


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Sponsors & Partners

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Participation options

Who takes part in the Forum?

C-Level executives: CEO’s, COOs’ CTO’, CFO’s, Presidents, Vice Presidents.

Engineers and Managers of Operations, Exploration, Data, Analytics, Risk, Business Intelligence, Health, Safety, Environment, Supply Chain, Sustainability, Automation, Underground Mining, Information Technology, Digital Transformation, Construction

Mining & Exploration companies

Renewable Energy Technology Providers

Mining equipment producers and distributors

Mining consulting and Engineering companies

Banks and Mining & Natural Resources Investment Funds

Law Firms and Accountancy Firms

Trading companies

Industrial Digitalisation Companies


Industry Associations and NGOs

Government Departments

International organisations


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What the Forum offers

At a time of unprecedented concerns about the future, let us remind ourselves that the mining industry serves the fundamental needs of our society by providing materials for building hospitals, schools, roads, power systems, machines, communications networks, and much, much more. After the initial shocks of Covid-19 and De-Globalisation, the mining industry together with the governments, financiers, and investors are looking for ways to move forward. The Forum will offer an opportunity for presentation and discussion of concerns, trends, cases, and technological developments in the sustainable development of Mining and Exploration of Critical Raw Materials in Western Balkans and Wider Europe.

Site visit

Spaç Copper Mine

Length (all-day)  
Travel distance from Tirana – 90 km  

Spaç Mine is one of the deepest underground copper mines which was discovered and built by the Russian Soviet State in the 1960s. During the 34 years of production, some 3.1-million-ton ore were mined and processed at an average grade of 0.88% copper.

The mine is currently owned and operated by Turkish investor – Tete Mining and Tunnelling group.

Spaç Copper is one of the most productive mines with an active 12 km tunnel and around 3 million tons of recoverable reserves to be mined. TETE Albania plans to mine 3.6 million tons of ore with SPAC Project.

At the time when Albania was governed by the Communist party, the mine was operated by the political prisoners. During the tour, delegates will be able to visit Spaç Prison heritage site supported by the World Monuments Watch.

MINEX Europe offers excellent opportunities for presenting mining analytical reports and disseminating practical information on the development of mining, investment, and technological projects. Presenters often use the forum’s platform for engaging the audience in the discussion of the challenges and changes facing the mining sector.

Forum programme

Speaker presentation terms

  • Mining company presentation (includes: 2 tickets, 1 tabletop) €2000
  • Company or Commercial organisation (includes 1 admission to the Forum) – €600
  • NGO/Academic organisation (includes 1 admission to the Forum) – €300
  • Sponsor, Exhibitor, Partner – free
  • Government and government agency participation – Please inquire
  • Investor participation – please inquire

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What the exhibition offers

The exhibition offers a business environment in the format of a “universal cross-category marketplace” to facilitate interaction between suppliers of technologies & services with the representatives from companies operating mining projects in the Western Balkans region.  The exhibition is open to the Forum participants and visitors. Exhibiting companies can also reserve speaking slots in the technical program of the Forum and invite an unlimited number of guests to visit the exhibition. Exhibition visitors are required to pre-register to receive guest pass.

  • Associations
  • Consulting services
  • Drilling equipment and services
  • Digitalisation services and equipment
  • Exploration and mining companies
  • Exploration and mining equipment and services
  • Geological surveys
  • Geophysical services & equipment
  • Governments
  • Laboratories, laboratory suppliers & analytical services
  • Law firms
  • Publications
  • Remote sensing and mapping
  • Software companies
  • Universities and Research Institutions

·        Adriatic Metals

·         ALS Global

·         Appropriate Process Technologies

·         Ausvac Mining

·         Bara Consulting

·         Belevion

·         BG Drilling Solutions

·         Central Asia Metals

·         Centro Tecnológico CARTIF

·         CiDRA Minerals Processing

·         Continental


·         Deswik Europe

·         Drillex International

·         EIT RawMaterials

·         EnviroChemie

·         ERM

·         Euromax Resources

·         Extraco

·         Ferrit Global Mining Solutions

·         Firma Codogni

·         Fugro Austria

·         Geological & Mining Association of Serbia

·         Geops-Bolkan Drilling Services

·         Innovia Olympus

·         Labena Serbia & Macedonia

·         MEFFA Lab

·         MICROMINE

·         Mine Environment Management

·         Molycop

·         Mundoro

·         NEXT

·         Palaris

·         Rakita Exploration

·         Robertson Geologging

·         Rodinia

·         SGS Beograd

·         Siebtechnik

·         SRK Consulting

·         STEINERT

·         Talpasolutions

·         Teknoxgroup Serbia

·         Tetra Tech

·         The Department for International Trade

·         The European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers




Cost: 2 000 EUR

What is included

Table, 2 chairs, power supply 220 V., a space for a mobile banner (to be supplied by exhibitor). The banner should not exceed 2 meters in height and 1.5 meters in width.

Corporate Profile

  • Placement of the company profile on the forum website.
  • Placement of the company profile in the mobile application.
  • Opportunity to publish the company news in a special section on the event website.

Participation in the Forum

  • One (1) delegate pass for all forum sessions on 5 & 6 July. Coffee breaks and lunches, evening events
  • 50% discount for purchasing additional delegate tickets
  • Access to forum materials (after the event).

NB. Gala dinner and Mine site visits are optional and not included in the price.

Networking and business development

  • Access to the list of participants through the web application.
  • Ability to schedule physical and online meetings through the web application.

Presentation at the Forum

  • One Speaker presentation opportunity (up to 15 minutes) at the Forum (subject to availability)

Banner placement at the exhibition


Cost: 300 EUR

What is included

A space mobile banner in the exhibition area and opportunity for the distribution of promotional materials.

Note: The banner should not exceed 2 meters in height and 1.5 meters in width. The mobile banner is produced, delivered, and assembled by the exhibitor. Distribution of materials is organised by the exhibitor’s representative or promoter. Payment for the services of the promoter and participation in the forum and meals are not included in the price.


Virtual 3D booth

Cost: 800 EUR

In addition to the physical exhibition, companies can extend their reach by taking part in a virtual exhibition organised on a virtual 3D platform.

What’s included

  • Production of a virtual 3D booth and integration of promotional materials provided by the exhibitor. Materials can include corporate profiles, logos, website and social media links, PDF and PowerPoint presentations, photos, videos, audio files
  • The price includes 12 months web-hosting of a 3D virtual exhibition booth on the Forum website.
  • 50% discount for purchasing delegate tickets

In addition to holding meetings and presentations at the exhibition, companies can hold demonstrations, business pitch-ups and case presentations.

Book before 16 May to secure a presentation slot.



What are the Western Balkan states?

The term Western Balkans has a geographical and a political dimension. It first entered into the language of the European Union at a summit held in Vienna in 1998, and refers to the states that together make up the Balkan peninsula, that are not yet EU member states. Currently, this includes Albania along with the successor states of former Yugoslavia: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. It does not include Slovenia and Croatia, which joined the European Union in 2004 and 2013 respectively.

The European Raw Materials Initiative and Green Deal

A New Industrial Strategy for Europe launched in 2020 stipulated the need for “Reinforcing Europe’s industrial and strategic autonomy” by bringing more manufacturing back to the EU and reducing its dependency on critical materials, technology, and energy. The Green Deal presented in 2019 has the overarching objective for the EU to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, resulting in a cleaner environment, more affordable energy, smarter transport, new jobs, and overall better quality of life. EU wants to accelerate the take-up of renewables to contribute and reach the goal of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030.

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Digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, 5G, cloud and edge computing and the Internet of things are indispensable for climate solutions – be it electric transport, smart houses, or remote working. To become more competitive as it becomes greener and more circular, industry will need a secure supply of clean and affordable energy and raw materials.

To put it in perspective, for electric vehicle batteries and energy storage, the EU would need up to 18 times more lithium and 5 times more cobalt in 2030, and almost 60 times more lithium and 15 times more cobalt in 2050, compared to the current supply to the whole EU economy. Critical raw materials are also crucial for markets such as e-mobility, batteries, renewable energies, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, defence, and digital applications. If not addressed, this increase in demand may lead to supply issues.

Where will the raw materials and renewable energy come from?

In response to the strategic directions the EU is looking at its overseas partners and neighbours, such as Norway, Ukraine, and the Western Balkans to accelerate and facilitate procedures for the approval of mining of gold, copper, lithium, and other metals, as well as smelters.  The European mines which are currently under exploration or already operating, show the wide range of impacts on the environment and people, which cannot be neglected.  To secure the supply of minerals, the EU regulators, national governments, miners, and investors must put in place concrete measures to address the environmental and human rights concerns related to mining.

Sustainable Mining in Western Balkans


Countries of the Western Balkans region have a long-term tradition in mining, processing, and metallurgical activities. The RESEERVE project, funded by the EU, is currently mapping the mineral resources of the six ESEE countries: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, and North Macedonia. The project’s objective is to identify business opportunities for further development of “untapped” strategic metals and reduce exploration and investment risks. The main result of this project is the creation of the WEST BALKAN MINERAL REGISTER of primary and secondary raw materials. It offers comprehensive information about a significant number of business opportunities in the primary and secondary raw materials sectors in the region.

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For Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia, business opportunities with high potential are mainly associated with metallic commodities and include exploration activities and the development of mines or greenfield areas. In Croatia, the majority of business opportunities are related to the exploration and development of mines of non-metallic commodities.

The sustainable growth of business and investment activities in the PRM sector in Western Balkans countries largely depends on improving the following conditions:

  • Creating quality control of the data regarding the type and size of resources/reserves according to international classification standards.
  • Adopting long-term strategies for the development and exploitation of primary raw materials.
  • Improvement of the business environment areas e.g., streamlining the lengthy and multi-staged permitting procedures, creation of land planning provisions for the development of mineral wealth, etc.
  • Improvement of the social acceptance of mining by resolving social and environmental issues e.g., the delineation and sustainable management of nature protected areas in compliance with EU regulation, reclamation of historic and/or abandoned sites, improvement of transparency of supply chains starting with the raw material mines and stretching to smelters and complicated manufacturing networks.
  • Increasing investments in R&D regarding the exploration, mining, processing, and recovery of primary and secondary resource materials.
  • Improving training quality and increasing the number of skilled professional and technical personnel.

Energy transition & Renewables Energy

Renewable Energy Technology Providers

Power generation in the Western Balkans is at a critical juncture. All six countries in the region face the challenge of building new capacity to replace the existing energy infrastructure and serve growing demand while meeting targets on carbon reduction and climate change mitigation. Addressing this challenge successfully will require a new strategy, focusing on renewable sources of energy, decarbonisation, combined with increased internal and external regional cooperation. Natural gas, once more widely available, will also play an important role on this energy transition.

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The current installed electrical capacity in the region is about 18,000 MW, almost evenly divided between hydropower and thermal power plants (TPPs), the latter being mostly coal-fired. The International Energy Agency (IEA) indicates that Western Balkans countries use lignite coal as a source for roughly 60% of their electricity generation. This is not surprising given the substantial reserves of coal in the region, but it is a major problem because most of it is lignite, which is the most polluting kind of coal. Only Albania has no reliance on coal, with the generation coming exclusively from hydro. As all Western Balkans countries, except Albania, are currently constructing or planning to construct coal-based TPPs, the key question is what this would mean for the future carbon emissions. All Western Balkans countries (except Kosovo) have signed the Paris Agreement, thus committing to lowering carbon emissions. But even if the upgraded or new plants meet EU Best Available Technology (BAT) standards, the cost of emitting each tonne of carbon is expected to rise as the EU tightens its emissions-trading scheme, making the continued use of high emitting power sources uneconomical. This could lead to the disuse of these assets, effectively stranding these big investments, because it will be cheaper to use alternative energy sources.

According to The Energy Community report, Western Balkans countries have significant opportunities for decreasing carbon emissions and integrating renewable energy sources in their energy mix.

One possibility is to develop further the region’s hydropower potential. But the potential for hydro to “solve” the region’s energy problems should not be overestimated. Albania’s case illustrates this, as it suffers from seasonal fluctuations in water flows. During shortfalls, it has to turn to importing power generated by coal power plants from neighbouring countries.

Other renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar, and sustainable biomass offer alternative untapped energy generation opportunities due to windy locations, sunny days, and, in some countries, a large agriculture (and forestry) sector. There is also increasing interest from foreign investors and financiers in renewable energy development in the region.

The transition to a lower-carbon energy sector in the Western Balkans is also accelerating through the use of natural gas. The construction of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), which travels through the region and brings around 10 bcm of gas from Azerbaijan via the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas (TANAP) pipeline, to Greece and Albania and across the Adriatic Sea to Italy, as well as a number of cross-country gas interconnectors that are currently being explored, may open options for a coal-to-gas switch. Commission of the TAP is a prerequisite for the construction of the 5 bcm Ionian Adriatic Pipeline (IAP) from Albania, through Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, to Croatia, which would bring gas to the Adriatic part of the Western Balkans. To this aim, the TAP pipeline could be upgraded to almost double its capacity with compressor stations and increase energy generation using natural gas.

Forum Outlook

Forum agenda

The content rich program covers hot topics on business development opportunities across all aspects of mining and post-mining reconciliation in Western Balkans Region. Leading experts and companies will present at the plenary, strategy and technical sessions and panel discussions. English-Albanian simultaneous translation will be offered to presenters and delegates.


An exhibition of mining projects and technologies organised alongside the Forum stimulates business exchange and forges partnerships with the local mining communities. Virtual twin of the exhibition displays extends engagement with remote participants.

On-site and online broadcast

MINEX Europe Forum is organised in a hybrid format connecting remote and in-person delegates, speakers and exhibitors. Access to the forum’s sessions as well as a web application and live broadcasts is provided exclusively to registered participants. Access to video recordings of sessions and slides will be provided to the forum participants after 25 July 2022.

Networking opportunities

Delegates attending in-person will be able to enjoy networking drinks and Gala dinner. Purpose built mobile web application will enhance opportunities for interactions between the participants during and after the Forum.

Mine site visits

International delegates attending the Forum will be able to extend their stay and book daytrips to the local mine sites where they will be able to meet mine operations managers and receive firs-hand knowledge about potential business opportunities.

Post event materials

In-person delegates will be able to access presentations, videos, and photos after 25 July 2022. The materials will include video recordings of sessions, presentation slides and phots participants.