Austria’s Mining Industry

Austria has a history of mining and currently has an active resource sector. There is strong regional and government support for domestic mining activity, which provides a solid environment for investment and development. The Montanuniversitat Leoben specialising in the resource sector was founded in 1840 and currently has 3,000 students.

  • The competent authority for all forms of mineral raw material mining including prospecting and exploring (except open-cast mining of grundeigene mineral raw materials) is the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Labour (Mining Authority)
  • European Lithium’s mining activities are dependent upon the continuation of the Mining Licences, which require annual performance of mining works. In January 2014, a suspension from this requirement was obtained from the Austrian Mining Authority for the years 2014 and 2015 in order to undertake technical studies
  • An application to the Mining Authority to extend the suspension will be made to allow sufficient time to complete DFS, permitting and project construction

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More information about the Austrian Mining Authority is available on the Federal Ministry’s website http://www.en.bmwfw.gv.at/Seiten/default.aspx