Central Europe has not escaped the impact of the economic crises and the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and Hungary have all experienced significant changes in the supply and demand of minerals in their countries.
From the Czech Republic, which is trying to boost its exploration and development of rare-earth elements, to Slovakia, which is striving to overcome environmental and land access issues to facilitate the exploration of its plentiful uranium reserves.
While Austria is battling to return production to pre-recession levels, Hungary is tasked with improving the social acceptability of mining in the country in the wake of the 2010 toxic spill at KolontÃ¡r.
Each of these jurisdictions faces complex financial, political and social issues that affect their mining industries and they are finding ways to increase mining activities and reignite local interest in projects.
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