Minerals Matters — winter 2014

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The previous 12 months were certainly a refreshing change as the UK economy finally looks to have turned a corner and, until now, slow and halting recovery appears to have gathered some genuine momentum. Talk is now much more positive and there is a real sense of optimism.

Fears about a triple-dip recession have been replaced by debate about whether there was actually a double dip and, while it is far from out of the woods, the eurozone has been relatively quiet. Consumer demand has risen and this improvement, particularly evident in the housing and commercial property markets, has done much for the mines and minerals sector. Long may it continue. While we are sure there will be bumps in the road ahead, hopefully the improvements seen in 2013 are just the starting point and by the end of this year we will be able to say with confidence that any lingering doubts about the strength of the recovery have gone away.

This edition of Minerals Matters contains articles relating to human rights in the mining industry, data protection issues in the mining sector, the ability to remove squatters and the crackdown on bribery and corruption in the sector. It also looks at mandatory carbon reporting requirements, employment tax issues and the Europa Oil and Gas case…

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