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Natural resources are the essential backbone of our European economy and underpin the quality of life to which we have grown accustomed. For centuries, we have transformed raw materials such as fuels, minerals and metals to build the modern society that we now enjoy. Natural resources such as food, water, air, biomass and our entire ecosystem are equally crucial to our daily lives and its preservation has long-term implications for us. Reduced access to our natural resources and dependency on other regions could limit the growth prospects of our economies and degrade the quality and harmony of life in our ecosystem.