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Mihajlovic: Copper and lithium critical raw materials in the process of decarbonization, important for the development and positioning of Serbia in the world

Mihajlovic: Copper and lithium critical raw materials in the process of decarbonization, important for the development and positioning of Serbia in the world

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mining and Energy, prof. Zorana Mihajlovic, PhD, said today that the mine "Cukaru Peki" near Bor, which was opened yesterday, will be the first green mine in Serbia, with the application of the most modern technologies and the highest standards in the field of environmental protection.

"Cukaru Peki" deposit in the upper zone is one of the richest deposits of copper and gold ore in the world, and it has invested 474 million dollars in the new "Zijin mining" mine. Thanks to this project, Serbia will at some point become the second largest producer of copper in Europe, right after Poland, and our share in the production of this ore will increase from five to 18 percent. "In terms of gold production, we will get closer to Finland, which is the largest producer of this precious metal in Europe," Mihajlovic said in an interview with "Politika".

Deputy Prime Minister also stated that copper, together with lithium, is one of the critical mineral raw materials that will be used in all new technologies that include decarbonization.

"Our country has huge reserves of these strategically important metals, which is important for Serbia's positioning in the world in the future. This especially refers to lithium, where the goal is for Serbia not only to be an exporter of raw materials, but to develop the entire production chain, including electric batteries and electric cars," said Mihajlovic.