On 1 October 2021, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) officially kicked off its participation in the European Raw Materials Alliance (ERMA). ERMA was launched on 29 September 2020 by the European Commission in order to foster resilience and strategic autonomy in the supply of critical raw materials for EU industry and society. The alliance currently comprises over 500 members from the EU and beyond.

In light of the work carried out by the EESC with opinion CCMI 177, ERMA requested its official involvement in the form of observer status participation. The EESC Bureau appointed Mr Andrés Barceló Delgado (ES-GR I) as the EESC observer in ERMA, taking into account his previous work on several EESC opinions related to the topic of raw materials. Mr Barceló Delgado's input will be supported by and coordinated together with Mr Norbert Kluge (DE-GR II) and Mr Kestutis Kupsys (LT-GR III).