The entry of the Czech Republic into the European Union is currently being
negotiated. Its mineral resources will change the market conditions in
the EU, providing new alternatives for mineral resources supply. The
study presented here reviews the mineral resources of the Czech
Republic and the structure and development of the mineral resources
market of the country since Slovakia and the Czech Republic separated
and a market economy was introduced. The data on the mineral
resources, mine production, and mineral imports and exports was taken
from the Mineral Commodity Summaries of the Czech Republic, published
annually in English by Geofund of the Czech Ministry of the
Environment since 1994.
For comparison, please refer to
BGR Mineral Economic Study XIV: Eastward Extension of the European Union
(1999), which presents a comparative inventory of mineral
mineral resourcesy of ten Central and East European countries, planning to
join the European Union.