The coal and metallic minerals categories dominate the Polish mining industry and the country is the largest producer of copper and coal in Europe.

The Polish mining sector contributes 2% of the country’s gross domestic product.

Poland contributed 3.8% of the world’s copper ore reserves and 2% of its lead ore reserves, and it was the ninth-largest producer of lead ore and the eleventh-largest producer of copper globally.

The disinvestment process is a key element in the country’s transition from a planned economy to a market economy.

The volume of minerals produced in the country registered a decline of 4.6% in 2009 over 2008, while the value of production declined by 3.8%, the report said.

The full report, ‘The Polish Mining Industry Outlook – Market Opportunities and Entry Strategies, Analyses and Forecasts to 2016’ is available from BRICdata. Click here for more details.