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Euro Parliament votes for strong 'conflict minerals' law

Post By: Victoria Coxell on Friday, 22 May 2015

The European Parliament plenary voted on wednesday to agree important amendments to the draft EU law on minerals and metals from high risk or conflict areas which had been originally put forward by the Commission as voluntary recommendations that would have had limited effects.
The regulation remains on an arbitrary selection of '3TG' minerals/metals (tin, tantalum, tungsten, gold) and with a global scope, but major changes included now mandatory obligations for due diligence and reporting by both upstream (mine to...

European Parliament Trade Committee votes for ineffective amendments to EU conflict mineral law

Post By: Victoria Coxell on Wednesday, 15 April 2015

A press release from the European Parliament (available here) declared that yesterdays vote in the International Trade Committee (INTA) regarding amendments to the proposed EU system for management of 'conflict minerals' beefed up rules to 'stem the flow of conflict mineral money to armed groups'. However, a joint civil society statement published by Global Witness explained that INTA had 'wasted a ground-breaking opportunity' and voted for a 'weak and ineffective law' that, if passed, would require only a tiny number of companies...

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