Trade MEPs call for more clarity about EU plans on conflict minerals

European Commission proposals for voluntary self-certification by European companies importing tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold from "conflict and high risk" regions have been branded too weak by international trade committee members of the European parliament (MEPs).

In the first exchange of views on the proposal in the European parliament, centre-right Romanian MEP Iuliu Winkler told committee members that they needed more clarity about how the system would operate. “We would prefer a clear definition of conflict areas and high risk areas,” the Romanian said at the meeting in Brussels on Thursday November 6. He also called for more information on the geographical scope of the regulation. Winkler, who is in charge of co-ordinating amendments to the legislation for the trade committee, said that more guidance was needed...

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INS – Méabh McMahon

November 10, 2014

17:51 GMT

Brussels