Trade MEPs vote in amendments to proposed conflict minerals legislation

EU smelters and refiners importing designated conflict minerals and metals will have to be certified by the EU to help cut funding to armed groups, if draft legislation is brought in this year.

A vote took place on Tuesday April 14 at a meeting of the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee on some 627 amendments to proposed European legislation on conflict minerals. The amendments to the proposed legislation were mostly approved at the meeting and the European Parliament as a whole will vote on the amended text in May. However, trade MEPs voted down amendments calling for mandatory certification of all downstream operators – those in the EU that buy, process and use conflict minerals and metals to manufacture products such as mobile phones, washing machines and fridges. A proposal to broaden the scope of the legislation to include minerals and metals other than gold, tantalum, tungsten and tin was also voted down. Other amendments to the draft law...


Claire Hack

April 15, 2015

16:22 GMT