CONFLICT MINERALS: MEPs call for mandatory conflict-free certification scheme in plenary vote

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have decided conflict-free certification should be mandatory for “all Union importers” of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TGs), following a plenary vote on Wednesday May 20.

EU importers of these metals for manufacturing consumer goods must be certified by the EU “to ensure that they do not fuel conflicts and human rights abuses in conflict areas”, MEPs have said in their position on the draft European conflict minerals law, adopted on Wednesday by 402 votes to 118. There were 171 abstentions. Meanwhile, MEPs also voted by 400 votes to 285, with seven abstentions, to overturn the European Commission’s original proposal as well as the one adopted by the International Trade Committee (INTA). They have requested mandatory compliance for all importers...


Claire Hack

May 20, 2015

18:24 GMT