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EU Regulation on Conflict Minerals: What the European Parliament Vote Means for Member States
Author: Amnesty Intl. & Global Witness, Published on: 16 June 2015
The European Parliament voted on 20 May for a strong and binding law to tackle the trade in conflict minerals. MEPs...supported a law that would legally require companies importing key minerals into Europe...to source responsibly...As they consider a response to the Parliament's proposal, Member States have a landmark opportunity to deliver on their obligation under international human rights law..., by ensuring their businesses source minerals responsibly. If the Council of the European Union matches the Parliament's commitment to responsible sourcing, the EU's Regulation could set a clear and progressive standard for companies, investors and consumers...Business leaders, investors, religious leaders, consumers, and civil society have all publicly supported strong, mandatory due diligence rules.