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"New EU rules on conflict minerals will help local communities", says EU parliament rapporteur

Author: Iuliu Winkler, EU parliament’s rapporteur on conflict mineral regulation, Published on: 19 May 2015

...[P]arliament has drafted a report on setting up an EU system for supply chain due diligence self-certification of responsible importers of tin, tantalum and tungsten (3TG) originating from conflict-affected and high-risk areas...The compromise achieved in parliament's international trade committee is very important, providing an efficient and workable regulation capable of focusing on two priorities: empowering local communities in conflict-affected areas, and increasing the responsible behaviour of all stakeholders involved in trade...As I continue work on this file, I have two priorities. First, to help and assist local communities affected by illegal mining and trade activities conducted or supervised by armed groups with the aim of illegally appropriating profits from economic activity...Second, to increase the responsibility of all stakeholders...and promoting a common effort towards transparency and control of the use of 3TG from conflict areas.

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