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Proposed EU law will not keep conflict resources out of Europe, campaigners warn

Author: Amnesty Intl., Global Witness, CCFD Terre-Solidaire, Christian Aid, SOMO & other NGOs, Published on: 5 March 2014

A law proposed by the European Commission on responsible sourcing of minerals is not strong enough to prevent European companies’ mineral purchases from financing conflict or human rights abuses, and falls far short of expectations, campaigners said today...[T]he Commission today announced voluntary measures that will only apply to companies importing processed and unprocessed minerals into the European market...Without a clear EU law that requires companies to do due diligence – and report publicly on it – the European Commission will fail to bring EU companies up to the same responsible sourcing standards as their American competitors...To ensure that natural resources from conflict or high-risk areas don’t enter EU markets, the law also needs to target manufacturers, and companies that import finished products. Metals from conflict areas routinely enter the EU in manufactured products like computers, phones, light bulbs and cars...The European Parliament and Council will take up the proposal later this year. At that time, parliamentarians and Member States must make it a priority to strengthen the legislation so that it is fit for purpose.

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