Answer given by Mr Tajani on behalf of the Commission
As stated in its 2011 Communication on raw materials the Commission is strongly committed to ensuring transparency of physical markets, of payments and of supply chains.
The Commission adopted a legislative proposal on Country-by-Country Reporting on 25 October 2011. The proposal requires mandatory disclosure of payments to governments on a country and project basis by all listed and large unlisted EU companies with activities in the oil, gas, mining and logging sectors with the objective to promote good governance. With regards to conflict minerals, the Commission proposed to ‘examine ways to improve transparency throughout the supply chain and tackle in coordination with key trade partners situations where revenues from extractive industries are used to fund wars or internal conflicts’. The Commission and the EEAS are following initiatives promoting conflict free minerals supply chains, in particular the implementation of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas. In addition, on 22 May 2012, the EEAS convened the meeting of the International Task Force on illegal exploitation and trade of natural resources in the Great Lakes region, an informal political forum where interested stakeholders can exchange information on illegal exploitation and trade in the region as well as on conflict minerals to formulate better analysis and coherent policy response. Finally, on 25 October 2011 a new European Strategy on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) was adopted which takes into account the importance of internationally agreed CSR guidelines and principles.