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Document selected : O-000017/2018

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O-000017/2018 (B8-0009/2018)

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PV 15/03/2018 - 6
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Parliamentary questions
21 February 2018
O-000017/2018
Question for oral answer
to the Commission
Rule 128
Bernd Lange, on behalf of the Committee on International Trade

 Subject: Implementation of the Conflict Minerals Regulation
 Answer 

The Conflict Minerals Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2017/821) was adopted one year ago. Its due diligence requirements for Union importers of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold will apply as of 1 January 2021, but the Commission, Member States and companies will have to prepare well in advance to ensure the correct and effective implementation of the regulation. Parliament has the competence to monitor its implementation and must be kept fully informed about the procedure. In this context:

1. What is the state of play of the preparation and implementation of the various implementing steps explicitly mentioned in the regulation, especially with regard to the delegated act and the need to ensure that the Commission’s recognition of supply chain due diligence schemes remains within the scope of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Due Diligence Guidance and hence the regulation?

2. What are the relevant developments surrounding the accompanying measures, especially those aimed at improving the ability of EU operators, with an emphasis on SMEs, to comply with the due diligence guidelines laid down in the Conflict Minerals Regulation? How will the Commission’s downstream measures, the transparency database in particular, promote and maintain the OECD standards that the EU has committed to promoting and improving?

3. What steps has the Commission taken to ensure that companies and the EU’s major trading partners pursue the same approach to due diligence obligations in their policies as taken by the EU, recognising due diligence as a tool to promote responsible sourcing from conflict-affected and high risk areas, eliminate the need to disengage from those areas and establish risk-free supply chains?

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