Parliamentary question - E-009158/2011Parliamentary question

Introduction of legislation on conflict minerals

Question for written answer E-009158/2011
to the Commission
Rule 117
Michael Cashman (S&D)

In the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, illegal control of the trade in minerals — tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold — has fuelled human rights abuses and promoted insecurity for over a decade.

The introduction of an EU regulation that requires companies to take steps to determine whether their products contain ‘conflict’ minerals, in line with OECD and UN standards, would both mitigate the risk of reputational damage for EU companies and have a positive impact on one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.

Further to the Commission’s response P‑004340/2011 noting that ‘further analysis should be conducted’ with regard to establishing EU requirements on conflict mineral reporting, can the Commission say:

OJ C 154 E, 31/05/2012