Debate and vote on a law to stem the flow of “conflict minerals”
A draft law to help stem the flow of revenue to armed groups from sales of tin, tantalum and tungsten, their ores, and gold will be debated on Tuesday and put to a vote on Wednesday. The draft, already approved by the EP Trade Committee, provides for mandatory certification of EU smelters and refiners and voluntary certification of operators who buy, process and use these minerals and metals to make mobile phones, washing machines, fridges, etc.
Parliament is divided over whether a mandatory certification scheme should apply to everyone in the supply chain of metals and minerals originating in conflict-affected and high-risk areas.
Procedure: ordinary legislative procedure
Debate: Tuesday, 19 May
Vote: Wednesday, 20 May
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