News to conflict mineral regulation

News to conflict mineral regulation
29th June 2016 Christliche Initiative Romero
Image: Enough Project (cc). Gold from eastern Congo. The war in Congo is fueled by a thriving gold trade today, with armed groups controlling mines and earning an estimated $50 million last year from selling gold and minerals. This gold is from a day's work at Kaniola mine

Photo: Enough Project

EU PARLIAMENT, COMMISSION AND DUTCH COUNCIL PRESIDENCY PASS A DISAPPOITING REGULATION


Nearly 42 thousand EU-citizens signed our petition “Tackling the trade in conflict minerals!” and demanded a human rights-based regulation on the import of conflict minerals. In April 2016, Stop Mad Mining campaigners delivered the petition to EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and Roland Roosdorp from the Dutch Council Presidency. In June together with 130 civil society organizations we published an open letter and urged for an immediate halt to the deadly trade. The EU parliament had called for “smelters and refiners to undergo a compulsory, independent, third-party audit to check their “due diligence” practices” (1)

On June 15th EU Parliament and Commission again met in Brussels with the Dutch Council Presidency and in these trialogue negotiations reached an agreement on a new law intended to tackle the European conflict minerals trade – of which the civil society is disappointed. The  new regulation is too weak as it only refers to the four minerals tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold (3TG) and to a small fraction of firms namely upstream companies and raw mineral importers. Thus the majority of European companies e.g. from the automotive or electronics industry will not be hold accountable on their due diligence. Furthermore, the due diligence obligations are limited to a specific selection of countries.

Consequently the agreement is only a small step in the right direction. It reaches further than the proposal of the EU Commission but is still very much behind what the Parliament and civil society demanded.

In the coming months the technical trialogue will pass the final regulation. After two years there will be an evaluation – and therefore the possibility to tighten the regulation once again.

(1) European Parliament 20-05-2015

 

Read more:

UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human rights

OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

 

PRESS RELEASE

OPEN LETTER TO THE DUTCH PRESIDENCY OF THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THE MEMBER STATES OF THE EUROPEAN UNION


The Stop Mad Mining network signed with 130 other organizations the open letter addressed to the European Union. Currently, the EU negotiates a new regulation that regulates the import of minerals.

The signatories urge the EU for a strong and effective regulation to perform some basic checks and due diligence on their supply chains.

Read here the complete letter and all signing organizations

CONFLICT MINERALS: EU TRADE COMMISSIONER MALMSTRÖM TAKES OVER 41.675 VOICES FOR A BINDING REGULATION


EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström (r) takes over 41.675 signitures of STOP MAD MININGS Petition for a binding conflict mineral regulation. Anna Backmann (CIR), Michael Reckordt (PowerShift).
Picture: CIR

On April 5th EU Parliament and Commission met in Brussels with the Dutch Council Presidency for their second trialogue negotiation over a conflict mineral regulation. Before the meeting Stop Mad Mining spoke to EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and Roland Roosdorp from the Dutch Council Presidency representing the interests of the 28 EU member states in negotiations. To them we handed over the petition “Tackling the trade in conflict minerals!” signed by almost 42 thousand people, who demand an EU regulation with mandatory due diligence, which meets the OECD standards as a minimum.

Bevore the meeting we sent out a press release

 

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HOW WE HANDED OVER YOUR 41.675 SIGNITURES