NGO's Fear Proposed EU Regulation on Conflict Minerals Doesn't Go Far Enough

19/05/2015 22:56

On 20 May, the European parliament will vote on a proposed regulation to tackle the trade in conflict minerals tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold (3TG). In an open letter, representatives from several NGO's state the regulation, which they say recommends binding “due diligence” requirements for approximately only 20 smelters and refiners based in Europe, doesn't reach far enough due to its voluntary character. They urge Members of the EU parliament to demand additional, binding rules.