MEPs seek tougher rules on conflict minerals

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By James Franey
MEPs seek tougher rules on conflict minerals

<p>EU lawmakers have backed tougher rules to limit the import of conflict minerals.</p> <p>A European Parliament committee said it should be more difficult for military groups to finance their activities by selling precious minerals.</p> <p><span class="caps">MEP</span>s want a system of self-certification to be mandatory, rather than voluntary as the European Commission had proposed.</p> <p>That would mean companies would have to prove that all resources throughout their supply chain were ‘conflict-free’.</p> <p>The US already has legally binding requirements, which focus on the Great Lakes region in Africa.</p> <p>The EU’s draft law may not just apply to sub-Saharan Africa.</p> <p>For example it could apply in Colombia, where militias control some gold mining regions.</p>