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NGOs, left-wing MEPs seek tougher rules on 'conflict minerals'

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By Euronews
NGOs, left-wing MEPs seek tougher rules on 'conflict minerals'

<p>Campaigners are calling on <span class="caps">MEP</span>s to toughen up European rules on ‘conflict minerals’.</p> <p>The European Parliament is set to vote on European Commission proposals to limit imports of four minerals from countries gripped by armed conflict or at risk of conflict.</p> <p>It proposes a self-certification scheme to prove that tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold in their raw form do not come from mines in war-torn regions.</p> <p>More than one hundred and fifty groups have signed a letter saying any scheme should be mandatory. </p> <p>Many such minerals are used in tech gadgets such as smartphones or tablets.</p> <p>Green and centre-left <span class="caps">MEP</span>s agree that an opt-in scheme doesn’t go far enough.</p> <p>The vote on the draft will take place on Wednesday 20 May.</p> <p>Any text voted for by <span class="caps">MEP</span>s will also require the approval of EU governments before it can become law.</p>