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European Parliament backs 'conflict minerals' law

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By Euronews
European Parliament backs 'conflict minerals' law

<p>EU lawmakers have narrowly backed tougher rules aimed at limiting the import of conflict minerals.</p> <p>The European Parliament voted in favour of the draft law with 343 votes to 331.</p> <p>Supporters say it should be more difficult for military groups to finance their activities by selling precious minerals, which are used in tech gadgets such as smartphones.</p> <p><span class="caps">MEP</span>s said any certification system should 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>Parliamentarians will now negotiate with EU governments over what the final version of the law will look like.</p>