Par Cécile Barbière, EURACTIV.fr, traduit par Samuel White
16 mars 2017
Green MEP Yannick Jadot highlighted the problems posed by the “downstream businesses” that manufacture tablets or smartphones using some of the materials targeted under this law. “During the law’s passage through Parliament, we managed to get the duty of care extended to cover all the actors in the chain. But this was dropped during the trialogue negotiations,” he said.
“But we managed to obtain a revision clause that will allow us to extend the law in the future,” he added.
Dodd-Frank law up in the air
Another shortcoming highlighted by Amnesty International is the law’s narrow scope. “This law only covers four minerals and omits other resources, like cobalt, which can be linked to serious human rights violations. We now expect the European Union to strengthen this legislation to make it binding on a larger number of businesses,” the NGO stated.
A new round of negotiations has begun in Brussels to try to reach a compromise on conflict minerals. But the process has stalled over disagreements on supply chain monitoring. EURACTIV France reports.
The timing of today’s vote is significant. US President Donald Trump in February announced his intention to review some of the provisions of the Dodd-Frank law, which governs mineral imports to the US and on which the EU’s own law is based.
“At a time when the United States is stepping back, with President Trump announcing he will unpick the Dodd-Frank law, it is vital for Europe to put its foot down on the issue of the corporate responsibility of muntinationals,” said socialist MEP Emmanuel Maurel.