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Tuesday, 04 January 2011

Third EU-Africa summit: MEPs call for an EU law on "blood minerals"

The European Parliament backed plans to create an EU law ensuring traceability of imported minerals, as a tool to combat illegal exploitation of conflict minerals in African countries, in a resolution passed on Wednesday. This resolution assesses the outcome of the third EU-Africa summit of African and European heads of state in Tripoli on 30 November. MEPs also regretted the participation of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe in the summit and the absence of several European Heads of State.Among the key positive developments from the Tripoli summit, Parliament cited the new US "conflict Minerals'" law as a huge step forward in combating illegal exploitation of minerals in Africa and called for a similar EU proposal to ensure the traceability of imported minerals on the EU market. It also urged the EU and African Union (AU) to cooperate on sustainable exploitation of raw materials and the transparency of mining contracts. The same call for an EU law to fight illegal exploitation of minerals had been made by the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Joint Parliamentary Assembly during its 20th session in Kinshasa (Congo) on 2 December.

Source: European Parliament