- Trade topics
- Conflict minerals
Regulation (EU) 2017/821 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2017 laying down supply chain due diligence obligations for Union importers of tin, tantalum and tungsten, their ores, and gold originating from conflict-affected and high-risk areas.
The Commission’s 2019 Delegated Regulation explains the methodology and criteria to assess and recognise supply chain due diligence schemes. The EU Official Journal published this regulation on 19 March 2019.
Non-financial reporting directive
In June 2017 the Commission adopted guidelines on the disclosure of environmental and social information which include a section on conflict minerals.
These guidelines will help companies to disclose relevant non-financial information in a consistent and more comparable manner.
It aims to boost corporate transparency and performance, as well as encourage companies to embrace a more sustainable approach.
EU communications and opinions
Over the years the EU has set out its goals for more transparent sourcing of minerals from conflict-affected areas in three different documents.
- The 2014 Joint Communication on conflict minerals
- The 2012 EESC opinion on trade, growth and development
- The 2011 European Commission communication on raw materials
The EU carried out its own impact assessment in the early stages of drafting the conflict minerals law.
The impact assessment identified problems and possible solutions, as well as the likely economic and human rights impact of a conflict minerals law.
A study commissioned by the EU in 2013 evaluated the costs and potential benefits for the mineral industry when following OECD guidelines.
Calls for tender
The EU tenders for activities related to the Conflict Minerals Regulation include support with assessing compliance with supply chain due diligence schemes set up by governments, industry bodies or other interested parties.
You'll find more information on TRADE’s Calls for Tender page.
- GROW also has a tender for SME support on mineral supply chain due diligence