This week Anneliese will be voting for tighter regulations for conflict minerals.
Anneliese has frequently been contacted by constituents concerned about issues around conflict minerals, and she has consistently campaigned for greater action to be taken to tackle the serious human rights abuses and conflicts which are associated with the extracts of some minerals and metals.
The Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group of which Anneliese is a member is pushing for new legislation on conflict minerals which would cover the entire supply chain – from the smelters to the end users. However, the right-wing EPP group in the European Parliament is only supporting legislation which would regulate only smelters and refiners – the first stage in the supply chain – rather than the entire process. As there are relatively few smelters or refiners in the EU, this would mean that conflict minerals could continue to be traded in the EU if they had been smelted outside the EU.
Anneliese said: “It’s not enough just to tighten up regulations on the smelters – in order to stamp out conflict minerals across the EU, we need tougher rules which make it mandatory for suppliers to ask questions about where the minerals they buy are coming from. We should be able to be sure that the items we buy won’t be funding conflict and human rights abuses.”