Regulations

Regulations Social & human rights

Dual use: Parliament draft report expands scope of Commission plans

The first draft of the European Parliament’s report on the EU’s current plans to overhaul its 2009 dual use export regulation goes further than the Commission’s initial proposals. The new dual use export control policy of the EU will expand export licensing requirements for certain technologies to situations where exports could …

Energy & Environment Regulations

‘Unsustainable’ palm oil: MEPs call for regulation, product discrimination

The European Parliament adopted by an overwhelming majority a legally non binding report that calls on the EU to introduce regulation to curtail imports of palm oil whose production does not meet international environmental and social sustainability criteria.   Drafted by Czech MEP Katerina Konecna (GUE/NL) from the environment committee, …

Conflict Minerals Social & human rights

Conflict minerals: European Parliament trade committee endorses compromise deal with member states

After eighteen months of back-and-forth between European institutions, a compromise text over a planned ‘conflict minerals’ regulation was endorsed in Parliament today (24 January 2017).   The compromise text was backed by 39 votes in favour. Two MEPs abstained.    The new regulation aims to curb the financing of armed groups in minerals-rich …

Regulations

EU moves closer to new dual-use export regulation

The Commission has tabled a final regulatory proposal to update its current so-called ‘dual-use’ export legislation.   The rules aim to avoid that high tech industrial products are exported to governments or sold to organisations that could misuse the products to produce weapons of mass destruction, commit terrorist acts, or engage in human rights violations. The …

Conflict Minerals

‘Political agreement’ over conflict minerals regulation reached – Slovak presidency to take over

Sustainability has been the leitmotiv of the Dutch Council presidency’s trade agenda during the first half of 2016. The Netherlands has set its priority on achieving compromise with fellow member states, the Commission and the Parliament on a regulation that aims to exclude tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold produced in …

Conflict Minerals

No outcome in sight on conflict minerals regulation as first 2016 ‘trilogue’ meeting takes place

Member states and the Parliament are still locking horns over a planned conflict minerals regulation, which aims to increase transparency in industrial supply chains so as to avoid that tungsten, tin, tantalum and gold are purchased from conflict ridden areas such as the Democratic Republic of Congo and money thus …

Conflict Minerals

‘Conflict minerals’: centre-left MEPs continue pushing for mandatory system

Difficult interinstitutional ‘trilogue’ negotiations over a planned ‘conflict minerals’ regulation have started this week between the Parliament and the member states (Council). The two co-legislators are at loggerheads over whether or not to make reporting of company’s sourcing of minerals – such as tungsten or gold – mandatory or not, …