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On March 5th 2014 the EU proposed an integrated EU approach to stop profits from trading minerals being used to fund armed conflicts. The approach was presented by Catherine Ashton (HR of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy) and EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht. Find more information about the intended appoach under the following links:

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Questions on responsible sourcing of minerals from conflict zones (MEMO/14/157

Link to the draft Regulation

Link to the joint Communication by the
European Commission and the High Representative

Link to the Commission staff working

Link to the external study

OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible
Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High...

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