On March 30, 2015, in anticipation of the upcoming European Union Parliament Committee on International Trade vote on proposed conflict minerals legislation, IPC, along with AmCham EU, the European Committee of Domestic Equipment Manufacturers (CECED), DIGITALEUROPE, the Japan Business Council in Europe (JBCE), the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), the Korea Electronics Association (KEA), Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI), the Trans-Atlantic Business Council (TABC), and TechAmerica Europe issued Joint Recommendations on the EU Draft Regulation on Responsible Sourcing of Minerals.
The recommendations support the March 2, 2015 report, “Union system for the supply chain due diligence of responsible importers of 3TG originating in conflict-affected and high-risk areas,” issued by MEP Winkler, the rapporteur for conflict minerals. The statement emphasizes the need to adhere to the OECD framework and those concepts that have been assessed in the regulatory impact assessment performed by the EU Commission. Particular issues addressed by the statement include:
- Acknowledgement and support of existing industry schemes identifying compliant smelters and refiners
- A white list of smelters and refiners to be produced by the Commission
- Maintaining the product focus on 3TG and the exclusion of recycled materials
- Focusing on upstream portions of the supply chain (smelters and importers)
- Flexibility for downstream companies in way they provide information on supply chain due diligence to their supply chains and customers
- Companies should not be required to define conflict zones and high-risk areas.
The Committee on International Trade is scheduled to vote on the conflict minerals proposal during an April 13-14, 2015 meeting and plenary session. Consideration by the full European Parliament is tentatively scheduled for May 19, 2015.