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Analysis

New EU law targets conflict minerals, but will it work?

If passed, a new EU law will help to put an end to the use of ‘conflict minerals’ in EU manufacturing. The draft law is similar to the US’s Dodd-Frank 1502 clause, which requires tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold imported from conflict zones, to be certified ‘conflict free’. As the EU prepares to set out the terms of its new law, what lessons should it take on board to help end this deadly trade.

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