With urgent international action need to tackle the tragic outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, and on-going concern over climate change resilience and sustainable development for emerging economies, my appointment to the EU Development committee couldn’t come at a more crucial time.
On the immediate legislative agenda is the Commission’s proposal for an integrated EU approach to stop profits from trading and minerals being used to fund armed conflicts.
In my previous work for ActionAid UK, I witnessed the damage to the lives of people living in areas exploited for these minerals in parts of the word afflicted by war and conflict, and I am delighted to have been appointed as shadow rapporteur as this proposal goes through the European Parliament.
The Commission’s current proposals do not go far enough to stop thousands of electronic products containing minerals supporting conflicts being sold.
Tougher legislation is needed to ensure minerals sourced via exploitation, violence and modern slavery are not used in the products we buy in the EU. Consumers should have the right to be able to make informed choices about the source of products and components that they buy.