EU Trade Chief Makes Case For 'Conflict Mineral' Rules

Law360, New York (September 04, 2013, 6:51 PM ET) -- The European Union should use its trade policy to cut minerals tainted by conflict out of the supply chain for manufacturing electronics and other products, a top European trade official said Tuesday.

Speaking in Brussels at an event hosted by the German business association BDI, EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht made the case for greater regulation of minerals mined in conflict-ridden areas, saying that the money from global trade of those minerals often winds up in the hands of violent groups. 

The trade chief's speech...
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