The European Union passed Monday fresh rules that make it more difficult for armed groups to finance their activities through the sale of so called conflict minerals.
The new legislation, which becomes binding in January 2021, forces all the 28 member countries to identify the source of their metals and mineral imports, particularly gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten, which are highly used in tech devices, batteries for electric cars and jewellery.
The new law, which will come into force in 2021, requires importers to ensure their business do not contribute to armed conflicts.
The countries will also have to ensure that their supply chains do not contribute to funding armed conflict.
The legislation, passed after about three years of debate, is seen as a step forward in product traceability and the fight against armed conflicts. But despite being binding, it will neither apply to the whole supply chain, nor will it cover all …