EU votes in favor of ban on minerals that fund war


STRASBOURG, France–European legislators on Wednesday unexpectedly voted in favor of a law requiring firms to ensure they do not use so-called conflict minerals from Africa and other areas that end up funding warlords. The legislation for compulsory regulation of the use of tungsten, tin, tantalum and gold, which are often used in computers and mobile phones, will however face a tough test to get past EU governments. ��I must confess that it’s been one of the most intense moments I’ve experienced since becoming a member of the European Parliament,�� said socialist Gianni Pittella of Italy.

Applause broke out as lawmakers at the last minute passed amendments calling for compulsory ethical sourcing of materials from conflict areas like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia and Afghanistan. The amendments passed by a vote of 378 to 300, with 11 abstentions.