The EU will have to tread carefully when considering which minerals and
countries to include in its upcoming conflict minerals legislation.
Many of these industries are niche and inflexible meaning any swift
and significant change will likely have a negative impact on the EU and
on the source country that the legislation is designed to clean up.
For example, the Democratic Republic of Congo relies heavily on
income from mining copper, tin, tantalum and cobalt. Not all raw
materials exported from the Congo, or central Africa for that matter, are
associated with armed rebel groups.
European lawmakers have to be . . .