Following a vote today on conflict minerals, Alex Mayer MEP said:
"Tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold are vital for the production of our mobile phones yet they often come from parts of the world where wars and conflict are occurring which affect the mining and trading of those materials.
That is why I am pleased to support this new law which will introduce a legal system to ensure the traceability of these minerals.
I am proud that we have succeeded in cutting off an important source of income for warlords.
The Conservatives were pushing for a voluntary system, but we secured a mandatory system, setting a new global standard in responsible sourcing. I also pay tribute to my predecessor Richard Howitt who was passionate about pushing for action in this area."