Mar 30

30th of March 2016

Bo2W synthesis report is now available

The final Bo2W project report is now available in English and German on the project website.

This synthesis report combines the comprehensive project activities, project outcomes, identified implementation barriers and proposals for how to overcome the barriers.

All published documents within the Bo2W project can be found here:

Jan 19

19th of January 2016

STRADE Project begins

The Horizon 2020 project Strategic Dialogue on Sustainable Raw Materials for Europe (STRADE) held its kickoff meeting with project core partners and EC representatives in Darmstadt, Germany. Partners discussed project goals.

Oct 10

New presentation and report about Conflict Minerals issue available

10th of October 2013 by Stefanie Degreif

Since publication of a UN-report in 2002, it is widely recognized that the mining and trade of minerals in the eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo significantly contributes to financing violent conflicts. Although the Second Congo War officially ended in 2003, fighting continues in some of the eastern parts of the country, where government forces, militias and armed groups, fight over domination and control.

In reaction to this situation, Section 1502 of the US-American Dodd-Frank Act introduced binding rules for the use of “conflict minerals” in mid-2010. Nevertheless, the implementation of these rules have various and partly unintended consequences for the situation in the eastern DR Congo.

The study „Conflict minerals – An evaluation of the Dodd-Frank Act and other resource-related measures“ analyses the link between resources and conflicts as well as the effects of the Dodd-Frank Acts on the ground. In addition, other measures and initiatives aiming to cut the interrelation between resources and conflicts are described. Based on this analysis, the study provides recommendations for a European response to the conflict mineral issue.

Please find the presentation and the report here.

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