Commerce / 15.05.2015

Parliament has passed a draft commission regulation which is likely to result in the development of a European 'blood minerals' market. The document aims to break the connection between the exploitation of natural resources and the financing of armed conflicts in developing countries. These minerals are tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold and are found in nearly all the electronic devices we use in our everyday lives. According to the United Nations, in the past 60 years, at least 40 percent of conflicts around the world have been related to...

International / 17.04.2015

Marie Arena est déçue. Et en colère. La députée socialiste (S&D) sort la mine sévère de la commission du commerce international du Parlement européen. Les conservateurs (PPE), rejoints par les libéraux (ALDE) et la députée d'extrême-droite Marine Lepen, viennent tout juste de remporter un vote qui affaiblit le projet de règlement sur la traçabilité des minerais issus des zones de conflits. Les minerais de sang, dont le trafic sert à alimenter les guerres en Afrique centrale, sont indispensables à l'industrie électronique. L'Europe veut bannir ces minerais "sales" du commerce...

Emploi, Femme, International / 19.12.2014

In recent years, women have been the focal point of extremely important initiatives involving women's rights and gender equality in areas of conflict - but mainly from the perspective of those being targeted from violence and discrimination. A different aspect, which has not been stressed enough, is that women should not be seen merely from the perspective of the victims of the situations created from armed conflicts. They can also have a fundamental role in peace-building, bringing engaged parties together, forming platforms of reconciliation for social peace and prosperity. The...