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Le Soir - Belgium | Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ban raw materials from conflict zones

The European Parliament will vote on Wednesday on a regulation under which businesses would declare on a voluntary basis which of the raw materials they use are imported from conflict zones. But it's ridiculous to rely on voluntary action, the liberal daily Le Soir believes: "The system of a non-binding declaration is defended by a majority comprised of the European People's Party, a large portion of the Liberals, the Eurosceptics and the far right. ... Their goal: above all to avoid getting on the wrong side of business. As we see, one can belong to pro-European parties and a Parliament that sees itself as the protector of freedom and democracy, one can shed tears of joy when awarding the Sakharov Prize to Doctor Mukwege - who has asked the Parliament for a binding law - only to reject the idea so as not to anger business. ... The European Parliament now has the chance to show that it is true to its own values. And that in a domain where the EU really can influence the course of events, it can decide in favour of human rights."

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