Explanation of Vote- Strasbourg, May 2015
Report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council setting up a Union system for supply chain due diligence self-certification of responsible importers of tin, tantalum and tungsten, their ores, and gold originating in conflict-affected and high-risk areas (COM(2014)0111 – C7-0092/2014 – 2014/0059(COD))
The main objective of this proposal is to help reduce the financing of armed groups and security forces through mineral proceeds in conflict-affected and high-risk areas, by supporting and further promoting responsible sourcing practices of EU companies in relation to tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold originating from such areas. I am confident that my Conservative colleagues are fighting for sound legislation and a measured approach that will deliver this very important objective. I will continue to support their efforts to build a functioning system from the ground up, while allowing for genuine trade in these metals and minerals to continue.
European Parliament resolution on maternity leave (2015/2655(RSP)
The position of the UK Conservative Delegation on this matter remains consistent. We would like to see the European Commission withdraw this proposal and we remain opposed to the EU legislating on pay and conditions of maternity and paternity leave.