Thursday, 18 February 2021
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
37. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the progress that has been made in introducing legislation with regard to the EU conflict minerals regulation; the estimated number of companies to fall under the regulation; the supervisory authority that will be responsible for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9195/21]
EU Regulation 2017/821 lays down supply chain due diligence obligations for Union importers of tin, tantalum and tungsten, their ores, and gold originating from conflict-affected and high-risk areas.
Statutory Instrument No. 16 of 2021 (available at) designates the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications as Competent Authority for the purpose of EU Regulation 2017/821. There are currently 13 companies which will fall under the remit of the EU Regulation, the implementation of which is being overseen by my Department.