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'Illegal Trade in Natural Resources. What can Brussels do?'

A two-day event in Brussels to debate on this issue and on the role played by the European Union
21 July 2010

'Illegal Trade in Natural Resources. What can Brussels do?' - ImageOn 29-30 September 2010 the issue of illegal trade in natural resources will be discussed by IES and its partners during a two-day event in Brussels.

The event, organised in the framework of IES Pathfinder project and in collaboration with BICC, GLOBE EU and Europe, International Alert, IISD, Madariaga ? College of Europe Foundation, SIPRI, Transparency International and Worldwatch Institute, will be kick-started by an opening dinner on the evening of 29 and will be followed by the conference on Thursday 30 September.

Hosted at the European Economic and Social Committee, the conference will be developed around four main sessions with the aim to provide a global overview on the issue at stake through various perspectives, and to define what the EU can do to contribute to this struggle.

Starting with an assessment of the problems created by illegal trade in commodities and its implications for the environment, development, peace & security and international trade, the debate will then focus on the politics and economics that allow such commodities to be sold as legally-owned assets to importing countries. The afternoon sessions will feature an analysis of the governmental & legal actions and the Public & Corporate Initiatives undertaken to curb the import of illegally extracted commodities, with an attempt to identify the gaps. Finally, a panel of speakers will explore what the European Union could do to contribute to the fight against illegal trade in natural resources involving EU Member States and whether a general legal mechanism can be set up to efficiently address this issue.

The conference will represent an important opportunity for policy makers, researchers, representatives of NGOs, IGOs and the private sector to participate and exchange ideas on how to improve the fight against the import of illegally extracted natural resources in the European Union. For queries and additional information please contact the Pathfinder Secretariat.

Pathfinder Programme | Conference Webpage

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