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Background On April 14, 2015, the Committee on International Trade (INTA) of the European Parliament adopted amendments (by 22 votes to 16, and 2 abstentions) on the European Commission’s proposal for an EU conflict minerals regime published in March 2014. The INTA vote followed a compromise reached among three of the main political groups of the Parliament, namely the center-right (EPP), the Liberals (ALDE) and the ECR led by the UK Conservatives. See our previous
The outcome of the European Parliament (“EP”) elections, which ended on May 25, will lead to a more unstable political landscape.  This will require companies interacting with EU legislators to adapt their lobbying strategies.  They are likely to find a shift away from the current pro-business approach in the European Parliament and Commission. The most significant fact about the elections is that the three main parliamentary groups all lost seats.  The center-right European People’s Party…
Europe is on the verge of major political developments.  On May 22-25, EU voters will elect members of the European Parliament.  In June, the European Council will appoint a new President and High Representative in charge of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to succeed the visible Cathy Ashton. In the parliamentary elections, the center-right Christian Democrats (EPP) and the center-left Socialists and the Liberals are likely to emerge with the largest number of seats.  In…