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CIBJO Releases EU Committee Special Report

May 12, 2014 4:51 AM   By CIBJO
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Press Release: With one week to go to the opening of the 2014 CIBJO Congress in Moscow on May 19, 2014, the eighth of the CIBJO Special Reports has been released. Prepared by the CIBJO EU Committee, headed by CIBJO's president, Gaetano Cavalieri, and coordinated by Thilo Brückner, the report looks at liaison activities conducted by CIBJO with the European Commission, with the goal of advancing the interests of the jewelry industry in the countries of the European Union.

The EU Committee was established at the 2013 CIBJO Congress, which took place last May in Tel Aviv, Israel. Just one month later, a delegation of CIBJO members led by Cavalieri, including representatives from France, Germany, Italy and the U.K., met with representatives of the EU Commission in Brussels. The EU team was led by Tung-Lai Margue, the head of the body's service for foreign policy instruments.

One of the goals of the EU Committee was to convince the European Commission from avoiding the unintended consequences of the conflict minerals legislation contained in the Dodd-Frank act in the U.S., which many feel has led to a defacto embargo of gold producers from the Great Lakes region of Africa.

As Brückner writes, the lobbying efforts appear to have been successful."The first regulation proposal presented by the EU Commission in March 2014 avoids compulsory legislation," he states in the report.

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About CIBJO
CIBJO is the international jewelry confederation of national trade organizations. CIBJO's purpose is to encourage harmonization, promote international cooperation in the jewelry industry and to consider issues which concern the trade worldwide. CIBJO's chief mission is to protect consumer confidence in the industry.


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