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UN Panel of Experts vs. French MNE operating in DRC

Case overview

Date filed 1 October 2003
Current status Rejected
Issue Transportation activities in the DRC
Summary of the case In 2002, the United Nations Panel of Experts on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources and Other Forms of Wealth in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) issued a report which included an annex listing companies which, in their view, had violated the Guidelines in the DRC.

In October 2003, the UN Expert Panel issued another report listing a Belgian transportation company, which was affiliated to a French multinational enterprise, as not having responded to the Panel's requests for information and referred it to the French NCP to follow up the alleged violations.

Developments/Outcome The French NCP consulted with the Belgian NCP who had concluded the specific instance that the UN Panel of Experts had raised with their NCP in 2006 due to lack of evidence. The French NCP concluded the specific instance in 2006 on that grounds that there was not sufficient evidence to support the Panel's allegations about the activities of the company based in Belgium.
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NCP Information

NCP name National Contact Point France
NCP address Rue de Bercy 139 75572 Paris, Cedex 12, France
NCP website www.minefi.gouv.fr/directions_ser
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Complainant

Company Information

Company responsible French multinational enterprise operating in the DRC
Company address
Company website
Company in violation
Country of operations Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
Other companies involved

Timeline of developments

Date Actor Action Description Document
1 October 2006 National Contact Point France reject The French NCP consulted with the Belgian NCP who had concluded the specific instance that the UN Panel of Experts had raised with their NCP in 2006 due to lack of evidence. The French NCP concluded the specific instance in 2006 on that grounds that there was not sufficient evidence to support the Panel's allegations about the activities of the company based in Belgium.  

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