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The Kimberley Process, the fight against ‘conflict diamonds’

The European Union is a major centre for diamond trade. Within the EU, Council Regulation (EC) No 2368/2002, as amended, sets out the criteria for importing or exporting rough diamonds in order to ensure adherence to the requirements of the ‘Kimberley Process’ (KP).

In 2018 the European Union will hold the KP Chairmanship. In this capacity, the EU aims to make progress in supporting the honest diamond trade, and meet the call of the international community to ensure that the Kimberley Process is equipped to continue playing its role, as a unique tool for conflict prevention and promoting peaceful trade and development.

What is the Kimberley Process?

Livestream: Kimberley Process Intersessional meeting opening and closing sessions on 19 – 22 June. Watch here.

The FPI’s role

  • Hilde Hardeman, Head of the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments, will serve as the Kimberley Process Chair on behalf of the EU in 2018.
  • Through the FPI, the European Commission represents the EU in the Kimberley Process, and is advised by the EU KP Committee. The Commission also coordinates and monitors the implementation of KP rules within the EU.
  • The FPI also contributes more generally to policy making on other conflict natural resources.