The National Competent Authority (NCA) is responsible for the effective and uniform application of the Regulation (EU) 2017/821 of the Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2017.
The scope of the regulation is to ensure that imported minerals and metals falling under the regulation do not finance armed groups and security forces in resource-rich areas, but with fragile Governance, and to prevent human rights abuses including child labour, sexual violence and disappearance of people, forced resettlement and destruction of ritually or culturally significant sites.
The NCA is responsible for carrying out ex post checks on the Union importers who fall within the scope of the regulation. In order to ensure the application of Due Diligence obbligations established by the regulation, it prescribes corrective actions. In the event that the importers do not comply with the requirements, the NCA may impose administrative fines.
In agreement with the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), the NCA participates to the European Commission evolution regulation activities, in particular, in the EU Member States Expert group, and is involved in the works thematic of the OECD and other International Organizations.
It promotes the dissemination of the contents of the regulation with initiatives and tools for communication, information, accompaniment, guidance and awareness on the adoption of Due Diligence by companies and along the entire supply chain, and support in particular the SMEs.
The session “For companies and importers" provided EU and OECD practical tools and measures and websites suggestions in order to support the SMEs.
It also carries out an awareness-raising campaign among civil society to spread knowledge of the aims and objectives of the regulation.