EU envoys fail to back supply chain checks law

By Thomson Reuters Feb 28, 2024 | 5:46 AM

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union countries failed on Wednesday sufficiently to back a proposed law requiring large companies in the bloc to check if their supply chains use forced labour or cause environmental damage.

A ‘qualified majority’ of 15 EU countries representing 65% of the EU population was needed for the corporate sustainability due diligence directive to proceed to a final vote in the European Parliament. Lawmakers were expected to support it.

On Wednesday, not enough envoys from the 27 EU countries backed the law.

(Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop, Charlotte Van Campenhout)