The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is a global initiative supported by a large number of countries, non-governmental organisations, companies and financial institutions. The initiative promotes the open and accountable management of a country’s extractive sector and the revenue generated. EITI member states are required to publish comprehensive information on the raw materials sector and financial flows between the state and businesses operating in this sector.
Ever since the initiative was launched in 2003, Germany has been providing political and financial support to EITI in more than 40 developing countries and emerging economies. In July 2014 the German Federal Cabinet announced its intention to implement EITI in Germany itself. A preparatory group worked on the candidacy application, which was approved by the international EITI Board in February 2016. Germany will publish its first EITI report by August 2017, which will contain information on the German raw materials sector and its key financial flows. Implementation of EITI will be validated as from August 2018. If Germany successfully completes this process, it will join the 31 EITI members that currently have the status of a compliant country.
Germany is an EITI member country with compliant status.
GIZ manages the D-EITI secretariat in Germany. The Secretariat is helping the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the multi-stakeholder group (which comprises members from the private sector, the government and civil society) to implement EITI’s requirements in Germany. The multi-stakeholder group is steering the process and is responsible for reporting and preparing the validation.
With Germany’s accession to EITI, German companies and state agencies, particularly at federal state level, are required to submit reports. An independent administrator records all the key financial flows and integrates these into a report. The EITI report also contains information on the German raw materials sector. This information is collated by the multi-stakeholder group, assisted by the Secretariat. The first report will be published by August 2017.
The process of validating Germany’s implementation of EITI will begin in August 2018 to ascertain whether the country has met the EITI standard in full. If successful, Germany will become an EITI-compliant country.
It is important to inform the German general public about the process and open up a wide-ranging debate on raw materials. Communications activities and public relations work thus play an essential part in this regard. At international level, the Secretariat supports the exchange of experience with other EITI member countries, as well as dialogue with major partner countries.
The multi-stakeholder group is playing a key role. With equal representation of the government, private sector and civil society, the group steers the entire process and ensures that all parties’ interests are taken into consideration. Discussing different points of view leads to the development of new ideas and better solutions. All the decisions taken so far have been reached by consensus and thus enjoy a high degree of acceptance. EITI in Germany, or D-EITI, can therefore be seen as a successful pilot process for generating dialogue in Germany involving a wide range of stakeholders.
The project is achieving a unique level of data transparency in the raw materials sector, which is triggering a broad public debate on extractive industries policy. The Secretariat and members of the multi-stakeholder group are engaging in intensive communications activities. Thanks to the exchange of experience with other EITI member countries coordinated by the Secretariat, Germany is benefiting from international best practices and also disseminating its own innovative approaches. These include its experience of implementing EITI in a country with a federal structure. The Secretariat is compiling this knowledge and experience as well as the D-EITI report in digital form. Once EITI has been successfully implemented in Germany, there will be additional opportunities to encourage developing, emerging and other industrialised countries to join EITI and to support their accession efforts.