D-EITI: Transparency in Germany’s Extractive Industry
Title: Support in implementing the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Germany Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) Country: Germany Overall term: 2019 to 2024
The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is a global drive, implemented by numerous non-governmental organisations, companies, financial institutions and governments through a multi-stakeholder partnership. It promotes transparency and accountability with regard to resource governance and revenue received from the extractive sector. Currently, 57 countries are members of the initiative; Germany joined in 2016.
To comply with the global EITI standard, information about payments made by extractive companies to the government must be transparent and publicly available. In addition to that, contextual information – for example, on the legislative framework in the extractive sector – must be published. Each country has a multi-stakeholder group (MSG) to implement the EITI. Composed of representatives of government, business and civil society, it acts as a steering group. The multi-stakeholder groups adapt the internationally valid requirements of the EITI standard to their national circumstances and ensure their implementation.
Germany has been supporting the initiative politically and financially since it was founded in 2003 in more than 40 developing countries and emerging economies. It has been successfully implementing the initiative in Germany, where it is known as D-EITI, since February 2016. One of the aims is to strengthen EITI as a global standard and to contribute to driving the initiative’s further development.
EITI is being successfully implemented in Germany. It is strengthening EITI as a global standard and contributing to driving the initiative’s further development.
The project provides the initiative’s Secretariat in Germany. The D-EITI Secretariat supports the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and the German multi-stakeholder group in implementing the requirements of the global EITI standard in Germany.
Part of its remit is to prepare an annual report for D-EITI that is easy to understand and promotes dialogue on the domestic extractive sector. It also helps to gather and pass on knowledge and experience on the governance process within a federally structured country such as Germany. The German multi-stakeholder group is also seeking to contribute to developing the EITI standard so that it becomes a global transparency standard.
Internationally, the D-EITI Secretariat supports efforts to share experience with other candidate and member countries of EITI and promotes dialogue with important partner countries.