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On 1 October 2023, the validation of the implementation of the EITI in Germany has begun. After 2018, this is the second time that Germany is undergoing a validation by the international EITI Board.
What is it about?
The aim of the validation is to assess the compliance of the German EITI process with the requirements of the international EITI standard. The validation is an essential element of the EITI. It assesses the degree of implementation of all EITI Standard requirements and promotes dialogue and learning at the level of member states. At the same time, it preserves the integrity of the EITI by holding all implementing countries to the same global standard.
Germany’s EITI Validation starts with the submission of all information necessary for the assessment to the EITI Validation Team and the publication of this on the D-EITI website.
Information on the International EITI Validation Model can be found on the EITI website.
The International EITI Secretariat has published a Call for Views ahead of the Germany Validation, asking for feedback from stakeholder groups in Germany before the start of the validation on October 1, 2023.
The call can be found here: https://eiti.org/offers/germany-2023-eiti-validation-call-views-stakeholder-engagement.
What it is about
The call is addressed to all representatives of the three stakeholder groups private sector, civil society and government involved in the EITI process, especially – but not exclusively – to the members of the Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG). Everyone involved with EITI in Germany, e.g. also the government’s Bund-Länder-AG, civil society’s AK Rohstoffe or EITI companies without an MSG seat for the private sector, can contribute.
The aim of the call is to find out if all three groups can participate and contribute to the EITI process in Germany before the validation process starts.
This call does not replace the bilateral consultations of the validators with the stakeholder groups starting in October 2023.
What to do
Feedback from stakeholder groups is requested no later than Sept. 30, 2023, to the Head of Validation Germany, Ms. Christina Berger at CBerger@eiti.org.
The call includes guiding questions to be specifically addressed.
We suggest that the coordinators of the three stakeholder groups ensure that at least one feedback per stakeholder group goes to Oslo by the deadline, coordinated or by individual MSG members, is left to the respective stakeholder group.
In the light of the 5th D-EITI Report published in May 2023, members of the Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) look back on the last 5 years of reporting and place the current report in the context of national and global governance of raw materials:
In their press release `Raw materials transparency: Fifth German EITI report published – focus on security of supply´ from May 24th 2023, Transparency International Germany, a member of the civil society stakeholder group, praises the constantly advancing German EITI reporting. In recent years, the MSG has regularly reported beyond the mandatory requirements of the international EITI standard. In the current report, the topic of security of supply was included for the first time with a separate chapter: Contribution of domestic natural resources extraction to security of supply and Germany´s role in the international resources market. Prof. Dr. Edda Müller, member of the MSG for Transparency International Germany, comments: `The Russian war of aggression against Ukraine and the subsequent efforts of the German government to cut itself off from Russian gas and oil have put the issue of security of supply at the top of the political agenda (…)´.
Matthias Wachter from the Federation of German Industries (BDI), MSG member of the private sector stakeholder group, also highlights the importance of German EITI reporting in the article `Domestic extractive industry meets highest transparency and sustainability criteria´ of 22 June 2023. Especially the new chapter Contribution of domestic natural resources extraction to security of supply and Germany´s role in the international resources market shows how the German EITI enriches the debate on raw materials issues in Germany.
The German Association of the Potash and Salt Industry (VKS), which includes K+S Aktiengesellschaft and Wacker Chemie AG, both of which are participating in the German EITI, underlines the value of the EITI Standard in its article `German EITI report: Transparency in the raw materials sector is an asset´ of 5 June 2023. In addition, the article describes how the German reporting discloses and contextualizes important information on extractive activities in Germany.
With the publication of the current report, the D-EITI celebrates 5 years of reporting!
In a press release published by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) on 05 July 2023, the Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action and D-EITI Special Representative of the German Government Dr. Franziska Brantner highlights not only the national but also the international contribution of the D-EITI:
“Through annual reporting, we are continuously implementing the international EITI Standard, providing information about the significance of the domestic extraction activities, and creating more transparency on financial flows in the Germany’s extractive sector. At the same time, we are sending an important signal in publicising the initiative and thus supporting the global fight against corruption.”
Read the full press release here: BMWK – Transparency in the raw materials sector: 5th German EITI Report published
The global initiative EITI celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Germany has been implementing the initiative since 2016.
The 5th D-EITI Report (report for 2020, published according to the EITI Standard in December 2022) is now available in English. With the publication of the 5th D-EITI report the D-EITI is completing the third phase of the payment reconciliation pilot. In addition to the D-EITI Report the Report of the Independent Administrator on the D-EITI Payment Reconciliation Pilot is available in English as well.
The 5th D-EITI Report provides extensive information on the German extractive sector. Additionally, and for the first time, the D-EITI MSG highlighted the contribution of domestic natural resource extraction to security of supply as well as Germany’s role in the international natural resource market, in a separate chapter.
The 5th D-EITI Report and its related publications are available for download in the English media library of the D-EITI Website: https://d-eiti.de/en/dokumente/
On 18 December 2019, the Federal Government appointed Elisabeth Winkelmeier-Becker, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, as the new Special Representative for the implementation of the Initiative for Transparency in the Extractive Industries in Germany (D-EITI). She succeeds former Parliamentary State Secretary Oliver Wittke.
Find the Federal Ministry’s press release here (in German).
Federal Minister Altmaier thanks Parliamentary State Secretary and D-EITI Special Representative Oliver Wittke (photo) for his work at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
Find the press release of the Federal Ministry here (in German).
At the EITI World Conference 2019 in Paris, Friedrich Wilhelm Wagner (photo) presents the EITI’s prospects for helping to shape a new raw materials strategy. In addition to strengthening national sources of raw materials, the focus should be on creating basic values and civil society standards for the value chain that exclude the supply of “conflict minerals” for our country, while at the same time ensuring that existing domestic raw materials continue to be extracted in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner. Friedrich Wilhelm Wagner is Chief Inspector of Mines in the State of North Rhine Westfalia (NRW), Germany and Head of the Mining and Energy Department in NRW, Arnsberg District Government. Since 2014 he has represented the mining authorities of the federal states in the D-EITI multi-stakeholder group.
Find the full article here (in German).
Read Wintershall Dea’s article about D-EITI here.
The eighth EITI Global Conference with internationally high-level participants was held on 18 / 19 June 2019 in Paris. As a highlight, the 2019 EITI Standard was formally launched and forms from now on the basis of EITI implementation. The current 52 EITI countries are required to disclose additional data and information on the following topics:
- Contract transparency
- State participation and commodity trading
The 2019 EITI Standard continues to shift the focus from publishing EITI Reports toward encouraging systematic disclosure and providing information in open data.
View further information on systematic disclosure here.
View further details on the EITI Standard 2019 here.
In addition, New Zealand’s former Prime Minister Rt Hon. Helen Clark was appointed as Chair of the EITI Board. [more]
Read the complete agenda and further information on the conference here.
Parts of the conference are also available in Video format.
The EITI Progress Report was also presented during the conference and gives an informative summery of EITI activities.
With all requirements met, Germany is set to embrace routine disclosures and innovate further. Read the full article here.
The integration of gender provisions in the forthcoming revised EITI Standard reflects a broader recognition in the global community of the linkages between gender equality and economic, environmental, and social sustainability. Read the full article here.
Read the full article here.