D-EITI Special Representative: Elisabeth Winkelmeier-Becker

Elisabeth Winkelmeier-Becker is Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The Federal Government appointed her D-EITI Special Representative in December 2019. She supervises the implementation of the D-EITI. The standard specifies her tasks and competencies thus:

“The appointee must have the confidence of all stakeholders, the authority and the freedom to coordinate EITI actions across relevant ministries and agencies and must be able to mobilise resources for the EITI implementation.”



The Multi-Stakeholder-Group consists of representatives from government, business and civil society. They are appointed by the Federal Government for a period of at least two years. The main task of the MSG is to control and monitor the implementation of the D-EITI; it also bears the responsibility for work plans and progress reports.

MSG Rules of Procedure (PDF)
Minutes and meeting documentation of the MSG (PDF)

Representatives of the government

  • Dr. Winfried Horstmann Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Deputy: Andrea Jünemann, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy)
  • Ludgar Wocken Federal Ministry of Finance (Deputy: Dr. Daniel Fehling, Federal Ministry of Finance)
  • Chief Inspector of Mines Friedrich Wilhelm Wagner Bund-Länder-Ausschuss Bergbau (LAB, Federal and State Committee for Mining) (Deputy: Helmuth von Nicolai, Ministry of Energy, Infrastructure and Digitalization Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
  • Norbert Conrad Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour, Transport and Digitalisation, Lower Saxony (Deputy: Thomas Bode, Hessian Ministry for the Environment, Energy, Agriculture and Consumer Protection)
  • Torsten Falk Ministry of Finance, Hesse (Deputy: Bettina Kläsener, Ministry of Finance, Hamburg)

Government Spokesperson

  • Dr. Lisa Günther Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Companies Representatives

  • Matthias Wachter Federation of German Industries (Deputy: Hauke Dierks, Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce)
  • Britta Sadoun K+S Aktiengesellschaft (Deputy: Hans-Jürgen Müller, K+S Aktiengesellschaft)
  • Dr. Martin Wedig German Commodities and Mining Federation (Deputy: Birgit Schroeckh, Federal German Association of Lignite Producing Companies)
  • Michael Basten German Building Materials Association (Deputy: Tanja Lenz, German Building Materials Association)
  • Ludger Radermacher Wintershall Dea (Deputy: Dr. Peter Westhof, Wintershall Dea)

Companies Spokesperson

  • Sarah Hillmann Federation of German Industries

Representatives of civil society

  • Prof. Dr. Edda Müller Transparency International Deutschland e.V. (Deputy: Karsten Kläge, Transparency International Deutschland e.V.)
  • Carola Dittmann Stiftung Arbeit und Umwelt der Industriegewerkschaft Bergbau, Chemie, Energie (Deputy: Malte Lückert, Industriegewerkschaft Bergbau, Chemie, Energie)
  • Jürgen Maier Forum on Environment & Development (Deputy: Josephine Koch, Forum on Environment & Development)
  • Daniel Dietrich Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V. (Deputy: Walter Palmetshofer, Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V.)
  • Swantje Fiedler Green Budget Germany (Deputy: Florian Zerzawy, Green Budget Germany)

Civil Society Spokesperson

  • Josephine Koch Forum on Environment & Development

Financial Support for Civil Society

The D-EITI multi-stakeholder process is based on a representative involvement of all stakeholders of the German resource sector and on an active, equal and informed participation of all organisations involved. With a view to enable this participation and to guarantee for a successful implementation of the EITI in Germany, civil society is receiving financial  support from the government in order to build up necessary resources and implement activities. In 2018 the following organisations received a grant  of 100.000 € in total  (2015: 146.000 €; 2016: 120.000 €; 2017: 90.000 € in total):

Forum Ökologisch-Soziale Marktwirtschaft e.V., Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung, Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V.  and Transparency International Deutschland e.V.

This grant enables the organisations to inform their respective stakeholders on the status of  EITI implementation in Germany and to build up a differentiated opinion on future implementation. Furthermore the grant provides the opportunity to have an intensive preparation and follow-up of the issues discussed in the MSG by building up expertise on these issues.