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Financial Transparency - EITI Standard (DE0005)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Not Attached

Action Plan Cycle: 2017

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

Support Institution(s): D-EITI secretariat; Federal Ministry of Finance; Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development; Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety; state ministries of finance and economic affairs; state mining authorities; local associations; stakeholders of the extractive industry in Germany, including from the private sector (e.g. Federation of German Industries (BDI), Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) and civil society (e.g. Transparency International, Open Knowledge Foundation), who are represented in the MSG

Policy Areas

E-Government, Environment and Climate, Extractive Industries, Fiscal Transparency, Legislation & Regulation, Open Data, Private Sector

IRM Review

IRM Report: Germany Design Report 2017-2019

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: No

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information Civic Participation , Technology

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Description

Description: To meet the standard of the international Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Germany, we are working with a multi-stakeholder group (MSG) composed of the ministries concerned, the federal states, municipalities, civil society and businesses. The progress of national efforts (D-EITI) will be tracked in particular in an annual report which compares payments by extractive enterprises with the corresponding revenues of government agencies. Moreover, the DEITI report will include comprehensive and understandable explanations on Germany’s extractive industries (e.g. legal framework, extracted resources, system of taxes and duties, and data on production and export) and address several special issues (e.g. intervention regulation under nature conservation law, renewable energy resources, etc.). In addition, information about mining rights will also be made public. Aim: Increasing transparency and accountability in extractive industries and strengthening dialogue with extractive industries stakeholders. Increasing accessibility and usability of government and business data and information on German extractive industries by publishing it on a public online portal and as open data. Status quo: Since February 2016, Germany has been a member of EITI and is currently preparing for the first reporting period (first D-EITI report to be submitted in August 2017). The multi-stakeholder process to implement the EITI standard was initiated in March 2015. For the purpose of implementation, representatives from the private sector and civil society identified common goals at MSG level. For example, in addition to fulfilling the mandatory requirements of the EITI standard, they seek to jointly promote more transparency. Ambition: With D-EITI, the Federal Government sends an important signal for strengthening the initiative worldwide. The multi-stakeholder process which shapes implementation of the initiative in Germany is also an innovative network strengthening cooperation between government, businesses and civil society as well as dialogue and transparency in Germany’s extractive industries. New or ongoing: ongoing Implemented by: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) Organizations involved in implementation: D-EITI secretariat; Federal Ministry of Finance; Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development; Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety; state ministries of finance and economic affairs; state mining authorities; local associations; stakeholders of the extractive industry in Germany, including from the private sector (e.g. Federation of German Industries (BDI), Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) and civil society (e.g. Transparency International, Open Knowledge Foundation), who are represented in the MSG. Organizational unit and contact: Division IVB2, buero-ivb2@bmwi.bund.de Open government values addressed: Participation, transparency, accountability Relevance: With EITI, Germany is implementing the most important international standard for transparency and accountability in the extractive sector and is helping to further develop the standard and expand the initiative. Participation of government, industry and civil society in the MSG is an innovative model for participatory and responsive industrial policy. By presenting government data and contextual information on a web portal, activities of the government and public administration in the extractive industries become more transparent and understandable for citizens. The D-EITI open data approach will also improve the re-use and distribution of data and facilitate new innovative forms of cooperation.


Germany's Commitments

  1. Conditions for OGP Participation

    DE0001, 2017, OGP

  2. Open Data in Administrative Practice

    DE0002, 2017, Capacity Building

  3. Open Data Environment

    DE0003, 2017, Capacity Building

  4. Access to Spatial Data

    DE0004, 2017, Capacity Building

  5. Financial Transparency - EITI Standard

    DE0005, 2017, E-Government

  6. Transparency in Development Policy

    DE0006, 2017, Aid

  7. Open Data for Intelligent Mobility

    DE0007, 2017, E-Government

  8. Citizen Participation in Environmental Policy and Urban Development

    DE0008, 2017, Capacity Building

  9. Electronic Procedures for Family Benefits

    DE0009, 2017, E-Government

  10. Knowledge Network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People

    DE0010, 2017, E-Government

  11. Local Alliances for Family Initiative

    DE0011, 2017, Public Participation

  12. Share of Women and Men in Leadership Positions, Private and Private Sectors

    DE0012, 2017, E-Government

  13. Open Access to Academic Literature

    DE0013, 2017, E-Government

  14. Science Year 2018

    DE0014, 2017, Public Participation

  15. Federal Competition “Living Together Hand in Hand”

    DE0015, 2017, Citizenship and Immigration