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Netherlands

Join EITI (NL0030)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Netherlands Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

Support Institution(s): Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) Dutch Tax and Customs Administration NL-EITI multi-stakeholder group consisting of: Community organisations: PublishWhatYouPay, Transparency International, FNV, Open State Foundation Private sector: NAM BV, Shell International BV, Dyas BV, Vermillion Energy Netherlands BV, Nogepa

Policy Areas

Anti-Corruption Institutions, E-Government, Extractive Industries, Open Data

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

Joining the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)
July 2018 - July 2020
Main action owner (organisation) Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.

Description of the action point
Which social issue does the action point seek to address? The EITI standard is a voluntary international standard to promote accountable and transparent extraction of natural resources. If this is implemented in the Netherlands, information about the entire resource extraction chain will become public, from the moment a resource is extracted until the payments to the government, enabling a better assessment of social costs and benefits.
Much data on resource extraction is already available, but there is a lack of knowledge about the aggregate financial contributions (payments and taxes) from resource extraction. More transparency through better information about specific financial data could make a positive contribution to the public debate about resource extraction and the private and public costs and benefits of resource extraction. The implementation of NL-EITI will make data on tax income, royalties and other payments publicly available. The first report will be on oil and gas extraction. Attention may also be paid to salt extraction. The analysis of the context of energy generation and resource extraction in the Netherlands will also address wind and geothermal energy.
What is the action point? Joining the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and implementing the EITI Standard in the Netherlands.
How will the action point contribute to remedying the social issue? Currently, the Netherlands is still the second largest producer of natural gas in Europe and is considered to be an OECD country that is relatively rich in natural resources. Extraction of oil and particularly gas still contributes to the Dutch economy and to the State budget, although lower prices and the reduction of gas production have made this contribution less than it used to be some years ago. It is clear that the extraction has resulted in problems of increasing intensity, particularly in the province of Groningen. EITI will supply information for the debate on the societal side of resource extraction.

The accession of the Netherlands to EITI is currently being prepared. The Netherlands will register with EITI in early 2018. The international board of EITI will meet in the summer of 2018 to decide on whether to approve this candidacy. Once the Netherlands has become a candidate member, an EITI report will be prepared within 18 months – by late 2019 – in which the Netherlands will demonstrate how the country satisfies the requirements of the EITI standard. This will contribute to the transparency of costs and benefits of Dutch oil and gas extraction. In the spring of 2021, the international EITI board will decide whether, based on the report submitted, the Netherlands satisfies all requirements and is a fully fledged EITI member.
Why is this action point relevant to OGP values? By publishing data not only on oil and gas extraction, but also on salt extraction in the Netherlands, any lack of clarity among the public about financial payments to the government in these sectors can be removed. Citizens who live in areas that are negatively affected by resource extraction certainly need more transparency. By adding information based on the EITI standard to the existing information about resource extraction, the government will increase its openness about the proceeds of resource extraction.

There has been an increased call for more transparency in resource extraction all over the world since 2010. This has resulted in legislation, including the EU directive on annual financial statements and increasing participation in voluntary transparency initiatives such as EITI.
The discussion about income generated by natural gas extraction and the distribution of funds from such extraction has become a hot topic in Netherlands due to the increased problems caused by earthquakes in the province of Groningen.

Data on natural gas extraction is now available in various locations, e.g. via the website http://www.nlog.nl. Data on income, tax payments, payments for concessions, etc., is much harder to find. NL-EITI will ensure that all the data is made available according to a standard that enables international comparisons and that preferably, it is available at a single location. This transparently available information will help to make the public debate on resource extraction better informed.

Additional information Implementation of the EITI standard in the Netherlands will be consistent with company reports in line with EU directives on annual financial statements and on transparency.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made available the budget needed for the implementation of NL-EITI until the moment when the first Dutch EITI report will be issued in November 2019.
Milestone with a verifiable result (please note: SMART) Start date: End date:
Registration as a candidate member of EITI April 2018
Approval of registration and obtaining the status of candidate member June 2018 June 2018
Publication of EITI Report November 2019
Publication of progress reports
(annual reports for international EITI board on EITI progress) 1 July 2019, 1 July 2020
Ratification of membership (will not be within the period of the Action Plan for Open Government) Within 30 months of becoming a candidate member By April 2021 at the latest
Contact information
Name of the responsible person representing the main action owner Omer van Renterghem, member of the NL-EITI multi-stakeholder group, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Bert Roukens, member of the NL-EITI multi-stakeholder group, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
Geesje van Niejenhuis NL-EITI coordinator, RVO-Nederland
Dirk-Jan Koch, NL-EITI chairman, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Position, organisational unit
Email and phone number
Other actors involved Authorities involved Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)
Dutch Tax and Customs Administration

Other organisations or bodies (such as community organisations or the private sector) NL-EITI multi-stakeholder group consisting of:
Community organisations:
PublishWhatYouPay, Transparency International, FNV, Open State Foundation
Private sector:
NAM BV, Shell International BV, Dyas BV, Vermillion Energy Netherlands BV, Nogepa


Netherlands's Commitments

  1. Local Digital Democracy

    NL0028, 2018, E-Government

  2. Dilemma Logic

    NL0029, 2018, Capacity Building

  3. Join EITI

    NL0030, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  4. Open Algorithms

    NL0031, 2018, Capacity Building

  5. Open Local Decision-Making

    NL0032, 2018, Capacity Building

  6. ‘Open by Design’ Pilots

    NL0033, 2018, E-Government

  7. Open Contracting

    NL0034, 2018, Open Contracting and Procurement

  8. Open Parliament

    NL0035, 2018, Audits and Controls

  9. Open Government Standard and Dashboard

    NL0036, 2018, E-Government

  10. Pioneering Network for an Open Government for Municipalities

    NL0037, 2018, Capacity Building

  11. Transparent Political Party Finance

    NL0038, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  12. National Open Data Agenda

    NL0019, 2016, Capacity Building

  13. Stuiveling Open Data Award

    NL0020, 2016, Open Data

  14. Groningen Open Data Re-Use

    NL0021, 2016, Infrastructure & Transport

  15. Releasing Ministerial Research Reports

    NL0022, 2016, Health

  16. Detailed Open Spending Data

    NL0023, 2016, Fiscal Transparency

  17. Open Local Authority Decision-Making

    NL0024, 2016, Open Data

  18. Training Civil Servants on Public Participation

    NL0025, 2016, Capacity Building

  19. Easier Freedom of Information Requests

    NL0026, 2016, Capacity Building

  20. Open Government Expertise Centre (LEOO)

    NL0027, 2016, Capacity Building

  21. Further Develop and Promote Disclosure and Use of Open Data

    NL0001, 2013, E-Government

  22. Increase Financial Transparency Through Open Budget and Experiments with Open Spending and Budget Monitoring

    NL0002, 2013, E-Government

  23. Open House of Representatives

    NL0003, 2013, E-Government

  24. Instruments for Integrity

    NL0004, 2013, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  25. Revamp the Legislative Calendar

    NL0005, 2013, E-Government

  26. More Online Consultation

    NL0006, 2013, E-Government

  27. More Transparency in Decision-Making Through Volgdewet.Nl Legislation-Tracking Website

    NL0007, 2013, E-Government

  28. Informal Approach to Freedom of Information Requests

    NL0008, 2013, Right to Information

  29. From Rules to Freedom

    NL0009, 2013, Public Participation

  30. Change Attitudes and Procedures Through Smarter Working and ‘Public Servant 2.0’

    NL0010, 2013, Capacity Building

  31. Water Coalition

    NL0011, 2013, Public Participation

  32. Develop and Implement Participation Policy at the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

    NL0012, 2013, Public Participation

  33. Make Government Information Accessible and Easy to Find

    NL0013, 2013, Capacity Building

  34. Make Citizens Better Informed and More Empowered: Public Inspection and Correction of Information

    NL0014, 2013, E-Government

  35. Open Announcements and Notifications

    NL0015, 2013, E-Government

  36. Public Services and the User Perspective

    NL0016, 2013, E-Government

  37. Designate Categories of Government Information for Active Access

    NL0017, 2013, Capacity Building

  38. Rethink Information Management and Active Access: Four ‘Open by Design’ Pilot Projects

    NL0018, 2013, E-Government