Publisher: 
EITI
Published Date: 
February, 2019

The Board agreed that Norway has made satisfactory progress overall with implementing the EITI Standard.

Date: 27.02.2019

Reference: 2019-22/BM-42

Description: see below for the decision in full and PDF attached.

Where: 42nd Board meeting in Kyiv

Based onRequirement 8.3 EITI Validation deadlines and consequences

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Keywords: Validation; Norway

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Decision in full

The EITI Board agreed that Norway has fulfilled the terms of the Board-approved request for adapted implementation and adhered to the Board-approved approach to mainstreamed implementation. Consequently, Norway has made satisfactory progress overall in implementing the EITI Standard.

The Board recognised Norway’s efforts to routinely disclose data on the petroleum sector through the online portal www.norskpetroleum.no and to engage with stakeholders through public debate, hearings and consultations. Norway has moved away from EITI-specific disclosures and governance processes by discontinuing the publication of EITI Reports and dissolving the MSG. Instead, transparency and inclusive governance are safeguarded through the laws, practices and institutions of an open democratic society, including through routine disclosures of information. The approach is not without limitations, given the variety of channels for civil society and industry input to public decision-making. Norway is encouraged to ensure that stakeholders have meaningful channels for participation in extractive sector governance and that information is not only available, but also accessible and usable.

Norway is encouraged to continue to ensure adherence to the EITI Principles and Requirements. Where concerns are raised about whether implementation of the EITI has fallen below the required standard, the EITI Board reserves the right to require the country to undergo a new Validation. In accordance with Requirement 8.3.b, stakeholders may petition the EITI Board if they consider that Norway’s status should be reviewed. Otherwise, in accordance with Requirement 8.3.d.i, Norway will be revalidated in three years, with the next Validation commencing on 27 February 2022.

Recommendations

The government and the MSG are encouraged to consider the recommendations in the Validation Report and the International’s initial assessment that could help Nigeria make ever greater use of the EITI as instrument to support reforms, and to document the MSG’s responses to these recommendations in the next annual progress report.