The Board agreed that Germany has made satisfactory progress overall in implementing the 2016 EITI Standard.

Keywords: Validation
Country: Germany

The Board's decision

The Board agreed that Germany has made satisfactory progress in implementing the 2016 EITI Standard. EITI implementation in Germany has improved the availability of information and strengthened dialogue between stakeholders.

The EITI Board commended Germany’s efforts to increase the relevance of EITI implementation by addressing environmental aspects, subsidies and renewable energy. Government, civil society and industry are working together to ensure meaningful implementation proportionate to economic importance of the domestic extractive industries.

The Board recognised Germany’s efforts to overcome challenges to implementation posed by the federal system and legal constraints relating to tax confidentiality. The coordination between the federal and state-level governments is commendable. The Board encouraged Germany to ensure that the minor gapsin publicly available licensing information are addressed, and that further efforts are made to ensure that licensing information is made available online.

The Board encouraged the MSG to undertake further efforts to consider a mainstreamed approach to implementation and to ensure that implementation is proportionate considering the size of the sector and stakeholder interest. Germany may wish to seek further synergies between mandatory company disclosures and EITI implementation. The government is encouraged to regularly monitor compliance with the mandatory disclosure regime and disclose results. There is potential for the EITI to contribute to ensuring that mandatory payment reports and beneficial ownership data are accessible and user-friendly. Germany is required to ensure that beneficial ownership data is made publicly available by 1 January 2020.

The Board has determined that Germany will be re-Validated in three years, i.e. on 8 May 2022.

Progress by requirement

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