EITI Standard 2019 transitional arrangements
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On 30 April 2019 the EITI Board adopted the 2019 EITI Standard, replacing the 2016 EITI Standard (decision 2019-36/BC272).
On 30 April 2019 the Board agreed the transitional arrangements for the adoption of the 2019 EITI Standard by implementing countries.
The EITI Board agreed that the 2019 Standard will come into force when it is formally adopted, i.e., on 17 June 2019.
Implementing countries are encouraged to adopt the new Standard as soon as possible. Countries currently working on EITI Reports and corrective actions from Validation may continue their work under the 2016 Standard. For EITI disclosures and reports published prior to 31 December 2019 the Board will apply a “no disadvantage test” in Validations and other assessments whereby implementing countries may demonstrate adherence to either the 2016 EITI Standard or the 2019 EITI Standard. From 1 January 2020 onwards, only the 2019 EITI Standard will apply. Prior to 1 January 2020, multi-stakeholder groups may seek Board approval to extend this transition period. In considering such requests, the Board will apply the same criteria as used in other extension cases.
The Board tasked the International Secretariat with providing support to implementing countries in understanding the changes that are required and with providing regular updates to the Board through the Secretariat’s Implementation Progress Reports.
The Board also agreed to consider opportunities to recognise countries that are adopting these changes ahead of schedule both through the Validation process and in other communication materials.