On 10 June 2022, an Extraordinary EITI Members’ Meeting was held virtually, with a quorum from all constituencies. As the highest governance body of the EITI, the EITI Members’ Meeting is normally convened every three years to appoint the EITI Board. A Member of the EITI Association is a personal representative of a country, company, organisation or legal entity, that is appointed by a constituency as set out in the EITI Articles of Association.
The meeting approved the Board’s recommendation to postpone the EITI Global Conference to mid-2023, due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. In line with this postponement, it approved the extension of the Ordinary Members’ Meeting and the term of the EITI Board to June 2023. It approved the activities report, financial report and work plan of the International Secretariat.
It also saw the approval of changes to the EITI Articles of Association. The updated Articles of Association now refer to the EITI as “an international multi-stakeholder initiative with participation of representatives from governments and their agencies; companies and financial institutions engaged in the energy and extractives sectors; and local civil society groups and international non-governmental organisations, global action networks and coalitions”.
This change updates the Articles to reflect the current composition of the Constituency of Companies, which now includes mining, oil, gas and energy companies, commodity traders, financial institutions, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), and company foundations.
Following a presentation of the process for refining the EITI Standard, the EITI Board Chair concluded the meeting by thanking those members present and looking forward to resumption of in-person meetings.
The next Ordinary EITI Members’ Meeting is scheduled to be held alongside the upcoming EITI Global Conference in June 2023.