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Overview of proposed changes to the 2016 EITI Standard

Overview of proposed changes

The table below gives a summary of all proposed changes with links to the detailed proposals of the working group, as mandated by the Board's Implementation Committee, to prepare options.

Update 28 February 2019: Some of these proposals below (which date from 19 January 2019) have been slightly changed due to negotiations with the EITI Board at the 42nd Board meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine on 27-28 February 2019. The Board subsequently agreed to the proposals as listed under the Board decision 2019-25/BM-42.  





1.4 - MSG governance

6.3 - Contribution to the economy

7.1 - Public debate

  • Encouraging MSGs to consider gender balance in representation;

  • encouraging disclosure of employment figures by project, role and gender;

  • and encouraging gender considerations in dissemination of EITI data.

    IC paper pp. 4-5 and 15

State-owned enterprises (SOEs)

2.6 - State participation

4.5 - Transactions related to state-owned enterprises

6.2 - Quasi-fiscal expenditures

  • Clarifications to definition of SOEs and quasi-fiscal expenditures, coverage of transfers related to joint ventures and subsidiaries, and loan details to be disclosed;

  • expecting SOEs to disclose financial statements;

  • and encouraging further disclosures on operations and governance.

    IC paper pp.5-6

Licensing transparency

2.2 - License allocations

  • Clarification that Requirement 2.2 covers contracts and license allocations and encouraged strengthened disclosures

    IC paper pp.6-7

Contract transparency

2.1 - Legal framework

2.4 - Contract disclosure

  • Clarifications for fiscal regime to cover the types of contracts, and what constitutes a ‘policy’ on contract disclosure.

  • Further options for 2.4.a.:

    • Requiring contracts to be made public with deadline for implementation

    • Requiring contracts signed after a deadline to be made public

    • Moving towards an expectation that contracts should be made public

    • No change to Requirement 2.4.a ahead of the Global Conference 

      Annex A

Production and export data

3.2 - Production

3.3 - Exports

  • Encouraging disclosures of production and exports by company and project

    IC paper p.8-9

Systematic disclosures

4.1 - Comprehensive disclosure of taxes and revenues

4.9 - Data quality and assurance

  • Shifting emphasis to comprehensive and reliable disclosures by reporting entities rather than reconciliation


    IC paper pp.9-11


    Annex B

Commodity trading

4.2 - Sale of the state’s share of production or other revenues collected in kind

  • Clarifying the scope of the requirement;

  • encouraging disclosures of buyer selection;

  • encouraging disclosures by buying companies.


    IC paper pp. 11-13


    Annex C

Project-level reporting

4.7 - Level of disaggregation

  • Aligning the definition of project with the definition in the EU Accounting and Transparency directives and approach in EITI guidance 


    IC paper pp. 13


    Annex D

Subnational transfers

5.2 - Subnational transfers

  • Encouraging further disclosures of management of subnational transfers

    IC paper p.13

Environmental reporting 

6.1 - Social expenditures by extractive companies

  • Proposals yet to be agreed:

    • Revising Requirement 6.1 to cover environmental expenditures

    • Encouraging disclosures of contextual information related to   environmental monitoring

    • Encouraging links to existing disclosures on climate risks 

    • No changes to the EITI Requirements, scaling up guidance and support

      IC paper pp.14-15


      Annex E

Open data efforts

7.1 - Public debate 

7.2 - Data accessibility

  • Clarification of distinction between requirements on public debate and open data;

  • clarification on requirement to disclose standardised EITI summary data

    IC paper pp.15-16

Impact and outcomes from EITI implementation

7.3 - Discrepancies and recommendations from EITI Reports

7.4 - Review the outcomes and impact of EITI implementation

  • Encouraging MSGs to consider recommendations in EITI reporting;

  • providing more flexibility for how MSGs choose to assess progress 

    IC paper pp.16-18

Consequences related to compliance and deadlines for implementing countries

8.3.c.i on consequences for non-compliance with Requirements related to stakeholder engagement

  • Clarification that implementing countries must achieve meaningful progress or beyond on stakeholder engagement to avoid suspension;

  • adding a category for ‘outstanding’ progress;

  • clarification that suspension is temporary.

    IC paper pp.18-20