On February 23, 2016 the EITI International Secretariat announced Germany an implementing country of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). Within the next 18 months, the German EITI (D-EITI) will elaborate and publish its first EITI Report showing contextual information about the German extractive sector and a disclosure of government extractive industry revenues and all material payments to government by oil, gas and mining companies.
In July 2014 the Federal Government of Germany had announced its intention to prepare for full implementation of the EITI Standard. A multi-stakeholder group with representatives from companies, civil society and goverment prepared the candidature and agreed on common objectives and a work plan for the implementation of EITI in Germany. The Federal Goverment submitted the German EITI Candidature Application to the EITI Board on December 22, 2015.
In the words of Uwe Beckmeyer, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and Special Federal Government Commissioner for EITI Implementation in Germany, “the implementation of the globally recognised EITI Standard will provide the framework for greater transparency and dialogue in the German natural resource sector. In union with stakeholders from the German economy and civil society we intend, in the course of the coming months, to lay the groundwork for Germany to achieve EITI validation.”