The UK Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Multi-Stakeholder Group is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the UK EITI.
Role of the group
The Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) lies at the heart of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and is responsible for overseeing and agreeing all decisions on implementation. Some of the functions of the MSG include determining the scope of UK EITI, developing the work plan and appointing an administrator to carry out the reconciliation.
Members of the MSG are made up from industry, civil society and government departments.
- Matthew Ray - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
- Dr Patrick Foster - Mining Association of the UK & Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter
- Matthew Landy - Statoil
- Jacqui Akinlosotu – ENI
- John Bowater - Aggregate Industries
Civil society members
- Lorraine Allanson
- Norbert Mbu Mputu
- Martyn Rounding - HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
- Mike Earp - Oil & Gas Authority (OGA)
- Joe Perman - Scottish government
- Jeff Asser - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Alternate members - civil society
- Martin Brown
- Eddie Holmes
Alternate members - government
- Rhona Birchall - Department for International Development (DfID)
- Thomas Thornton-Kemsley - HM Treasury (HMT)
- James Marshall - HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
- Martin Quinn - Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland
Alternate members - industry
- Howard Forti – ExxonMobil
- Jerry McLaughlin - Mineral Products Association
- Romina Mele-Cornish - Oil and Gas UK
- Martin Kirkham – Chevron
Terms of reference
The terms of reference for the EITI Multi-Stakeholder Group define the scope and function of the group.
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The MSG held their 28th meeting on 22 May 2018. The minutes and associated annexes are now available.
See the National Archives website for minutes from November 2014 and earlier.
UK EITI objectives
The UK EITI objectives form the basis of the work plan which the UK has to develop ahead of applying to become a candidate country. They are:
- Recognise and support the principles set out in the 2016 EITI Standard.
- Enhance accountability to the UK public on the revenues from the UK’s extractives industries.
- Increase public understanding of the social and economic impacts of the UK’s extractive industries and enrich public debate on the governance and stewardship of the UK’s oil, gas and mineral resources.
- Ensure information is readily accessible and presented to the public in a clear manner.
- Support moves towards common global reporting standards in oil, gas and mining and promote a level playing field for business in the UK and internationally.
- Support the UK government’s championing of extractives transparency and open government.
UK candidacy application
On 15 October 2014 at the International EITI meeting in Burma, the UK was successfully admitted as an EITI candidate country.
From 1 July 2018 the validation of the UK EITI will begin.
The validation, carried out by the EITI International Secretariat, is intended to provide all stakeholders with an impartial assessment of whether EITI implementation in the UK is consistent with the provisions of the EITI Standard. The validation report will also cover:
- impact of EITI in the UK
- implementation of activities encouraged by the EITI Standard
- lessons learnt in EITI implementation
- any concerns stakeholders have expressed
- recommendations for future implementation of the EITI
The complete validation process is expected to take 6 months. Further information on the validation process as a whole can be found at: https://eiti.org/validation.
UK EITI Beneficial Ownership Roadmap
By 2020, all countries implementing EITI will have to ensure that all oil, gas and mining companies that bid for, operate or invest in extractive projects in their country disclose their real owners. At the November 2016 MSG, representatives agreed this roadmap towards fulfilling this obligation in the UK.
UK EITI Open Data policy paper
At the January 2017 MSG, representatives approved the open data policy for the UK EITI.
EITI systematic disclosure feasibility study: terms of reference
Participating countries are encouraged to explore the extent to which the EITI Standard can be achieved through the systematic or ‘mainstreamed’ disclosure of data by companies and public authorities. The MSG has recently approved the commission of a scoping study to examine the mainstreaming possibilities for UK EITI. The attached terms of reference for the study are based closely on the template developed by EITI’s International Board and Secretariat. The study is to be conducted by the Business Frameworks Analytical Team in the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
The initial evidence gathering phase has begun and stakeholders’ views are being sought. If you have any comments you would like to contribute to this phase of the study please send them via the UK Secretariat firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 7 September 2018.
Read the first 3 reports covering payments and data for 2014 to 2016:
Read a summary of the activities the MSG undertook in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017:
The MSG has agreed afor future communications.
For enquiries relating to UK implementation of the EITI, please contact:
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
1 Victoria Street
Mike Nash - 020 7215 1685
David Leitch - 0300 068 5713
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