Extractive Industries Civil Society (EICS) and EITI in Scotland
EICS has its roots in Scottish communities which benefit from strong and transparent extractives sectors. We have been newly established as a not-for-profit to work across the UK, and indeed we help some communities in developing states; and we are presently conducting outreach activities in a number of places. We strongly support the work of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and contribute half of the civil society representatives to the UK EITI MSG. Today, a member of staff of the secretariat of the UK MSG, along with EICS member and CEPMLP graduate, Eddie Holmes, will attend a meeting of the internationally renowned Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law Policy (CEPMLP) at the University of Dundee, which will explore the UK EITI process. Eddie is a member of the UK EITI MSG and helps lead the work of the EICS in Scotland.
Although the UK government provides the secretariat to the UK MSG, the Scottish government is fully engaged and active, with one of four seats representing government. In addition, there is strong Scottish representation in respect of both industry and civil society. At today’s meeting, a member of staff of the UK EITI MSG will describe the progress of the UK’s application to become a full member of the EITI. Please let us at EICS know if you have any questions about civil society and the EITI, or would like to learn more about how the different parties to the tripartite organisation are working together both in the UK and across the world. Do follow us on Twitter at @civilextractive and get involved, join our mailing list for regular information on our work at firstname.lastname@example.org.