EITI Welcomes Lord Callanan, New United Kingdom EITI Champion

The EITI International Secretariat has welcomed the appointment of Lord Callanan as United Kingdom Extractive Industries Transparency International (UK-EITI)

The Executive Director and Head of the EITI International Secretariat, Mark Robinson expressed his delight at the appointment  of Mr. Callanan a UK Minister for Climate Change and Corporate Responsibility in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

While commending the UK EITI Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) for the appointment of Lord Martin Callanan and the country’s efforts at promoting transparency and accountability in the extractive sectors, the Executive Director said "The UK is a stalwart supporter of transparent and accountable extractives governance.

According to him, the United Kingdom has not hesitated to lead by example. In the area of beneficial ownership, for example, the EITI welcomes the UK's willingness to mainstream ownership transparency which is in tandem with current EITI current engagement in the new debates especially on its impact on the energy transition.

Mr. Robinson also expressed his delight in the appointment of a caliber of  Minister for Climate Change and Corporate Responsibility as Champion of the EITI for the country. The appointment of Lord Callanan was seeing as a demonstration of the UK Government’s continued international commitment to the EITI and highlight its importance in the wider transparency agenda.

’We look forward to continuing the deep engagement that the UK has enjoyed with the EITI since it played such a pivotal role in the formation of the initiative."

Baron Martin John Callanan is a UK Government Minister. He was a Member of the European Parliament for North East England from 1999 to 2014 and Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists group from 2011 to 2014. He was made a Conservative life peer in the House of Lords.

Lord Callanan was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy on 14 February 2020.

The UK Government established the EITI in 2003 and continues to promote accountable governance, transparency, and Anti-Corruption in the sector internationally, through its Official Development Assistance (ODA) programming.

The UK is currently assessed as having made “Meaningful Progress” against the EITI Standard, The new EITI Champion for the country has promised to address the actions required to achieve a “Satisfactory” assessment when the UK is revalidated later this year and also work to ensure that the UK complies with the new requirements of the 2019 Standard and the move towards the systematic disclosure of data.

The United Kingdom under the then UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair played a critical role that lead to the formation of the EITI.