27 Jun A Collaboration Platform between the National EITI Secretariat and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Presence in Albania (OSCE)
The EITI National Secretariat and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Presence in Albania (OSCE)’ organized on June 26, 2018, a meeting at the Secretariat headquarters to discuss the establishment of a concrete collaboration platform between the two Institutions.
In the context of promoting transparency, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has supported the EITI activity in Albania in 2013-2014 years focusing on the local communities’ benefits in Albania, as well as communications with the local authorities in the areas where extractive industry activity is carried out.
The EITI National Secretariat has prepared the 2018 priorities including the production of the EITI Report and the recommendations implementation from the Validation Process; Reports on Beneficial Ownership; Commodity Trading Project, Improvement of the Legal Framework for Extractive Industries Transparency, Monitoring the Environmental and Social Impact of Extractive Industries; Cooperation with local government bodies; as well as increasing the role of Civil Society in the stakeholder trinomial collaboration.
The EITI Secretariat appreciates the spirit of collaboration with the international partners as a very important synergy factor in expanding the Secretariat activity results.
Initiated by the EITI International for the process of receiving the membership status the EITI National Secretariat in the context of bilateral partnerships has initiated collaboration and providing assistance and expertise to the EITI Germany (D-EITI). At the meeting with OSCE representatives, the concrete form of institutional collaboration was discussed and focused on:
monitoring the royalty’s revenues for social and economic development in the extractive industries community; Increase of the control and safety at work and employee’s life; Implementation of labor legislation in extractive industry businesses, standards-based employment and elimination of black labor and child exploitation in the non-formal sector, as well as the impact of extractive industry in the environment.
In the spirit of a very constructive discussion, the meeting between the EITI National Secretariat and OSCE’s representatives articulated a commitment to an official draft collaboration platform, in order to promote transparency and good management of natural resources in Albania.