On 17 October 2020, Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation, a Maltese NGO, submitted a complaint against Siemens AG to the German NCP. The complaint focuses on events related to the ElectroGas Malta consortium, in which the company’s fully-owned subsidiary, Siemens Project Venture GmbH (SPV) is a minority shareholder, holding 33% of the shares.
The Complainant allege breaches of the Human Rights, Bribery, and Taxation chapters of the OECD Guidelines.
Relevant OECD Guidelines
On 4 May 2023, the German NCP published its final statement. The NCP only accepted the case with regard to the allegations concerning bribery and taxation, but had rejected the allegations concerning human rights. The NCP offered the parties its good offices, which both parties accepted. Several in-person mediation meetings then occurred. At the third meeting, the parties reached an agreement. The content of the agreement is confidential.
The NCP will follow-up on the agreement’s implementation in 12 months.