CM(2003)100 13 August 2003
851 Meeting, 9 September 2003
7 Education and culture
Evaluation of the Financial Regulations
At their 718th meeting (19 July 2000) (ref CM/Del/Dec(2000)717/11.4 and 715/11.2), the Ministers' Deputies, in their composition limited to the member states of the Eurimages Partial Agreement1:
1. adopted the following amendment to article 4.2 of Resolution (88)15:
"The contributions of the Fund's member states and associate members shall be determined each year by their representatives on the Board of Management, duly authorised to that effect by their respective governments, according to a scale approved by the Board of Management. The obligatory contributions calculated according to this scale may be supplemented by annual voluntary contributions.";
2. agreed to re-evaluate the revised Financial Regulations on the basis of proposals from the Board of Management.
Opinion of the Board of Management
Upon adoption in July 2000, the Financial Regulations envisaged a migration to integral application of Resolution (94) 31 in 2004, as from 1 January 2004, and this, following three years' application of transitory measures (from 2001 to 2003).
The Eurimages' Board of Management, taking into account the application of Resolution (94) 31 from 1 January 2004, would like to propose the following measures to the Committee of Ministers:
- encourage those member states, for which the scale of obligatory contribution results in a decrease, to maintain their contribution at the level of that of 2003 by a contractual obligation of a voluntary contribution to be paid to the Eurimages' Fund in accordance with the schedule foreseen in Article 4 of the Financial Regulations for the ordinary contributions. A report on this subject must be submitted to the Committee of Ministers after three years;
- increase the total of 2004 contributions by 100 000€, to be broken down in accordance with the scales of obligatory contributions, in order to avoid stagnation of contributions to the Fund in 2004.
The effects of these proposals are reflected in the tables in doc. DGIV/EUR(2003)43.
The Board of Management would like the possibility of modifying the minimum level of contribution, by bringing it from 0.4 to 0.6% for example, to be studied, which would correspond more closely to the average support amount paid to the smallest productions.
The Board of Management will hold its next (85th) meeting on 6-8 October 2003. The scale and the amount of contributions for 2004 must be adopted at this meeting.
1 at that time : Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey.