909th meeting – 15 December 2004

    Item 11.3
    Part 1

    COUNCIL OF EUROPE BUDGETS
    Financial Year 2005

    Ordinary Budget, Subsidiary Budgets - Services, Subsidiary Budget of the European Youth Centres, Subsidiary Budget for Publications, Programme of Activities and adjustment of the scale of contributions of member states to the budgets of the Council of Europe
    (CM(2004)155 Vol. I, II and III, CM(2004)153, 172, 192, CM/Del/Dec(2004)893/1.5, 905/11.1 Part 1 and 906/11.1 Part 1)

    Decisions

    The Deputies

    1. adopted Resolution Res(2004)47 fixing the scale of contributions to the Ordinary Budget and to the Budget of the European Youth Foundation, with effect from 1 January 2005, as it appears at Appendix 14 to the present volume of Decisions, fixed as follows, the rates of contribution to the Special Accounts for cultural and sports activities for 2005 of the non-member State Party to the European Cultural Convention:

    - Belarus 0.3147%

    and invited the GT-BS to consider proposals to update the method of calculating the scale of contributions to the Ordinary Budget;

    2. approved the amounts for the rates of the various retainers, honoraria and daily allowances with effect from 1 January 2005, as they appear at Appendix 15 to the present volume of Decisions with the understanding that the issue will be additionally examined during 2005 with a view to simplifying the system and reducing expenditures as necessary;

    3. fixed, as follows, with effect from 1 January 2005, the rates of the annual representational allowances for specially appointed officials:

    - Secretary General € 21 777

    - Deputy Secretary General and Secretary General of the Assembly
    having the rank of Deputy Secretary General € 8 878

    4. fixed, with effect from 1 January 2005, the rate of monthly allowance paid to Council of Europe trainees at € 686;

    5. fixed, as follows, with effect from 1 January 2005, registration fees for the activities of the European Youth Centres:

    - Long sessions € 55
    - Symposia or conferences € 30
    - Study sessions € 45
    - Language training courses € 100

    6. authorised the Secretary General to make Vote to Vote transfers of appropriations when the requirement for such transfers arose from the redeployment of permanent posts effected by the Secretary General under the powers conferred on him by Resolution (81) 6 and to make Vote to Vote transfers of appropriations between the various heads covering staff expenditure, to deal with any budgetary problems arising from the charging of staff expenditure to a variety of sub-heads of the budget;

    7. authorised the Secretary General to divide between the various Votes of the budget the amounts entered under Sub-head:

    - 3900-6000013 – Provision for placement of national civil servants on secondment;

    8. approved the changes to the establishment table as they appear at Appendix 16 to the present volume of Decisions;

    9. agreed that the duration of the fixed term posts created in the framework of the 2003-2005 programme for the enhancement of the resources of the European Court of Human Rights and other departments involved in the execution of judgments of the Court shall be prolonged for three years to the end of 2008 and decided to come back to the issue of the European Court of Human Rights in the light of the results of the external audit;

    10. approved the establishment table of permanent posts as it appears at Appendix 17 to the present volume of Decisions while inviting the Secretary General to take further steps to ensure fair geographical distribution of the posts as well as contracts for experts;

    11. approved the organisation chart with effect from 1 January 2005 as it appears at Appendix 18 to the present volume of Decisions;

    12. adopted Resolution Res(2004)48 approving the Ordinary Budget for the 2005 financial year, as it appears at Appendix 19 to the present volume of Decisions and invited the Secretary General and the GR-AB to propose reductions in the administrative and operational expenses and increase the share of Vote II in the future budgets of the Organisation;

    13. authorised the investment programme related to the construction of two additional wings to the new general building for a total of € 4 200 000 (at May 2003 prices);

    14. approved the Investment Programme for 2005 as it appears at Appendix III of CM(2004)155 Vol. I Corrigendum and Corrigendum 2 in the light of document CM(2004)191;

    15. gave permission to hold outside Strasbourg the meetings detailed in document CM(2004)155 Vol. II Addendum and to make the appropriate Secretariat services available to them, on the understanding that the host countries meet additional costs incurred by holding the meetings away from the Council of Europe's headquarters;

    16. noted that of the indicative breakdown of appropriations for cooperation activities in 2005, by main objective and country as detailed in document RAP-PROG(2004)4, and as amended consequent upon bi-lateral discussions with beneficiary countries, would be included in the definitive Programme of Activities for 2005;

    17. approved the Programme of Activities for 2005 as set out in document CM(2004)155 Vol. II, as amended to take account of the report by the Rapporteur on the Programme of Activities and any decisions taken at the present meeting, and accordingly adopted Resolution Res(2004)49 as it appears at Appendix 20 to the present volume of Decisions and invited the RAP-PROG to make proposals for the Programme of Activities for subsequent years taking into account the preparatory work and the decisions of the Third Summit of the Council of Europe as well as the views of delegations in order to ensure that the Programme of Activities is more result-orientated;

    18. adopted Resolution Res(2004)50 on the status and conditions of service of the judges of the European Court of Human Rights, as it appears at Appendix 21 to the present volume of Decisions;

    19. took note of the provision for the 2005 salary adjustment (€ 2 095 000) (Vote VII – Head 0701 – Sub-head VIII) and invited the Secretary General to submit proposals for the 2005 salary adjustment according to the normal procedure in the light of concerns expressed by delegations on the automaticity of salary increase and the growing proportion of salaries in the Ordinary Budget.



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