Ministers' Deputies
    Notes on the Agenda

    CM/Notes/853/7.3 19 September 2003
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    853 Meeting, 24 September 2003
    7 Education and culture


    7.3 Eurimages

    Evaluation of the Financial Regulations

    Reference document
    CM(2003)100
    CM/Del/Dec(2000)717/11.4, 715/11.2 and CM/Del/Dec(2003)851/7.1

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    Action

    To invite the Ministers' Deputies, in their composition limited to the member states of the Eurimages Partial Agreement1, to resume consideration of a number of financial decisions here below.

    Introduction

    Until 2000, the member States of Eurimages determined the amount of their annual contributions to the Eurimages' budget individually.

    This system had a number of disadvantages which led to the setting-up, in 1999, of a “Financial resources and contributions” Working Group with the aim of examining different alternative methods for determining states parties' contributions.

    The conditions the Board of Management wished to see fulfilled by the new system were as follows:

    1. Definition of a binding financing system in terms of both the amounts to be paid and the deadlines for payment.

    2. Setting of each state party's contribution according to the principles applicable in all Council of Europe budgets.

    3. Each additional accession must be accompanied by a corresponding increase in the Fund's resources.

    4. The stability of the Fund must be guaranteed through set, compulsory contributions which protect the Fund from any reduction in its budget.

    5. The system must enable every state party to make voluntary contributions.

    6. The system must include measures which encourage the payment of contributions by the deadlines.

    In July 2000, the Committee of Ministers adopted, on the proposal of the Board of Management, a new method of calculating Eurimages' contributions. This measure consisted of two steps:

    1. 2001 to 2003: application of Resolution (94) 31 accompanied by transitional arrangements;
    2. 2004: application of Resolution (94) 31.

    Proposals 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.

    The Eurimages' Board of Management proposes the following measures:

    i. that those member states, for which the scale of obligatory contribution results in a decrease, maintain their contribution at the more favourable level of that of 2003, by a contractual obligation of a voluntary contribution to be paid to the Eurimages' Fund1 and that a report on this subject be submitted to the Committee of Ministers, limited to representatives of member states parties to the Partial Agreement, after three years;

    ii. it is suggested to increase the total of 2004 obligatory contributions' level by 100 000€, to be broken down in accordance with the scale of obligatory contributions.

    Elements justifying this last proposal

    In the past, contributions progressed regularly :

    2000: 17 784 519 €
    2001: 18 379 054 €
    2002: 18 772 447 €
    2003: 19 024 907€

    So as not to stop this progression, the solution suggested (an increase of 100 000 € of the obligatory contributions) is recommended by the Board of Management , and the effect for each Member State is reflected in the table distributed during the last meeting of the Deputies (see appendix attached to these Notes).

    Financing assured: see draft decisions.

    DRAFT DECISIONS

    853rd meeting – 24 September 2003

    Item 7.3

    Eurimages - Evaluation of the Financial Regulations
    (CM(2003)100, CM/Del/Dec(2000)717/11.4, 715/11.2 and CM/Del/Dec(2003)751/7.1)

    Decisions

    The Committee of Ministers, in its composition limited to the member states of the Eurimages Partial Agreement1:

    1. encouraged 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 by the end of 2007;

    2. agreed to consider the proposal to increase the total of obligatory contributions in 2004 by €100 000 when examining the draft budget of Eurimages for 2004.

    Appendix

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Provisional figures for information only pending finalisation of the Eurimages 2004 Draft budget

    EURIMAGES

    2004 Contributions as per Resolution 94(31)

     

         

     

    Minimum rate of contribution

 

    0,40%

     

     

    Maximum rate of contribution before equalization

 

    20,00%

     

     

     

 

     

     

     

     

     

    MEMBER STATES

     

    Amount paid
    in € (2003)

    Amount payable
    in € (2004)

    Increase/Decrease in € arising from the full application of Resolution (94)31

    Increase of € 100 000 in the total of contributions

    Net effect on obligatory contributions of Resolution(94)31 and of an increase of € 100 000

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    AUSTRIA

     

    427 850

    450 890

    23 040

    2 370

    25 410

    BELGIUM

     

    517 194

    543 408

    26 214

    2 856

    29 070

    BULGARIA

     

    137 204

    76 632

    -60 572

    403

    -60 169

    CROATIE

     

    71 401

    76 100

    4 699

    400

    5 099

    CYPRUS

     

    76 225

    76 100

    -125

    400

    275

    CZECH REPUBLIC

     

    201 233

    173 850

    -27 383

    914

    -26 469

    DENMARK

     

    350 633

    370 567

    19 934

    1 948

    21 882

    FINLAND

     

    266 610

    285 221

    18 611

    1 499

    20 110

    FRANCE

     

    4 131 006

    4 387 653

    256 647

    23 063

    279 710

    GERMANY

     

    2 556 459

    2 327 860

    -228 599

    12 236

    -216 363

    GREECE

     

    335 388

    308 280

    -27 108

    1 620

    -25 488

    HUNGARY

     

    198 184

    162 625

    -35 559

    855

    -34 704

    ICELAND

     

    76 225

    76 100

    -125

    400

    275

    IRELAND

     

    192 639

    221 659

    29 020

    1 165

    30 185

    ITALY

     

    3 424 078

    3 509 423

    85 345

    18 446

    103 791

    LATVIA

     

    71 401

    76 100

    4 699

    400

    5 099

    LUXEMBOURG

     

    91 469

    76 100

    -15 369

    400

    -14 969

    NETHERLANDS

     

    812 897

    879 540

    66 643

    4 623

    71 266

    NORWAY

     

    304 365

    356 375

    52 010

    1 873

    53 883

    POLAND

     

    368 281

    572 973

    204 692

    3 012

    207 704

    PORTUGAL

     

    264 165

    287 371

    23 206

    1 511

    24 717

    ROMANIA

     

    304 898

    214 715

    -90 183

    1 129

    -89 054

    SLOVAKIA

     

    129 582

    76 100

    -53 482

    400

    -53 082

    SLOVENIA

     

    73 500

    76 100

    2 600

    400

    3 000

    SPAIN

     

    1 318 932

    1 433 584

    114 652

    7 535

    122 187

    SWEDEN

     

    493 700

    524 574

    30 874

    2 757

    33 631

    SWITZERLAND

     

    914 694

    551 018

    -363 676

    2 896

    -360 780

    "THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA"

    *

     

    76 100

    76 100

    400

    76 500

    TURKEY

 

    914 694

    777 889

    -136 805

    4 089

    -132 716

     

     

    19 024 907

    19 024 907

     

    100 000

    100 000

             

    * "The former Republic Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" joined Eurimages on 1July 2003 and will pay a pro rata temporis contribution of €38 362.55 for 2003. In accordance with normal practice this receipt is recorded in 2003 under the sub-head " Sundry receipts" .

    1 Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Turkey.

Note 1 In accordance with the schedule foreseen in Article 4 of the Financial Regulations for the ordinary contributions.

    1 Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Turkey.



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