concerning financial arrangements for the participation of non-member States in Council of Europe conventions
(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 10 April 2013,
at the 1168th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)
The Committee of Ministers, pursuant to Articles 15.a, 38 and 39 of the Statute the Council of Europe,
Having regard to the Financial Regulations of the Council of Europe;
Considering the growing interest of non-member States of the Council of Europe in acceding to one or more Council of Europe conventions;
In view of the costs that these accessions entail for the Organisation, when the conventions concerned provide follow-up mechanisms, which are covered by the Organisation’s budgets;
Having regard to the need to establish a legal framework governing the financial conditions for the participation of non-member States in Council of Europe conventions;
In view of the proposal made by the Secretary General in document CM(2013)17,
Resolves as follows:
1. Any Contracting Party to a Council of Europe convention which is not a member of the Council of Europe shall be invited to make a financial contribution to the said convention in keeping with the arrangements laid down in this resolution when it participates as of right in the follow-up mechanism of the convention.
2. The amount of the contribution which all Contracting Parties to a Council of Europe convention which are not members of the Council of Europe must make to the Organisation shall be calculated in accordance with the method set out in the appendix to this resolution, in the absence of a specific provision in the relevant convention. A minimum contribution of €10 000 will be required. This amount will be adjusted annually according to inflation.
3. Unless the Committee of Ministers decides otherwise, the contribution shall be allocated to the General Budget.
4. Every year the Secretary General shall notify the governments of the non-member States concerned of the amount of their contribution and, unless the Committee of Ministers decides otherwise, invite them to proceed to payment. The provisions of Article 10 of the Financial Regulations shall apply mutatis mutandis to the contribution of any contracting party to a Council of Europe convention which is not a member of the Council of Europe.
Appendix to Resolution CM/Res(2013)7
concerning the financial arrangements for the participation of non-member States in Council of Europe conventions
The calculation method retained consists in:
a) identifying the budgetary cost of the convention concerned (staff and operational costs) (A),
b) adding administrative costs (15%)1 (B) = 15%*A
c) applying the Ordinary Budget scale, with the addition of the non-member State which wishes to accede to the convention and as resulting from the Committee of Ministers' Resolution Res(94)31 on the method of calculating the scale of member States’ contributions, to the estimated cost of the Convention (A+B).
1 Rate fixed for the agreement on the European Union’s accession to the ECHR and also used for the European Cultural Convention.