Any decision by the Committee of Ministers to
involve the Council of Europe in a new activity is based on a
political assessment of the contribution the Council of Europe can
make to solving a jointly identified problem in European society.
This political assessment must remain the prime criterion for
establishing priorities for Council of Europe activities.
However, the success of a project and whether it
actually helps to solve a shared problem depends very much on the
availability of the human and financial resources needed throughout
the implementation of the project, which may cover several budget
Under Article 38 of the Statute and Article 5 of
the Financial Regulations (see Appendix) no decision entailing extra
expenditure is considered to have been adopted unless the Deputies
have approved forecasts of the additional expenditure on the basis of
observations from the Secretary General, including an estimate of
additional costs and proposals as to how they might be met.
Strict application of these rules could be based
on a code of good conduct binding on the Deputies and the Secretary
The underlying principles of this code of good
conduct should be as follows:
As full as possible an estimate of additional expenditure
The estimate should include all direct costs, in
the cost of permanent, temporary and seconded staff,
official journeys, etc.,
costs relating to consultants,
interpreting, translation and document production and
organisation of meetings (experts' travel expenses, etc.)
specific data base and information system needs,
installations and equipment (furniture, office systems,
any other logistical expenses such as rental of premises,
purchase of vehicles, specific insurance, technical personnel, etc.
Foreseeable medium-term development of the new activity
Where appropriate, the estimate referred to above should take account of the
impact of an activity's rise in capacity over a period of 3 to 5
years, particularly as regards human resources requirements. In the specific case of new legal instruments subject to
ratification, the financial implications resulting from their entry
into force, the progressive accession of new contracting parties and
of their possible control mechanisms should be made clear.
High and low estimates should be determined for
all medium-term forecasts.
All proposals should be accompanied by the
information necessary regarding financing conditions envisaged:
Financing via the budget
Information should be
given as to whether this will involve an increase in the
organisation's resources or a redeployment of existing resources.
In the latter case, the Secretary General should specify
exactly what redeployments are envisaged in the short and medium term.
The Deputies' approval of the measures proposed by the Secretary
General should be officially recorded.
Financing through voluntary contributions
The states willing to
contribute should inform the secretariat of their "contribution
intentions", including in a multi-annual time frame, beforehand. If an activity is to be financed exclusively by voluntary
contributions, there must be sufficient voluntary contributions to
cover all expenses incurred in connection with this activity
(programme expenditure, staff costs, any logistical expenses).
Co-financing by other international organisations
Costs to be paid out
of the Council of Europe's budget should be specified, as well as
the contributions expected from the other organisations concerned.
Article 38 of the Statute
Each member shall bear the expenses of its own representation
in the Committee of Ministers and in the Consultative Assembly.
The expenses of the Secretariat and all other common expenses
shall be shared between all members in such proportions as shall be
determined by the Committee on the basis of the population of members.
The contributions of an associate member shall be determined by
In accordance with the financial regulations, the budget of the
Council shall be submitted annually by the Secretary General for
adoption by the Committee.
The Secretary General shall refer to the Committee requests
from the Assembly which involve expenditure exceeding the amount
already allocated in the budget for the Assembly and its activities.
The Secretary General shall also submit to the Committee of
Ministers an estimate of the expenditure to which the implementation
of each of the recommendations presented to the Committee would give
rise. Any resolution the implementation of which requires additional
expenditure shall not be considered as adopted by the Committee of
Ministers unless the Committee has also approved the corresponding
estimates for such additional expenditure.
5 of the Financial Regulations
In case of need, the Committee of
Ministers shall make the supplementary appropriations found to be
necessary and shall simultaneously decide how these are to be covered.
Any proposal which may involve new budgetary
charges shall be submitted to the Committee of Ministers, accompanied
by an estimate of these charges and a statement of the means by which
it is proposed to meet them.