RESOLUTION (53) 38 (13 December 1953) - (Adopted by the Ministers' Deputies)
Budgetary system of the Consultative Assembly
The Committee of Ministers,
Having regard to Article 38 of the Statute of the Council and Articles 2 to 7,
11, 13 and 19 of the Financial Regulations;
Having regard to requests formulated by the Bureau of the Consultative
Assembly in the course of its meeting of 23rd November, 1953;
Considering it to be desirable that the opinion of the Assembly should be
obtained with regard to appropriations to be included in the Budget of the Council
of Europe connected with the operation of Assembly Services, and that the Clerk to
the Assembly should, by delegation from the Secretary-General, be entrusted with
the duties of "ordonnateur", with power to incur financial commitments in respect
of such appropriations,
1. When drawing up the draft Budget for the Council of Europe, the Secretary-
General shall consult the Assembly on that part of the draft Budget which
comprises the relevant operational appropriations. Such consultation shall take place
in accordance with a procedure to be laid down by agreement between the President
of the Assembly and the Secretary-General.
The opinion of the Assembly shall be transmitted to the Committee of Ministers
at the same time as the draft Budget.
Any appropriations proposed by the Assembly which, by the purpose served or
the amount involved, may be considered by the Secretary-General to be unsuitable
for inclusion in the draft Budget, shall also be transmitted to the Committee of
Ministers at the same time as the draft Budget.
2. A list of members of the staff of the Secretary-General placed wholly at the
disposal of the Assembly Services shall be appended each year to the Budget.
3. The Secretary-General shall, within such limits as he may determine, delegate
to the Clerk of the Assembly the duties of "ordonnateur" with power to incur
financial commitments in respect of appropriations figuring in the Vote of the
Budget relating to the operation of the Assembly and its Committees.
4. The Secretary-General shall submit for approval by the Assembly the name
of an official of the Finance Department of the Secretariat-General to act as comptroller,
responsible for giving the approval required for the incurring of financial
commitments connected with the appropriations mentioned in paragraph 3 above.
5. The above provisions shall in no way affect the responsibility of the Secretary-
General in respect of budgetary and administrative matters, as they are laid down
in the Statute of the Council and the Financial Regulations.