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Council of Europe budget freeze for 2014 and 2015

<p>Strasbourg, 31.05.2013 &ndash; In the context of current economic and financial crisis, the Council of Europe budget for 2014 and 2015 will show zero nominal growth, for the first time in the Organisation&rsquo;s history, stressed the Assembly in an opinion adopted today by its Standing Committee in Yerevan, on the basis of a report by Rudy Salles (France, EPP/CD).</p> <p>However, the parliamentarians believe that the Council of Europe should not be weakened by a punishing budgetary policy which might lead it to make choices harmful to its medium- and long-term statutory functions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>