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For real 2020-2021 budget growth or at least zero growth

Despite uncertainty around the payment of the Russian Federation's obligatory contributions, PACE notes that the Programme and Budget of the Council of Europe for the biennium 2020-2021 shows “the willingness to promote an Organisation that is increasingly agile and confident in its know-how and expertise”.

In adopting an opinion on the basis of the report by Mart van de Ven (Netherlands, ALDE), the Assembly called on the Committee of Ministers to make a firm commitment to ensure real budget growth for the Council of Europe for five years or at least zero real growth. “Such a decision would be a clear sign of support from the member States to the future Secretary General, giving the Organisation a more stable budgetary framework,” the parliamentarians concluded.