“It is time to shoulder our responsibility to implement the Reykjavik priorities. This means re-doubling our efforts to modernise our Organisation, make it more efficient, more ‘green’ and more responsive to the expectations of our citizens. We must be responsible and frugal, and we must prioritise,” Ingjerd Schou (Norway, EPP/CD), General rapporteur on the budget and the intergovernmental programme, said today at the opening of a current affairs debate on 'The budget and priorities of the Council of Europe and follow-up to the Reykjavík Summit'.
Addressing parliamentarians during the debate, Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General Bjørn Berge underlined that “in line with the Summit declaration, the adopted budget provides for the financial stability of the Organisation and the first real-growth budget in 17 years. The sentiment and measures agreed in Reykjavík have the potential to halt and reverse aspects of the democratic backsliding that is undermining common European values and standards.”