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2014-2015 Council of Europe Program and Budget Approved

On November 20, the Committee of Ministers approved the programme and budget of the Council of Europe for the next bi-annum 2014-2015. The document is a result of meetings of all 47 member states over the last several months. For the first time the budget is based on a zero nominal growth of member state contributions (the amount will not be adjusted to inflation). The total budget of the Council of Europe for each year is approximately €400 million.

The 2014/2015 budget is a second biannual budget as proposed by reforms of the Secretary General. Thorbjørn Jagland began his reforming efforts already in 2009 aiming at strict prioritization of the Council’s activities along three main pillars – human rights, democracy and rule of law.

Combining the budget and programme into one document should increase the efficiency of the organization and enable strengthening of its focus on individual pillars. At the same time, the two year budgetary planning ensures greater stability and predictability as opposed to annual budgeting. Building on the success of the first combined budgetary programme for 2012-2013, the Council of Europe decided to continue in this manner.