I have the honor to speak on behalf of the European Union. The Candidate Countries Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Croatia , the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, align themselves with this declaration.
At the outset, allow me to thank the Controller, Mr. Halbwachs, for presenting the documents in front of us today, and the Chairman of the ACABQ, Mr. Kuznetsov, for introducing their related report.
1. With regard to the special political missions, the EU notes with interest the proposals of the ACABQ on future presentation of the consolidated budget document. The Advisory Committee observes that the Secretary General should consider ways and means to present the budgets of large mission in a manner which would be suitable for their size and complexity, and that thought should be given to re-organising the report on SPMs to present them in clusters based on regional or thematic considerations. The EU supports the aim of improving the presentation and transparency of budgetary information in order to facilitate our considerations in this Committee but emphasises its attachment to the continuation of consolidated reporting on Special Political Missions. We will explore this issue further in the informal consultations, while stressing that this in no way carries any implication related to the mode of funding for any mission.
2. We welcome the extensive use of the results based budgeting format in the report, as well as the inclusion of information on complementarities and synergies achieved between the various missions and other UN entities. We look forward to an increased level of information on this in future reports, as recommended by the ACABQ .We echo the ACABQs reiteration that the Secretary General should make every effort to ensure the most rationale use of resources, avoiding duplication and overlap.
3. Let me conclude, Mr. Chairman, by stating that the EU is prepared to approve the SGs proposals and the ACABQ recommendations regarding the special political missions. We look forward to discussing them further during informal consultations.