I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.
The EU and its Member States would like to thank the Registrar of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea for the report on budgetary matters of ITLOS for the financial periods 2009-2010 and 2011-2012 (SPLOS/242).
With regard to the financial period 2009 – 2010, we note with satisfaction that it was possible to make savings under certain sections of the ITLOS budget and that it was possible to surrender a cash surplus in the amount of € 1,873,979 to be deducted from the contributions of States Parties for 2013. The EU and its Member States take note of the provisional performance report for 2011. At the same time, we would like to stress that the budget should, especially in the current financial situation, be managed to ensure the optimal use of resources.
In that context, the EU and its Member States would like to reaffirm that they support the evolutionary approach intended to optimize efficiency which was adopted by the second Meeting of States Parties combined with the principle of zero growth which guides the work of the ITLOS on these matters.
The EU and its Member States welcome the report on action taken pursuant to the decision concerning budgetary matters for the 2011-2012 financial period taken by the twenty-first Meeting of States Parties, including the surrender of an amount of € 176,704.
With regard to the adjustment of the special allowance of the President and that of the Vice-President when acting as President, contained in paragraph 20 of the Report, the EU and its Member States are ready to support this proposal. It is understood that States Parties can revert to this issue at any time.
As stated previously, arrears in the payment of assessed contributions remain a source of concern to the EU and its Member States. We call upon States Parties to honour their commitments and pay outstanding contributions in full and on time. In this context we would like to thank the Registrar and his team for their continuing efforts to collect outstanding contributions and urge them to continue these efforts.
Thank you, Madam President.