I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union, and its 27 Member States.
The EU and its 27 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 the ITLOS for the financial periods 2009-2010 and 2011-2012 (SPLOS/224) and notes also in that regard the report of the external auditor for the financial period 2009 2010 (SPLOS/223).
With regard to the performance report for the financial period 2009 2010, the EU notes with satisfaction that it was possible to make savings under certain sections of the ITLOS budget. At the same time, we remain concerned that other sections of that budget show over expenditure. While understanding the problems relating to the depreciation the euro against the United States dollar, the EU and its 27 Member States would like to stress, especially in the current financial situation, the importance of the optimal use of resources.
In that context, we would like to reaffirm that it supports the principle of zero growth which guides the work of the ITLOS on these matters, combined with the evolutionary approach intended to optimize efficiency which was adopted by the second Meeting of States Parties.
With regard to the issue of remuneration of the members of the Tribunal and the proposed decision of SPLOS, contained in the Annex II of the Tribunals report the EU is ready to support this proposal. It is understood that State 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 27 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, Mr President.