I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.
The European Union and itsMemberStateswould like to thank the Registrar of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea for the report on budgetary matters for the financial periods 2011-2012 and 2013-2014 (SPLOS/258).
With regard to the performance report for the financial period 2011– 2012, we note with satisfaction that the Tribunal was able to make savings within its approved budget. We welcome the fact that total expenditure for the financial period was €1,175,225 under budget, or 94.24 % of total appropriations.
The European Union and itsMemberStatesalso welcome the report on action taken pursuant to the decision of the twenty-second Meeting of States Parties concerning budgetary matters for the 2013-2014 financial period (SPLOS/250, para. 1). We note in particular the actions taken by the Tribunal to achieve the necessary reductions in budget lines consequent on the final appropriation approved by States Parties last year. In this context we would like to call to mind that the EU and its MS declared last year that we expect the savings to be made not by merely adjusting the number of cases expected. The decision of the Tribunal submitted to us achieves this goal only to a limited extent (about 50 %). Thus we hope and expect that the Tribunal, in implementing the budget, will continue and step up its efforts for real savings.
We encourage the Tribunal to continue to manage its budget to ensure the optimal use of resources, particularly in the light of the financial constraints currently faced by Governments worldwide.
As we have already stated, arrears in the payment of assessed contributions remain a source of concern to the European Union and itsMemberStates. We call upon all States Parties to honour their commitments and make 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.