VOTE III of the ordinary budget – Expenditure of the Assembly

TITRE III du budget ordinaire – Dépenses relatives à l’Assemblée

Appropriations

for 1999

Crédits ouverts

au budget de 1999

FF

Changes in real terms proposed for 2000

Modifications en termes réels proposées pour 2000

FF

HEAD 3.1 – Staff

CHAPITRE 3.1 – Dépenses de personnel

Sub-heads/Articles

3101 – Salary, allowances and social charges of the Clerk of the Assembly

Rémunération, indemnités et charges sociales du Greffier ………

3102 – Remuneration of staff recruited on established posts

Rémunération du personnel recruté sur le cadre des emplois permanents

3103 – Recruitment, arrival and departure expenses – Home leave

Frais de recrutement à l’arrivée et au depart – congé dans le pays

d’origine ……………………………………….

3104 – Overtime – statutory and other allowances

Heures supplémentaires – indemnités statutaires et autres…………...

3105 – Remuneration and accessory charges of temporary staff

Rémunération et charges accessoires du personnel temporaire…………

3106 – Provision for adjustment to remuneration

Provision pour ajustements de la rémunération…………………………

3107 – Secondment of national civil servants to the Assembly

Fonctionnaires nationaux mis à disposition de l’Assemblée……………

TOTAL HEAD 3.1

TOTAL DU CHAPITRE 3.1…………………………………………..

1 133 000

40 995 000

481 000

140 000

23 075 000

400 000

66 224 000

+1 164 000

+1 000 000

+200 000

+ 2 364 000

HEAD 3.2 – Allocation to the Assembly’s political groups

CHAPITRE 3.2 – Dotation des groupes politiques de l’Assemblée

3201 – Allocation to the Assembly’s political groups

Dotation des groupes politiques de l’Assemblée………………………..

TOTAL HEAD 3.2

TOTAL DU CHAPITRE 3.2…………………………………………

4 030 000

4 030 000

+350 000

+ 350 000

HEAD 3.3 – Supplies, services and other operational expenditure

CHAPITRE 3.3 – Dépenses de matériel et autres dépenses de fonctionnement

Sub-heads/Articles

3301 – Publishing and printing

Publications et impressions……………………………………………….

3302 – Official expenses of the President of the Assembly

Frais de fonction du Président de l’Assemblée…………………………...

3303 – Expenditure pertaining to the Private Office of the President of the

Assembly / Dépenses du Cabinet du Président de l’Assemblée…………

3304 – Representational expenditure, other official expenditure and travelling

expenses of members of the Assembly / Dépenses de représentation,

frais de fonction et de déplacement des Membres de l’Assemblée…

3305 – Official journeys

Frais de missions………………………………………………………….

3306 – Expenses for inviting parliamentary delegations of non-member states

and other guests

Dépenses d’accueil des invites de l’Assemblée parlementaire…………...

3307 – Consultation of experts

Consultation d’experts…………………………………………………...

3308 – Organisation of ad hoc conferences

Organisation de conférences ad hoc……………………………………...

3309 – Grant to the International Institute for Democracy

Dotation à l’Institut International pour la Démocratie……………………

3310 – Other expenditure not specifically provided for in this vote

Autres dépenses non spécialement prévues au présent titre……………...

3311 – Modernisation of the Assembly’s equipment

Modernisation de l’équipement de l’Assemblée…………………………

3312 – European prizes

Prix européens…………………………………………………………….

3313 Operating and Maintenance costs of the new electronic system

Coûts de maintenance et d’exploitation du vote électronique……………

3314 Co-operation and Monitoring programme

Programme de coopération et du suivi des engagements ………………..

TOTAL HEAD 3.3

TOTAL DU CHAPITRE 3.3…………………………………………….

TOTAL VOTE III

TOTAL DU TITRE III……...………………………………………….

4 900 000

535 000

500 000

1 300 000

1 700 000

1 404 000

500 000

900 000

250 000

330 000

p.m.

400 000

230 000

3 700 000

16 649 000

86 903 000

+900 000

+15 000

+50 000

+ 100 000

+ 1 600 000

+2 665 000

+ 5 379 000

      As already stated in Opinions No. 197 (1996), No. 201 (1997) and No. 206 (1998), for the Assembly’s committees to be fully operational, it is necessary that:

The Assembly, fully aware of the budgetary situation of some member states, believes that its more comprehensive reform, as proposed in its Opinion 206 (1998), should be further postponed in the hope that European economic growth will soon accelerate in the course of 1999. It is in this spirit that it formulates its requests, which include some upgradings of existing posts and the creation of two A2/A3 posts. The latter would most likely be used to recruit nationals of those countries that are not yet represented in the Clerk’s Office.

At 1999 prices, the cost of these proposed modifications amounts to 1.164.000 FF.

2 upgradings from A4 to A5        (52.000 FF)

1 upgrading A3 to A4        27.000 FF)

1 upgrading from B5 to B6        (19.000 FF)

3 upgradings from B3 to B4        (48.000 FF)

Creation of two A2/A3 posts        (992.000 FF)

2 upgradings from A4 to A5        (52.000 FF)

1 upgrading A3 to A4        (27.000 FF)

      In a situation where budgetary growth has in recent years been extremely modest, many A- grade staff members are effectively blocked in their career paths. This is all the more to be regretted when they serve one of the 9 major committees with 65 members (and 65 alternates) in a dedicated and competent manner, and have reached an age where promotion is fully justifiable. This proposal is in line with the special procedure for reclassification contained in the report of Wise Persons (Appendix I, reviewing the organisation and management of the Secretariat). Careers are – together with work content and the Organisation’s prestige – an important factor both for the recruitment of qualified, independent new staff and for the retention of existing staff who might be tempted to leave the Clerk’s Office for other departments within the organisation or to leave the Council altogether. Career prospects are also vital to ensure that the Clerk’s staff members remain motivated to do a good job for their committees and the Assembly as a whole.

Creation of two A2/A3 posts        (992.000 FF)

This request is in line with the principle of a more thorough reform of the committee secretariat, set out in Opinion No. 206 (1998). The ultimate goal of this reform would be to render the Assembly’s overall functioning more efficient and responsive to new challenges. These creations would most likely be used to recruit nationals of those countries that are not yet represented in the Clerk’s Office.

1 upgrading from B5 to B6        (19.000 FF)

The request for the upgrading of a B5 post to B6 appeared already in Opinion No. 201 (1997) and Opinion No. 206 (1998).