In the Council of Europe not yet know about the possibility of non-payment of Russia’s contribution

© Photo : Council of the EU Igorella in front of the headquarters of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. Archive photoIn the Council of Europe not yet know about the possibility of non-payment of Russia’s contribution© Photo : Council of Europe

The Council of Europe (COE) has not yet been informed about the possibility of non-payment of Russia’s contribution to the budget of the organization.

Earlier, the RIA Novosti source in the Federation Council said that Russia will not pay contribution to the budget of the Council of Europe until at least the end of 2018. According to him, the decision has already been made and will be announced in the near future.

When asked by RIA Novosti to comment on message appears, press Secretary of the CE Secretary General Daniel Holtgen noted that «we are not informed.»

At the April session of 2014 because of the situation with Crimea the Russian delegation was stripped of several powers (the ability to vote, to participate in the monitoring activities of the Assembly and participate in statutory bodies of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, PACE). Next year the PACE having considered several times the question of sanctions against Russia are not lifted and added new items.

The Russian delegation said it was impossible to work in such conditions and ceased to attend the sessions. 2016 Moscow is not sending the required for accreditation of the delegation documents.

Russia has repeatedly made proposals for overcoming the crisis. In particular, the Russian delegation proposed to insert in the Charter of the PACE impossibility of application of sanctions in respect of the delegations. However, until now these proposals have not been considered in the Assembly.

At the end of June last year, the conflict between Moscow and Strasbourg have reached a new level, the Russian side stated that it intends to suspend some payments to the budget of the Council of Europe for 2017 as long as the credentials of the delegation to PACE will not be restored in full. Despite the suspension of the payment of an instalment, the Russian side has continued to work on ratification of Convention documents.

In March of this year the PACE for the first time acknowledged that the return of Turkey to ordinary taxpayers, and Russia’s decision to suspend payments for 2017 and part of its contribution for the year 2018 was the cause of financial difficulties of the organization. According to one of the main committees of the Assembly – permanent, «the budget of the Assembly for the year 2018 is less than 17.5 million euros.» The organization had to «freeze the budget by 9 percent,» the deficit amounted to 1.5 million euros.

In April of this year the Secretary General of the Council of Europe thorbjørn Jagland was first announced possible sanctions against Moscow if it continued not to pay.

In the Council of Europe not yet know about the possibility of non-payment of Russia’s contribution© RIA Novosti, Infographicsrussia Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)

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