At a time of stringent budgetary austerity policies, the Parliamentary
Assembly recognises the desire of many member States to adopt a
biennial budget based on zero nominal growth and is prepared to
play its part in the budget adjustments being asked of the Organisation
as a whole. It is anxious, however, that measures dictated by exceptional
circumstances should not serve as an excuse for strategic choices
that could undermine the Council of Europe’s statutory mission in
the medium and long term.