Members of the Executive Board,
I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.
The Candidate Countries Turkey, Montenegro and Albania as well as the Republic of Moldova, Armenia and Georgia align themselves with this statement.
The EU and its Member States wish to thank the Secretariat for the presented report. We strongly support the work on streamlining the reporting requirements, including sunsetting resolutions that are older than six years or superseded by another resolution. At the same time, we acknowledge that some exceptions from this system are needed. We note the work done so far by the Secretariat with regard to streamlining reporting obligations and encourage them to continue along the proposals presented in the document. We look forward to the informal consultation on the outcomes of this work.
The EU and its Member States wish to underline that considering progress reports by WHA constitute an important tool of accountability for how the resolutions adopted by this body are implemented. Shifting them to the EB agenda might give an impression of lowering their profile and importance. At the same time shifting from one governing body to another gives no overall gain when taking into consideration the fact that the EB previously agreed to drop progress reports from their crowded agenda. WHA with its two committees seems to have more capacity to consider progress reports than the EB. Therefore, we see a lot of merit in keeping the progress reports at WHA and suggest deleting the paragraph reflecting proposed changes from the decision.
We agree that in order to achieve the goals of global action plans and strategies, progress made in their implementation must be regularly reviewed and the period of their validity may need to be extended. We therefore support the idea of including the substantive items related to given strategies into the EB and WHA agendas before expiration of the respective documents. We also note that all global strategies and action plan should take into consideration regional perspectives. However, as we face the increasingly busy agendas of the Regional Committee for Europe and other regional committees, we support the idea that input representing regional perspectives should be sought through other fora and not through the RC sessions directly.