I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.
The Candidate Countries the Republic of North Macedonia[*], Montenegro*, Serbia* and Albania*, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the EFTA country Iceland, member of the European Economic Area, as well as the Republic of Moldova and Georgia align themselves with this statement.
The EU wishes to acknowledge all efforts of the Management Committee to prepare guidelines on the issue of arrangements with the Secretariat in relation to the discharge of its financial obligation in accordance with Rule 8(1)d. We support the Management Committee in defining a procedure, as mandated by CSP5, which will ensure the financial stability of the Treaty, as an essential part of the effective functioning of the Treaty and its institutions. We believe that the proposed process, as drafted in the document ATT/CSP7.MC/2021/MC/660/PM.PropArr8(1)d, includes all elements necessary for the arrangements for financial settlement for States in arrears with the essential deadlines for individual steps, and thus can be agreed at CSP7.
In this context, we would like to once again reiterate our regret regarding the dire financial situation of the Treaty. The many outstanding contributions put the ATT institutions and activities at risk. In this context, we urge all States to pay their contributions in full and on time and to settle their arrears without further delay. We reaffirm our support for your efforts, Mr. President, to enforce in full the implementation of the ATT Financial Rules.
Thank you, Mr. President
[*] The Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.