The Board of Governors and the General Conference


Bosnia and Herzegovina became a member of the Agency by depositing an instrument of acceptance of the Agency's Statute. The application of Georgia for membership was approved by the General Conference, but the instrument of acceptance has not yet been deposited with the Government of the USA in accordance with the Agency's Statute. The application of Moldova was recommended by the Board of Governors and will be submitted to the General Conference in 1996.

A new scheduling of Board meetings was approved in February 1994. This schedule, and a redistribution of agenda items between the different session so that specific session would focus on particular issues, were successfully put into operation in 1995.

There were some positive developments in the discussions in both the Board of Governors and the General Conference on the revision of Article VI of the Agency's Statute as a whole. After many years a formal proposal was submitted for the consideration of the Board and the General Conference and, although it was not approved, it helped to focus the debate. At the request of the General Conference, the Board re-established a successor informal open-ended consultative group on the issue and this is expected to submit recommendations to the General Conference in 1996.

Also, following an extensive debate, a decision was taken to set up an informal open-ended consultative group to consider the criteria for designating members to the Board of Governors.

The General Conference requested the Director General to study all of the implications of a proposal which was before it at its 39th session relating to the classification of Member States into the eight area groups specified in the Statute. The Director General was requested to submit a report on this matter for the consideration of the Board of Governors, which will subsequently report to the General Conference.

The long standing issues of the financing of technical assistance and of safeguards were considered in detail. Two separate working groups established by the Board at the request of the 1994 General Conference decided, in view of the interdependent nature of the tasks, to formulate a compromise. Subsequently, a package merging the two issues was adopted by the Board and later by the General Conference. Since the compromise did not resolve all related issues, it was agree that a further review of the financing of safeguards would be undertaken before the year 2000, while other unresolved issues regarding the financing of technical assistance may be discussed in the Board in the near future.


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