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Resolution No. 15

A Resolution Relating to Insurance

(Reception No. 298) RESOLVED

That if it appears to the Director General conducive to the efficient and economical discharge of the business of the Administration, the Administration may carry its own risks without insurance except as may be otherwise directed by the Council.

Resolution No. 16

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A Resolution Relating to Taxation of Relief and Rehabilitation

Supplies

(Reception No. 298) RESOLVED

1. That the Council recommends that all member governments make appropriate measures according to their constitutional procedures to insure that relief and rehabilitation supplies and services furnished by the Administration are not subjected to taxation in a manner which reduces the resources of the Administration.

2. That so far as may be required for the attainment of the above
purpose, the Council recommends to all member governments that,
inter alia,
(a) export taxes on supplies to be furnished by the Administra-

tion to a member government for relief and rehabilitation
be waived, or other equivalent action taken; and such sup-
plies be exempted from any new or additional export taxes.
The Council recognizes that such action on existing export
taxes may be equivalent to a part of a member govern-
ment's general contribution under Section 4 of the Finan-
cial Plan, but urges that such contribution be made under

Section 8 of the said Plan;
(6) appropriate action be taken where the necessary arrange-

ments do not already exist to provide that supplies of the
Administration in transit through a member government's

country are not subjected to any burden of taxation;
(c) relief and rehabilitation supplies furnished by the Admin-

istration be not subjected in liberated areas to the burden
of any form of taxation in a manner which reduces the

resources of the Administration.
3. That the appropriate Committee of the Council concern itself
with the relationship of customs duties and other taxes in liberated

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areas to relief and rehabilitation work, and that a study of the problem and the preparation of recommendations be undertaken for the future guidance of the Council with regard to relief and rehabilitation work.

Resolution No. 17 A Resolution Relating to Procedures for Ascertaining and Meeting Deficits in Supplies Requiring Importation

(Reception No. 298) RESOLVED

That the following shall be the policies of the Administration with regard to procedures for ascertaining and meeting deficits in supplies requiring importation: A. Policies Relating to Procedures for Estimating and Meeting Import

Requirements 1. Preparation and Presentation of Over-all Requirements

1. The Committee of the Council for Europe and the Committee of the Council for the Far East will recommend, from time to time, as policies to be adopted by the Council whatever basis or bases the Committees think appropriate for the whole or parts of their respective areas.

2. The Council will consider these recommendations and, from time to time, determine the policies to be adopted, on the basis of which over-all estimates of relief and rehabilitation requirements shall be made.

3. The Director General, in consultation with the appropriate regional committees, will compute estimates of over-all requirements for their respective areas in conformity with the bases and policies approved by the Council.

4. The Director General will present before the intergovernmental allocating agencies estimates of over-all requirements for relief and rehabilitation of all areas, liberated and to be liberated, in order to permit a global consideration of these requirements and all other requirements. 11. Preparation and Presentation of National Requirements

1. The Director General may present to the intergovernmental allocating agencies the particular requirements of any country for which the assistance of the Administration has been requested.

2. In cases where requirements or programs of intended purchases are presented directly to the intergovernmental allocating agencies by the government of a country liberated or to be liberated, such government, in advance of their presentation, shall keep the Director General fully informed of such requirements or programs. The Di

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rector General may present to these agencies such recommendations or objections in respect of these requirements or programs as he may deem necessary to obtain a fair distribution of relief and rehabilitation supplies to and among the various areas liberated or to be liberated.

3. In determining what requirements he should present to the intergovernmental allocating agencies in respect of countries for which the assistance of the Administration has been requested, and what recommendations or objections he should make in respect of requirements presented by member governments directly to such agencies in order to obtain a fair distribution of relief and rehabilitation supplies, as provided in paragraphs 1 and 2 immediately preceding, the Director General shall pay due regard to the degree of urgency of particular relief and rehabilitation requirements and to the extent of damage suffered by member governments in a part or the whole of their respective areas as a result of hostilities or of occupation by the enemy.

4. It is expected that the Director General will be fully consulted by the intergovernmental allocating agencies when any matter touching the interests of the Administration is under discussion, and where necessary the chairman of the Committee on Supplies will likewise be consulted. III. Procedures for Obtaining Supplies

1. Subject to Article I, paragraph 2, of the Agreement, the Director General, after consultation when necessary with the appropriate intergovernmental agency, will make use whenever possible of the established national agencies concerned with procurement, handling, storage, and transport of supplies; such use to be subject to the general agreement of the government concerned. By consultation with the government concerned, or otherwise, every effort will be made to prevent any dislocation of the economy of a supplying country resulting from procurement by or on behalf of the Administration.

2. The Director General will consider it one of his first and most important tasks to seek, through the appropriate national and intergovernmental agencies, to arrange for necessary allocations and procurement of supplies and their storage, shipping, and handling, so that there shall be created as promptly as possible balanced reserves which shall be available at the request of the Director General whenever and wherever the need arises.

3. Member governments having administrative authority in a liberated area will keep the Director General and the appropriate regional committee fully informed as to any surplus of supplies from time to time available in such area, to meet, when circumstances

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permit, relief and rehabilitation import requirements of other liberated areas.

4. The Director General will consult with the military command or other established control authorities responsible for enemy or exenemy territories, with a view to securing information as to any surplus of supplies from time to time available in such enemy or ex-enemy territories, from which relief and rehabilitation import requirements of liberated areas might be met.

B. Recommendations Relating to Period of Military Responsibility for

Civilian Relief and Rehabilitation With regard to the period when a liberated area is under military control, the Council recommends to member governments that:

1. The military authorities be invited to advise the Administration, to the fullest extent consistent with military security, of conditions found in the area affecting civilian relief and rehabilitation requirements and supplies, so that planning and estimating may be as accurate as possible.

2. Representatives of the Administration enter the area at the earliest possible date to assist in preparations for the transition from military to civilian responsibility, after having first secured the permission of the appropriate military command, and, whenever practicable, after consultation with the national government or recognized national authority concerned.

PART IV

ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION

Resolution No. 18

A Resolution Fixing the Composition of the Committee of the

Council for Europe

(Reception No. 322) WHEREAS

In paragraph 5 of Article III of the Agreement there is established a standing Committee of the Council for Europe and,

WHEREAS

The Agreement further provides that the said Committee “shall consist of all the members of the Council, or their alternates, representing member governments of territories within the European area and such other members of the Council representing other governments directly concerned with the problems of relief and rehabilitation in the European area as shall be appointed by the Council"; and,

WHEREAS

The terms "Europe" and "European area" are not defined in the Agreement; it is therefore

RESOLVED

1. That for the purposes of the Committee of the Council for Europe, the terms “Europe" and "European area" shall be construed to include the entire continent of Europe, the British Isles, Iceland, and all islands in the Mediterranean.

2. That the Committee of the Council for Europe shall consist of the members of the Council or their alternates representing Belgium, Czechoslovakia, the French Committee of National Liberation, Greece, Iceland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the United Kingdom, and Yugoslavia, being countries included within the European area, and in addition the members of the Council or their alternates representing Brazil, Canada, and the United States of America.

3. That the Central Committee is authorized to appoint additional members to the Committee in cases of emergency between sessions of the Council, such appointments to continue until the next session of the Council.

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