There has been significant conflict over the organization’s annual budget, and it is now common for budgets to be adopted well into the fiscal year. This dynamic continues despite the fact that the level of the budget has remained the same for many years, due to a policy of zero nominal growth. OSCE states have resisted any budget increase over many years because for many states the OSCE is not on the very top of their national agendas. Yet, there is often an increase in tasks given to the OSCE that has to be completed “within existing resources”. This creates enormous pressure on OSCE structures and the Secretary General who is asked to do “more with less”. In some instances, states try to offset this imbalance by providing more extra-budgetary resources to specific OSCE project. 

For several years the organization has operated in Zero Nominal Growth, with an overall trend in decreasing funding over the past 10 years. The OSCE’s 2019 budget was relatively modest, at 138,204.10 million Euros. The 2020 Unified Budget (UB) was adopted at 138.1 million. The total spent by the OSCE annually is 347m with in-kind - Extrabudgetary (ExB) contributions and Secondments. Note: SMM’s budget and staffing consisted of €100,8 million for the mandate period from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020, and 1,322 staff members, including over 760 monitors.