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1. Demographic and social statistics (Eurostat)
1. Demographic and social statistics (Eurostat)
1.1 Population and migration (Eurostat)
Theme 1.01 - Population

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The important demographic challenges facing the European Union as well as the development of a common immigration policy (cf. European Pact on Immigration and Asylum as well as the Stockholm Programme adopted by the European Council in December 2009) have resulted in an unprecedented demand for high-quality demographic and migration statistics to support policy-making, i.e.:

• Population and housing censuses;
• Demographic statistics, including statistics on population stocks and vital events;
• Population projections;
• Migration statistics, including statistics on stocks of migrant populations, migration flows, acquisition of citizenship, asylum, enforcement of immigration legislation, residence permits and the social and economic situation of migrants. 

Quality improvements and quality assurance will be an important focus for work on both demographic and migration statistics. The Census hub project is an example of a more interactive production chain based on a "data at the source" solution in line with the Communication on the production method of EU statistics. Migration statistics as a cross-cutting phenomenon will benefit from a cost-effective mainstreaming approach. The core social variables relating for the identification of

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Migration mainstreaming - Developing the statistical use of administrative data;
• Migration mainstreaming - actions related to surveys.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Demographic Statistics - Rapid data collection, joint data collection, regional data collection, nowcast data collection;
• Preparation of the regulation on annual demographic data collection, including its implementing measure(s);
• Population Projections on national and regional level;
• The development of statistics on residence permits issued to non-EU citizens follows the double aim of providing additional statistics for the policy making in the area of migration of third country nationals and of contributing to migration mainstreaming;
• Migration Statistics: Flows, stocks and acquisition of citizenship;
• Statistics on enforcement of immigration legislation;
• Residence permit statistics;
• Statistics on the integration and socio-economic situation of migrants;
• Quality and accuracy of migration statistics;
• Report to the EP and Council on the statistics compiled pursuant to Regulation 862/2007 and on their quality;
• Additional disaggregations as foreseen in Article 8 of Regulation 862/2007;
• Asylum Statistics;
• Statistics for the allocation of the "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows" programme funds - Data to meet the requirements set in the Funds legislation;
• Quality assurance programme for data used in the allocation of the "Solidarity and management of Migration Flows" Funds.


1.2 Labour (Eurostat)
Theme 1.02 - Labour market

Fields of activities covered by the theme

High-quality labour market statistics will be provided in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy and the Employment Guidelines. Infra-annual and structural headline indicators will inform policy makers, media and the public. 

Activities covered by the theme:

• Labour Force Survey (LFS);
• Earnings and labour costs, in particular Structure of Earnings Survey and Labour Cost Survey;
• Principal European Economic Indicators for the labour market: monthly unemployment, labour cost index, job vacancies;
• Labour Market Policy statistics (LMP);
• Time Use Survey (TUS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Europe2020 indicators: timely provision and quality assurance;
• Review of the Labour Force Survey legal basis;
• Implementation of the Labour Force Survey ad hoc module 2012;
• Labour Force Survey ad hoc module 2014;
• Programme of Labour Force Survey ad hoc modules 2016-2018, respecting the future role of the ad hoc modules under a revised legal basis;
• Preparation of the report to EP and Council on the implementation of the Labour Force Survey regulation;
• New data collection in social surveys using multiple modes;
• Preparation of the report to EP and Council on the implementation of the regulation on the labour cost index;
• Structure of Earnings Survey 2010: Transmission, processing and dissemination of data;
• Exploring options for a simplification of the Structure of Earnings Survey.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Processing and dissemination of Labour Force Survey ad hoc module data;
• Implement the regulation on quarterly job vacancy statistics and improve the quality of job vacancy data;
• Collection, processing, transmission, dissemination and quality-assurance of Labour Force Survey data;
• Produce, disseminate and quality-assure monthly unemployment estimates;
• Quality improvement and implementation of action plans in the context of the recommendations of the Task Force on the quality of the Labour Force Survey;
• Transmission, processing and dissemination of annual data on labour costs and earnings, minimum wages and gender pay gap;
• Production, transmission, dissemination and quality-assurance of data on the labour cost index;
• Collect, process, disseminate and quality-assure statistics on labour market policies.


1.3 Education (Eurostat)
Theme 1.03 - Education and lifelong learning

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Statistics developed under this theme are crucial for the monitoring and benchmark exercise of the Europe 2020 strategy, the "Education and Training 2020" policy cooperation (including new indicators related to employability and learning mobility of students in Higher Education and initial vocational training),  and the renewed integrated guidelines, social agenda and sustainable development framework.

Activities covered by the theme:

• Production of statistical information on education and lifelong learning via specific data sources on education and training systems, vocational training in enterprises and adult learning;
• Production of statistical information on education and lifelong learning via other ESS sources which are not specific to education covering areas like outcome of education, learning mobility, human capital, education and social inclusion, and employability as well as  transition from education to work;
• Dissemination of indicators for the monitoring of EU policies and benchmarking exercises like Europe 2020 indicators, "Education and Training 2020", the European Employment Strategy and integrated guidelines, benchmarking the European Research Area, the social agenda and sustainable development;
• Cooperation within the Commission established with DG EAC, DG EMPL, DG RTD and JRC (CRELL Centre for Research on Education and Lifelong Learning);
• Cooperation with other international organisations (UNESCO Institute for Statistics, OECD, ILO), with specialised EU agencies - European Training Foundation (ETF), CEDEFOP, CRELL (JRC) - as well as with the Eurydice information network established by DG EAC (DG EACEA).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Following on from the work carried out by the Eurostat FESUR Task Force during the EUMIDA feasibility study, Eurostat will provide methodological assistance to DG EAC and DG RTD. for the setting up and regular running of a Register on Tertiary Education Institutions, including input to drafting the terms of reference for a call for tender to identify external contractors, evaluating the bids, ensuring and facilitating cooperation with National Statistical Authorities and advise DG EAC and RTD on quality issues, including statistical elements highlighted in the feasibility study.
• Within the framework of implementing the new ISCED 2011, dedicate resources to update the data collection instruments (e.g. UOE data collection and core variable in social surveys 'educational attainment'), where ISCED plays a major role. The ISCED mappings will likewise be updated.
• The tests for further integration of lifelong learning statistics in the Labour Force Survey and Adult Education Survey are carried out through grants in 2011 and 2012. The proposal implies an update of the Classification of Learning Activities accordingly.
• As a result of the repeal of the CVTS regulation, launch of a discussion (including a Task Force) to simplify data collection on vocational training in enterprises from 2015 in line with a better use of AES and LFS data on lifelong learning, while considering which vocational training and skills needs data should still be collected from enterprises within the ESS.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Education Statistics (UOE data collection): Eurobase Update, data for publication purposes web and paper. Testing the new UOE quality report beginning of 2012 with a view to finalise in 2012.
• Improve and develop indicators and benchmarks related to EU2020 initiatives/flagships and based on the UOE (common UNESCO, OECD and Eurostat data collection based on mainly administrative sources) data collection as a source. Continue the work on UOE tables on diploma and credit mobility in higher education to monitor Bologna and EU benchmark on learning mobility.
Complete a feasibility study and discuss the next steps on the use of household surveys - mainly LFS or Adult education survey (AES) - within the ESS to provide data regularly and for first time by 2015, for the monitoring of a benchmark on learning mobility in initial VET and general youth mobility indicator.
• Evaluation of new results, tables on Eurostat reference database, paper publication programme, Adult Education Survey (AES) anonymised datasets, user requests.
• Continuous Vocational Training Survey (CVTS): evaluation of new results, tables on Eurostat reference database, paper publication programme, anonymised datasets, user requests.
• LFS education Statistics (Europe 2020): Education attainment, lifelong learning, early school leavers - Eurobase/NewCronos update.


1.4 Health (Eurostat)
Theme 1.05 - Health and safety

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Health is an important priority for Europeans, who expect to be protected against illness and disease - at home, in the workplace and when travelling. Statistics are developed in the context of the EU's "Together for health: a strategic approach for the EU 2008-2013" and of the health and long-term care strand of the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) on Social Protection and Social Inclusion set up by the Lisbon European Council of March 2000. Concerning Health and Safety at Work, the policy framework is provided by the Commission Communication (COM (2007) 62 final) on "Improving quality and production at work: Community strategy 2007-2012 on health and safety at work".

Activities covered by the theme:

• Public Health including Health care (expenditure and non-expenditure), Causes of Death, Health Interview Surveys (European Health Interview Surveys - EHIS, Statistics on Income and Living Conditions - SILC and EHSIS - European Health and Social Integration Survey), as well as Morbidity statistics.
• Health and safety at work, including European Statistics on Accidents at Work (ESAW) and European Occupational Diseases Statistics (EODS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Health Care (expenditure and non-expenditure): development of the implementing Commission regulation on expenditure.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• EHSIS (European Health and Social Integration Survey): implementation in Member States.
• Health care (expenditure and non-expenditure): Collection, validation and dissemination of 2010 data (and associated meta-data) on health care (expenditure and non-expenditure) based on Joint Questionnaires with OECD and WHO; Improvement of data quality; Dissemination of short analysis in the form of SiFs.
• Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (SILC): 2009/2010 data on health status, health care and healthy Life Years Structural indicator - improved wording comparability of SILC questions.
• Causes of Death: Collection, validation and dissemination of the 2010 data (and associated meta-data) on causes of death; Dissemination of short analysis in the form of a Statistics in Focus (SiF).
• EHIS (European Health Interview Survey): finalisation and adoption of the  implementing Commission regulation.
• Morbidity statistics: development of the final methodology for a regular data collection.
• 2011 Labour Force Survey (LFS) module on the employment of disabled people: analysis of first results.
• Health and Safety at Work (ESAW and EODS): Eurostat database update.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Continuation of the development of an observatory of working conditions in Europe. Eurofound will also launch its 5th European Survey on Working Conditions.
• Continuation of the development of the Risk Observatory on new and emerging risks.
• Coordination of collections of data on communicable diseases at European Union level.
• Data on key indicators on drugs are collected and work is coordinated with Eurostat.
• For some areas in the field of public health, data such as injuries (JAMIE), data from examination survey (JA EHES) and regional health statistics (I2SARE project) and regional health statistics are collected directly through actions which are not directly steered by Eurostat, under the Programme of Community action in the field of health 2008-2013. Eurostat will, where relevant and possible, provide technical support on the follow-up of these projects, such as by examining the possibility to launch an ESSnet.


1.5 Income and consumption (Eurostat)
Theme 1.09 - Food safety

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Eurostat involvement is limited; the intention is to phase-out Eurostat's involvement in this area*.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Detailed data on specific issues such as monitoring of pesticide residues, zoonoses, etc. are currently collected and sent to Eurostat.

   * The context of the discussion on negative priorities (under request of the European Statistical System Committee), it was decided to put 'food safety statistics' on the list of negative priorities for 2012'.

Theme 5.08 - Consumer protection

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Support given by Eurostat to DG SANCO to monitor the market from the consumer's perspective, contributing to data collection for the "Consumer Market Scoreboard";
• Support/advice given by Eurostat on statistical methodology.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Provide methodological, statistical and analytical support to the users on consumer protection.


1.6 Social protection (Eurostat)
Theme 1.07 - Social protection

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The European System of Integrated Social Protection Statistics (ESSPROS) provides a coherent comparison between European countries of social benefits to households and their financing. It is also relevant to the inclusive growth pillar of the proposed Commission Strategy Europe 2020. Activities covered by the theme are:

• Data on social protection expenditure and receipts by social protection schemes (quantitative data - core system);
• Metadata on social protection benefits by scheme (qualitative data - core system);
• Data on pension beneficiaries (module);
• Data on net social benefits (module).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Social Protection Statistics: ESSPROS. Methodological development, data collection, validation and dissemination of data on social protection systems. Development and production of indicators. Production of synthesis quality report.
• Social Protection Statistics: ESSPROS data on net social benefits: implementation of the Commission regulation and management of the transition on a voluntary basis.


1.8 Justice and crime (Eurostat)
Theme 1.10 - Crime and criminal justice

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The Stockholm Programme agreed by the Council in 2009 (OJ C115, p.1) sets out an ambitious set of goals for improving European statistics on crime and criminal justice.  Currently one of the main focuses of the work is on developing and implementing a household survey covering victimisation and safety concerns. Data on police-recorded crime has been collected annually since 2006 and is gradually being extended to include further areas of crime and criminal justice.

Activities covered by the theme are:

• Statistics on police-recorded crime, number of police officers in the Member States and prison population;
• Statistics on money-laundering and other new crime types;
• Statistics on victimisation/security.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

•  Police-recorded crime, police numbers and prison population:  Collection, validation and dissemination of 2010 data (and associated meta-data) jointly with UN.
• Development of an EP and Council regulation for an EU victimisation survey to be implemented in 2013 and of corresponding implementing regulation and methodological manual.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection of cash control statistics from Member States;
• Launching of a Joint data collection with UN.

Theme 1.11 - Discrimination

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Equality statistics are based on the EU Treaty (new Article 19) and on the Commission's non-discrimination package 2008, which includes a proposal for a new Directive COM(2008) 426 on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Activities covered by the theme are:

• Outcome difference indicators on equality;
• Classification on ethnic origin/streamlined approach with migration statistics;
• Survey/question on experienced discrimination.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Dedicated section on outcome difference indicators on equality: update the data of the dedicated section.
• Introduction of country of birth of parents in main social surveys (LFS, SILC).


1.9 Culture (Eurostat)
Theme 1.04 - Culture

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Official statistics on culture are requested within the Conclusions of the Council and of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States on the "Work Plan for Culture 2011-2014" endorsed on 2.12.2010.

Activities covered by the theme:

• Statistics on the cultural / creative sector (employment, trade);
• Statistics on expenditure on culture;
• Statistics on cultural participation and the social impact of culture.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Follow-up of forthcoming development of cultural statistics (employment, participation, expenditure, industrial dimension and external trade) as a follow-up of recommendations agreed by the Working Group on Cultural Statistics based on proposals of the ESSnet culture. Methodology, manual, improved statistics.


1.10 Political and other community activities (Eurostat)



2. Economic Statistics (Eurostat)
1.1 Population and migration (Eurostat)
Theme 1.01 - Population

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The important demographic challenges facing the European Union as well as the development of a common immigration policy (cf. European Pact on Immigration and Asylum as well as the Stockholm Programme adopted by the European Council in December 2009) have resulted in an unprecedented demand for high-quality demographic and migration statistics to support policy-making, i.e.:

• Population and housing censuses;
• Demographic statistics, including statistics on population stocks and vital events;
• Population projections;
• Migration statistics, including statistics on stocks of migrant populations, migration flows, acquisition of citizenship, asylum, enforcement of immigration legislation, residence permits and the social and economic situation of migrants. 

Quality improvements and quality assurance will be an important focus for work on both demographic and migration statistics. The Census hub project is an example of a more interactive production chain based on a "data at the source" solution in line with the Communication on the production method of EU statistics. Migration statistics as a cross-cutting phenomenon will benefit from a cost-effective mainstreaming approach. The core social variables relating for the identification of

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Migration mainstreaming - Developing the statistical use of administrative data;
• Migration mainstreaming - actions related to surveys.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Demographic Statistics - Rapid data collection, joint data collection, regional data collection, nowcast data collection;
• Preparation of the regulation on annual demographic data collection, including its implementing measure(s);
• Population Projections on national and regional level;
• The development of statistics on residence permits issued to non-EU citizens follows the double aim of providing additional statistics for the policy making in the area of migration of third country nationals and of contributing to migration mainstreaming;
• Migration Statistics: Flows, stocks and acquisition of citizenship;
• Statistics on enforcement of immigration legislation;
• Residence permit statistics;
• Statistics on the integration and socio-economic situation of migrants;
• Quality and accuracy of migration statistics;
• Report to the EP and Council on the statistics compiled pursuant to Regulation 862/2007 and on their quality;
• Additional disaggregations as foreseen in Article 8 of Regulation 862/2007;
• Asylum Statistics;
• Statistics for the allocation of the "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows" programme funds - Data to meet the requirements set in the Funds legislation;
• Quality assurance programme for data used in the allocation of the "Solidarity and management of Migration Flows" Funds.


1.2 Labour (Eurostat)
Theme 1.02 - Labour market

Fields of activities covered by the theme

High-quality labour market statistics will be provided in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy and the Employment Guidelines. Infra-annual and structural headline indicators will inform policy makers, media and the public. 

Activities covered by the theme:

• Labour Force Survey (LFS);
• Earnings and labour costs, in particular Structure of Earnings Survey and Labour Cost Survey;
• Principal European Economic Indicators for the labour market: monthly unemployment, labour cost index, job vacancies;
• Labour Market Policy statistics (LMP);
• Time Use Survey (TUS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Europe2020 indicators: timely provision and quality assurance;
• Review of the Labour Force Survey legal basis;
• Implementation of the Labour Force Survey ad hoc module 2012;
• Labour Force Survey ad hoc module 2014;
• Programme of Labour Force Survey ad hoc modules 2016-2018, respecting the future role of the ad hoc modules under a revised legal basis;
• Preparation of the report to EP and Council on the implementation of the Labour Force Survey regulation;
• New data collection in social surveys using multiple modes;
• Preparation of the report to EP and Council on the implementation of the regulation on the labour cost index;
• Structure of Earnings Survey 2010: Transmission, processing and dissemination of data;
• Exploring options for a simplification of the Structure of Earnings Survey.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Processing and dissemination of Labour Force Survey ad hoc module data;
• Implement the regulation on quarterly job vacancy statistics and improve the quality of job vacancy data;
• Collection, processing, transmission, dissemination and quality-assurance of Labour Force Survey data;
• Produce, disseminate and quality-assure monthly unemployment estimates;
• Quality improvement and implementation of action plans in the context of the recommendations of the Task Force on the quality of the Labour Force Survey;
• Transmission, processing and dissemination of annual data on labour costs and earnings, minimum wages and gender pay gap;
• Production, transmission, dissemination and quality-assurance of data on the labour cost index;
• Collect, process, disseminate and quality-assure statistics on labour market policies.


1.3 Education (Eurostat)
Theme 1.03 - Education and lifelong learning

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Statistics developed under this theme are crucial for the monitoring and benchmark exercise of the Europe 2020 strategy, the "Education and Training 2020" policy cooperation (including new indicators related to employability and learning mobility of students in Higher Education and initial vocational training),  and the renewed integrated guidelines, social agenda and sustainable development framework.

Activities covered by the theme:

• Production of statistical information on education and lifelong learning via specific data sources on education and training systems, vocational training in enterprises and adult learning;
• Production of statistical information on education and lifelong learning via other ESS sources which are not specific to education covering areas like outcome of education, learning mobility, human capital, education and social inclusion, and employability as well as  transition from education to work;
• Dissemination of indicators for the monitoring of EU policies and benchmarking exercises like Europe 2020 indicators, "Education and Training 2020", the European Employment Strategy and integrated guidelines, benchmarking the European Research Area, the social agenda and sustainable development;
• Cooperation within the Commission established with DG EAC, DG EMPL, DG RTD and JRC (CRELL Centre for Research on Education and Lifelong Learning);
• Cooperation with other international organisations (UNESCO Institute for Statistics, OECD, ILO), with specialised EU agencies - European Training Foundation (ETF), CEDEFOP, CRELL (JRC) - as well as with the Eurydice information network established by DG EAC (DG EACEA).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Following on from the work carried out by the Eurostat FESUR Task Force during the EUMIDA feasibility study, Eurostat will provide methodological assistance to DG EAC and DG RTD. for the setting up and regular running of a Register on Tertiary Education Institutions, including input to drafting the terms of reference for a call for tender to identify external contractors, evaluating the bids, ensuring and facilitating cooperation with National Statistical Authorities and advise DG EAC and RTD on quality issues, including statistical elements highlighted in the feasibility study.
• Within the framework of implementing the new ISCED 2011, dedicate resources to update the data collection instruments (e.g. UOE data collection and core variable in social surveys 'educational attainment'), where ISCED plays a major role. The ISCED mappings will likewise be updated.
• The tests for further integration of lifelong learning statistics in the Labour Force Survey and Adult Education Survey are carried out through grants in 2011 and 2012. The proposal implies an update of the Classification of Learning Activities accordingly.
• As a result of the repeal of the CVTS regulation, launch of a discussion (including a Task Force) to simplify data collection on vocational training in enterprises from 2015 in line with a better use of AES and LFS data on lifelong learning, while considering which vocational training and skills needs data should still be collected from enterprises within the ESS.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Education Statistics (UOE data collection): Eurobase Update, data for publication purposes web and paper. Testing the new UOE quality report beginning of 2012 with a view to finalise in 2012.
• Improve and develop indicators and benchmarks related to EU2020 initiatives/flagships and based on the UOE (common UNESCO, OECD and Eurostat data collection based on mainly administrative sources) data collection as a source. Continue the work on UOE tables on diploma and credit mobility in higher education to monitor Bologna and EU benchmark on learning mobility.
Complete a feasibility study and discuss the next steps on the use of household surveys - mainly LFS or Adult education survey (AES) - within the ESS to provide data regularly and for first time by 2015, for the monitoring of a benchmark on learning mobility in initial VET and general youth mobility indicator.
• Evaluation of new results, tables on Eurostat reference database, paper publication programme, Adult Education Survey (AES) anonymised datasets, user requests.
• Continuous Vocational Training Survey (CVTS): evaluation of new results, tables on Eurostat reference database, paper publication programme, anonymised datasets, user requests.
• LFS education Statistics (Europe 2020): Education attainment, lifelong learning, early school leavers - Eurobase/NewCronos update.


1.4 Health (Eurostat)
Theme 1.05 - Health and safety

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Health is an important priority for Europeans, who expect to be protected against illness and disease - at home, in the workplace and when travelling. Statistics are developed in the context of the EU's "Together for health: a strategic approach for the EU 2008-2013" and of the health and long-term care strand of the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) on Social Protection and Social Inclusion set up by the Lisbon European Council of March 2000. Concerning Health and Safety at Work, the policy framework is provided by the Commission Communication (COM (2007) 62 final) on "Improving quality and production at work: Community strategy 2007-2012 on health and safety at work".

Activities covered by the theme:

• Public Health including Health care (expenditure and non-expenditure), Causes of Death, Health Interview Surveys (European Health Interview Surveys - EHIS, Statistics on Income and Living Conditions - SILC and EHSIS - European Health and Social Integration Survey), as well as Morbidity statistics.
• Health and safety at work, including European Statistics on Accidents at Work (ESAW) and European Occupational Diseases Statistics (EODS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Health Care (expenditure and non-expenditure): development of the implementing Commission regulation on expenditure.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• EHSIS (European Health and Social Integration Survey): implementation in Member States.
• Health care (expenditure and non-expenditure): Collection, validation and dissemination of 2010 data (and associated meta-data) on health care (expenditure and non-expenditure) based on Joint Questionnaires with OECD and WHO; Improvement of data quality; Dissemination of short analysis in the form of SiFs.
• Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (SILC): 2009/2010 data on health status, health care and healthy Life Years Structural indicator - improved wording comparability of SILC questions.
• Causes of Death: Collection, validation and dissemination of the 2010 data (and associated meta-data) on causes of death; Dissemination of short analysis in the form of a Statistics in Focus (SiF).
• EHIS (European Health Interview Survey): finalisation and adoption of the  implementing Commission regulation.
• Morbidity statistics: development of the final methodology for a regular data collection.
• 2011 Labour Force Survey (LFS) module on the employment of disabled people: analysis of first results.
• Health and Safety at Work (ESAW and EODS): Eurostat database update.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Continuation of the development of an observatory of working conditions in Europe. Eurofound will also launch its 5th European Survey on Working Conditions.
• Continuation of the development of the Risk Observatory on new and emerging risks.
• Coordination of collections of data on communicable diseases at European Union level.
• Data on key indicators on drugs are collected and work is coordinated with Eurostat.
• For some areas in the field of public health, data such as injuries (JAMIE), data from examination survey (JA EHES) and regional health statistics (I2SARE project) and regional health statistics are collected directly through actions which are not directly steered by Eurostat, under the Programme of Community action in the field of health 2008-2013. Eurostat will, where relevant and possible, provide technical support on the follow-up of these projects, such as by examining the possibility to launch an ESSnet.


1.5 Income and consumption (Eurostat)
Theme 1.09 - Food safety

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Eurostat involvement is limited; the intention is to phase-out Eurostat's involvement in this area*.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Detailed data on specific issues such as monitoring of pesticide residues, zoonoses, etc. are currently collected and sent to Eurostat.

   * The context of the discussion on negative priorities (under request of the European Statistical System Committee), it was decided to put 'food safety statistics' on the list of negative priorities for 2012'.

Theme 5.08 - Consumer protection

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Support given by Eurostat to DG SANCO to monitor the market from the consumer's perspective, contributing to data collection for the "Consumer Market Scoreboard";
• Support/advice given by Eurostat on statistical methodology.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Provide methodological, statistical and analytical support to the users on consumer protection.


1.6 Social protection (Eurostat)
Theme 1.07 - Social protection

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The European System of Integrated Social Protection Statistics (ESSPROS) provides a coherent comparison between European countries of social benefits to households and their financing. It is also relevant to the inclusive growth pillar of the proposed Commission Strategy Europe 2020. Activities covered by the theme are:

• Data on social protection expenditure and receipts by social protection schemes (quantitative data - core system);
• Metadata on social protection benefits by scheme (qualitative data - core system);
• Data on pension beneficiaries (module);
• Data on net social benefits (module).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Social Protection Statistics: ESSPROS. Methodological development, data collection, validation and dissemination of data on social protection systems. Development and production of indicators. Production of synthesis quality report.
• Social Protection Statistics: ESSPROS data on net social benefits: implementation of the Commission regulation and management of the transition on a voluntary basis.


1.8 Justice and crime (Eurostat)
Theme 1.10 - Crime and criminal justice

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The Stockholm Programme agreed by the Council in 2009 (OJ C115, p.1) sets out an ambitious set of goals for improving European statistics on crime and criminal justice.  Currently one of the main focuses of the work is on developing and implementing a household survey covering victimisation and safety concerns. Data on police-recorded crime has been collected annually since 2006 and is gradually being extended to include further areas of crime and criminal justice.

Activities covered by the theme are:

• Statistics on police-recorded crime, number of police officers in the Member States and prison population;
• Statistics on money-laundering and other new crime types;
• Statistics on victimisation/security.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

•  Police-recorded crime, police numbers and prison population:  Collection, validation and dissemination of 2010 data (and associated meta-data) jointly with UN.
• Development of an EP and Council regulation for an EU victimisation survey to be implemented in 2013 and of corresponding implementing regulation and methodological manual.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection of cash control statistics from Member States;
• Launching of a Joint data collection with UN.

Theme 1.11 - Discrimination

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Equality statistics are based on the EU Treaty (new Article 19) and on the Commission's non-discrimination package 2008, which includes a proposal for a new Directive COM(2008) 426 on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Activities covered by the theme are:

• Outcome difference indicators on equality;
• Classification on ethnic origin/streamlined approach with migration statistics;
• Survey/question on experienced discrimination.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Dedicated section on outcome difference indicators on equality: update the data of the dedicated section.
• Introduction of country of birth of parents in main social surveys (LFS, SILC).


1.9 Culture (Eurostat)
Theme 1.04 - Culture

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Official statistics on culture are requested within the Conclusions of the Council and of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States on the "Work Plan for Culture 2011-2014" endorsed on 2.12.2010.

Activities covered by the theme:

• Statistics on the cultural / creative sector (employment, trade);
• Statistics on expenditure on culture;
• Statistics on cultural participation and the social impact of culture.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Follow-up of forthcoming development of cultural statistics (employment, participation, expenditure, industrial dimension and external trade) as a follow-up of recommendations agreed by the Working Group on Cultural Statistics based on proposals of the ESSnet culture. Methodology, manual, improved statistics.


1.10 Political and other community activities (Eurostat)



3. Environment and multi-domain statistics (Eurostat)
1.1 Population and migration (Eurostat)
Theme 1.01 - Population

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The important demographic challenges facing the European Union as well as the development of a common immigration policy (cf. European Pact on Immigration and Asylum as well as the Stockholm Programme adopted by the European Council in December 2009) have resulted in an unprecedented demand for high-quality demographic and migration statistics to support policy-making, i.e.:

• Population and housing censuses;
• Demographic statistics, including statistics on population stocks and vital events;
• Population projections;
• Migration statistics, including statistics on stocks of migrant populations, migration flows, acquisition of citizenship, asylum, enforcement of immigration legislation, residence permits and the social and economic situation of migrants. 

Quality improvements and quality assurance will be an important focus for work on both demographic and migration statistics. The Census hub project is an example of a more interactive production chain based on a "data at the source" solution in line with the Communication on the production method of EU statistics. Migration statistics as a cross-cutting phenomenon will benefit from a cost-effective mainstreaming approach. The core social variables relating for the identification of

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Migration mainstreaming - Developing the statistical use of administrative data;
• Migration mainstreaming - actions related to surveys.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Demographic Statistics - Rapid data collection, joint data collection, regional data collection, nowcast data collection;
• Preparation of the regulation on annual demographic data collection, including its implementing measure(s);
• Population Projections on national and regional level;
• The development of statistics on residence permits issued to non-EU citizens follows the double aim of providing additional statistics for the policy making in the area of migration of third country nationals and of contributing to migration mainstreaming;
• Migration Statistics: Flows, stocks and acquisition of citizenship;
• Statistics on enforcement of immigration legislation;
• Residence permit statistics;
• Statistics on the integration and socio-economic situation of migrants;
• Quality and accuracy of migration statistics;
• Report to the EP and Council on the statistics compiled pursuant to Regulation 862/2007 and on their quality;
• Additional disaggregations as foreseen in Article 8 of Regulation 862/2007;
• Asylum Statistics;
• Statistics for the allocation of the "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows" programme funds - Data to meet the requirements set in the Funds legislation;
• Quality assurance programme for data used in the allocation of the "Solidarity and management of Migration Flows" Funds.


1.2 Labour (Eurostat)
Theme 1.02 - Labour market

Fields of activities covered by the theme

High-quality labour market statistics will be provided in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy and the Employment Guidelines. Infra-annual and structural headline indicators will inform policy makers, media and the public. 

Activities covered by the theme:

• Labour Force Survey (LFS);
• Earnings and labour costs, in particular Structure of Earnings Survey and Labour Cost Survey;
• Principal European Economic Indicators for the labour market: monthly unemployment, labour cost index, job vacancies;
• Labour Market Policy statistics (LMP);
• Time Use Survey (TUS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Europe2020 indicators: timely provision and quality assurance;
• Review of the Labour Force Survey legal basis;
• Implementation of the Labour Force Survey ad hoc module 2012;
• Labour Force Survey ad hoc module 2014;
• Programme of Labour Force Survey ad hoc modules 2016-2018, respecting the future role of the ad hoc modules under a revised legal basis;
• Preparation of the report to EP and Council on the implementation of the Labour Force Survey regulation;
• New data collection in social surveys using multiple modes;
• Preparation of the report to EP and Council on the implementation of the regulation on the labour cost index;
• Structure of Earnings Survey 2010: Transmission, processing and dissemination of data;
• Exploring options for a simplification of the Structure of Earnings Survey.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Processing and dissemination of Labour Force Survey ad hoc module data;
• Implement the regulation on quarterly job vacancy statistics and improve the quality of job vacancy data;
• Collection, processing, transmission, dissemination and quality-assurance of Labour Force Survey data;
• Produce, disseminate and quality-assure monthly unemployment estimates;
• Quality improvement and implementation of action plans in the context of the recommendations of the Task Force on the quality of the Labour Force Survey;
• Transmission, processing and dissemination of annual data on labour costs and earnings, minimum wages and gender pay gap;
• Production, transmission, dissemination and quality-assurance of data on the labour cost index;
• Collect, process, disseminate and quality-assure statistics on labour market policies.


1.3 Education (Eurostat)
Theme 1.03 - Education and lifelong learning

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Statistics developed under this theme are crucial for the monitoring and benchmark exercise of the Europe 2020 strategy, the "Education and Training 2020" policy cooperation (including new indicators related to employability and learning mobility of students in Higher Education and initial vocational training),  and the renewed integrated guidelines, social agenda and sustainable development framework.

Activities covered by the theme:

• Production of statistical information on education and lifelong learning via specific data sources on education and training systems, vocational training in enterprises and adult learning;
• Production of statistical information on education and lifelong learning via other ESS sources which are not specific to education covering areas like outcome of education, learning mobility, human capital, education and social inclusion, and employability as well as  transition from education to work;
• Dissemination of indicators for the monitoring of EU policies and benchmarking exercises like Europe 2020 indicators, "Education and Training 2020", the European Employment Strategy and integrated guidelines, benchmarking the European Research Area, the social agenda and sustainable development;
• Cooperation within the Commission established with DG EAC, DG EMPL, DG RTD and JRC (CRELL Centre for Research on Education and Lifelong Learning);
• Cooperation with other international organisations (UNESCO Institute for Statistics, OECD, ILO), with specialised EU agencies - European Training Foundation (ETF), CEDEFOP, CRELL (JRC) - as well as with the Eurydice information network established by DG EAC (DG EACEA).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Following on from the work carried out by the Eurostat FESUR Task Force during the EUMIDA feasibility study, Eurostat will provide methodological assistance to DG EAC and DG RTD. for the setting up and regular running of a Register on Tertiary Education Institutions, including input to drafting the terms of reference for a call for tender to identify external contractors, evaluating the bids, ensuring and facilitating cooperation with National Statistical Authorities and advise DG EAC and RTD on quality issues, including statistical elements highlighted in the feasibility study.
• Within the framework of implementing the new ISCED 2011, dedicate resources to update the data collection instruments (e.g. UOE data collection and core variable in social surveys 'educational attainment'), where ISCED plays a major role. The ISCED mappings will likewise be updated.
• The tests for further integration of lifelong learning statistics in the Labour Force Survey and Adult Education Survey are carried out through grants in 2011 and 2012. The proposal implies an update of the Classification of Learning Activities accordingly.
• As a result of the repeal of the CVTS regulation, launch of a discussion (including a Task Force) to simplify data collection on vocational training in enterprises from 2015 in line with a better use of AES and LFS data on lifelong learning, while considering which vocational training and skills needs data should still be collected from enterprises within the ESS.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Education Statistics (UOE data collection): Eurobase Update, data for publication purposes web and paper. Testing the new UOE quality report beginning of 2012 with a view to finalise in 2012.
• Improve and develop indicators and benchmarks related to EU2020 initiatives/flagships and based on the UOE (common UNESCO, OECD and Eurostat data collection based on mainly administrative sources) data collection as a source. Continue the work on UOE tables on diploma and credit mobility in higher education to monitor Bologna and EU benchmark on learning mobility.
Complete a feasibility study and discuss the next steps on the use of household surveys - mainly LFS or Adult education survey (AES) - within the ESS to provide data regularly and for first time by 2015, for the monitoring of a benchmark on learning mobility in initial VET and general youth mobility indicator.
• Evaluation of new results, tables on Eurostat reference database, paper publication programme, Adult Education Survey (AES) anonymised datasets, user requests.
• Continuous Vocational Training Survey (CVTS): evaluation of new results, tables on Eurostat reference database, paper publication programme, anonymised datasets, user requests.
• LFS education Statistics (Europe 2020): Education attainment, lifelong learning, early school leavers - Eurobase/NewCronos update.


1.4 Health (Eurostat)
Theme 1.05 - Health and safety

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Health is an important priority for Europeans, who expect to be protected against illness and disease - at home, in the workplace and when travelling. Statistics are developed in the context of the EU's "Together for health: a strategic approach for the EU 2008-2013" and of the health and long-term care strand of the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) on Social Protection and Social Inclusion set up by the Lisbon European Council of March 2000. Concerning Health and Safety at Work, the policy framework is provided by the Commission Communication (COM (2007) 62 final) on "Improving quality and production at work: Community strategy 2007-2012 on health and safety at work".

Activities covered by the theme:

• Public Health including Health care (expenditure and non-expenditure), Causes of Death, Health Interview Surveys (European Health Interview Surveys - EHIS, Statistics on Income and Living Conditions - SILC and EHSIS - European Health and Social Integration Survey), as well as Morbidity statistics.
• Health and safety at work, including European Statistics on Accidents at Work (ESAW) and European Occupational Diseases Statistics (EODS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Health Care (expenditure and non-expenditure): development of the implementing Commission regulation on expenditure.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• EHSIS (European Health and Social Integration Survey): implementation in Member States.
• Health care (expenditure and non-expenditure): Collection, validation and dissemination of 2010 data (and associated meta-data) on health care (expenditure and non-expenditure) based on Joint Questionnaires with OECD and WHO; Improvement of data quality; Dissemination of short analysis in the form of SiFs.
• Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (SILC): 2009/2010 data on health status, health care and healthy Life Years Structural indicator - improved wording comparability of SILC questions.
• Causes of Death: Collection, validation and dissemination of the 2010 data (and associated meta-data) on causes of death; Dissemination of short analysis in the form of a Statistics in Focus (SiF).
• EHIS (European Health Interview Survey): finalisation and adoption of the  implementing Commission regulation.
• Morbidity statistics: development of the final methodology for a regular data collection.
• 2011 Labour Force Survey (LFS) module on the employment of disabled people: analysis of first results.
• Health and Safety at Work (ESAW and EODS): Eurostat database update.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Continuation of the development of an observatory of working conditions in Europe. Eurofound will also launch its 5th European Survey on Working Conditions.
• Continuation of the development of the Risk Observatory on new and emerging risks.
• Coordination of collections of data on communicable diseases at European Union level.
• Data on key indicators on drugs are collected and work is coordinated with Eurostat.
• For some areas in the field of public health, data such as injuries (JAMIE), data from examination survey (JA EHES) and regional health statistics (I2SARE project) and regional health statistics are collected directly through actions which are not directly steered by Eurostat, under the Programme of Community action in the field of health 2008-2013. Eurostat will, where relevant and possible, provide technical support on the follow-up of these projects, such as by examining the possibility to launch an ESSnet.


1.5 Income and consumption (Eurostat)
Theme 1.09 - Food safety

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Eurostat involvement is limited; the intention is to phase-out Eurostat's involvement in this area*.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Detailed data on specific issues such as monitoring of pesticide residues, zoonoses, etc. are currently collected and sent to Eurostat.

   * The context of the discussion on negative priorities (under request of the European Statistical System Committee), it was decided to put 'food safety statistics' on the list of negative priorities for 2012'.

Theme 5.08 - Consumer protection

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Support given by Eurostat to DG SANCO to monitor the market from the consumer's perspective, contributing to data collection for the "Consumer Market Scoreboard";
• Support/advice given by Eurostat on statistical methodology.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Provide methodological, statistical and analytical support to the users on consumer protection.


1.6 Social protection (Eurostat)
Theme 1.07 - Social protection

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The European System of Integrated Social Protection Statistics (ESSPROS) provides a coherent comparison between European countries of social benefits to households and their financing. It is also relevant to the inclusive growth pillar of the proposed Commission Strategy Europe 2020. Activities covered by the theme are:

• Data on social protection expenditure and receipts by social protection schemes (quantitative data - core system);
• Metadata on social protection benefits by scheme (qualitative data - core system);
• Data on pension beneficiaries (module);
• Data on net social benefits (module).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Social Protection Statistics: ESSPROS. Methodological development, data collection, validation and dissemination of data on social protection systems. Development and production of indicators. Production of synthesis quality report.
• Social Protection Statistics: ESSPROS data on net social benefits: implementation of the Commission regulation and management of the transition on a voluntary basis.


1.8 Justice and crime (Eurostat)
Theme 1.10 - Crime and criminal justice

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The Stockholm Programme agreed by the Council in 2009 (OJ C115, p.1) sets out an ambitious set of goals for improving European statistics on crime and criminal justice.  Currently one of the main focuses of the work is on developing and implementing a household survey covering victimisation and safety concerns. Data on police-recorded crime has been collected annually since 2006 and is gradually being extended to include further areas of crime and criminal justice.

Activities covered by the theme are:

• Statistics on police-recorded crime, number of police officers in the Member States and prison population;
• Statistics on money-laundering and other new crime types;
• Statistics on victimisation/security.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

•  Police-recorded crime, police numbers and prison population:  Collection, validation and dissemination of 2010 data (and associated meta-data) jointly with UN.
• Development of an EP and Council regulation for an EU victimisation survey to be implemented in 2013 and of corresponding implementing regulation and methodological manual.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection of cash control statistics from Member States;
• Launching of a Joint data collection with UN.

Theme 1.11 - Discrimination

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Equality statistics are based on the EU Treaty (new Article 19) and on the Commission's non-discrimination package 2008, which includes a proposal for a new Directive COM(2008) 426 on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Activities covered by the theme are:

• Outcome difference indicators on equality;
• Classification on ethnic origin/streamlined approach with migration statistics;
• Survey/question on experienced discrimination.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Dedicated section on outcome difference indicators on equality: update the data of the dedicated section.
• Introduction of country of birth of parents in main social surveys (LFS, SILC).


1.9 Culture (Eurostat)
Theme 1.04 - Culture

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Official statistics on culture are requested within the Conclusions of the Council and of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States on the "Work Plan for Culture 2011-2014" endorsed on 2.12.2010.

Activities covered by the theme:

• Statistics on the cultural / creative sector (employment, trade);
• Statistics on expenditure on culture;
• Statistics on cultural participation and the social impact of culture.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Follow-up of forthcoming development of cultural statistics (employment, participation, expenditure, industrial dimension and external trade) as a follow-up of recommendations agreed by the Working Group on Cultural Statistics based on proposals of the ESSnet culture. Methodology, manual, improved statistics.


1.10 Political and other community activities (Eurostat)



4. Methodology of data collection, processing, dissemination and analysis (Eurostat)
1.1 Population and migration (Eurostat)
Theme 1.01 - Population

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The important demographic challenges facing the European Union as well as the development of a common immigration policy (cf. European Pact on Immigration and Asylum as well as the Stockholm Programme adopted by the European Council in December 2009) have resulted in an unprecedented demand for high-quality demographic and migration statistics to support policy-making, i.e.:

• Population and housing censuses;
• Demographic statistics, including statistics on population stocks and vital events;
• Population projections;
• Migration statistics, including statistics on stocks of migrant populations, migration flows, acquisition of citizenship, asylum, enforcement of immigration legislation, residence permits and the social and economic situation of migrants. 

Quality improvements and quality assurance will be an important focus for work on both demographic and migration statistics. The Census hub project is an example of a more interactive production chain based on a "data at the source" solution in line with the Communication on the production method of EU statistics. Migration statistics as a cross-cutting phenomenon will benefit from a cost-effective mainstreaming approach. The core social variables relating for the identification of

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Migration mainstreaming - Developing the statistical use of administrative data;
• Migration mainstreaming - actions related to surveys.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Demographic Statistics - Rapid data collection, joint data collection, regional data collection, nowcast data collection;
• Preparation of the regulation on annual demographic data collection, including its implementing measure(s);
• Population Projections on national and regional level;
• The development of statistics on residence permits issued to non-EU citizens follows the double aim of providing additional statistics for the policy making in the area of migration of third country nationals and of contributing to migration mainstreaming;
• Migration Statistics: Flows, stocks and acquisition of citizenship;
• Statistics on enforcement of immigration legislation;
• Residence permit statistics;
• Statistics on the integration and socio-economic situation of migrants;
• Quality and accuracy of migration statistics;
• Report to the EP and Council on the statistics compiled pursuant to Regulation 862/2007 and on their quality;
• Additional disaggregations as foreseen in Article 8 of Regulation 862/2007;
• Asylum Statistics;
• Statistics for the allocation of the "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows" programme funds - Data to meet the requirements set in the Funds legislation;
• Quality assurance programme for data used in the allocation of the "Solidarity and management of Migration Flows" Funds.


1.2 Labour (Eurostat)
Theme 1.02 - Labour market

Fields of activities covered by the theme

High-quality labour market statistics will be provided in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy and the Employment Guidelines. Infra-annual and structural headline indicators will inform policy makers, media and the public. 

Activities covered by the theme:

• Labour Force Survey (LFS);
• Earnings and labour costs, in particular Structure of Earnings Survey and Labour Cost Survey;
• Principal European Economic Indicators for the labour market: monthly unemployment, labour cost index, job vacancies;
• Labour Market Policy statistics (LMP);
• Time Use Survey (TUS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Europe2020 indicators: timely provision and quality assurance;
• Review of the Labour Force Survey legal basis;
• Implementation of the Labour Force Survey ad hoc module 2012;
• Labour Force Survey ad hoc module 2014;
• Programme of Labour Force Survey ad hoc modules 2016-2018, respecting the future role of the ad hoc modules under a revised legal basis;
• Preparation of the report to EP and Council on the implementation of the Labour Force Survey regulation;
• New data collection in social surveys using multiple modes;
• Preparation of the report to EP and Council on the implementation of the regulation on the labour cost index;
• Structure of Earnings Survey 2010: Transmission, processing and dissemination of data;
• Exploring options for a simplification of the Structure of Earnings Survey.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Processing and dissemination of Labour Force Survey ad hoc module data;
• Implement the regulation on quarterly job vacancy statistics and improve the quality of job vacancy data;
• Collection, processing, transmission, dissemination and quality-assurance of Labour Force Survey data;
• Produce, disseminate and quality-assure monthly unemployment estimates;
• Quality improvement and implementation of action plans in the context of the recommendations of the Task Force on the quality of the Labour Force Survey;
• Transmission, processing and dissemination of annual data on labour costs and earnings, minimum wages and gender pay gap;
• Production, transmission, dissemination and quality-assurance of data on the labour cost index;
• Collect, process, disseminate and quality-assure statistics on labour market policies.


1.3 Education (Eurostat)
Theme 1.03 - Education and lifelong learning

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Statistics developed under this theme are crucial for the monitoring and benchmark exercise of the Europe 2020 strategy, the "Education and Training 2020" policy cooperation (including new indicators related to employability and learning mobility of students in Higher Education and initial vocational training),  and the renewed integrated guidelines, social agenda and sustainable development framework.

Activities covered by the theme:

• Production of statistical information on education and lifelong learning via specific data sources on education and training systems, vocational training in enterprises and adult learning;
• Production of statistical information on education and lifelong learning via other ESS sources which are not specific to education covering areas like outcome of education, learning mobility, human capital, education and social inclusion, and employability as well as  transition from education to work;
• Dissemination of indicators for the monitoring of EU policies and benchmarking exercises like Europe 2020 indicators, "Education and Training 2020", the European Employment Strategy and integrated guidelines, benchmarking the European Research Area, the social agenda and sustainable development;
• Cooperation within the Commission established with DG EAC, DG EMPL, DG RTD and JRC (CRELL Centre for Research on Education and Lifelong Learning);
• Cooperation with other international organisations (UNESCO Institute for Statistics, OECD, ILO), with specialised EU agencies - European Training Foundation (ETF), CEDEFOP, CRELL (JRC) - as well as with the Eurydice information network established by DG EAC (DG EACEA).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Following on from the work carried out by the Eurostat FESUR Task Force during the EUMIDA feasibility study, Eurostat will provide methodological assistance to DG EAC and DG RTD. for the setting up and regular running of a Register on Tertiary Education Institutions, including input to drafting the terms of reference for a call for tender to identify external contractors, evaluating the bids, ensuring and facilitating cooperation with National Statistical Authorities and advise DG EAC and RTD on quality issues, including statistical elements highlighted in the feasibility study.
• Within the framework of implementing the new ISCED 2011, dedicate resources to update the data collection instruments (e.g. UOE data collection and core variable in social surveys 'educational attainment'), where ISCED plays a major role. The ISCED mappings will likewise be updated.
• The tests for further integration of lifelong learning statistics in the Labour Force Survey and Adult Education Survey are carried out through grants in 2011 and 2012. The proposal implies an update of the Classification of Learning Activities accordingly.
• As a result of the repeal of the CVTS regulation, launch of a discussion (including a Task Force) to simplify data collection on vocational training in enterprises from 2015 in line with a better use of AES and LFS data on lifelong learning, while considering which vocational training and skills needs data should still be collected from enterprises within the ESS.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Education Statistics (UOE data collection): Eurobase Update, data for publication purposes web and paper. Testing the new UOE quality report beginning of 2012 with a view to finalise in 2012.
• Improve and develop indicators and benchmarks related to EU2020 initiatives/flagships and based on the UOE (common UNESCO, OECD and Eurostat data collection based on mainly administrative sources) data collection as a source. Continue the work on UOE tables on diploma and credit mobility in higher education to monitor Bologna and EU benchmark on learning mobility.
Complete a feasibility study and discuss the next steps on the use of household surveys - mainly LFS or Adult education survey (AES) - within the ESS to provide data regularly and for first time by 2015, for the monitoring of a benchmark on learning mobility in initial VET and general youth mobility indicator.
• Evaluation of new results, tables on Eurostat reference database, paper publication programme, Adult Education Survey (AES) anonymised datasets, user requests.
• Continuous Vocational Training Survey (CVTS): evaluation of new results, tables on Eurostat reference database, paper publication programme, anonymised datasets, user requests.
• LFS education Statistics (Europe 2020): Education attainment, lifelong learning, early school leavers - Eurobase/NewCronos update.


1.4 Health (Eurostat)
Theme 1.05 - Health and safety

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Health is an important priority for Europeans, who expect to be protected against illness and disease - at home, in the workplace and when travelling. Statistics are developed in the context of the EU's "Together for health: a strategic approach for the EU 2008-2013" and of the health and long-term care strand of the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) on Social Protection and Social Inclusion set up by the Lisbon European Council of March 2000. Concerning Health and Safety at Work, the policy framework is provided by the Commission Communication (COM (2007) 62 final) on "Improving quality and production at work: Community strategy 2007-2012 on health and safety at work".

Activities covered by the theme:

• Public Health including Health care (expenditure and non-expenditure), Causes of Death, Health Interview Surveys (European Health Interview Surveys - EHIS, Statistics on Income and Living Conditions - SILC and EHSIS - European Health and Social Integration Survey), as well as Morbidity statistics.
• Health and safety at work, including European Statistics on Accidents at Work (ESAW) and European Occupational Diseases Statistics (EODS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Health Care (expenditure and non-expenditure): development of the implementing Commission regulation on expenditure.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• EHSIS (European Health and Social Integration Survey): implementation in Member States.
• Health care (expenditure and non-expenditure): Collection, validation and dissemination of 2010 data (and associated meta-data) on health care (expenditure and non-expenditure) based on Joint Questionnaires with OECD and WHO; Improvement of data quality; Dissemination of short analysis in the form of SiFs.
• Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (SILC): 2009/2010 data on health status, health care and healthy Life Years Structural indicator - improved wording comparability of SILC questions.
• Causes of Death: Collection, validation and dissemination of the 2010 data (and associated meta-data) on causes of death; Dissemination of short analysis in the form of a Statistics in Focus (SiF).
• EHIS (European Health Interview Survey): finalisation and adoption of the  implementing Commission regulation.
• Morbidity statistics: development of the final methodology for a regular data collection.
• 2011 Labour Force Survey (LFS) module on the employment of disabled people: analysis of first results.
• Health and Safety at Work (ESAW and EODS): Eurostat database update.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Continuation of the development of an observatory of working conditions in Europe. Eurofound will also launch its 5th European Survey on Working Conditions.
• Continuation of the development of the Risk Observatory on new and emerging risks.
• Coordination of collections of data on communicable diseases at European Union level.
• Data on key indicators on drugs are collected and work is coordinated with Eurostat.
• For some areas in the field of public health, data such as injuries (JAMIE), data from examination survey (JA EHES) and regional health statistics (I2SARE project) and regional health statistics are collected directly through actions which are not directly steered by Eurostat, under the Programme of Community action in the field of health 2008-2013. Eurostat will, where relevant and possible, provide technical support on the follow-up of these projects, such as by examining the possibility to launch an ESSnet.


1.5 Income and consumption (Eurostat)
Theme 1.09 - Food safety

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Eurostat involvement is limited; the intention is to phase-out Eurostat's involvement in this area*.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Detailed data on specific issues such as monitoring of pesticide residues, zoonoses, etc. are currently collected and sent to Eurostat.

   * The context of the discussion on negative priorities (under request of the European Statistical System Committee), it was decided to put 'food safety statistics' on the list of negative priorities for 2012'.

Theme 5.08 - Consumer protection

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Support given by Eurostat to DG SANCO to monitor the market from the consumer's perspective, contributing to data collection for the "Consumer Market Scoreboard";
• Support/advice given by Eurostat on statistical methodology.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Provide methodological, statistical and analytical support to the users on consumer protection.


1.6 Social protection (Eurostat)
Theme 1.07 - Social protection

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The European System of Integrated Social Protection Statistics (ESSPROS) provides a coherent comparison between European countries of social benefits to households and their financing. It is also relevant to the inclusive growth pillar of the proposed Commission Strategy Europe 2020. Activities covered by the theme are:

• Data on social protection expenditure and receipts by social protection schemes (quantitative data - core system);
• Metadata on social protection benefits by scheme (qualitative data - core system);
• Data on pension beneficiaries (module);
• Data on net social benefits (module).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Social Protection Statistics: ESSPROS. Methodological development, data collection, validation and dissemination of data on social protection systems. Development and production of indicators. Production of synthesis quality report.
• Social Protection Statistics: ESSPROS data on net social benefits: implementation of the Commission regulation and management of the transition on a voluntary basis.


1.8 Justice and crime (Eurostat)
Theme 1.10 - Crime and criminal justice

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The Stockholm Programme agreed by the Council in 2009 (OJ C115, p.1) sets out an ambitious set of goals for improving European statistics on crime and criminal justice.  Currently one of the main focuses of the work is on developing and implementing a household survey covering victimisation and safety concerns. Data on police-recorded crime has been collected annually since 2006 and is gradually being extended to include further areas of crime and criminal justice.

Activities covered by the theme are:

• Statistics on police-recorded crime, number of police officers in the Member States and prison population;
• Statistics on money-laundering and other new crime types;
• Statistics on victimisation/security.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

•  Police-recorded crime, police numbers and prison population:  Collection, validation and dissemination of 2010 data (and associated meta-data) jointly with UN.
• Development of an EP and Council regulation for an EU victimisation survey to be implemented in 2013 and of corresponding implementing regulation and methodological manual.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection of cash control statistics from Member States;
• Launching of a Joint data collection with UN.

Theme 1.11 - Discrimination

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Equality statistics are based on the EU Treaty (new Article 19) and on the Commission's non-discrimination package 2008, which includes a proposal for a new Directive COM(2008) 426 on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Activities covered by the theme are:

• Outcome difference indicators on equality;
• Classification on ethnic origin/streamlined approach with migration statistics;
• Survey/question on experienced discrimination.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Dedicated section on outcome difference indicators on equality: update the data of the dedicated section.
• Introduction of country of birth of parents in main social surveys (LFS, SILC).


1.9 Culture (Eurostat)
Theme 1.04 - Culture

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Official statistics on culture are requested within the Conclusions of the Council and of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States on the "Work Plan for Culture 2011-2014" endorsed on 2.12.2010.

Activities covered by the theme:

• Statistics on the cultural / creative sector (employment, trade);
• Statistics on expenditure on culture;
• Statistics on cultural participation and the social impact of culture.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Follow-up of forthcoming development of cultural statistics (employment, participation, expenditure, industrial dimension and external trade) as a follow-up of recommendations agreed by the Working Group on Cultural Statistics based on proposals of the ESSnet culture. Methodology, manual, improved statistics.


1.10 Political and other community activities (Eurostat)



5. Strategic and managerial issues of official statistics (Eurostat)
1.1 Population and migration (Eurostat)
Theme 1.01 - Population

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The important demographic challenges facing the European Union as well as the development of a common immigration policy (cf. European Pact on Immigration and Asylum as well as the Stockholm Programme adopted by the European Council in December 2009) have resulted in an unprecedented demand for high-quality demographic and migration statistics to support policy-making, i.e.:

• Population and housing censuses;
• Demographic statistics, including statistics on population stocks and vital events;
• Population projections;
• Migration statistics, including statistics on stocks of migrant populations, migration flows, acquisition of citizenship, asylum, enforcement of immigration legislation, residence permits and the social and economic situation of migrants. 

Quality improvements and quality assurance will be an important focus for work on both demographic and migration statistics. The Census hub project is an example of a more interactive production chain based on a "data at the source" solution in line with the Communication on the production method of EU statistics. Migration statistics as a cross-cutting phenomenon will benefit from a cost-effective mainstreaming approach. The core social variables relating for the identification of

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Migration mainstreaming - Developing the statistical use of administrative data;
• Migration mainstreaming - actions related to surveys.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Demographic Statistics - Rapid data collection, joint data collection, regional data collection, nowcast data collection;
• Preparation of the regulation on annual demographic data collection, including its implementing measure(s);
• Population Projections on national and regional level;
• The development of statistics on residence permits issued to non-EU citizens follows the double aim of providing additional statistics for the policy making in the area of migration of third country nationals and of contributing to migration mainstreaming;
• Migration Statistics: Flows, stocks and acquisition of citizenship;
• Statistics on enforcement of immigration legislation;
• Residence permit statistics;
• Statistics on the integration and socio-economic situation of migrants;
• Quality and accuracy of migration statistics;
• Report to the EP and Council on the statistics compiled pursuant to Regulation 862/2007 and on their quality;
• Additional disaggregations as foreseen in Article 8 of Regulation 862/2007;
• Asylum Statistics;
• Statistics for the allocation of the "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows" programme funds - Data to meet the requirements set in the Funds legislation;
• Quality assurance programme for data used in the allocation of the "Solidarity and management of Migration Flows" Funds.


1.2 Labour (Eurostat)
Theme 1.02 - Labour market

Fields of activities covered by the theme

High-quality labour market statistics will be provided in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy and the Employment Guidelines. Infra-annual and structural headline indicators will inform policy makers, media and the public. 

Activities covered by the theme:

• Labour Force Survey (LFS);
• Earnings and labour costs, in particular Structure of Earnings Survey and Labour Cost Survey;
• Principal European Economic Indicators for the labour market: monthly unemployment, labour cost index, job vacancies;
• Labour Market Policy statistics (LMP);
• Time Use Survey (TUS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Europe2020 indicators: timely provision and quality assurance;
• Review of the Labour Force Survey legal basis;
• Implementation of the Labour Force Survey ad hoc module 2012;
• Labour Force Survey ad hoc module 2014;
• Programme of Labour Force Survey ad hoc modules 2016-2018, respecting the future role of the ad hoc modules under a revised legal basis;
• Preparation of the report to EP and Council on the implementation of the Labour Force Survey regulation;
• New data collection in social surveys using multiple modes;
• Preparation of the report to EP and Council on the implementation of the regulation on the labour cost index;
• Structure of Earnings Survey 2010: Transmission, processing and dissemination of data;
• Exploring options for a simplification of the Structure of Earnings Survey.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Processing and dissemination of Labour Force Survey ad hoc module data;
• Implement the regulation on quarterly job vacancy statistics and improve the quality of job vacancy data;
• Collection, processing, transmission, dissemination and quality-assurance of Labour Force Survey data;
• Produce, disseminate and quality-assure monthly unemployment estimates;
• Quality improvement and implementation of action plans in the context of the recommendations of the Task Force on the quality of the Labour Force Survey;
• Transmission, processing and dissemination of annual data on labour costs and earnings, minimum wages and gender pay gap;
• Production, transmission, dissemination and quality-assurance of data on the labour cost index;
• Collect, process, disseminate and quality-assure statistics on labour market policies.


1.3 Education (Eurostat)
Theme 1.03 - Education and lifelong learning

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Statistics developed under this theme are crucial for the monitoring and benchmark exercise of the Europe 2020 strategy, the "Education and Training 2020" policy cooperation (including new indicators related to employability and learning mobility of students in Higher Education and initial vocational training),  and the renewed integrated guidelines, social agenda and sustainable development framework.

Activities covered by the theme:

• Production of statistical information on education and lifelong learning via specific data sources on education and training systems, vocational training in enterprises and adult learning;
• Production of statistical information on education and lifelong learning via other ESS sources which are not specific to education covering areas like outcome of education, learning mobility, human capital, education and social inclusion, and employability as well as  transition from education to work;
• Dissemination of indicators for the monitoring of EU policies and benchmarking exercises like Europe 2020 indicators, "Education and Training 2020", the European Employment Strategy and integrated guidelines, benchmarking the European Research Area, the social agenda and sustainable development;
• Cooperation within the Commission established with DG EAC, DG EMPL, DG RTD and JRC (CRELL Centre for Research on Education and Lifelong Learning);
• Cooperation with other international organisations (UNESCO Institute for Statistics, OECD, ILO), with specialised EU agencies - European Training Foundation (ETF), CEDEFOP, CRELL (JRC) - as well as with the Eurydice information network established by DG EAC (DG EACEA).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Following on from the work carried out by the Eurostat FESUR Task Force during the EUMIDA feasibility study, Eurostat will provide methodological assistance to DG EAC and DG RTD. for the setting up and regular running of a Register on Tertiary Education Institutions, including input to drafting the terms of reference for a call for tender to identify external contractors, evaluating the bids, ensuring and facilitating cooperation with National Statistical Authorities and advise DG EAC and RTD on quality issues, including statistical elements highlighted in the feasibility study.
• Within the framework of implementing the new ISCED 2011, dedicate resources to update the data collection instruments (e.g. UOE data collection and core variable in social surveys 'educational attainment'), where ISCED plays a major role. The ISCED mappings will likewise be updated.
• The tests for further integration of lifelong learning statistics in the Labour Force Survey and Adult Education Survey are carried out through grants in 2011 and 2012. The proposal implies an update of the Classification of Learning Activities accordingly.
• As a result of the repeal of the CVTS regulation, launch of a discussion (including a Task Force) to simplify data collection on vocational training in enterprises from 2015 in line with a better use of AES and LFS data on lifelong learning, while considering which vocational training and skills needs data should still be collected from enterprises within the ESS.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Education Statistics (UOE data collection): Eurobase Update, data for publication purposes web and paper. Testing the new UOE quality report beginning of 2012 with a view to finalise in 2012.
• Improve and develop indicators and benchmarks related to EU2020 initiatives/flagships and based on the UOE (common UNESCO, OECD and Eurostat data collection based on mainly administrative sources) data collection as a source. Continue the work on UOE tables on diploma and credit mobility in higher education to monitor Bologna and EU benchmark on learning mobility.
Complete a feasibility study and discuss the next steps on the use of household surveys - mainly LFS or Adult education survey (AES) - within the ESS to provide data regularly and for first time by 2015, for the monitoring of a benchmark on learning mobility in initial VET and general youth mobility indicator.
• Evaluation of new results, tables on Eurostat reference database, paper publication programme, Adult Education Survey (AES) anonymised datasets, user requests.
• Continuous Vocational Training Survey (CVTS): evaluation of new results, tables on Eurostat reference database, paper publication programme, anonymised datasets, user requests.
• LFS education Statistics (Europe 2020): Education attainment, lifelong learning, early school leavers - Eurobase/NewCronos update.


1.4 Health (Eurostat)
Theme 1.05 - Health and safety

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Health is an important priority for Europeans, who expect to be protected against illness and disease - at home, in the workplace and when travelling. Statistics are developed in the context of the EU's "Together for health: a strategic approach for the EU 2008-2013" and of the health and long-term care strand of the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) on Social Protection and Social Inclusion set up by the Lisbon European Council of March 2000. Concerning Health and Safety at Work, the policy framework is provided by the Commission Communication (COM (2007) 62 final) on "Improving quality and production at work: Community strategy 2007-2012 on health and safety at work".

Activities covered by the theme:

• Public Health including Health care (expenditure and non-expenditure), Causes of Death, Health Interview Surveys (European Health Interview Surveys - EHIS, Statistics on Income and Living Conditions - SILC and EHSIS - European Health and Social Integration Survey), as well as Morbidity statistics.
• Health and safety at work, including European Statistics on Accidents at Work (ESAW) and European Occupational Diseases Statistics (EODS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Health Care (expenditure and non-expenditure): development of the implementing Commission regulation on expenditure.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• EHSIS (European Health and Social Integration Survey): implementation in Member States.
• Health care (expenditure and non-expenditure): Collection, validation and dissemination of 2010 data (and associated meta-data) on health care (expenditure and non-expenditure) based on Joint Questionnaires with OECD and WHO; Improvement of data quality; Dissemination of short analysis in the form of SiFs.
• Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (SILC): 2009/2010 data on health status, health care and healthy Life Years Structural indicator - improved wording comparability of SILC questions.
• Causes of Death: Collection, validation and dissemination of the 2010 data (and associated meta-data) on causes of death; Dissemination of short analysis in the form of a Statistics in Focus (SiF).
• EHIS (European Health Interview Survey): finalisation and adoption of the  implementing Commission regulation.
• Morbidity statistics: development of the final methodology for a regular data collection.
• 2011 Labour Force Survey (LFS) module on the employment of disabled people: analysis of first results.
• Health and Safety at Work (ESAW and EODS): Eurostat database update.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Continuation of the development of an observatory of working conditions in Europe. Eurofound will also launch its 5th European Survey on Working Conditions.
• Continuation of the development of the Risk Observatory on new and emerging risks.
• Coordination of collections of data on communicable diseases at European Union level.
• Data on key indicators on drugs are collected and work is coordinated with Eurostat.
• For some areas in the field of public health, data such as injuries (JAMIE), data from examination survey (JA EHES) and regional health statistics (I2SARE project) and regional health statistics are collected directly through actions which are not directly steered by Eurostat, under the Programme of Community action in the field of health 2008-2013. Eurostat will, where relevant and possible, provide technical support on the follow-up of these projects, such as by examining the possibility to launch an ESSnet.


1.5 Income and consumption (Eurostat)
Theme 1.09 - Food safety

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Eurostat involvement is limited; the intention is to phase-out Eurostat's involvement in this area*.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Detailed data on specific issues such as monitoring of pesticide residues, zoonoses, etc. are currently collected and sent to Eurostat.

   * The context of the discussion on negative priorities (under request of the European Statistical System Committee), it was decided to put 'food safety statistics' on the list of negative priorities for 2012'.

Theme 5.08 - Consumer protection

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Support given by Eurostat to DG SANCO to monitor the market from the consumer's perspective, contributing to data collection for the "Consumer Market Scoreboard";
• Support/advice given by Eurostat on statistical methodology.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Provide methodological, statistical and analytical support to the users on consumer protection.


1.6 Social protection (Eurostat)
Theme 1.07 - Social protection

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The European System of Integrated Social Protection Statistics (ESSPROS) provides a coherent comparison between European countries of social benefits to households and their financing. It is also relevant to the inclusive growth pillar of the proposed Commission Strategy Europe 2020. Activities covered by the theme are:

• Data on social protection expenditure and receipts by social protection schemes (quantitative data - core system);
• Metadata on social protection benefits by scheme (qualitative data - core system);
• Data on pension beneficiaries (module);
• Data on net social benefits (module).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Social Protection Statistics: ESSPROS. Methodological development, data collection, validation and dissemination of data on social protection systems. Development and production of indicators. Production of synthesis quality report.
• Social Protection Statistics: ESSPROS data on net social benefits: implementation of the Commission regulation and management of the transition on a voluntary basis.


1.8 Justice and crime (Eurostat)
Theme 1.10 - Crime and criminal justice

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The Stockholm Programme agreed by the Council in 2009 (OJ C115, p.1) sets out an ambitious set of goals for improving European statistics on crime and criminal justice.  Currently one of the main focuses of the work is on developing and implementing a household survey covering victimisation and safety concerns. Data on police-recorded crime has been collected annually since 2006 and is gradually being extended to include further areas of crime and criminal justice.

Activities covered by the theme are:

• Statistics on police-recorded crime, number of police officers in the Member States and prison population;
• Statistics on money-laundering and other new crime types;
• Statistics on victimisation/security.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

•  Police-recorded crime, police numbers and prison population:  Collection, validation and dissemination of 2010 data (and associated meta-data) jointly with UN.
• Development of an EP and Council regulation for an EU victimisation survey to be implemented in 2013 and of corresponding implementing regulation and methodological manual.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection of cash control statistics from Member States;
• Launching of a Joint data collection with UN.

Theme 1.11 - Discrimination

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Equality statistics are based on the EU Treaty (new Article 19) and on the Commission's non-discrimination package 2008, which includes a proposal for a new Directive COM(2008) 426 on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Activities covered by the theme are:

• Outcome difference indicators on equality;
• Classification on ethnic origin/streamlined approach with migration statistics;
• Survey/question on experienced discrimination.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Dedicated section on outcome difference indicators on equality: update the data of the dedicated section.
• Introduction of country of birth of parents in main social surveys (LFS, SILC).


1.9 Culture (Eurostat)
Theme 1.04 - Culture

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Official statistics on culture are requested within the Conclusions of the Council and of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States on the "Work Plan for Culture 2011-2014" endorsed on 2.12.2010.

Activities covered by the theme:

• Statistics on the cultural / creative sector (employment, trade);
• Statistics on expenditure on culture;
• Statistics on cultural participation and the social impact of culture.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Follow-up of forthcoming development of cultural statistics (employment, participation, expenditure, industrial dimension and external trade) as a follow-up of recommendations agreed by the Working Group on Cultural Statistics based on proposals of the ESSnet culture. Methodology, manual, improved statistics.


1.10 Political and other community activities (Eurostat)




2. Economic Statistics (Eurostat)
1. Demographic and social statistics (Eurostat)
2.1 Macroeconomic statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 5.01 - Statistics for business cycle analysis

Fields of activities covered by the theme 
• Improvement of the quality and the coverage of Principal European Economic Indicators (PEEIs, COM/2002/661) and enhancement of their visibility.
• Development and implementation of sophisticated statistical and econometric techniques in order to increase timeliness, length, frequency and reliability of PEEIs.
• Development and maintenance of a statistical framework for the assessment of the euro area and Member States cyclical situation.
• Provide advanced methods for data readability and interpretability.
• Preparation, implementation and follow up of guidelines for harmonising PEEI production processes and for the definition of best statistical practices.
• Development of tools for the rationalising the use of statistical and econometric techniques.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production of statistical estimation to increase timeliness, coverage and length. Statistical framework for business cycle analysis based on Principal European Economic Indicators (PEEIs). Guidelines for harmonisation of PEEIs production and advanced quality measures.
• Supply of statistical PEEIs including publication, quality assessment statistical improvements and analysis of PEEIs with expected monthly or quarterly output. Integration of traditional methods with more sophisticated econometric techniques.
• Investigation of innovative statistical and econometric techniques to be used to enhance data production, quality assessment and analysis of PEEIs.
• Integrated system for improvement, quality monitoring and analysis of PEEIs implementation of methodologies for monitoring, improvememt and analysis of PEEIs. A friendly and standardised computational framework for the PEEIs.


2.2 Economic accounts (Eurostat)
Theme 2.01 - Annual economic accounts

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Annual national accounts - main aggregates;
• Productivity and growth analysis;
• Annual non-financial Sector Accounts (ASA);
• Annual Financial Accounts (AFA);
• Pensions.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Economic imbalance scoreboard. Contribute to the development of the indicators and prepare their regular production;
• Update manual on regional accounts: guidance to and steering of respective task force.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• New System of National Accounts (SNA) and new European System of Accounts (ESA);
• Specific improvements in national accounts data provided by Member States to prepare introduction of ESA2010 and its transmission programme;
• EU KLEMS (EU level analysis of capital (K), labour (L), energy (E), materials (M) and service (S) inputs): productivity and growth accounts for the EU, euro area and Member States;
• Monitoring of and Reporting on compliance with the data transmission programme;
• Implementation of NACE Rev 2 and CPA 2008 in national and regional accounts;
• Revision of ESA Transmission Programme, negotiations in the Council, transitional measures to support Member States and practical aspects related to transmission;
• Annual national accounts: collection, validation and dissemination of main aggregates data. Database maintenance and evolution. Publications. User support. Website. Compliance;
• Regular production of press releases, SiFs and contributions to horizontal and compendium publications;
• Annual national accounts: production of European annual aggregates including employment; update of the dissemination database;
• CVD compliant IT production system for national accounts;
• National accounts methodological and practical improvements: 5 projects to facilitate the implementation of the revised ESA and research related to the implementation of the Eurostat vision;
• Production of annual Institutional Sector Accounts: update of the dissemination database and website;
• Validate and disseminate data on non-financial assets for the total economy and by sector, in particular household dwellings;
• Collection, validation dissemination of SUT IOT (supply/use tables and input/output tables) data. Database maintenance and development. Compliance, process assessment, NAPS integration;
• In cooperation with Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS-JRC) to produce Supply, Use tables at basic prices for all the Member States and for EU27. To produce Supply and Use tables for EuroArea. To produce Input output tables for EU27 and Euro Area (EA);
• Production of aggregated Supply/Use tables and input/output tables for the EU and Euroarea; input into environmental accounts applications;
• Supply/Use tables and input/output tables: regular production of new releases and SiFs, contribution to horizontal and compendium publications;
• Enhanced quality assurance for regional GDP per inhabitant: inventories, quality assurance questionnaires on regional Gross Value Added (GVA) and regional population, country missions incl. follow-up;
• Estimation of regional GDP at level NUTS2 and NUTS3 and of regional household income at level NUTS2, including development of methodology based on data collected from the Member States; dissemination via Eurobase;
• Regional accounts input for publications, in particular the Regional Yearbook, two SiFs, the Eurostat Yearbook, the annual reports on the rural development and on the social situation in the EU.

Theme 2.02 - Quarterly accounts

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Quarterly national accounts;
• Quarterly non-financial sector accounts (QSA).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Update Manual QNA: guidance to and steering of respective task force with Member States.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Quarterly National Accounts: collection, validation and dissemination of main aggregates data. Database maintenance and evolution. Publications. User support. Website. Compliance.
• Quarterly National Accounts: European annual aggregates including employment; Flash estimates GDP; quarterly releases of aggregates; update of the dissemination database.
• Quarterly National Accounts: regular production of press releases, SiFs and contributions to horizontal and compendium publications.
• Prodcuction of Quarterly Institutional Sector Accounts (QSA): update of the dissemination database, website and news release.

Theme 2.05 - Monitoring own resources

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Annual national accounts data of Gross National Income (GNI) and Gross National Product (GNP);
• Verification of the GNI/GNP data transmitted each year by Member States;
• Verification of Member States' inventories of statistical sources and methods used to calculate GNI/GNP;
• Verification, in cooperation with DG Budget, of the figures and calculations included in Member States' VAT statements.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Verification of the reliability, comparability and exhaustiveness of own resource GNI data and of the own resource VAT figures and calculations transmitted by Member States.


2.3 Business statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 3.01 - Annual business statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Industrial production statistics (Prodcom);
• Structural Business Statistics (SBS);
• Statistics on Foreign Affiliates (FATS);
• Modernisation of European Enterprise and Trade Statistics (MEETS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Simplification of the SBS Regulation requirements: analysis and agreement with Member States on the simplifications to Regulation (EC) No. 295/2008, in particular for Annexes V-VII.
• Provision of back-casted Structural Business Statistics data on an aggregated level in NACE Rev.2 for reference years 2005-2007 to users. Treatment of data transmitted in 2010 and in 2011 by Member States on a voluntary basis and estimating the missing data to calculate EU aggregates.
• Production of the report to the European Parliament and the Council on the implementation of Regulation 716/2007 on Foreign Affiliates statistics.
• Commission Decision on the annual work programme for 2013 for the implementation of Decision No 1297/2008/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the MEETS programme. Adoption of the annual work programme with the priorities for the actions to be undertaken in 2013 and the budgetary allocations under this Decision.
• ESSnet consistency: Identify and analyse differences in definitions and provide recommendations on possible adjustments.
• Continued quality improvement of SBS, Prodcom and FATS data: annual quality reports produced and analysed according to the governing regulations. The necessary follow-up actions are undertaken. Improved quality checking of data.
• Drafting a manual on the overall methodological framework for  business statistics.
• Re-engineering of the business statistics production process in Eurostat.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production and dissemination of Structural Business Statistics (SBS) according to Regulation No 295/2008. Validation, processing and dissemination of data received from Member States and other countries on Eurostat website.
• Provision of the headline indicator for the monitoring of the Europe2020 targets on the Innovation Union.
• Integrate employer business demography and high growth enterprise statistics into regular data production. Framework for data collection (legal or gentlemen's agreement) ready for adoption. Contribute to the Entrepreneurship Indicator Programme (EIP) programme by providing the business demography related indicators.
• Validation and processing of annual Prodcom data received from Member States and other reporting countries. Dissemination of national data and EU aggregates on the Eurostat website.
• Publication of 2013 PRODCOM list.
• Production and dissemination of statistics on Foreign Affilates according to Regulation (EC) No 716/2007. Validation, processing and dissemination of data received from Member States and other countries on Eurostat website.
• Final decisions on the feasibility of collecting pilot study variables on a regular basis on Foreign Affiliate Statistics will be taken.
• Successful implementation of Decision 1297/2008/EC establishing the Programme for the Modernisation of European Enterprise and Trade Statistics (MEETS).
• Follow-up of developments in accounting, appropriate reporting and preparation of documents on accounting and statistics.
• Provision of statistics for the analysis of global value chains e.g. by remodelling and by carrying out the survey on international sourcing and by extensive micro-data linking in order to enhance the value of Structural Business Statistics (SBS) and other business statistics. ESSnet on measuring global value chains continues its work.

Theme 3.02 - Short-term business statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production of short-term business statistics (STS) for industry, construction, retail trade and other services;
• Consolidation and improvement of quality.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Short Term Business Statistics (STS): timely production of the existing indicators and their publication, mainly in the form of continuous updating of Eurostat's database on the web site and in the form of monthly news releases for a selected set of indicators, among the Principal European Economic Indicators (PEEIs).


2.4 Sectoral statistics (Eurostat)
1.1 Population and migration (Eurostat)
Theme 1.01 - Population

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The important demographic challenges facing the European Union as well as the development of a common immigration policy (cf. European Pact on Immigration and Asylum as well as the Stockholm Programme adopted by the European Council in December 2009) have resulted in an unprecedented demand for high-quality demographic and migration statistics to support policy-making, i.e.:

• Population and housing censuses;
• Demographic statistics, including statistics on population stocks and vital events;
• Population projections;
• Migration statistics, including statistics on stocks of migrant populations, migration flows, acquisition of citizenship, asylum, enforcement of immigration legislation, residence permits and the social and economic situation of migrants. 

Quality improvements and quality assurance will be an important focus for work on both demographic and migration statistics. The Census hub project is an example of a more interactive production chain based on a "data at the source" solution in line with the Communication on the production method of EU statistics. Migration statistics as a cross-cutting phenomenon will benefit from a cost-effective mainstreaming approach. The core social variables relating for the identification of

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Migration mainstreaming - Developing the statistical use of administrative data;
• Migration mainstreaming - actions related to surveys.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Demographic Statistics - Rapid data collection, joint data collection, regional data collection, nowcast data collection;
• Preparation of the regulation on annual demographic data collection, including its implementing measure(s);
• Population Projections on national and regional level;
• The development of statistics on residence permits issued to non-EU citizens follows the double aim of providing additional statistics for the policy making in the area of migration of third country nationals and of contributing to migration mainstreaming;
• Migration Statistics: Flows, stocks and acquisition of citizenship;
• Statistics on enforcement of immigration legislation;
• Residence permit statistics;
• Statistics on the integration and socio-economic situation of migrants;
• Quality and accuracy of migration statistics;
• Report to the EP and Council on the statistics compiled pursuant to Regulation 862/2007 and on their quality;
• Additional disaggregations as foreseen in Article 8 of Regulation 862/2007;
• Asylum Statistics;
• Statistics for the allocation of the "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows" programme funds - Data to meet the requirements set in the Funds legislation;
• Quality assurance programme for data used in the allocation of the "Solidarity and management of Migration Flows" Funds.1.2 Labour (Eurostat)
Theme 1.02 - Labour market

Fields of activities covered by the theme

High-quality labour market statistics will be provided in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy and the Employment Guidelines. Infra-annual and structural headline indicators will inform policy makers, media and the public. 

Activities covered by the theme:

• Labour Force Survey (LFS);
• Earnings and labour costs, in particular Structure of Earnings Survey and Labour Cost Survey;
• Principal European Economic Indicators for the labour market: monthly unemployment, labour cost index, job vacancies;
• Labour Market Policy statistics (LMP);
• Time Use Survey (TUS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Europe2020 indicators: timely provision and quality assurance;
• Review of the Labour Force Survey legal basis;
• Implementation of the Labour Force Survey ad hoc module 2012;
• Labour Force Survey ad hoc module 2014;
• Programme of Labour Force Survey ad hoc modules 2016-2018, respecting the future role of the ad hoc modules under a revised legal basis;
• Preparation of the report to EP and Council on the implementation of the Labour Force Survey regulation;
• New data collection in social surveys using multiple modes;
• Preparation of the report to EP and Council on the implementation of the regulation on the labour cost index;
• Structure of Earnings Survey 2010: Transmission, processing and dissemination of data;
• Exploring options for a simplification of the Structure of Earnings Survey.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Processing and dissemination of Labour Force Survey ad hoc module data;
• Implement the regulation on quarterly job vacancy statistics and improve the quality of job vacancy data;
• Collection, processing, transmission, dissemination and quality-assurance of Labour Force Survey data;
• Produce, disseminate and quality-assure monthly unemployment estimates;
• Quality improvement and implementation of action plans in the context of the recommendations of the Task Force on the quality of the Labour Force Survey;
• Transmission, processing and dissemination of annual data on labour costs and earnings, minimum wages and gender pay gap;
• Production, transmission, dissemination and quality-assurance of data on the labour cost index;
• Collect, process, disseminate and quality-assure statistics on labour market policies.1.3 Education (Eurostat)
Theme 1.03 - Education and lifelong learning

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Statistics developed under this theme are crucial for the monitoring and benchmark exercise of the Europe 2020 strategy, the "Education and Training 2020" policy cooperation (including new indicators related to employability and learning mobility of students in Higher Education and initial vocational training),  and the renewed integrated guidelines, social agenda and sustainable development framework.

Activities covered by the theme:

• Production of statistical information on education and lifelong learning via specific data sources on education and training systems, vocational training in enterprises and adult learning;
• Production of statistical information on education and lifelong learning via other ESS sources which are not specific to education covering areas like outcome of education, learning mobility, human capital, education and social inclusion, and employability as well as  transition from education to work;
• Dissemination of indicators for the monitoring of EU policies and benchmarking exercises like Europe 2020 indicators, "Education and Training 2020", the European Employment Strategy and integrated guidelines, benchmarking the European Research Area, the social agenda and sustainable development;
• Cooperation within the Commission established with DG EAC, DG EMPL, DG RTD and JRC (CRELL Centre for Research on Education and Lifelong Learning);
• Cooperation with other international organisations (UNESCO Institute for Statistics, OECD, ILO), with specialised EU agencies - European Training Foundation (ETF), CEDEFOP, CRELL (JRC) - as well as with the Eurydice information network established by DG EAC (DG EACEA).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Following on from the work carried out by the Eurostat FESUR Task Force during the EUMIDA feasibility study, Eurostat will provide methodological assistance to DG EAC and DG RTD. for the setting up and regular running of a Register on Tertiary Education Institutions, including input to drafting the terms of reference for a call for tender to identify external contractors, evaluating the bids, ensuring and facilitating cooperation with National Statistical Authorities and advise DG EAC and RTD on quality issues, including statistical elements highlighted in the feasibility study.
• Within the framework of implementing the new ISCED 2011, dedicate resources to update the data collection instruments (e.g. UOE data collection and core variable in social surveys 'educational attainment'), where ISCED plays a major role. The ISCED mappings will likewise be updated.
• The tests for further integration of lifelong learning statistics in the Labour Force Survey and Adult Education Survey are carried out through grants in 2011 and 2012. The proposal implies an update of the Classification of Learning Activities accordingly.
• As a result of the repeal of the CVTS regulation, launch of a discussion (including a Task Force) to simplify data collection on vocational training in enterprises from 2015 in line with a better use of AES and LFS data on lifelong learning, while considering which vocational training and skills needs data should still be collected from enterprises within the ESS.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Education Statistics (UOE data collection): Eurobase Update, data for publication purposes web and paper. Testing the new UOE quality report beginning of 2012 with a view to finalise in 2012.
• Improve and develop indicators and benchmarks related to EU2020 initiatives/flagships and based on the UOE (common UNESCO, OECD and Eurostat data collection based on mainly administrative sources) data collection as a source. Continue the work on UOE tables on diploma and credit mobility in higher education to monitor Bologna and EU benchmark on learning mobility.
Complete a feasibility study and discuss the next steps on the use of household surveys - mainly LFS or Adult education survey (AES) - within the ESS to provide data regularly and for first time by 2015, for the monitoring of a benchmark on learning mobility in initial VET and general youth mobility indicator.
• Evaluation of new results, tables on Eurostat reference database, paper publication programme, Adult Education Survey (AES) anonymised datasets, user requests.
• Continuous Vocational Training Survey (CVTS): evaluation of new results, tables on Eurostat reference database, paper publication programme, anonymised datasets, user requests.
• LFS education Statistics (Europe 2020): Education attainment, lifelong learning, early school leavers - Eurobase/NewCronos update.1.4 Health (Eurostat)
Theme 1.05 - Health and safety

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Health is an important priority for Europeans, who expect to be protected against illness and disease - at home, in the workplace and when travelling. Statistics are developed in the context of the EU's "Together for health: a strategic approach for the EU 2008-2013" and of the health and long-term care strand of the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) on Social Protection and Social Inclusion set up by the Lisbon European Council of March 2000. Concerning Health and Safety at Work, the policy framework is provided by the Commission Communication (COM (2007) 62 final) on "Improving quality and production at work: Community strategy 2007-2012 on health and safety at work".

Activities covered by the theme:

• Public Health including Health care (expenditure and non-expenditure), Causes of Death, Health Interview Surveys (European Health Interview Surveys - EHIS, Statistics on Income and Living Conditions - SILC and EHSIS - European Health and Social Integration Survey), as well as Morbidity statistics.
• Health and safety at work, including European Statistics on Accidents at Work (ESAW) and European Occupational Diseases Statistics (EODS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Health Care (expenditure and non-expenditure): development of the implementing Commission regulation on expenditure.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• EHSIS (European Health and Social Integration Survey): implementation in Member States.
• Health care (expenditure and non-expenditure): Collection, validation and dissemination of 2010 data (and associated meta-data) on health care (expenditure and non-expenditure) based on Joint Questionnaires with OECD and WHO; Improvement of data quality; Dissemination of short analysis in the form of SiFs.
• Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (SILC): 2009/2010 data on health status, health care and healthy Life Years Structural indicator - improved wording comparability of SILC questions.
• Causes of Death: Collection, validation and dissemination of the 2010 data (and associated meta-data) on causes of death; Dissemination of short analysis in the form of a Statistics in Focus (SiF).
• EHIS (European Health Interview Survey): finalisation and adoption of the  implementing Commission regulation.
• Morbidity statistics: development of the final methodology for a regular data collection.
• 2011 Labour Force Survey (LFS) module on the employment of disabled people: analysis of first results.
• Health and Safety at Work (ESAW and EODS): Eurostat database update.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Continuation of the development of an observatory of working conditions in Europe. Eurofound will also launch its 5th European Survey on Working Conditions.
• Continuation of the development of the Risk Observatory on new and emerging risks.
• Coordination of collections of data on communicable diseases at European Union level.
• Data on key indicators on drugs are collected and work is coordinated with Eurostat.
• For some areas in the field of public health, data such as injuries (JAMIE), data from examination survey (JA EHES) and regional health statistics (I2SARE project) and regional health statistics are collected directly through actions which are not directly steered by Eurostat, under the Programme of Community action in the field of health 2008-2013. Eurostat will, where relevant and possible, provide technical support on the follow-up of these projects, such as by examining the possibility to launch an ESSnet.1.5 Income and consumption (Eurostat)
Theme 1.09 - Food safety

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Eurostat involvement is limited; the intention is to phase-out Eurostat's involvement in this area*.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Detailed data on specific issues such as monitoring of pesticide residues, zoonoses, etc. are currently collected and sent to Eurostat.

   * The context of the discussion on negative priorities (under request of the European Statistical System Committee), it was decided to put 'food safety statistics' on the list of negative priorities for 2012'.

Theme 5.08 - Consumer protection

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Support given by Eurostat to DG SANCO to monitor the market from the consumer's perspective, contributing to data collection for the "Consumer Market Scoreboard";
• Support/advice given by Eurostat on statistical methodology.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Provide methodological, statistical and analytical support to the users on consumer protection.1.6 Social protection (Eurostat)
Theme 1.07 - Social protection

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The European System of Integrated Social Protection Statistics (ESSPROS) provides a coherent comparison between European countries of social benefits to households and their financing. It is also relevant to the inclusive growth pillar of the proposed Commission Strategy Europe 2020. Activities covered by the theme are:

• Data on social protection expenditure and receipts by social protection schemes (quantitative data - core system);
• Metadata on social protection benefits by scheme (qualitative data - core system);
• Data on pension beneficiaries (module);
• Data on net social benefits (module).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Social Protection Statistics: ESSPROS. Methodological development, data collection, validation and dissemination of data on social protection systems. Development and production of indicators. Production of synthesis quality report.
• Social Protection Statistics: ESSPROS data on net social benefits: implementation of the Commission regulation and management of the transition on a voluntary basis.
1.8 Justice and crime (Eurostat)
Theme 1.10 - Crime and criminal justice

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The Stockholm Programme agreed by the Council in 2009 (OJ C115, p.1) sets out an ambitious set of goals for improving European statistics on crime and criminal justice.  Currently one of the main focuses of the work is on developing and implementing a household survey covering victimisation and safety concerns. Data on police-recorded crime has been collected annually since 2006 and is gradually being extended to include further areas of crime and criminal justice.

Activities covered by the theme are:

• Statistics on police-recorded crime, number of police officers in the Member States and prison population;
• Statistics on money-laundering and other new crime types;
• Statistics on victimisation/security.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

•  Police-recorded crime, police numbers and prison population:  Collection, validation and dissemination of 2010 data (and associated meta-data) jointly with UN.
• Development of an EP and Council regulation for an EU victimisation survey to be implemented in 2013 and of corresponding implementing regulation and methodological manual.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection of cash control statistics from Member States;
• Launching of a Joint data collection with UN.

Theme 1.11 - Discrimination

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Equality statistics are based on the EU Treaty (new Article 19) and on the Commission's non-discrimination package 2008, which includes a proposal for a new Directive COM(2008) 426 on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Activities covered by the theme are:

• Outcome difference indicators on equality;
• Classification on ethnic origin/streamlined approach with migration statistics;
• Survey/question on experienced discrimination.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Dedicated section on outcome difference indicators on equality: update the data of the dedicated section.
• Introduction of country of birth of parents in main social surveys (LFS, SILC).
1.9 Culture (Eurostat)
Theme 1.04 - Culture

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Official statistics on culture are requested within the Conclusions of the Council and of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States on the "Work Plan for Culture 2011-2014" endorsed on 2.12.2010.

Activities covered by the theme:

• Statistics on the cultural / creative sector (employment, trade);
• Statistics on expenditure on culture;
• Statistics on cultural participation and the social impact of culture.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Follow-up of forthcoming development of cultural statistics (employment, participation, expenditure, industrial dimension and external trade) as a follow-up of recommendations agreed by the Working Group on Cultural Statistics based on proposals of the ESSnet culture. Methodology, manual, improved statistics.1.10 Political and other community activities (Eurostat)


2.5 Government finance, fiscal and public sector statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 2.04 - Government finance statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Assessment of debt and deficit data in the context of the Excessive Deficit Procedure (EDP);
• Annual non-financial government accounts (AGOV);
• Quarterly government accounts (QGOV).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Preparation and follow-up of the Financial Accounts Working Group and EDP processes.
• Introducing improved quality management framework in the area of government finance statistics and particularly promoting quality management standards adapted to the specificities of the Excessive Deficit Procedure compilation process to be implemented by National Statistical Institutes. A Working Group GFS quality management will be created.
• Monitoring and assessing the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice in the context of the process of Excessive Deficit Procedure compilation.
• Identifying, monitoring and assessing risks or problems from upstream data sources with a view to initiating corrective action at the earliest possible point (Early Warning System (EWS)).
• Monitoring and assessing the appropriateness, exhaustiveness and timeliness of the upstream public finance data by reference to ESA requirements, within an Excessive Deficit Procedure context.
• Participation in the coordination of formal Excessive Deficit Procedure methodological visits to Member States as provided for under Article 11b of Regulation (EC) No. 479/2009.
• Monitoring and assessing the effectiveness, reliability, integrity and transparency of the process of data flows between the public entities and the statistical offices in charge of the final compilation of Excessive Deficit Procedure data.
• Promoting accrual based public accounting, including an active role within the International Public Sector Accounting Standards, which is close to ESA-based principles.
• Implementation of Article 16 of Regulation (EC) No 479/2009 across the EU, regarding the responsibilities of national authorities and officials in the context of Excessive Deficit Procedure, with Eurostat's involvement to work towards a harmonised EU framework.
• Development of methodology and approach towards a more robust system of quality management for use in public finance statistics for Excessive Deficit Procedure purposes.
• Risk management for public finance statistics within context of CoP. Development of methodology and approach towards monitoring and assessing the adequacy of the quality of upstream data for compiling Excessive Deficit Procedure statistics in accordance with ESA rules, to be able to assess risks and initiate corrective action.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production of annual government statistics: update of the dissemination database and website;
• Production of quarterly government statistics: validation and dissemination in the database and on the website;
• Verification of data under excessive deficit procedure;
• Missions of verification under Excessive Debt Procedure (EDP) and Stability and Growth Pact;
• Ex-ante and ex-post cases - methodological issues;
• Conceptual surveillance under the Excessive Deficit Procedure and the Stability and Growth Pact;
• Carry out statistical assessment of Candidate Countries;
• Support the development of the statistical system in Greece through the organisation and management of technical assistance activities in the areas of public finance statistics, high level advice and selected statistical domains;
• Support the development of the statistical system in Greece through the organisation and management of technical assistance activities in the areas of public finance statistics, high level advice and selected statistical domains;
• Training Course on government finance statistics.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Classification of tax revenues by economic function and calculation of breakdown and implicit tax rates on consumption, labour, capital and environment.


2.6 International trade and balance of payments (Eurostat)
Theme 2.07 - Trade in goods

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production and dissemination of external trade statistics;
• Quality assurance in trade statistics;
• Coordination, drafting, adjustment and maintenance of legislation in the field of statistics on trade in goods with Member States (Intrastat) and non-Member States (Extrastat);
• Coordination of initiatives on burden reduction in the field of external trade statistics recap.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Harmonisation of validation rules to be applied by Member States before sending data to Eurostat;
• Development of statistics merging trade and business related data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Development of a  proposal for the integration of international transactions and business statistics in a single legal act.
• Recap various options for simplifying the Intrastat system (e.g. single flow, nomenclature) and develop a mid-term proposal for further simplification.
• Methodology in International Trade in Goods Statistics: coordinate all activities related to the methodological development for Intrastat and Extrastat.
• Manage the trade in goods - cooperation, assist for country reports, seminars, improved methodology.
• Production of trade in goods statistical data: make detailed trade data and metadata from Member States, international organisations and third countries available in the Comext database on a monthly basis.
• COMEXT User support: provide technical and statistical user support to the European Commission, Member States and other public users and institutions. Organise monthly Comext training courses for the Commission.
• Further modernisation of tools for Intrastat data collection and facilitation of Multinational Enterprises declarations.
• Improve and automate the structured communication with Member States with the use of XT-NET ASSIST system.
• Trade in goods: Electronic data dissemination. Data and metadata accessible on-line and by DVD/free dissemination. Enhancements of the derivation procedures (by Classification of Products by Activity (CPA), Standard International Trade Classification (SITC), Broad Economic Categories (BEC), external trade by means of transport (NSTR), combinations of them) and improvement data linking of trade statistics with tariffs database.
• MEETS trade in goods - coordination of objective 4: coordinate the MEETS projects related to international trade statistics.
• Develop and promote standards, IT architecture design and provide support for the data collection and date exchange among providers of statistical information and collecting authorities as well as for the exchange of information between administrations.
• Coordination and promotion of actions aiming the improvement of collection systems, procedures and validation at Member States level. Maintenance and further development of messages (Instat-XML), transfer formats (SDMX), use cases, architecture of data exchange systems.
• Publication of aggregated data for international transactions.
• International Trade in Goods Statistics: analysis and quality, incl. compliance.

Theme 2.08 - Trade in services and balance of payments

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Balance of payments (BoP): Methodology, Meetings;
• Quarterly balance of payments;
• Foreign direct investment (FDI);
• International trade in services;
• Balance of payments of the EU institutions;
• Balance of payments and related statistics: Enlargement.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Economic imbalance scoreboard - external imbalances: contribute to the development of the indicators and prepare their regular production.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Balance of Payments Quality Report (QR) is compiled annually according to Regulation (EC) No. 184/2005 (Art 11) and  Regulation (EC) No. 1055/2008. Bilateral tables of asymmetries will be integrated in Balance of Payments Quality Report (BoP QR) from 2011 onwards. BoP QR includes parts related to International Trade in Services (ITS) and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
• Implementation of Balance of Payments Manual (BPM6): Regulation (EC) No 184/2005 has to be amended in line with the new international standards. An harmonised codification has to be defined and methodological guidelines have to be provided to the Member States. This is a joint initiative from Eurostat and DG Statistics of the ECB, with the ECB taking the lead with regard to the new codification structure.
• Balance of Payments and related Euro Indicators: treatment and dissemination of quarterly Balance of Payments (BoP) data.
• Foreign Direct Investment: data production, compilation and dissemination of statistics. Maintenance and development of methodology as well as data quality issues. Maintenance and development of the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Network.
• Methodology, production, dissemination and quality management for International Trade in Services Statistics.
• Balance of Payments of EU Institutions: production and dissemination of the monthly, quarterly and annual online tables.
• Manage the Modernisation of European Enterprise and Trade Statistics (MEETS) projects related to international transactions.


2.7 Prices (Eurostat)
Theme 2.06 - Prices

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production and development of Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICPs);
• Production and development of Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs);
• Development of house price indices/ prices for owner-occupied housing;
• Development of detailed multi-purpose consumer price statistics;
• Calculation of Correction Coefficients and Salary Adjustment for EU Staff;
• Development and production of information on Pension for EU Staff.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Commercial Property Prices Indices handbook;
• Re-engineering of the Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICP) production process in Eurostat;
• Report to European Parliament and Council on implementation of Purchasing Power Parities Regulation.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• (Legislated) and ad-hoc Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICP) standards.
• Calculation and dissemination of monthly Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices; sub-indices and special aggregates; HICP at Constant Tax Rates; HICP Administered Prices.
• Owner-Occupied Housing: methodological guidance, technical manual and supply by National Statistical Institutes of pilot indices,  Owner Occupied Housing regulation.
• Implementation by Member States of Regulations on Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) quality adjustment, sampling and weighting - further improvement of quality of HICPs.
• Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) Flash Estimate Production: calculation of HICP Flash Estimate.
• Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) compliance monitoring and quality control: assessing and verifying National Statistical Institutes compliance to HICP standards.
• Detailed consumer prices: more detailed price indices, detailed price levels, food chains monitoring tool.
• Detailed consumer prices: more detailed price indices, detailed price levels.
• Revision and update of the Purchasing Power Parities (PPP) manual.
• Development of a new methodology for Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs) for health services. Work is lead by OECD.
• PPP Inventories: evaluation of countries' sources and methods for Purchasing Power Parities (PPP).
• Purchasing Power Parities for 37 countries at GDP and components level; Eurobase update, press release, SIFs.
• Article 64 Intra-EU Statistics: methodology and results tables to DG Human Resources and Security.
• Article 65 Council Remuneration report and Statistics: methodology and results tables to DG Human Resources and Security.
• Actuarial calculation of the pension contribution rate in accordance with Annex XII of the Staff Regulations.
• Yearly calculation of the liability of the Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme Pension Scheme (JSIS) at 31st December.
• Yearly calculation of the liability of the Pension Scheme of Members of some EU Institutions (PSMI) at 31st December.
• Article 64 Extra-EU Statistics: Methodology and Results Package to DG Human Resources and Security and European External Action Service.
• Yearly calculation of the liability of the Pension Scheme of EU officials and other servants (PSEO) at 31st December.


2.9 Science and technology (Eurostat)
Theme 5.06 - Science, technology and innovation

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Statistics developed under this theme provide a basis for the monitoring and benchmark exercise for the Europe 2020 strategy, the development of the European Research Area (ERA) and the Innovation Union Initiative. Further topics are the re-engineering of research and innovation statistics and the possible integration of ICT statistics (see Theme 5.07).

Activities covered by the theme are:

• Production, dissemination and development of the Community Innovation Survey 2010-2012;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Research and Development statistics 2009-2011;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Patent statistics based on PATSTAT data source from European Patent Office;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Intellectual property rights statistics (other than Patent statistics) based on the adequate sources;
• Production and dissemination of the High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors statistics on the basis of Eurostat data;
• Developing new indicators for Commission strategy Europe 2020, European Research Area (ERA) and Innovation Union Initiative and managing and coordinating the related work.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Intellectual Property Rights, IPR, statistics (excluding patents): ensure the regular production and dissemination of IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Proposal to Working Group meeting for revising the Commission Regulation (EC) No 753/2004 of R&D and other STI statistics.
• Proposal to Working Group meeting for revising the Commission Regulation (EC) No 1450/2004 of community statistics on innovation.
• Explorative work towards an ERA indicators on research infrastructure.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Patent Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of patent data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Human Resources in Science and Technology Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of Human Resources in Science and Technology data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• ERA Indicators: Develop a method for matching harmonized Patent applicant names (firms) with harmonized firm names from financial databases for creating SME patenting indicators.
• Looking at the potential for R&D and Community Innovation surveys (and beyond) re-design and search for synergies, including linking with other enterprise statistics.
• Intensified quality validation of R&D data: follow-up of ESTAT's and Member States' action plans from 2011.
• Maintain and improve Eurostat's set of ERA indicators; coordinate actions, metadata, quality evaluation and communication towards Commission.
• Research and Development Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of R&D (Research and Development) and GBAORD (Government Budget Appropriations or Outlays on Research and Development) data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• High Tech Sector Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors' data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Innovation Statistics: ensure the production and dissemination of Community Innovation Survey data 2010 and the related metadata.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• A project in developing detailed and exhaustive methodology for serving further breakdowns of the GBAORD data (on public science budgets) both in joint and open public R&D programmes.
• Renewal of contract to maintain, update and further develop its integrated internal STI database.
• Several projects to obtaining statistical data complementary to what is provided by the European Statistical System in particular bibliometric data, data on licensing and national patents, supplementary foreign affiliates R&D data.



2. Economic Statistics (Eurostat)
2.1 Macroeconomic statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 5.01 - Statistics for business cycle analysis

Fields of activities covered by the theme 
• Improvement of the quality and the coverage of Principal European Economic Indicators (PEEIs, COM/2002/661) and enhancement of their visibility.
• Development and implementation of sophisticated statistical and econometric techniques in order to increase timeliness, length, frequency and reliability of PEEIs.
• Development and maintenance of a statistical framework for the assessment of the euro area and Member States cyclical situation.
• Provide advanced methods for data readability and interpretability.
• Preparation, implementation and follow up of guidelines for harmonising PEEI production processes and for the definition of best statistical practices.
• Development of tools for the rationalising the use of statistical and econometric techniques.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production of statistical estimation to increase timeliness, coverage and length. Statistical framework for business cycle analysis based on Principal European Economic Indicators (PEEIs). Guidelines for harmonisation of PEEIs production and advanced quality measures.
• Supply of statistical PEEIs including publication, quality assessment statistical improvements and analysis of PEEIs with expected monthly or quarterly output. Integration of traditional methods with more sophisticated econometric techniques.
• Investigation of innovative statistical and econometric techniques to be used to enhance data production, quality assessment and analysis of PEEIs.
• Integrated system for improvement, quality monitoring and analysis of PEEIs implementation of methodologies for monitoring, improvememt and analysis of PEEIs. A friendly and standardised computational framework for the PEEIs.


2.2 Economic accounts (Eurostat)
Theme 2.01 - Annual economic accounts

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Annual national accounts - main aggregates;
• Productivity and growth analysis;
• Annual non-financial Sector Accounts (ASA);
• Annual Financial Accounts (AFA);
• Pensions.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Economic imbalance scoreboard. Contribute to the development of the indicators and prepare their regular production;
• Update manual on regional accounts: guidance to and steering of respective task force.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• New System of National Accounts (SNA) and new European System of Accounts (ESA);
• Specific improvements in national accounts data provided by Member States to prepare introduction of ESA2010 and its transmission programme;
• EU KLEMS (EU level analysis of capital (K), labour (L), energy (E), materials (M) and service (S) inputs): productivity and growth accounts for the EU, euro area and Member States;
• Monitoring of and Reporting on compliance with the data transmission programme;
• Implementation of NACE Rev 2 and CPA 2008 in national and regional accounts;
• Revision of ESA Transmission Programme, negotiations in the Council, transitional measures to support Member States and practical aspects related to transmission;
• Annual national accounts: collection, validation and dissemination of main aggregates data. Database maintenance and evolution. Publications. User support. Website. Compliance;
• Regular production of press releases, SiFs and contributions to horizontal and compendium publications;
• Annual national accounts: production of European annual aggregates including employment; update of the dissemination database;
• CVD compliant IT production system for national accounts;
• National accounts methodological and practical improvements: 5 projects to facilitate the implementation of the revised ESA and research related to the implementation of the Eurostat vision;
• Production of annual Institutional Sector Accounts: update of the dissemination database and website;
• Validate and disseminate data on non-financial assets for the total economy and by sector, in particular household dwellings;
• Collection, validation dissemination of SUT IOT (supply/use tables and input/output tables) data. Database maintenance and development. Compliance, process assessment, NAPS integration;
• In cooperation with Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS-JRC) to produce Supply, Use tables at basic prices for all the Member States and for EU27. To produce Supply and Use tables for EuroArea. To produce Input output tables for EU27 and Euro Area (EA);
• Production of aggregated Supply/Use tables and input/output tables for the EU and Euroarea; input into environmental accounts applications;
• Supply/Use tables and input/output tables: regular production of new releases and SiFs, contribution to horizontal and compendium publications;
• Enhanced quality assurance for regional GDP per inhabitant: inventories, quality assurance questionnaires on regional Gross Value Added (GVA) and regional population, country missions incl. follow-up;
• Estimation of regional GDP at level NUTS2 and NUTS3 and of regional household income at level NUTS2, including development of methodology based on data collected from the Member States; dissemination via Eurobase;
• Regional accounts input for publications, in particular the Regional Yearbook, two SiFs, the Eurostat Yearbook, the annual reports on the rural development and on the social situation in the EU.

Theme 2.02 - Quarterly accounts

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Quarterly national accounts;
• Quarterly non-financial sector accounts (QSA).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Update Manual QNA: guidance to and steering of respective task force with Member States.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Quarterly National Accounts: collection, validation and dissemination of main aggregates data. Database maintenance and evolution. Publications. User support. Website. Compliance.
• Quarterly National Accounts: European annual aggregates including employment; Flash estimates GDP; quarterly releases of aggregates; update of the dissemination database.
• Quarterly National Accounts: regular production of press releases, SiFs and contributions to horizontal and compendium publications.
• Prodcuction of Quarterly Institutional Sector Accounts (QSA): update of the dissemination database, website and news release.

Theme 2.05 - Monitoring own resources

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Annual national accounts data of Gross National Income (GNI) and Gross National Product (GNP);
• Verification of the GNI/GNP data transmitted each year by Member States;
• Verification of Member States' inventories of statistical sources and methods used to calculate GNI/GNP;
• Verification, in cooperation with DG Budget, of the figures and calculations included in Member States' VAT statements.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Verification of the reliability, comparability and exhaustiveness of own resource GNI data and of the own resource VAT figures and calculations transmitted by Member States.


2.3 Business statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 3.01 - Annual business statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Industrial production statistics (Prodcom);
• Structural Business Statistics (SBS);
• Statistics on Foreign Affiliates (FATS);
• Modernisation of European Enterprise and Trade Statistics (MEETS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Simplification of the SBS Regulation requirements: analysis and agreement with Member States on the simplifications to Regulation (EC) No. 295/2008, in particular for Annexes V-VII.
• Provision of back-casted Structural Business Statistics data on an aggregated level in NACE Rev.2 for reference years 2005-2007 to users. Treatment of data transmitted in 2010 and in 2011 by Member States on a voluntary basis and estimating the missing data to calculate EU aggregates.
• Production of the report to the European Parliament and the Council on the implementation of Regulation 716/2007 on Foreign Affiliates statistics.
• Commission Decision on the annual work programme for 2013 for the implementation of Decision No 1297/2008/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the MEETS programme. Adoption of the annual work programme with the priorities for the actions to be undertaken in 2013 and the budgetary allocations under this Decision.
• ESSnet consistency: Identify and analyse differences in definitions and provide recommendations on possible adjustments.
• Continued quality improvement of SBS, Prodcom and FATS data: annual quality reports produced and analysed according to the governing regulations. The necessary follow-up actions are undertaken. Improved quality checking of data.
• Drafting a manual on the overall methodological framework for  business statistics.
• Re-engineering of the business statistics production process in Eurostat.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production and dissemination of Structural Business Statistics (SBS) according to Regulation No 295/2008. Validation, processing and dissemination of data received from Member States and other countries on Eurostat website.
• Provision of the headline indicator for the monitoring of the Europe2020 targets on the Innovation Union.
• Integrate employer business demography and high growth enterprise statistics into regular data production. Framework for data collection (legal or gentlemen's agreement) ready for adoption. Contribute to the Entrepreneurship Indicator Programme (EIP) programme by providing the business demography related indicators.
• Validation and processing of annual Prodcom data received from Member States and other reporting countries. Dissemination of national data and EU aggregates on the Eurostat website.
• Publication of 2013 PRODCOM list.
• Production and dissemination of statistics on Foreign Affilates according to Regulation (EC) No 716/2007. Validation, processing and dissemination of data received from Member States and other countries on Eurostat website.
• Final decisions on the feasibility of collecting pilot study variables on a regular basis on Foreign Affiliate Statistics will be taken.
• Successful implementation of Decision 1297/2008/EC establishing the Programme for the Modernisation of European Enterprise and Trade Statistics (MEETS).
• Follow-up of developments in accounting, appropriate reporting and preparation of documents on accounting and statistics.
• Provision of statistics for the analysis of global value chains e.g. by remodelling and by carrying out the survey on international sourcing and by extensive micro-data linking in order to enhance the value of Structural Business Statistics (SBS) and other business statistics. ESSnet on measuring global value chains continues its work.

Theme 3.02 - Short-term business statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production of short-term business statistics (STS) for industry, construction, retail trade and other services;
• Consolidation and improvement of quality.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Short Term Business Statistics (STS): timely production of the existing indicators and their publication, mainly in the form of continuous updating of Eurostat's database on the web site and in the form of monthly news releases for a selected set of indicators, among the Principal European Economic Indicators (PEEIs).


2.4 Sectoral statistics (Eurostat)
2.1 Macroeconomic statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 5.01 - Statistics for business cycle analysis

Fields of activities covered by the theme 
• Improvement of the quality and the coverage of Principal European Economic Indicators (PEEIs, COM/2002/661) and enhancement of their visibility.
• Development and implementation of sophisticated statistical and econometric techniques in order to increase timeliness, length, frequency and reliability of PEEIs.
• Development and maintenance of a statistical framework for the assessment of the euro area and Member States cyclical situation.
• Provide advanced methods for data readability and interpretability.
• Preparation, implementation and follow up of guidelines for harmonising PEEI production processes and for the definition of best statistical practices.
• Development of tools for the rationalising the use of statistical and econometric techniques.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production of statistical estimation to increase timeliness, coverage and length. Statistical framework for business cycle analysis based on Principal European Economic Indicators (PEEIs). Guidelines for harmonisation of PEEIs production and advanced quality measures.
• Supply of statistical PEEIs including publication, quality assessment statistical improvements and analysis of PEEIs with expected monthly or quarterly output. Integration of traditional methods with more sophisticated econometric techniques.
• Investigation of innovative statistical and econometric techniques to be used to enhance data production, quality assessment and analysis of PEEIs.
• Integrated system for improvement, quality monitoring and analysis of PEEIs implementation of methodologies for monitoring, improvememt and analysis of PEEIs. A friendly and standardised computational framework for the PEEIs.2.2 Economic accounts (Eurostat)
Theme 2.01 - Annual economic accounts

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Annual national accounts - main aggregates;
• Productivity and growth analysis;
• Annual non-financial Sector Accounts (ASA);
• Annual Financial Accounts (AFA);
• Pensions.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Economic imbalance scoreboard. Contribute to the development of the indicators and prepare their regular production;
• Update manual on regional accounts: guidance to and steering of respective task force.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• New System of National Accounts (SNA) and new European System of Accounts (ESA);
• Specific improvements in national accounts data provided by Member States to prepare introduction of ESA2010 and its transmission programme;
• EU KLEMS (EU level analysis of capital (K), labour (L), energy (E), materials (M) and service (S) inputs): productivity and growth accounts for the EU, euro area and Member States;
• Monitoring of and Reporting on compliance with the data transmission programme;
• Implementation of NACE Rev 2 and CPA 2008 in national and regional accounts;
• Revision of ESA Transmission Programme, negotiations in the Council, transitional measures to support Member States and practical aspects related to transmission;
• Annual national accounts: collection, validation and dissemination of main aggregates data. Database maintenance and evolution. Publications. User support. Website. Compliance;
• Regular production of press releases, SiFs and contributions to horizontal and compendium publications;
• Annual national accounts: production of European annual aggregates including employment; update of the dissemination database;
• CVD compliant IT production system for national accounts;
• National accounts methodological and practical improvements: 5 projects to facilitate the implementation of the revised ESA and research related to the implementation of the Eurostat vision;
• Production of annual Institutional Sector Accounts: update of the dissemination database and website;
• Validate and disseminate data on non-financial assets for the total economy and by sector, in particular household dwellings;
• Collection, validation dissemination of SUT IOT (supply/use tables and input/output tables) data. Database maintenance and development. Compliance, process assessment, NAPS integration;
• In cooperation with Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS-JRC) to produce Supply, Use tables at basic prices for all the Member States and for EU27. To produce Supply and Use tables for EuroArea. To produce Input output tables for EU27 and Euro Area (EA);
• Production of aggregated Supply/Use tables and input/output tables for the EU and Euroarea; input into environmental accounts applications;
• Supply/Use tables and input/output tables: regular production of new releases and SiFs, contribution to horizontal and compendium publications;
• Enhanced quality assurance for regional GDP per inhabitant: inventories, quality assurance questionnaires on regional Gross Value Added (GVA) and regional population, country missions incl. follow-up;
• Estimation of regional GDP at level NUTS2 and NUTS3 and of regional household income at level NUTS2, including development of methodology based on data collected from the Member States; dissemination via Eurobase;
• Regional accounts input for publications, in particular the Regional Yearbook, two SiFs, the Eurostat Yearbook, the annual reports on the rural development and on the social situation in the EU.

Theme 2.02 - Quarterly accounts

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Quarterly national accounts;
• Quarterly non-financial sector accounts (QSA).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Update Manual QNA: guidance to and steering of respective task force with Member States.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Quarterly National Accounts: collection, validation and dissemination of main aggregates data. Database maintenance and evolution. Publications. User support. Website. Compliance.
• Quarterly National Accounts: European annual aggregates including employment; Flash estimates GDP; quarterly releases of aggregates; update of the dissemination database.
• Quarterly National Accounts: regular production of press releases, SiFs and contributions to horizontal and compendium publications.
• Prodcuction of Quarterly Institutional Sector Accounts (QSA): update of the dissemination database, website and news release.

Theme 2.05 - Monitoring own resources

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Annual national accounts data of Gross National Income (GNI) and Gross National Product (GNP);
• Verification of the GNI/GNP data transmitted each year by Member States;
• Verification of Member States' inventories of statistical sources and methods used to calculate GNI/GNP;
• Verification, in cooperation with DG Budget, of the figures and calculations included in Member States' VAT statements.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Verification of the reliability, comparability and exhaustiveness of own resource GNI data and of the own resource VAT figures and calculations transmitted by Member States.
2.3 Business statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 3.01 - Annual business statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Industrial production statistics (Prodcom);
• Structural Business Statistics (SBS);
• Statistics on Foreign Affiliates (FATS);
• Modernisation of European Enterprise and Trade Statistics (MEETS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Simplification of the SBS Regulation requirements: analysis and agreement with Member States on the simplifications to Regulation (EC) No. 295/2008, in particular for Annexes V-VII.
• Provision of back-casted Structural Business Statistics data on an aggregated level in NACE Rev.2 for reference years 2005-2007 to users. Treatment of data transmitted in 2010 and in 2011 by Member States on a voluntary basis and estimating the missing data to calculate EU aggregates.
• Production of the report to the European Parliament and the Council on the implementation of Regulation 716/2007 on Foreign Affiliates statistics.
• Commission Decision on the annual work programme for 2013 for the implementation of Decision No 1297/2008/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the MEETS programme. Adoption of the annual work programme with the priorities for the actions to be undertaken in 2013 and the budgetary allocations under this Decision.
• ESSnet consistency: Identify and analyse differences in definitions and provide recommendations on possible adjustments.
• Continued quality improvement of SBS, Prodcom and FATS data: annual quality reports produced and analysed according to the governing regulations. The necessary follow-up actions are undertaken. Improved quality checking of data.
• Drafting a manual on the overall methodological framework for  business statistics.
• Re-engineering of the business statistics production process in Eurostat.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production and dissemination of Structural Business Statistics (SBS) according to Regulation No 295/2008. Validation, processing and dissemination of data received from Member States and other countries on Eurostat website.
• Provision of the headline indicator for the monitoring of the Europe2020 targets on the Innovation Union.
• Integrate employer business demography and high growth enterprise statistics into regular data production. Framework for data collection (legal or gentlemen's agreement) ready for adoption. Contribute to the Entrepreneurship Indicator Programme (EIP) programme by providing the business demography related indicators.
• Validation and processing of annual Prodcom data received from Member States and other reporting countries. Dissemination of national data and EU aggregates on the Eurostat website.
• Publication of 2013 PRODCOM list.
• Production and dissemination of statistics on Foreign Affilates according to Regulation (EC) No 716/2007. Validation, processing and dissemination of data received from Member States and other countries on Eurostat website.
• Final decisions on the feasibility of collecting pilot study variables on a regular basis on Foreign Affiliate Statistics will be taken.
• Successful implementation of Decision 1297/2008/EC establishing the Programme for the Modernisation of European Enterprise and Trade Statistics (MEETS).
• Follow-up of developments in accounting, appropriate reporting and preparation of documents on accounting and statistics.
• Provision of statistics for the analysis of global value chains e.g. by remodelling and by carrying out the survey on international sourcing and by extensive micro-data linking in order to enhance the value of Structural Business Statistics (SBS) and other business statistics. ESSnet on measuring global value chains continues its work.

Theme 3.02 - Short-term business statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production of short-term business statistics (STS) for industry, construction, retail trade and other services;
• Consolidation and improvement of quality.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Short Term Business Statistics (STS): timely production of the existing indicators and their publication, mainly in the form of continuous updating of Eurostat's database on the web site and in the form of monthly news releases for a selected set of indicators, among the Principal European Economic Indicators (PEEIs).2.4 Sectoral statistics (Eurostat)
2.4.1 Agriculture, forestry, fisheries (Eurostat)
Theme 4.01 - Agricultural production

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Crop product statistics;
• Livestock, meat and eggs statistics;
• Mild and dairy product statistics;
• Supply balance sheets;
• Vineyard statistics;
• Fruit tree statistics;
• Organic farming statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Annual crop statistics - methods and definitions: development of quality reporting for annual Crops as provided in Regulation (EC) No 543/209.
• Structural statistics on permanent crops (former 'Vineyard and orchard surveys') - data. Update of production database in MDT (MultiDimensional table) and/or FAME (Forecasting Analytical Modelling Environment) and of Eurobase database.
• Implementation acts for Permanent crops statistics: preparation and adoption of implementation acts and manuals following the adoption of Permanent crops Regulation.
• Crop statistics - validation and production of annual statistics on area, production and yields production database and Eurobase database update, crop supply balance sheets production (taking into account the gradual phasing out of this activity); database and dissemination Eurobase database updated.
• Annual crop statistics - legislation: implementation of Regulations and Gentlemen's agreements on crop production statistics.
• Validation and production of Livestock and meat statistics, egg and chick statistics- Eurobase database update.
• Livestock and meat statistics - quality: quality reports due from Member States by July 2011 under Regulation (EC) No 1165/2008.
• Livestock and meat statistics - legislation: implementation of Regulation (EC) No 1165/2008.
• Milk and dairy products - legislation: revision of Decision 97/80/EC,  structure of dairy enterprises.
• Validation and production of milk and dairy product statistics; Eurobase database update.
• eDAMIS/Generic Web Forms component (domains: ANI, MILK, CROPS and EAA): analysis and request of new features; testing exercise of new versions, creation of templates for all datasets; addition of pre-validation rules.
• SDMX implementation in Agricultural domains (EAA, ANI and CROPS): standardisation of the data transmission format in order to improve the efficiency of data collection and processing by Eurostat and for maintaining and improving data quality.
• Migration of FAME based applications to MDT/Oracle for ANI and CROPS. Migration of the domains and consolidation (provide improved tools and methods to ensure the production of high quality statistical information service).

Theme 4.02 - Agricultural structures

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Farm structure statistics play a key role in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). This role is likely to increase over time with enlargement and CAP reform (shift from product to producer support - environmental compliance - rural development).
• Farm Structure Surveys - censuses every ten years (i.e. 2009/2010) and two intermediate sample surveys in between (i.e. 2013 and 2016) - are the backbone of the agricultural statistical system.
• The Farm Structure Survey (FSS) is covered by a basic Regulation (EC) No 1166/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council
• The Survey on Agricultural Production Methods (SAPM) launched in 2009/2010 is also based on the Regulation (EC) No 1166/2008.
• The concerned surveys serve the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) through provision of micro-data (farm level) on the agricultural labour force, land use, livestock, equipment and non-agricultural activities and they are the statistical basis for collection of information on land use, livestock and agricultural income.
• The farm typology derived from FSS data is used as the sampling frame for the farm accountancy data network.
• The Common Agricultural Policy has evolved significantly over the last years. The most recent proposals, adopted by the Commission in October 2011, highlight new challenges, notably the rising concerns regarding food security, the sustainable management of natural resources, mitigation of and adaptation to climate change, increasing volatility of agricultural prices, the diversity and further development of farm structures and production systems and the need for strengthening of territorial and social cohesion. By responding to these challenges, the CAP will contribute to the Europe 2020 Strategy in terms of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. A solid statistical base is essential for policy design and impact assessment of reform proposals, the implementation of the policy and its monitoring and evaluation.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Agricultural structures - collection, validation and dissemination of 2009/2010 census data; Validation processes; National Methodological Reports; New dissemination strategies.
• Launch of the commodities requested to start the farm sample survey 2013 based on Regulation 1166/2008 and implementing Commission Regulation 1200/2009. The action plan covers as well the launch at the end of 2001 or beginning 2012 of the procedure for co-financing for the FSS 2013.
• Agricultural structures - New approach for collection of agricultural structure data. Collection and validation of farm structure survey statistics after 2013.
• Dissemination of Farm Structure Survey Data: dissemination of standard tables in Eurobase, SIFs, Pocketbook, Statistical Yearbook etc.

Theme 4.03 - Land use and land cover

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• This theme comprises the Land Use and Land Cover Area Frame Statistical Survey (LUCAS), which regards the whole EU territory.
• Surveys (most recent 2008/2009) are launched to obtain harmonised data not only on Land Use and Land Cover changes, but also on environmental features and landscape evolution.
• Setting up Land Use and land Cover Area frame Surveys (LUCAS).
• Setting up an integrated ESS data network for Land Cover and Land Use.
• Collecting comparable and harmonised statistical information on Land Cover and Land Use.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Supervision and steer of the Lucas (Land use and land cover statistics) survey 2012. Follow up of the established contracts; support to the contractors at the implementation of the survey - first checks of collected microdata on land use and land cover.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Analysis of outcome of earlier surveys, especially the Land use/cover area frame survey 2008/2009 and applicability for management of future surveys.
• Collecting and harmonising European data on land use and land cover by implementing the Lucas approach in the countries; by assessing and collecting available data in countries and by taking into account the need for harmonisation of these data and by co-operating with the EEA and other international bodies.

Theme 4.04 - Agricultural accounts and prices

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Economic Accounts for Agriculture (EAA); also covers agricultural labour input (ALI);
• Unit Value Statistics (UV) and Regional EAA;
• Agricultural Price Statistics - covers annual and quarterly agricultural price indices data (API) and absolute prices data;
• Agricultural land prices and rents.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Validation, production and dissemination of Economic Accounts for Agriculture.
• Agricultural accounts and prices - quality: Methodological Inventories for Economic Accounts for Agriculture and Agricultural price statistics. Further elaboration of quality reporting for both domains.
• Migration of FAME based application to MDT/Oracle for EAA. Migration of the domains and consolidation (provide improved tools and methods to ensure the production of high quality statistical information service).
• Validation, production and dissemination of Agricultural Prices and Indices,  including land prices and rents.

Theme 4.05 - Forestry statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Collection of annual data on the production of and trade in wood and wood products for the EU and EFTA countries with the Joint FAO/ECE (Economic Commission for Europe)/Eurostat/ITTO (International Tropical Timber Organisation) Forest Sector Questionnaire (JFSQ).
• Collection of economic data for forestry and logging using the Integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting for Forests (IEEAF) approach.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect, validate and disseminate forestry statistics;
• Collect, validate and disseminate forest accounts. Develop and improve the methodology.

Theme 4.06 - Fisheries statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Catch statistics;
• Landings statistics;
• Aquaculture statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Simplification of catch statistics legislation: merge Regulations (EC) No 216/2009, No 217/2009 and No 218/2009 to cover the catches' data collection for the major fishing areas of EU27 fishing countries.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Focus on quality of landings and catches statistics, using the new informatics tools implemented in the framework of the eDamis single point as well as the fisheries pilot project using the SDMX.
• SDMX implementation in Fisheries: standardisation of the data transmission format in order to improve the efficiency of data collection and processing by Eurostat and for maintaining and improving data quality.
• Implementation of Regulations in Fisheries statistics.
• Fisheries statistics - production: validation, production and dissemination of landings, catch and aquaculture statistics.
• Aquaculture Statistics - quality: prepare a report to EP and Council on the data relevance and quality.
• Migration of FAME based application to MDT/Oracle for FISH. Migration of the domain and consolidation (provide improved tools and methods to ensure the production of high quality statistical information service).

Theme 4.07 - Agri-environmental statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Development and maintenance of a system of 28 agri-environmental indicators for monitoring the integration of environmental concerns into the Common Agricultural Policy, based on Commission Communication COM (2006)508.
• Coordination of the work on these indicators carried out in other Directorates General (DG Agriculture and Rural Development, DG Environment , Joint Research Centre, European Environmental Agency) in accordance to a Memorandum of Understanding and with other international organisations.
• Collection, processing and dissemination of the data needed for the indicators, from the other involved Commission services, Member States, other units and statistics in Eurostat and by other (non-governmental) organisations.
• Setting up a long-term data collection system taking into account all data needs in the domain and the need to reduce the response burden.
• Contributing to Eurostat publications including agri-environmental statistics.
• Implementation of the Regulation (EC) No 1185/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2009 concerning statistics on pesticides.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Reception, validation, processing and dissemination of pesticide sales statistics.
• Long term system for collecting data needed for agri-environmental indicators: ensure that existing surveys are amended and new surveys set up to collect the needed information following the DireDate project.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Pesticide Statistics - implementing legislation: follow-up of draft implementing regulations concerning statistics on plant production products (Regulation (EC) No 1185/2009).
• Agri-environment indicators: implementation of Statistical indicators. A Memorandum of Understanding (EC services involved: Eurostat, DG AGRI, DG ENV, JRC and EEA) has been drawn up to ensure that already available data are fully used and to pool the different skills and resources, with the medium term objective of setting up a system for collecting data on the relation between agriculture and environment.
• AEI data collection: collect data from available sources in the Commission, EU agencies, Member States, Eurostat and other (non-governmental) organisations.
• Support Member States in their work on agro-environmental indicators, collect and compile available data.
• Maintain and develop the agro-environmental indicators' MDT (MultiDimensional Table).

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• The agri-environmental indicators that are not yet fully developed will be improved as agreed in work programmes set up according to a memorandum of understanding between Eurostat, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, DG Environment, the Joint Research Centre and the European Environmental Agency. Each partner will collect data through its own system, as agreed in the memorandum.
2.4.2 Energy (Eurostat)
Theme 3.03 - Energy

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Collection/Dissemination of short-term and structural information on energy systems and electricity and gas prices; preparation of energy balance sheets;
• Evaluation of various Commission energy policies (Renewable Energy Sources, Energy Dependency, Energy Efficiency, Combined Heat and Power);
• Contribution to the monitoring of security of supply (oil stockholding obligation);
• Contribution to the monitoring of Carbon Dioxide emission inventories;
• Contribution to the development of the Energy Statistics System in the EU and Candidate Countries.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Energy efficiency / Energy savings indicators and targets monitoring; COM (2011)109 of 08.03.2011.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Energy Statistics (Annual): collect annual statistics (structural information) on solid fuels, oil, natural gas, electricity and renewable energy sources in accordance with the Energy Statistics Regulation (EC) No 1099/2008.
• Energy Statistics (Monthly): collect monthly statistics (short-term trends) on solid fuels, oil and natural gas, electricity and certain renewable energy sources, in accordance with the Energy Statistics Regulation (EC) No 1099/2008.
• Energy Price Statistics: electricity and natural gas prices are collected twice per year for households and industry. Prices for industrial end-users are collected in accordance with the Price Transparency Directive 2008/92 while prices for households are based on gentlemen's agreements.
• Modify the Energy Statistics Regulation (a) responding to new policy requirements (b) in response to priority setting/burden reduction.
• Final Energy Consumption Surveys - Energy efficiency (domestic sector): develop a Recommended Coverage for an 'Energy Consumption in Households' Survey, in response to the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency policies pursued by the Commission. Examine/Evaluate current practices in the EU, in making available this information. Carry-out surveys/modelling work at national level, to enhance data availability (grants).
• Develop the ESS RES (Renewable Energy Statistics) reporting system to respond fully to the principles defined in Directive 2009/28 (methodology development for sustainable biofuels, heat pumps). Review national systems and Implement actions at national level to improve data coverage/quality. Develop IT tools to ensure that reporting on mandatory targets under the ESR (Energy Statistics Regulation) (EC) No 1009/2008 and the Directive 2009/28 are identical.
• Evaluate use of the ESR in the preparation of the EU greenhouse gas inventory report. The energy statistics - collected under the Energy Statistics Regulation - will be examined in order to:
   - make available early estimates (T+4) of CO2 emissions, based on short-term supply side statistics (Reference Approach);
   - enhance the role of ESR statistics in the Commission QA/QC process of  national CO2 emission declarations (Sectoral Approach).
• Web-Enabled Data Editing Services (WEDES): this activity addresses the development/maintenance of tools provided to Member States for data entry (local functions), to facilitate the reporting of statistics in accordance with Directive 2009/28 on RES and with Directive 2009/119 on Oil Stocks (ensuring comparability with Regulation 1099/2008) as well as of the remote access interface for interactive data submission/validation.
• Migrate the Energy Production Database (SIRENE) to a new environment.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Data collection based on Commission Decision 1999/566/EC regarding a European Union procedure for information and consultation on crude oil supply costs and the consumer prices of petroleum products;
• Data collection based on the Council Directive 2006/67/EC, imposing an obligation on Member States to maintain minimum stocks of crude oil and/or petroleum products.2.4.4 Transport statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 3.04 - Transport

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Commercial transport of goods and passengers in all modes where this activity is significant: road freight, rail (goods and passengers), inland waterways (goods), sea (goods and passengers), air (passengers, freight and mail), and pipelines (specific goods);
• Measurement of traffic, in particular for road vehicles;
• Infrastructures and means of transport (vehicles) at national and regional level;
• Enterprises and employment in the transport sector at national level;
• Accidents, fatalities, injured people and release of dangerous goods in the transport sector;
• Intermodal transport, congestion, logistics performance;
• Impact on the environment, in particular on climate change;
• Transport indicators (modal split; structural, sustainable development, globalisation, environment).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Annual data collection of regional transport statistics (transport infrastructure, stock of the vehicles and road traffic accident), based on a voluntary data collection.
• Modal Split indicators represent the relative share of each individual transport mode in the overall transport performance and are obtained from datasets of various transport modes using the same measurement unit.
• Modernisation and integration of Transport Information System (TRIS).
• Common Eurostat/ITF/UNECE Questionnaire on Transport Statistics: annual voluntary data collection on inland transport statistics (infrastructure, transport equipment, enterprises and partly traffic, transport measurement and safety).
• Collection of road VKm: annual voluntary data collection on the volume of road transport measured in VKm (Vehicle Kilometre).
• Road Freight Transport Statistics: quarterly data collection (vehicle, journey and goods-related data) on road freight transport, based on Council Regulation (EC) No 1172/98.
• Rail Transport Statistics: quinquennal/annual/quarterly data collection (goods, passengers and rail safety) on rail transport, based on Regulation (EC) No 91/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council.
• Annual/quarterly data collection (carriage of goods and passengers by sea) on maritime transport statistics, based on Directive 2009/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and Regulation (EU) 1090/2010.
• Inland Waterway Freight Transport Statistics: annual/quarterly data collection (type of goods, nationality and type of vessels, vessel traffic) on inland waterway freight transport, based on Regulation (EC) No 1365/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council.
• Air Transport Statistics: annual/quarterly/monthly data collection on the carriage of passengers, freight and mail by commercial air services as well as on civil aircraft movements to or from Community airports,  based on Regulation (EC) No 437/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council.
• Data collection on transport safety statistics, having as data suppliers: DG MOVE, European Rail Agency, European Maritime Safety and European Aviation Safety Agency.
• Feasibility study on production of intermodal transport statistics, including logistics indicators.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect from the Member States the safety data they need to fulfil their function (i.e. common rail safety indicators, aviation safety data as well as maritime safety and vessel movements' data).
• Collection of data and estimation of the tax revenues on mineral oils stemming from transport use. For countries which cannot provide these data a methodology is developed to estimate the split based on other sources.
• Collection of data on tax rates and revenues on energy products stemming from transport, industrial/commercial and heating use.
• Management of the CARE database on road accidents. The data are collected from the Member States in accordance with Council Decision 93/704.
• Modernisation and extension to non-inland modes Council Regulation 1108/70 on an accounting system for expenditure on infrastructure.2.4.5 Tourism statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 3.05 - Tourism

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Tourism is an important economic activity in the EU and statistics on tourism rank amongst the highest in terms of users consulting Eurostat's website. Under the Lisbon treaty, the EU has acquired new competences in the area of tourism policy. 

Activities covered by the theme are:

• Collection and dissemination of statistics on domestic and outbound tourism demand of the EU residents (tourism propensity and tourism behaviour; typically through household /visitor survey ~ social statistics).
• Collection and dissemination of statistics on tourism supply (accommodation statistics; typically through enterprise surveys ~ business statistics).
• Statistics on employment in the tourism accommodation sector (based on data from the European Labour Force Survey).
• Tourism Satellite Accounts (TSAs): projects to enhance the methodological developments and implementation in the Member States.
• Indicators on sustainable and competitive tourism, using existing official statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Tourism statistics: feasibility study on the use of mobile positioning data for tourism statistics.
• Implementation of new Regulation on European statistics on tourism. Preparation of databases and validation programs for reception of data (incl. micro-data).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Tourism statistics: dissemination. Regularly updated online database, regular and ad-hoc publications (paper/web), presentation of results in events & meetings;
• Tourism Statistics: production - Successful validation of databases;
• Tourism statistics: methodological developments - New methodologies;
• ESSnet on automated data collection and reporting in accommodation statistics (phase 1).

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.1 NEW WORK

• Feasibility study on a Virtual Tourism Observatory (contract expected to run until January 2013).

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Conducting Flash Eurobarometer surveys about tourism (following the 2009, 2010 and 2011 exercises, a survey is foreseen to be carried out in January 2012).2.4.6 Banking, insurance, financial statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 2.03 - Monetary and financial statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Monetary and financial indicators.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production of annual financial accounts: update of dissemination website and database;
• Development of the methodological framework and analysis and validation of the pension data received through the supplementary table;
• Dissemination of data on Exchange rates: NewCronos;
• Update and publication of monetary and finance statistics: publication on web site.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Data on public procurement collected;
• Data on state aid collected.

2.5 Government finance, fiscal and public sector statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 2.04 - Government finance statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Assessment of debt and deficit data in the context of the Excessive Deficit Procedure (EDP);
• Annual non-financial government accounts (AGOV);
• Quarterly government accounts (QGOV).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Preparation and follow-up of the Financial Accounts Working Group and EDP processes.
• Introducing improved quality management framework in the area of government finance statistics and particularly promoting quality management standards adapted to the specificities of the Excessive Deficit Procedure compilation process to be implemented by National Statistical Institutes. A Working Group GFS quality management will be created.
• Monitoring and assessing the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice in the context of the process of Excessive Deficit Procedure compilation.
• Identifying, monitoring and assessing risks or problems from upstream data sources with a view to initiating corrective action at the earliest possible point (Early Warning System (EWS)).
• Monitoring and assessing the appropriateness, exhaustiveness and timeliness of the upstream public finance data by reference to ESA requirements, within an Excessive Deficit Procedure context.
• Participation in the coordination of formal Excessive Deficit Procedure methodological visits to Member States as provided for under Article 11b of Regulation (EC) No. 479/2009.
• Monitoring and assessing the effectiveness, reliability, integrity and transparency of the process of data flows between the public entities and the statistical offices in charge of the final compilation of Excessive Deficit Procedure data.
• Promoting accrual based public accounting, including an active role within the International Public Sector Accounting Standards, which is close to ESA-based principles.
• Implementation of Article 16 of Regulation (EC) No 479/2009 across the EU, regarding the responsibilities of national authorities and officials in the context of Excessive Deficit Procedure, with Eurostat's involvement to work towards a harmonised EU framework.
• Development of methodology and approach towards a more robust system of quality management for use in public finance statistics for Excessive Deficit Procedure purposes.
• Risk management for public finance statistics within context of CoP. Development of methodology and approach towards monitoring and assessing the adequacy of the quality of upstream data for compiling Excessive Deficit Procedure statistics in accordance with ESA rules, to be able to assess risks and initiate corrective action.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production of annual government statistics: update of the dissemination database and website;
• Production of quarterly government statistics: validation and dissemination in the database and on the website;
• Verification of data under excessive deficit procedure;
• Missions of verification under Excessive Debt Procedure (EDP) and Stability and Growth Pact;
• Ex-ante and ex-post cases - methodological issues;
• Conceptual surveillance under the Excessive Deficit Procedure and the Stability and Growth Pact;
• Carry out statistical assessment of Candidate Countries;
• Support the development of the statistical system in Greece through the organisation and management of technical assistance activities in the areas of public finance statistics, high level advice and selected statistical domains;
• Support the development of the statistical system in Greece through the organisation and management of technical assistance activities in the areas of public finance statistics, high level advice and selected statistical domains;
• Training Course on government finance statistics.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Classification of tax revenues by economic function and calculation of breakdown and implicit tax rates on consumption, labour, capital and environment.
2.6 International trade and balance of payments (Eurostat)
Theme 2.07 - Trade in goods

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production and dissemination of external trade statistics;
• Quality assurance in trade statistics;
• Coordination, drafting, adjustment and maintenance of legislation in the field of statistics on trade in goods with Member States (Intrastat) and non-Member States (Extrastat);
• Coordination of initiatives on burden reduction in the field of external trade statistics recap.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Harmonisation of validation rules to be applied by Member States before sending data to Eurostat;
• Development of statistics merging trade and business related data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Development of a  proposal for the integration of international transactions and business statistics in a single legal act.
• Recap various options for simplifying the Intrastat system (e.g. single flow, nomenclature) and develop a mid-term proposal for further simplification.
• Methodology in International Trade in Goods Statistics: coordinate all activities related to the methodological development for Intrastat and Extrastat.
• Manage the trade in goods - cooperation, assist for country reports, seminars, improved methodology.
• Production of trade in goods statistical data: make detailed trade data and metadata from Member States, international organisations and third countries available in the Comext database on a monthly basis.
• COMEXT User support: provide technical and statistical user support to the European Commission, Member States and other public users and institutions. Organise monthly Comext training courses for the Commission.
• Further modernisation of tools for Intrastat data collection and facilitation of Multinational Enterprises declarations.
• Improve and automate the structured communication with Member States with the use of XT-NET ASSIST system.
• Trade in goods: Electronic data dissemination. Data and metadata accessible on-line and by DVD/free dissemination. Enhancements of the derivation procedures (by Classification of Products by Activity (CPA), Standard International Trade Classification (SITC), Broad Economic Categories (BEC), external trade by means of transport (NSTR), combinations of them) and improvement data linking of trade statistics with tariffs database.
• MEETS trade in goods - coordination of objective 4: coordinate the MEETS projects related to international trade statistics.
• Develop and promote standards, IT architecture design and provide support for the data collection and date exchange among providers of statistical information and collecting authorities as well as for the exchange of information between administrations.
• Coordination and promotion of actions aiming the improvement of collection systems, procedures and validation at Member States level. Maintenance and further development of messages (Instat-XML), transfer formats (SDMX), use cases, architecture of data exchange systems.
• Publication of aggregated data for international transactions.
• International Trade in Goods Statistics: analysis and quality, incl. compliance.

Theme 2.08 - Trade in services and balance of payments

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Balance of payments (BoP): Methodology, Meetings;
• Quarterly balance of payments;
• Foreign direct investment (FDI);
• International trade in services;
• Balance of payments of the EU institutions;
• Balance of payments and related statistics: Enlargement.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Economic imbalance scoreboard - external imbalances: contribute to the development of the indicators and prepare their regular production.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Balance of Payments Quality Report (QR) is compiled annually according to Regulation (EC) No. 184/2005 (Art 11) and  Regulation (EC) No. 1055/2008. Bilateral tables of asymmetries will be integrated in Balance of Payments Quality Report (BoP QR) from 2011 onwards. BoP QR includes parts related to International Trade in Services (ITS) and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
• Implementation of Balance of Payments Manual (BPM6): Regulation (EC) No 184/2005 has to be amended in line with the new international standards. An harmonised codification has to be defined and methodological guidelines have to be provided to the Member States. This is a joint initiative from Eurostat and DG Statistics of the ECB, with the ECB taking the lead with regard to the new codification structure.
• Balance of Payments and related Euro Indicators: treatment and dissemination of quarterly Balance of Payments (BoP) data.
• Foreign Direct Investment: data production, compilation and dissemination of statistics. Maintenance and development of methodology as well as data quality issues. Maintenance and development of the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Network.
• Methodology, production, dissemination and quality management for International Trade in Services Statistics.
• Balance of Payments of EU Institutions: production and dissemination of the monthly, quarterly and annual online tables.
• Manage the Modernisation of European Enterprise and Trade Statistics (MEETS) projects related to international transactions.
2.7 Prices (Eurostat)
Theme 2.06 - Prices

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production and development of Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICPs);
• Production and development of Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs);
• Development of house price indices/ prices for owner-occupied housing;
• Development of detailed multi-purpose consumer price statistics;
• Calculation of Correction Coefficients and Salary Adjustment for EU Staff;
• Development and production of information on Pension for EU Staff.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Commercial Property Prices Indices handbook;
• Re-engineering of the Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICP) production process in Eurostat;
• Report to European Parliament and Council on implementation of Purchasing Power Parities Regulation.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• (Legislated) and ad-hoc Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICP) standards.
• Calculation and dissemination of monthly Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices; sub-indices and special aggregates; HICP at Constant Tax Rates; HICP Administered Prices.
• Owner-Occupied Housing: methodological guidance, technical manual and supply by National Statistical Institutes of pilot indices,  Owner Occupied Housing regulation.
• Implementation by Member States of Regulations on Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) quality adjustment, sampling and weighting - further improvement of quality of HICPs.
• Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) Flash Estimate Production: calculation of HICP Flash Estimate.
• Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) compliance monitoring and quality control: assessing and verifying National Statistical Institutes compliance to HICP standards.
• Detailed consumer prices: more detailed price indices, detailed price levels, food chains monitoring tool.
• Detailed consumer prices: more detailed price indices, detailed price levels.
• Revision and update of the Purchasing Power Parities (PPP) manual.
• Development of a new methodology for Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs) for health services. Work is lead by OECD.
• PPP Inventories: evaluation of countries' sources and methods for Purchasing Power Parities (PPP).
• Purchasing Power Parities for 37 countries at GDP and components level; Eurobase update, press release, SIFs.
• Article 64 Intra-EU Statistics: methodology and results tables to DG Human Resources and Security.
• Article 65 Council Remuneration report and Statistics: methodology and results tables to DG Human Resources and Security.
• Actuarial calculation of the pension contribution rate in accordance with Annex XII of the Staff Regulations.
• Yearly calculation of the liability of the Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme Pension Scheme (JSIS) at 31st December.
• Yearly calculation of the liability of the Pension Scheme of Members of some EU Institutions (PSMI) at 31st December.
• Article 64 Extra-EU Statistics: Methodology and Results Package to DG Human Resources and Security and European External Action Service.
• Yearly calculation of the liability of the Pension Scheme of EU officials and other servants (PSEO) at 31st December.

2.9 Science and technology (Eurostat)
Theme 5.06 - Science, technology and innovation

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Statistics developed under this theme provide a basis for the monitoring and benchmark exercise for the Europe 2020 strategy, the development of the European Research Area (ERA) and the Innovation Union Initiative. Further topics are the re-engineering of research and innovation statistics and the possible integration of ICT statistics (see Theme 5.07).

Activities covered by the theme are:

• Production, dissemination and development of the Community Innovation Survey 2010-2012;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Research and Development statistics 2009-2011;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Patent statistics based on PATSTAT data source from European Patent Office;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Intellectual property rights statistics (other than Patent statistics) based on the adequate sources;
• Production and dissemination of the High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors statistics on the basis of Eurostat data;
• Developing new indicators for Commission strategy Europe 2020, European Research Area (ERA) and Innovation Union Initiative and managing and coordinating the related work.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Intellectual Property Rights, IPR, statistics (excluding patents): ensure the regular production and dissemination of IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Proposal to Working Group meeting for revising the Commission Regulation (EC) No 753/2004 of R&D and other STI statistics.
• Proposal to Working Group meeting for revising the Commission Regulation (EC) No 1450/2004 of community statistics on innovation.
• Explorative work towards an ERA indicators on research infrastructure.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Patent Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of patent data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Human Resources in Science and Technology Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of Human Resources in Science and Technology data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• ERA Indicators: Develop a method for matching harmonized Patent applicant names (firms) with harmonized firm names from financial databases for creating SME patenting indicators.
• Looking at the potential for R&D and Community Innovation surveys (and beyond) re-design and search for synergies, including linking with other enterprise statistics.
• Intensified quality validation of R&D data: follow-up of ESTAT's and Member States' action plans from 2011.
• Maintain and improve Eurostat's set of ERA indicators; coordinate actions, metadata, quality evaluation and communication towards Commission.
• Research and Development Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of R&D (Research and Development) and GBAORD (Government Budget Appropriations or Outlays on Research and Development) data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• High Tech Sector Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors' data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Innovation Statistics: ensure the production and dissemination of Community Innovation Survey data 2010 and the related metadata.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• A project in developing detailed and exhaustive methodology for serving further breakdowns of the GBAORD data (on public science budgets) both in joint and open public R&D programmes.
• Renewal of contract to maintain, update and further develop its integrated internal STI database.
• Several projects to obtaining statistical data complementary to what is provided by the European Statistical System in particular bibliometric data, data on licensing and national patents, supplementary foreign affiliates R&D data.


2.5 Government finance, fiscal and public sector statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 2.04 - Government finance statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Assessment of debt and deficit data in the context of the Excessive Deficit Procedure (EDP);
• Annual non-financial government accounts (AGOV);
• Quarterly government accounts (QGOV).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Preparation and follow-up of the Financial Accounts Working Group and EDP processes.
• Introducing improved quality management framework in the area of government finance statistics and particularly promoting quality management standards adapted to the specificities of the Excessive Deficit Procedure compilation process to be implemented by National Statistical Institutes. A Working Group GFS quality management will be created.
• Monitoring and assessing the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice in the context of the process of Excessive Deficit Procedure compilation.
• Identifying, monitoring and assessing risks or problems from upstream data sources with a view to initiating corrective action at the earliest possible point (Early Warning System (EWS)).
• Monitoring and assessing the appropriateness, exhaustiveness and timeliness of the upstream public finance data by reference to ESA requirements, within an Excessive Deficit Procedure context.
• Participation in the coordination of formal Excessive Deficit Procedure methodological visits to Member States as provided for under Article 11b of Regulation (EC) No. 479/2009.
• Monitoring and assessing the effectiveness, reliability, integrity and transparency of the process of data flows between the public entities and the statistical offices in charge of the final compilation of Excessive Deficit Procedure data.
• Promoting accrual based public accounting, including an active role within the International Public Sector Accounting Standards, which is close to ESA-based principles.
• Implementation of Article 16 of Regulation (EC) No 479/2009 across the EU, regarding the responsibilities of national authorities and officials in the context of Excessive Deficit Procedure, with Eurostat's involvement to work towards a harmonised EU framework.
• Development of methodology and approach towards a more robust system of quality management for use in public finance statistics for Excessive Deficit Procedure purposes.
• Risk management for public finance statistics within context of CoP. Development of methodology and approach towards monitoring and assessing the adequacy of the quality of upstream data for compiling Excessive Deficit Procedure statistics in accordance with ESA rules, to be able to assess risks and initiate corrective action.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production of annual government statistics: update of the dissemination database and website;
• Production of quarterly government statistics: validation and dissemination in the database and on the website;
• Verification of data under excessive deficit procedure;
• Missions of verification under Excessive Debt Procedure (EDP) and Stability and Growth Pact;
• Ex-ante and ex-post cases - methodological issues;
• Conceptual surveillance under the Excessive Deficit Procedure and the Stability and Growth Pact;
• Carry out statistical assessment of Candidate Countries;
• Support the development of the statistical system in Greece through the organisation and management of technical assistance activities in the areas of public finance statistics, high level advice and selected statistical domains;
• Support the development of the statistical system in Greece through the organisation and management of technical assistance activities in the areas of public finance statistics, high level advice and selected statistical domains;
• Training Course on government finance statistics.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Classification of tax revenues by economic function and calculation of breakdown and implicit tax rates on consumption, labour, capital and environment.


2.6 International trade and balance of payments (Eurostat)
Theme 2.07 - Trade in goods

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production and dissemination of external trade statistics;
• Quality assurance in trade statistics;
• Coordination, drafting, adjustment and maintenance of legislation in the field of statistics on trade in goods with Member States (Intrastat) and non-Member States (Extrastat);
• Coordination of initiatives on burden reduction in the field of external trade statistics recap.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Harmonisation of validation rules to be applied by Member States before sending data to Eurostat;
• Development of statistics merging trade and business related data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Development of a  proposal for the integration of international transactions and business statistics in a single legal act.
• Recap various options for simplifying the Intrastat system (e.g. single flow, nomenclature) and develop a mid-term proposal for further simplification.
• Methodology in International Trade in Goods Statistics: coordinate all activities related to the methodological development for Intrastat and Extrastat.
• Manage the trade in goods - cooperation, assist for country reports, seminars, improved methodology.
• Production of trade in goods statistical data: make detailed trade data and metadata from Member States, international organisations and third countries available in the Comext database on a monthly basis.
• COMEXT User support: provide technical and statistical user support to the European Commission, Member States and other public users and institutions. Organise monthly Comext training courses for the Commission.
• Further modernisation of tools for Intrastat data collection and facilitation of Multinational Enterprises declarations.
• Improve and automate the structured communication with Member States with the use of XT-NET ASSIST system.
• Trade in goods: Electronic data dissemination. Data and metadata accessible on-line and by DVD/free dissemination. Enhancements of the derivation procedures (by Classification of Products by Activity (CPA), Standard International Trade Classification (SITC), Broad Economic Categories (BEC), external trade by means of transport (NSTR), combinations of them) and improvement data linking of trade statistics with tariffs database.
• MEETS trade in goods - coordination of objective 4: coordinate the MEETS projects related to international trade statistics.
• Develop and promote standards, IT architecture design and provide support for the data collection and date exchange among providers of statistical information and collecting authorities as well as for the exchange of information between administrations.
• Coordination and promotion of actions aiming the improvement of collection systems, procedures and validation at Member States level. Maintenance and further development of messages (Instat-XML), transfer formats (SDMX), use cases, architecture of data exchange systems.
• Publication of aggregated data for international transactions.
• International Trade in Goods Statistics: analysis and quality, incl. compliance.

Theme 2.08 - Trade in services and balance of payments

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Balance of payments (BoP): Methodology, Meetings;
• Quarterly balance of payments;
• Foreign direct investment (FDI);
• International trade in services;
• Balance of payments of the EU institutions;
• Balance of payments and related statistics: Enlargement.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Economic imbalance scoreboard - external imbalances: contribute to the development of the indicators and prepare their regular production.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Balance of Payments Quality Report (QR) is compiled annually according to Regulation (EC) No. 184/2005 (Art 11) and  Regulation (EC) No. 1055/2008. Bilateral tables of asymmetries will be integrated in Balance of Payments Quality Report (BoP QR) from 2011 onwards. BoP QR includes parts related to International Trade in Services (ITS) and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
• Implementation of Balance of Payments Manual (BPM6): Regulation (EC) No 184/2005 has to be amended in line with the new international standards. An harmonised codification has to be defined and methodological guidelines have to be provided to the Member States. This is a joint initiative from Eurostat and DG Statistics of the ECB, with the ECB taking the lead with regard to the new codification structure.
• Balance of Payments and related Euro Indicators: treatment and dissemination of quarterly Balance of Payments (BoP) data.
• Foreign Direct Investment: data production, compilation and dissemination of statistics. Maintenance and development of methodology as well as data quality issues. Maintenance and development of the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Network.
• Methodology, production, dissemination and quality management for International Trade in Services Statistics.
• Balance of Payments of EU Institutions: production and dissemination of the monthly, quarterly and annual online tables.
• Manage the Modernisation of European Enterprise and Trade Statistics (MEETS) projects related to international transactions.


2.7 Prices (Eurostat)
Theme 2.06 - Prices

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production and development of Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICPs);
• Production and development of Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs);
• Development of house price indices/ prices for owner-occupied housing;
• Development of detailed multi-purpose consumer price statistics;
• Calculation of Correction Coefficients and Salary Adjustment for EU Staff;
• Development and production of information on Pension for EU Staff.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Commercial Property Prices Indices handbook;
• Re-engineering of the Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICP) production process in Eurostat;
• Report to European Parliament and Council on implementation of Purchasing Power Parities Regulation.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• (Legislated) and ad-hoc Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICP) standards.
• Calculation and dissemination of monthly Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices; sub-indices and special aggregates; HICP at Constant Tax Rates; HICP Administered Prices.
• Owner-Occupied Housing: methodological guidance, technical manual and supply by National Statistical Institutes of pilot indices,  Owner Occupied Housing regulation.
• Implementation by Member States of Regulations on Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) quality adjustment, sampling and weighting - further improvement of quality of HICPs.
• Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) Flash Estimate Production: calculation of HICP Flash Estimate.
• Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) compliance monitoring and quality control: assessing and verifying National Statistical Institutes compliance to HICP standards.
• Detailed consumer prices: more detailed price indices, detailed price levels, food chains monitoring tool.
• Detailed consumer prices: more detailed price indices, detailed price levels.
• Revision and update of the Purchasing Power Parities (PPP) manual.
• Development of a new methodology for Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs) for health services. Work is lead by OECD.
• PPP Inventories: evaluation of countries' sources and methods for Purchasing Power Parities (PPP).
• Purchasing Power Parities for 37 countries at GDP and components level; Eurobase update, press release, SIFs.
• Article 64 Intra-EU Statistics: methodology and results tables to DG Human Resources and Security.
• Article 65 Council Remuneration report and Statistics: methodology and results tables to DG Human Resources and Security.
• Actuarial calculation of the pension contribution rate in accordance with Annex XII of the Staff Regulations.
• Yearly calculation of the liability of the Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme Pension Scheme (JSIS) at 31st December.
• Yearly calculation of the liability of the Pension Scheme of Members of some EU Institutions (PSMI) at 31st December.
• Article 64 Extra-EU Statistics: Methodology and Results Package to DG Human Resources and Security and European External Action Service.
• Yearly calculation of the liability of the Pension Scheme of EU officials and other servants (PSEO) at 31st December.


2.9 Science and technology (Eurostat)
Theme 5.06 - Science, technology and innovation

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Statistics developed under this theme provide a basis for the monitoring and benchmark exercise for the Europe 2020 strategy, the development of the European Research Area (ERA) and the Innovation Union Initiative. Further topics are the re-engineering of research and innovation statistics and the possible integration of ICT statistics (see Theme 5.07).

Activities covered by the theme are:

• Production, dissemination and development of the Community Innovation Survey 2010-2012;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Research and Development statistics 2009-2011;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Patent statistics based on PATSTAT data source from European Patent Office;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Intellectual property rights statistics (other than Patent statistics) based on the adequate sources;
• Production and dissemination of the High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors statistics on the basis of Eurostat data;
• Developing new indicators for Commission strategy Europe 2020, European Research Area (ERA) and Innovation Union Initiative and managing and coordinating the related work.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Intellectual Property Rights, IPR, statistics (excluding patents): ensure the regular production and dissemination of IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Proposal to Working Group meeting for revising the Commission Regulation (EC) No 753/2004 of R&D and other STI statistics.
• Proposal to Working Group meeting for revising the Commission Regulation (EC) No 1450/2004 of community statistics on innovation.
• Explorative work towards an ERA indicators on research infrastructure.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Patent Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of patent data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Human Resources in Science and Technology Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of Human Resources in Science and Technology data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• ERA Indicators: Develop a method for matching harmonized Patent applicant names (firms) with harmonized firm names from financial databases for creating SME patenting indicators.
• Looking at the potential for R&D and Community Innovation surveys (and beyond) re-design and search for synergies, including linking with other enterprise statistics.
• Intensified quality validation of R&D data: follow-up of ESTAT's and Member States' action plans from 2011.
• Maintain and improve Eurostat's set of ERA indicators; coordinate actions, metadata, quality evaluation and communication towards Commission.
• Research and Development Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of R&D (Research and Development) and GBAORD (Government Budget Appropriations or Outlays on Research and Development) data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• High Tech Sector Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors' data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Innovation Statistics: ensure the production and dissemination of Community Innovation Survey data 2010 and the related metadata.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• A project in developing detailed and exhaustive methodology for serving further breakdowns of the GBAORD data (on public science budgets) both in joint and open public R&D programmes.
• Renewal of contract to maintain, update and further develop its integrated internal STI database.
• Several projects to obtaining statistical data complementary to what is provided by the European Statistical System in particular bibliometric data, data on licensing and national patents, supplementary foreign affiliates R&D data.



3. Environment and multi-domain statistics (Eurostat)
2.1 Macroeconomic statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 5.01 - Statistics for business cycle analysis

Fields of activities covered by the theme 
• Improvement of the quality and the coverage of Principal European Economic Indicators (PEEIs, COM/2002/661) and enhancement of their visibility.
• Development and implementation of sophisticated statistical and econometric techniques in order to increase timeliness, length, frequency and reliability of PEEIs.
• Development and maintenance of a statistical framework for the assessment of the euro area and Member States cyclical situation.
• Provide advanced methods for data readability and interpretability.
• Preparation, implementation and follow up of guidelines for harmonising PEEI production processes and for the definition of best statistical practices.
• Development of tools for the rationalising the use of statistical and econometric techniques.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production of statistical estimation to increase timeliness, coverage and length. Statistical framework for business cycle analysis based on Principal European Economic Indicators (PEEIs). Guidelines for harmonisation of PEEIs production and advanced quality measures.
• Supply of statistical PEEIs including publication, quality assessment statistical improvements and analysis of PEEIs with expected monthly or quarterly output. Integration of traditional methods with more sophisticated econometric techniques.
• Investigation of innovative statistical and econometric techniques to be used to enhance data production, quality assessment and analysis of PEEIs.
• Integrated system for improvement, quality monitoring and analysis of PEEIs implementation of methodologies for monitoring, improvememt and analysis of PEEIs. A friendly and standardised computational framework for the PEEIs.


2.2 Economic accounts (Eurostat)
Theme 2.01 - Annual economic accounts

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Annual national accounts - main aggregates;
• Productivity and growth analysis;
• Annual non-financial Sector Accounts (ASA);
• Annual Financial Accounts (AFA);
• Pensions.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Economic imbalance scoreboard. Contribute to the development of the indicators and prepare their regular production;
• Update manual on regional accounts: guidance to and steering of respective task force.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• New System of National Accounts (SNA) and new European System of Accounts (ESA);
• Specific improvements in national accounts data provided by Member States to prepare introduction of ESA2010 and its transmission programme;
• EU KLEMS (EU level analysis of capital (K), labour (L), energy (E), materials (M) and service (S) inputs): productivity and growth accounts for the EU, euro area and Member States;
• Monitoring of and Reporting on compliance with the data transmission programme;
• Implementation of NACE Rev 2 and CPA 2008 in national and regional accounts;
• Revision of ESA Transmission Programme, negotiations in the Council, transitional measures to support Member States and practical aspects related to transmission;
• Annual national accounts: collection, validation and dissemination of main aggregates data. Database maintenance and evolution. Publications. User support. Website. Compliance;
• Regular production of press releases, SiFs and contributions to horizontal and compendium publications;
• Annual national accounts: production of European annual aggregates including employment; update of the dissemination database;
• CVD compliant IT production system for national accounts;
• National accounts methodological and practical improvements: 5 projects to facilitate the implementation of the revised ESA and research related to the implementation of the Eurostat vision;
• Production of annual Institutional Sector Accounts: update of the dissemination database and website;
• Validate and disseminate data on non-financial assets for the total economy and by sector, in particular household dwellings;
• Collection, validation dissemination of SUT IOT (supply/use tables and input/output tables) data. Database maintenance and development. Compliance, process assessment, NAPS integration;
• In cooperation with Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS-JRC) to produce Supply, Use tables at basic prices for all the Member States and for EU27. To produce Supply and Use tables for EuroArea. To produce Input output tables for EU27 and Euro Area (EA);
• Production of aggregated Supply/Use tables and input/output tables for the EU and Euroarea; input into environmental accounts applications;
• Supply/Use tables and input/output tables: regular production of new releases and SiFs, contribution to horizontal and compendium publications;
• Enhanced quality assurance for regional GDP per inhabitant: inventories, quality assurance questionnaires on regional Gross Value Added (GVA) and regional population, country missions incl. follow-up;
• Estimation of regional GDP at level NUTS2 and NUTS3 and of regional household income at level NUTS2, including development of methodology based on data collected from the Member States; dissemination via Eurobase;
• Regional accounts input for publications, in particular the Regional Yearbook, two SiFs, the Eurostat Yearbook, the annual reports on the rural development and on the social situation in the EU.

Theme 2.02 - Quarterly accounts

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Quarterly national accounts;
• Quarterly non-financial sector accounts (QSA).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Update Manual QNA: guidance to and steering of respective task force with Member States.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Quarterly National Accounts: collection, validation and dissemination of main aggregates data. Database maintenance and evolution. Publications. User support. Website. Compliance.
• Quarterly National Accounts: European annual aggregates including employment; Flash estimates GDP; quarterly releases of aggregates; update of the dissemination database.
• Quarterly National Accounts: regular production of press releases, SiFs and contributions to horizontal and compendium publications.
• Prodcuction of Quarterly Institutional Sector Accounts (QSA): update of the dissemination database, website and news release.

Theme 2.05 - Monitoring own resources

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Annual national accounts data of Gross National Income (GNI) and Gross National Product (GNP);
• Verification of the GNI/GNP data transmitted each year by Member States;
• Verification of Member States' inventories of statistical sources and methods used to calculate GNI/GNP;
• Verification, in cooperation with DG Budget, of the figures and calculations included in Member States' VAT statements.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Verification of the reliability, comparability and exhaustiveness of own resource GNI data and of the own resource VAT figures and calculations transmitted by Member States.


2.3 Business statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 3.01 - Annual business statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Industrial production statistics (Prodcom);
• Structural Business Statistics (SBS);
• Statistics on Foreign Affiliates (FATS);
• Modernisation of European Enterprise and Trade Statistics (MEETS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Simplification of the SBS Regulation requirements: analysis and agreement with Member States on the simplifications to Regulation (EC) No. 295/2008, in particular for Annexes V-VII.
• Provision of back-casted Structural Business Statistics data on an aggregated level in NACE Rev.2 for reference years 2005-2007 to users. Treatment of data transmitted in 2010 and in 2011 by Member States on a voluntary basis and estimating the missing data to calculate EU aggregates.
• Production of the report to the European Parliament and the Council on the implementation of Regulation 716/2007 on Foreign Affiliates statistics.
• Commission Decision on the annual work programme for 2013 for the implementation of Decision No 1297/2008/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the MEETS programme. Adoption of the annual work programme with the priorities for the actions to be undertaken in 2013 and the budgetary allocations under this Decision.
• ESSnet consistency: Identify and analyse differences in definitions and provide recommendations on possible adjustments.
• Continued quality improvement of SBS, Prodcom and FATS data: annual quality reports produced and analysed according to the governing regulations. The necessary follow-up actions are undertaken. Improved quality checking of data.
• Drafting a manual on the overall methodological framework for  business statistics.
• Re-engineering of the business statistics production process in Eurostat.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production and dissemination of Structural Business Statistics (SBS) according to Regulation No 295/2008. Validation, processing and dissemination of data received from Member States and other countries on Eurostat website.
• Provision of the headline indicator for the monitoring of the Europe2020 targets on the Innovation Union.
• Integrate employer business demography and high growth enterprise statistics into regular data production. Framework for data collection (legal or gentlemen's agreement) ready for adoption. Contribute to the Entrepreneurship Indicator Programme (EIP) programme by providing the business demography related indicators.
• Validation and processing of annual Prodcom data received from Member States and other reporting countries. Dissemination of national data and EU aggregates on the Eurostat website.
• Publication of 2013 PRODCOM list.
• Production and dissemination of statistics on Foreign Affilates according to Regulation (EC) No 716/2007. Validation, processing and dissemination of data received from Member States and other countries on Eurostat website.
• Final decisions on the feasibility of collecting pilot study variables on a regular basis on Foreign Affiliate Statistics will be taken.
• Successful implementation of Decision 1297/2008/EC establishing the Programme for the Modernisation of European Enterprise and Trade Statistics (MEETS).
• Follow-up of developments in accounting, appropriate reporting and preparation of documents on accounting and statistics.
• Provision of statistics for the analysis of global value chains e.g. by remodelling and by carrying out the survey on international sourcing and by extensive micro-data linking in order to enhance the value of Structural Business Statistics (SBS) and other business statistics. ESSnet on measuring global value chains continues its work.

Theme 3.02 - Short-term business statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production of short-term business statistics (STS) for industry, construction, retail trade and other services;
• Consolidation and improvement of quality.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Short Term Business Statistics (STS): timely production of the existing indicators and their publication, mainly in the form of continuous updating of Eurostat's database on the web site and in the form of monthly news releases for a selected set of indicators, among the Principal European Economic Indicators (PEEIs).


2.4 Sectoral statistics (Eurostat)
3.1 Environment (Eurostat)
Theme 5.03 - Environment statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme 
• Environmental Data Centre on Waste;
• Statistics on waste, hazardous substances, water, biodiversity;
• Regional environment statistics;
• Streamlining and production of environmental indicators (Sustainable Development, Sustainable Development Indicators, Europe 2020, etc.).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Collect regional environmental statistics and make them available;
• In cooperation with the Group of Four (ESTAT, ENV, JRC and EEA), development and improvement of the statistical knowledge base to support the Europe 2020 flagship initiative on resource efficiency.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Streamline the various environmental indicator sets maintained by the Group of 4 (ESTAT, ENV, JRC, EEA);
• Publication of biodiversity indicators;
• GDP and beyond: ensure the coordination of Eurostat activities linked to the Communication COM(2009)433;
• Manage and develop the data centre on waste;
• Manage the Waste Statistics Regulation. Collect, validate and disseminate data on generation and treatment of waste;
• Develop and maintain the set of indicators to monitor the EU Chemicals Policy (REACH);
• Support Member States in the improvement of water statistics (grants);
• Collect, validate and disseminate statistics on water resources, water uses and waste water treatment.3.2 Regional and small area statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 4.08 - Rural development and maritime policy statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Provision of statistics to support the European Rural Development Policy and the European Integrated Maritime Policy.
• Discussions mainly with DG AGRI, DG MARE and DG REGIO about their data needs; follow-up and completion of action 6.5 of the Blue Paper Action Plan on integrated maritime policy (SEC(2007)1278) "Improving Socio-Economic Data for maritime sectors and maritime regions".
• Testing the use of data from harmonised European surveys (Labour Force Survey, Information and Communication Technologies Usage Survey).
• Cross-sectional data collection at NUTS level 3 for areas with differing levels of rurality and for coastal areas / the maritime sector if available. Analysing and publishing NUTS level 3 data as far as they are available.
• Managing grants provided to Member States (collection of existing data).
• Building a framework for a rural/coastal inventory covering the most important services/infrastructures.
• Analysing and publishing NUTS level 3 data.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide the European Union with statistical information (i.e. statistical indicators) in the field of rural development. Development work covering the collection of appropriate statistics (social, demographic, economic, etc) to evaluate the sustainable development of rural areas.
• Statistical data for the Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP).
• Elaboration of statistical publications devoted to Rural development (i.e Statistics in Focus, pocketbook, etc.). Improvement of dedicated webpages for Rural Development statistics.
• Rural development data collection: regular update of the database using official data published on the websites of the NSIs. Manage the rural data collection exercise launched in 2010 based on existing data sources. Data collection in the framework of the European harmonised surveys.
• Elaboration of statistical publications devoted to coastal regions and maritime sector (i.e Statistics in Focus, pocketbook, etc.). Improvement of dedicated webpage for Maritime Policy statistics.
• Maritime Policy data collection: regular update of the database using data from available source in the Commission and data collected in the framework of European harmonised surveys.


Theme 5.04 - Regional and urban statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Coordination of the collection of regional statistics in various thematic units of Eurostat;
• Coordination of the dissemination of regional statistics;
• Collection processing and dissemination of urban statistics;
• Identification of new or changed requirements on regional and urban statistics in cooperation with policy Directorates General of the Commission;
• Maintenance of the Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Regional Yearbook Production: planning and coordination of the drafting of the Yearbook contributions by Eurostat thematic units, the compilation of contributions to an integrated publication, coordination of translation, layout and printing work.
• Technical infrastructure for urban and regional statistics: improvement of the technical tools for the data validation, loading and processing of the production database.
• Urban Audit data collection: collect, validate and disseminate set of statistical indicators for European cities.
• Cooperation with Eurostat thematic units on regional statistics data collection in all phases of the statistical production cycle, the further evolution of regional indicators, metadata maintenance and their methodological basis as well as dissemination issues.
• The task includes the annual update of the regional and urban statistics reference guide.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

A Study on harmonised collection of European data and statistics in the field of urban transport and mobility" is undertaken whose results are expected in spring 2012.

Theme 5.05 - Geographical and local information

Fields of activities covered by the theme

•  Maintenance of a Reference Database for geographic information for the Commission (GISCO);
•  Purchase of new or updated geographic datasets and their integration into the GISCO database;
•  Support to Commission services, including Eurostat, for work with geographic information and in geographic map production;
•  Cooperation with DG Environment and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) on the INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe) initiative according to the Memorandum of Understanding;
•   Implementation of an INSPIRE conforming technical architecture based on the concept of Geoportals;
•  Operation of the INSPIRE Geoportals under the responsibility of the Commission.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• VIP Project: Geospatial information.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production of statistical or thematic maps in paper and electronic form based on extractions from statistical databases and based on geographic data layers.
• GEOSTAT: ESS-Net project on European population grid. Preparation of a European population grid based on Census data: methodology for collection of georeferenced demographical data.
• Cooperation with DG ENV and the JRC on the development and implementation of INSPIRE Directive based on a Memorandum of Understanding between the DGs.
• Provide access to the Commission internal geographic/spatial datasets through the INSPIRE-EC geoportal.
• Within the INSPIRE architecture, put the EU Geoportal in the position of a central hub linked to the national geoportals.
• Preparation of the Implementing Rules and adoption by the Commission. Development and implementation of INSPIRE geoportal. Commission compliance.

3.3 Multi-domain statistics and indicators (Eurostat)
2.4.1 Agriculture, forestry, fisheries (Eurostat)
Theme 4.01 - Agricultural production

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Crop product statistics;
• Livestock, meat and eggs statistics;
• Mild and dairy product statistics;
• Supply balance sheets;
• Vineyard statistics;
• Fruit tree statistics;
• Organic farming statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Annual crop statistics - methods and definitions: development of quality reporting for annual Crops as provided in Regulation (EC) No 543/209.
• Structural statistics on permanent crops (former 'Vineyard and orchard surveys') - data. Update of production database in MDT (MultiDimensional table) and/or FAME (Forecasting Analytical Modelling Environment) and of Eurobase database.
• Implementation acts for Permanent crops statistics: preparation and adoption of implementation acts and manuals following the adoption of Permanent crops Regulation.
• Crop statistics - validation and production of annual statistics on area, production and yields production database and Eurobase database update, crop supply balance sheets production (taking into account the gradual phasing out of this activity); database and dissemination Eurobase database updated.
• Annual crop statistics - legislation: implementation of Regulations and Gentlemen's agreements on crop production statistics.
• Validation and production of Livestock and meat statistics, egg and chick statistics- Eurobase database update.
• Livestock and meat statistics - quality: quality reports due from Member States by July 2011 under Regulation (EC) No 1165/2008.
• Livestock and meat statistics - legislation: implementation of Regulation (EC) No 1165/2008.
• Milk and dairy products - legislation: revision of Decision 97/80/EC,  structure of dairy enterprises.
• Validation and production of milk and dairy product statistics; Eurobase database update.
• eDAMIS/Generic Web Forms component (domains: ANI, MILK, CROPS and EAA): analysis and request of new features; testing exercise of new versions, creation of templates for all datasets; addition of pre-validation rules.
• SDMX implementation in Agricultural domains (EAA, ANI and CROPS): standardisation of the data transmission format in order to improve the efficiency of data collection and processing by Eurostat and for maintaining and improving data quality.
• Migration of FAME based applications to MDT/Oracle for ANI and CROPS. Migration of the domains and consolidation (provide improved tools and methods to ensure the production of high quality statistical information service).

Theme 4.02 - Agricultural structures

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Farm structure statistics play a key role in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). This role is likely to increase over time with enlargement and CAP reform (shift from product to producer support - environmental compliance - rural development).
• Farm Structure Surveys - censuses every ten years (i.e. 2009/2010) and two intermediate sample surveys in between (i.e. 2013 and 2016) - are the backbone of the agricultural statistical system.
• The Farm Structure Survey (FSS) is covered by a basic Regulation (EC) No 1166/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council
• The Survey on Agricultural Production Methods (SAPM) launched in 2009/2010 is also based on the Regulation (EC) No 1166/2008.
• The concerned surveys serve the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) through provision of micro-data (farm level) on the agricultural labour force, land use, livestock, equipment and non-agricultural activities and they are the statistical basis for collection of information on land use, livestock and agricultural income.
• The farm typology derived from FSS data is used as the sampling frame for the farm accountancy data network.
• The Common Agricultural Policy has evolved significantly over the last years. The most recent proposals, adopted by the Commission in October 2011, highlight new challenges, notably the rising concerns regarding food security, the sustainable management of natural resources, mitigation of and adaptation to climate change, increasing volatility of agricultural prices, the diversity and further development of farm structures and production systems and the need for strengthening of territorial and social cohesion. By responding to these challenges, the CAP will contribute to the Europe 2020 Strategy in terms of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. A solid statistical base is essential for policy design and impact assessment of reform proposals, the implementation of the policy and its monitoring and evaluation.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Agricultural structures - collection, validation and dissemination of 2009/2010 census data; Validation processes; National Methodological Reports; New dissemination strategies.
• Launch of the commodities requested to start the farm sample survey 2013 based on Regulation 1166/2008 and implementing Commission Regulation 1200/2009. The action plan covers as well the launch at the end of 2001 or beginning 2012 of the procedure for co-financing for the FSS 2013.
• Agricultural structures - New approach for collection of agricultural structure data. Collection and validation of farm structure survey statistics after 2013.
• Dissemination of Farm Structure Survey Data: dissemination of standard tables in Eurobase, SIFs, Pocketbook, Statistical Yearbook etc.

Theme 4.03 - Land use and land cover

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• This theme comprises the Land Use and Land Cover Area Frame Statistical Survey (LUCAS), which regards the whole EU territory.
• Surveys (most recent 2008/2009) are launched to obtain harmonised data not only on Land Use and Land Cover changes, but also on environmental features and landscape evolution.
• Setting up Land Use and land Cover Area frame Surveys (LUCAS).
• Setting up an integrated ESS data network for Land Cover and Land Use.
• Collecting comparable and harmonised statistical information on Land Cover and Land Use.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Supervision and steer of the Lucas (Land use and land cover statistics) survey 2012. Follow up of the established contracts; support to the contractors at the implementation of the survey - first checks of collected microdata on land use and land cover.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Analysis of outcome of earlier surveys, especially the Land use/cover area frame survey 2008/2009 and applicability for management of future surveys.
• Collecting and harmonising European data on land use and land cover by implementing the Lucas approach in the countries; by assessing and collecting available data in countries and by taking into account the need for harmonisation of these data and by co-operating with the EEA and other international bodies.

Theme 4.04 - Agricultural accounts and prices

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Economic Accounts for Agriculture (EAA); also covers agricultural labour input (ALI);
• Unit Value Statistics (UV) and Regional EAA;
• Agricultural Price Statistics - covers annual and quarterly agricultural price indices data (API) and absolute prices data;
• Agricultural land prices and rents.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Validation, production and dissemination of Economic Accounts for Agriculture.
• Agricultural accounts and prices - quality: Methodological Inventories for Economic Accounts for Agriculture and Agricultural price statistics. Further elaboration of quality reporting for both domains.
• Migration of FAME based application to MDT/Oracle for EAA. Migration of the domains and consolidation (provide improved tools and methods to ensure the production of high quality statistical information service).
• Validation, production and dissemination of Agricultural Prices and Indices,  including land prices and rents.

Theme 4.05 - Forestry statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Collection of annual data on the production of and trade in wood and wood products for the EU and EFTA countries with the Joint FAO/ECE (Economic Commission for Europe)/Eurostat/ITTO (International Tropical Timber Organisation) Forest Sector Questionnaire (JFSQ).
• Collection of economic data for forestry and logging using the Integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting for Forests (IEEAF) approach.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect, validate and disseminate forestry statistics;
• Collect, validate and disseminate forest accounts. Develop and improve the methodology.

Theme 4.06 - Fisheries statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Catch statistics;
• Landings statistics;
• Aquaculture statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Simplification of catch statistics legislation: merge Regulations (EC) No 216/2009, No 217/2009 and No 218/2009 to cover the catches' data collection for the major fishing areas of EU27 fishing countries.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Focus on quality of landings and catches statistics, using the new informatics tools implemented in the framework of the eDamis single point as well as the fisheries pilot project using the SDMX.
• SDMX implementation in Fisheries: standardisation of the data transmission format in order to improve the efficiency of data collection and processing by Eurostat and for maintaining and improving data quality.
• Implementation of Regulations in Fisheries statistics.
• Fisheries statistics - production: validation, production and dissemination of landings, catch and aquaculture statistics.
• Aquaculture Statistics - quality: prepare a report to EP and Council on the data relevance and quality.
• Migration of FAME based application to MDT/Oracle for FISH. Migration of the domain and consolidation (provide improved tools and methods to ensure the production of high quality statistical information service).

Theme 4.07 - Agri-environmental statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Development and maintenance of a system of 28 agri-environmental indicators for monitoring the integration of environmental concerns into the Common Agricultural Policy, based on Commission Communication COM (2006)508.
• Coordination of the work on these indicators carried out in other Directorates General (DG Agriculture and Rural Development, DG Environment , Joint Research Centre, European Environmental Agency) in accordance to a Memorandum of Understanding and with other international organisations.
• Collection, processing and dissemination of the data needed for the indicators, from the other involved Commission services, Member States, other units and statistics in Eurostat and by other (non-governmental) organisations.
• Setting up a long-term data collection system taking into account all data needs in the domain and the need to reduce the response burden.
• Contributing to Eurostat publications including agri-environmental statistics.
• Implementation of the Regulation (EC) No 1185/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2009 concerning statistics on pesticides.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Reception, validation, processing and dissemination of pesticide sales statistics.
• Long term system for collecting data needed for agri-environmental indicators: ensure that existing surveys are amended and new surveys set up to collect the needed information following the DireDate project.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Pesticide Statistics - implementing legislation: follow-up of draft implementing regulations concerning statistics on plant production products (Regulation (EC) No 1185/2009).
• Agri-environment indicators: implementation of Statistical indicators. A Memorandum of Understanding (EC services involved: Eurostat, DG AGRI, DG ENV, JRC and EEA) has been drawn up to ensure that already available data are fully used and to pool the different skills and resources, with the medium term objective of setting up a system for collecting data on the relation between agriculture and environment.
• AEI data collection: collect data from available sources in the Commission, EU agencies, Member States, Eurostat and other (non-governmental) organisations.
• Support Member States in their work on agro-environmental indicators, collect and compile available data.
• Maintain and develop the agro-environmental indicators' MDT (MultiDimensional Table).

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• The agri-environmental indicators that are not yet fully developed will be improved as agreed in work programmes set up according to a memorandum of understanding between Eurostat, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, DG Environment, the Joint Research Centre and the European Environmental Agency. Each partner will collect data through its own system, as agreed in the memorandum.


2.4.2 Energy (Eurostat)
Theme 3.03 - Energy

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Collection/Dissemination of short-term and structural information on energy systems and electricity and gas prices; preparation of energy balance sheets;
• Evaluation of various Commission energy policies (Renewable Energy Sources, Energy Dependency, Energy Efficiency, Combined Heat and Power);
• Contribution to the monitoring of security of supply (oil stockholding obligation);
• Contribution to the monitoring of Carbon Dioxide emission inventories;
• Contribution to the development of the Energy Statistics System in the EU and Candidate Countries.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Energy efficiency / Energy savings indicators and targets monitoring; COM (2011)109 of 08.03.2011.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Energy Statistics (Annual): collect annual statistics (structural information) on solid fuels, oil, natural gas, electricity and renewable energy sources in accordance with the Energy Statistics Regulation (EC) No 1099/2008.
• Energy Statistics (Monthly): collect monthly statistics (short-term trends) on solid fuels, oil and natural gas, electricity and certain renewable energy sources, in accordance with the Energy Statistics Regulation (EC) No 1099/2008.
• Energy Price Statistics: electricity and natural gas prices are collected twice per year for households and industry. Prices for industrial end-users are collected in accordance with the Price Transparency Directive 2008/92 while prices for households are based on gentlemen's agreements.
• Modify the Energy Statistics Regulation (a) responding to new policy requirements (b) in response to priority setting/burden reduction.
• Final Energy Consumption Surveys - Energy efficiency (domestic sector): develop a Recommended Coverage for an 'Energy Consumption in Households' Survey, in response to the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency policies pursued by the Commission. Examine/Evaluate current practices in the EU, in making available this information. Carry-out surveys/modelling work at national level, to enhance data availability (grants).
• Develop the ESS RES (Renewable Energy Statistics) reporting system to respond fully to the principles defined in Directive 2009/28 (methodology development for sustainable biofuels, heat pumps). Review national systems and Implement actions at national level to improve data coverage/quality. Develop IT tools to ensure that reporting on mandatory targets under the ESR (Energy Statistics Regulation) (EC) No 1009/2008 and the Directive 2009/28 are identical.
• Evaluate use of the ESR in the preparation of the EU greenhouse gas inventory report. The energy statistics - collected under the Energy Statistics Regulation - will be examined in order to:
   - make available early estimates (T+4) of CO2 emissions, based on short-term supply side statistics (Reference Approach);
   - enhance the role of ESR statistics in the Commission QA/QC process of  national CO2 emission declarations (Sectoral Approach).
• Web-Enabled Data Editing Services (WEDES): this activity addresses the development/maintenance of tools provided to Member States for data entry (local functions), to facilitate the reporting of statistics in accordance with Directive 2009/28 on RES and with Directive 2009/119 on Oil Stocks (ensuring comparability with Regulation 1099/2008) as well as of the remote access interface for interactive data submission/validation.
• Migrate the Energy Production Database (SIRENE) to a new environment.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Data collection based on Commission Decision 1999/566/EC regarding a European Union procedure for information and consultation on crude oil supply costs and the consumer prices of petroleum products;
• Data collection based on the Council Directive 2006/67/EC, imposing an obligation on Member States to maintain minimum stocks of crude oil and/or petroleum products.


2.4.4 Transport statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 3.04 - Transport

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Commercial transport of goods and passengers in all modes where this activity is significant: road freight, rail (goods and passengers), inland waterways (goods), sea (goods and passengers), air (passengers, freight and mail), and pipelines (specific goods);
• Measurement of traffic, in particular for road vehicles;
• Infrastructures and means of transport (vehicles) at national and regional level;
• Enterprises and employment in the transport sector at national level;
• Accidents, fatalities, injured people and release of dangerous goods in the transport sector;
• Intermodal transport, congestion, logistics performance;
• Impact on the environment, in particular on climate change;
• Transport indicators (modal split; structural, sustainable development, globalisation, environment).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Annual data collection of regional transport statistics (transport infrastructure, stock of the vehicles and road traffic accident), based on a voluntary data collection.
• Modal Split indicators represent the relative share of each individual transport mode in the overall transport performance and are obtained from datasets of various transport modes using the same measurement unit.
• Modernisation and integration of Transport Information System (TRIS).
• Common Eurostat/ITF/UNECE Questionnaire on Transport Statistics: annual voluntary data collection on inland transport statistics (infrastructure, transport equipment, enterprises and partly traffic, transport measurement and safety).
• Collection of road VKm: annual voluntary data collection on the volume of road transport measured in VKm (Vehicle Kilometre).
• Road Freight Transport Statistics: quarterly data collection (vehicle, journey and goods-related data) on road freight transport, based on Council Regulation (EC) No 1172/98.
• Rail Transport Statistics: quinquennal/annual/quarterly data collection (goods, passengers and rail safety) on rail transport, based on Regulation (EC) No 91/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council.
• Annual/quarterly data collection (carriage of goods and passengers by sea) on maritime transport statistics, based on Directive 2009/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and Regulation (EU) 1090/2010.
• Inland Waterway Freight Transport Statistics: annual/quarterly data collection (type of goods, nationality and type of vessels, vessel traffic) on inland waterway freight transport, based on Regulation (EC) No 1365/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council.
• Air Transport Statistics: annual/quarterly/monthly data collection on the carriage of passengers, freight and mail by commercial air services as well as on civil aircraft movements to or from Community airports,  based on Regulation (EC) No 437/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council.
• Data collection on transport safety statistics, having as data suppliers: DG MOVE, European Rail Agency, European Maritime Safety and European Aviation Safety Agency.
• Feasibility study on production of intermodal transport statistics, including logistics indicators.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect from the Member States the safety data they need to fulfil their function (i.e. common rail safety indicators, aviation safety data as well as maritime safety and vessel movements' data).
• Collection of data and estimation of the tax revenues on mineral oils stemming from transport use. For countries which cannot provide these data a methodology is developed to estimate the split based on other sources.
• Collection of data on tax rates and revenues on energy products stemming from transport, industrial/commercial and heating use.
• Management of the CARE database on road accidents. The data are collected from the Member States in accordance with Council Decision 93/704.
• Modernisation and extension to non-inland modes Council Regulation 1108/70 on an accounting system for expenditure on infrastructure.


2.4.5 Tourism statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 3.05 - Tourism

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Tourism is an important economic activity in the EU and statistics on tourism rank amongst the highest in terms of users consulting Eurostat's website. Under the Lisbon treaty, the EU has acquired new competences in the area of tourism policy. 

Activities covered by the theme are:

• Collection and dissemination of statistics on domestic and outbound tourism demand of the EU residents (tourism propensity and tourism behaviour; typically through household /visitor survey ~ social statistics).
• Collection and dissemination of statistics on tourism supply (accommodation statistics; typically through enterprise surveys ~ business statistics).
• Statistics on employment in the tourism accommodation sector (based on data from the European Labour Force Survey).
• Tourism Satellite Accounts (TSAs): projects to enhance the methodological developments and implementation in the Member States.
• Indicators on sustainable and competitive tourism, using existing official statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Tourism statistics: feasibility study on the use of mobile positioning data for tourism statistics.
• Implementation of new Regulation on European statistics on tourism. Preparation of databases and validation programs for reception of data (incl. micro-data).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Tourism statistics: dissemination. Regularly updated online database, regular and ad-hoc publications (paper/web), presentation of results in events & meetings;
• Tourism Statistics: production - Successful validation of databases;
• Tourism statistics: methodological developments - New methodologies;
• ESSnet on automated data collection and reporting in accommodation statistics (phase 1).

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.1 NEW WORK

• Feasibility study on a Virtual Tourism Observatory (contract expected to run until January 2013).

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Conducting Flash Eurobarometer surveys about tourism (following the 2009, 2010 and 2011 exercises, a survey is foreseen to be carried out in January 2012).


2.4.6 Banking, insurance, financial statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 2.03 - Monetary and financial statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Monetary and financial indicators.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production of annual financial accounts: update of dissemination website and database;
• Development of the methodological framework and analysis and validation of the pension data received through the supplementary table;
• Dissemination of data on Exchange rates: NewCronos;
• Update and publication of monetary and finance statistics: publication on web site.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Data on public procurement collected;
• Data on state aid collected.


3.4 Yearbooks and similar compendia (Eurostat)
Theme 6.06 - Information and dissemination

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Dissemination of European statistics;
• Eurostat website;
• Support for external users;
• Publications;
• Promotion and marketing of Eurostat and of European statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implement next generation of the Eurostat website including the related tools for online access to data, metadata and publications.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Eurostat website: the website provides a stable access to Eurostat products and services, with enhancements for users. Evolutionary maintenance and quality assurance of the website, including purchases of hardware and software.
• Improve user orientation of dissemination products and services: collect and analyse information about user interaction with Eurostat dissemination products and services.
• Enhance reusability: facilitation of the re-use of Eurostat data, metadata and tools by external organisations, including NSIs, companies and the open data community.
• Dissemination of European results from the 2011 Census, via the Eurostat website, using the Census Hub.
• Raising visibility and awareness of the ESS: implement actions developed under the Sponsorship on Communication.
• Support and promotion to external users: high quality support to external users of Eurostat's products and services; publicity and promotion. Network of support centres; participation in dissemination events and distribution of promotional material.
• Statistics Explained: maintenance, further development and content management of the electronic dissemination system "Statistics Explained".
• Dissemination products for mobile devices: development of dissemination products which enable users to obtain statistics on a range of mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets, and e-readers.
• Increase multilingualism in dissemination products and services: users have access to selected information in all EU languages, as well as support in all languages.
• Publications: widespread dissemination of Eurostat's value-added output through electronic and paper publications. Production, dissemination and archiving of statistical publications, including the implementation of the publications programme 2011 and the further exploitation of the electronic dissemination system "Statistics Explained".
• Dissemination of Eurostat microdata.


2.5 Government finance, fiscal and public sector statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 2.04 - Government finance statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Assessment of debt and deficit data in the context of the Excessive Deficit Procedure (EDP);
• Annual non-financial government accounts (AGOV);
• Quarterly government accounts (QGOV).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Preparation and follow-up of the Financial Accounts Working Group and EDP processes.
• Introducing improved quality management framework in the area of government finance statistics and particularly promoting quality management standards adapted to the specificities of the Excessive Deficit Procedure compilation process to be implemented by National Statistical Institutes. A Working Group GFS quality management will be created.
• Monitoring and assessing the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice in the context of the process of Excessive Deficit Procedure compilation.
• Identifying, monitoring and assessing risks or problems from upstream data sources with a view to initiating corrective action at the earliest possible point (Early Warning System (EWS)).
• Monitoring and assessing the appropriateness, exhaustiveness and timeliness of the upstream public finance data by reference to ESA requirements, within an Excessive Deficit Procedure context.
• Participation in the coordination of formal Excessive Deficit Procedure methodological visits to Member States as provided for under Article 11b of Regulation (EC) No. 479/2009.
• Monitoring and assessing the effectiveness, reliability, integrity and transparency of the process of data flows between the public entities and the statistical offices in charge of the final compilation of Excessive Deficit Procedure data.
• Promoting accrual based public accounting, including an active role within the International Public Sector Accounting Standards, which is close to ESA-based principles.
• Implementation of Article 16 of Regulation (EC) No 479/2009 across the EU, regarding the responsibilities of national authorities and officials in the context of Excessive Deficit Procedure, with Eurostat's involvement to work towards a harmonised EU framework.
• Development of methodology and approach towards a more robust system of quality management for use in public finance statistics for Excessive Deficit Procedure purposes.
• Risk management for public finance statistics within context of CoP. Development of methodology and approach towards monitoring and assessing the adequacy of the quality of upstream data for compiling Excessive Deficit Procedure statistics in accordance with ESA rules, to be able to assess risks and initiate corrective action.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production of annual government statistics: update of the dissemination database and website;
• Production of quarterly government statistics: validation and dissemination in the database and on the website;
• Verification of data under excessive deficit procedure;
• Missions of verification under Excessive Debt Procedure (EDP) and Stability and Growth Pact;
• Ex-ante and ex-post cases - methodological issues;
• Conceptual surveillance under the Excessive Deficit Procedure and the Stability and Growth Pact;
• Carry out statistical assessment of Candidate Countries;
• Support the development of the statistical system in Greece through the organisation and management of technical assistance activities in the areas of public finance statistics, high level advice and selected statistical domains;
• Support the development of the statistical system in Greece through the organisation and management of technical assistance activities in the areas of public finance statistics, high level advice and selected statistical domains;
• Training Course on government finance statistics.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Classification of tax revenues by economic function and calculation of breakdown and implicit tax rates on consumption, labour, capital and environment.


2.6 International trade and balance of payments (Eurostat)
Theme 2.07 - Trade in goods

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production and dissemination of external trade statistics;
• Quality assurance in trade statistics;
• Coordination, drafting, adjustment and maintenance of legislation in the field of statistics on trade in goods with Member States (Intrastat) and non-Member States (Extrastat);
• Coordination of initiatives on burden reduction in the field of external trade statistics recap.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Harmonisation of validation rules to be applied by Member States before sending data to Eurostat;
• Development of statistics merging trade and business related data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Development of a  proposal for the integration of international transactions and business statistics in a single legal act.
• Recap various options for simplifying the Intrastat system (e.g. single flow, nomenclature) and develop a mid-term proposal for further simplification.
• Methodology in International Trade in Goods Statistics: coordinate all activities related to the methodological development for Intrastat and Extrastat.
• Manage the trade in goods - cooperation, assist for country reports, seminars, improved methodology.
• Production of trade in goods statistical data: make detailed trade data and metadata from Member States, international organisations and third countries available in the Comext database on a monthly basis.
• COMEXT User support: provide technical and statistical user support to the European Commission, Member States and other public users and institutions. Organise monthly Comext training courses for the Commission.
• Further modernisation of tools for Intrastat data collection and facilitation of Multinational Enterprises declarations.
• Improve and automate the structured communication with Member States with the use of XT-NET ASSIST system.
• Trade in goods: Electronic data dissemination. Data and metadata accessible on-line and by DVD/free dissemination. Enhancements of the derivation procedures (by Classification of Products by Activity (CPA), Standard International Trade Classification (SITC), Broad Economic Categories (BEC), external trade by means of transport (NSTR), combinations of them) and improvement data linking of trade statistics with tariffs database.
• MEETS trade in goods - coordination of objective 4: coordinate the MEETS projects related to international trade statistics.
• Develop and promote standards, IT architecture design and provide support for the data collection and date exchange among providers of statistical information and collecting authorities as well as for the exchange of information between administrations.
• Coordination and promotion of actions aiming the improvement of collection systems, procedures and validation at Member States level. Maintenance and further development of messages (Instat-XML), transfer formats (SDMX), use cases, architecture of data exchange systems.
• Publication of aggregated data for international transactions.
• International Trade in Goods Statistics: analysis and quality, incl. compliance.

Theme 2.08 - Trade in services and balance of payments

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Balance of payments (BoP): Methodology, Meetings;
• Quarterly balance of payments;
• Foreign direct investment (FDI);
• International trade in services;
• Balance of payments of the EU institutions;
• Balance of payments and related statistics: Enlargement.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Economic imbalance scoreboard - external imbalances: contribute to the development of the indicators and prepare their regular production.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Balance of Payments Quality Report (QR) is compiled annually according to Regulation (EC) No. 184/2005 (Art 11) and  Regulation (EC) No. 1055/2008. Bilateral tables of asymmetries will be integrated in Balance of Payments Quality Report (BoP QR) from 2011 onwards. BoP QR includes parts related to International Trade in Services (ITS) and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
• Implementation of Balance of Payments Manual (BPM6): Regulation (EC) No 184/2005 has to be amended in line with the new international standards. An harmonised codification has to be defined and methodological guidelines have to be provided to the Member States. This is a joint initiative from Eurostat and DG Statistics of the ECB, with the ECB taking the lead with regard to the new codification structure.
• Balance of Payments and related Euro Indicators: treatment and dissemination of quarterly Balance of Payments (BoP) data.
• Foreign Direct Investment: data production, compilation and dissemination of statistics. Maintenance and development of methodology as well as data quality issues. Maintenance and development of the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Network.
• Methodology, production, dissemination and quality management for International Trade in Services Statistics.
• Balance of Payments of EU Institutions: production and dissemination of the monthly, quarterly and annual online tables.
• Manage the Modernisation of European Enterprise and Trade Statistics (MEETS) projects related to international transactions.


2.7 Prices (Eurostat)
Theme 2.06 - Prices

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production and development of Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICPs);
• Production and development of Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs);
• Development of house price indices/ prices for owner-occupied housing;
• Development of detailed multi-purpose consumer price statistics;
• Calculation of Correction Coefficients and Salary Adjustment for EU Staff;
• Development and production of information on Pension for EU Staff.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Commercial Property Prices Indices handbook;
• Re-engineering of the Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICP) production process in Eurostat;
• Report to European Parliament and Council on implementation of Purchasing Power Parities Regulation.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• (Legislated) and ad-hoc Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICP) standards.
• Calculation and dissemination of monthly Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices; sub-indices and special aggregates; HICP at Constant Tax Rates; HICP Administered Prices.
• Owner-Occupied Housing: methodological guidance, technical manual and supply by National Statistical Institutes of pilot indices,  Owner Occupied Housing regulation.
• Implementation by Member States of Regulations on Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) quality adjustment, sampling and weighting - further improvement of quality of HICPs.
• Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) Flash Estimate Production: calculation of HICP Flash Estimate.
• Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) compliance monitoring and quality control: assessing and verifying National Statistical Institutes compliance to HICP standards.
• Detailed consumer prices: more detailed price indices, detailed price levels, food chains monitoring tool.
• Detailed consumer prices: more detailed price indices, detailed price levels.
• Revision and update of the Purchasing Power Parities (PPP) manual.
• Development of a new methodology for Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs) for health services. Work is lead by OECD.
• PPP Inventories: evaluation of countries' sources and methods for Purchasing Power Parities (PPP).
• Purchasing Power Parities for 37 countries at GDP and components level; Eurobase update, press release, SIFs.
• Article 64 Intra-EU Statistics: methodology and results tables to DG Human Resources and Security.
• Article 65 Council Remuneration report and Statistics: methodology and results tables to DG Human Resources and Security.
• Actuarial calculation of the pension contribution rate in accordance with Annex XII of the Staff Regulations.
• Yearly calculation of the liability of the Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme Pension Scheme (JSIS) at 31st December.
• Yearly calculation of the liability of the Pension Scheme of Members of some EU Institutions (PSMI) at 31st December.
• Article 64 Extra-EU Statistics: Methodology and Results Package to DG Human Resources and Security and European External Action Service.
• Yearly calculation of the liability of the Pension Scheme of EU officials and other servants (PSEO) at 31st December.


2.9 Science and technology (Eurostat)
Theme 5.06 - Science, technology and innovation

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Statistics developed under this theme provide a basis for the monitoring and benchmark exercise for the Europe 2020 strategy, the development of the European Research Area (ERA) and the Innovation Union Initiative. Further topics are the re-engineering of research and innovation statistics and the possible integration of ICT statistics (see Theme 5.07).

Activities covered by the theme are:

• Production, dissemination and development of the Community Innovation Survey 2010-2012;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Research and Development statistics 2009-2011;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Patent statistics based on PATSTAT data source from European Patent Office;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Intellectual property rights statistics (other than Patent statistics) based on the adequate sources;
• Production and dissemination of the High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors statistics on the basis of Eurostat data;
• Developing new indicators for Commission strategy Europe 2020, European Research Area (ERA) and Innovation Union Initiative and managing and coordinating the related work.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Intellectual Property Rights, IPR, statistics (excluding patents): ensure the regular production and dissemination of IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Proposal to Working Group meeting for revising the Commission Regulation (EC) No 753/2004 of R&D and other STI statistics.
• Proposal to Working Group meeting for revising the Commission Regulation (EC) No 1450/2004 of community statistics on innovation.
• Explorative work towards an ERA indicators on research infrastructure.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Patent Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of patent data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Human Resources in Science and Technology Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of Human Resources in Science and Technology data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• ERA Indicators: Develop a method for matching harmonized Patent applicant names (firms) with harmonized firm names from financial databases for creating SME patenting indicators.
• Looking at the potential for R&D and Community Innovation surveys (and beyond) re-design and search for synergies, including linking with other enterprise statistics.
• Intensified quality validation of R&D data: follow-up of ESTAT's and Member States' action plans from 2011.
• Maintain and improve Eurostat's set of ERA indicators; coordinate actions, metadata, quality evaluation and communication towards Commission.
• Research and Development Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of R&D (Research and Development) and GBAORD (Government Budget Appropriations or Outlays on Research and Development) data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• High Tech Sector Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors' data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Innovation Statistics: ensure the production and dissemination of Community Innovation Survey data 2010 and the related metadata.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• A project in developing detailed and exhaustive methodology for serving further breakdowns of the GBAORD data (on public science budgets) both in joint and open public R&D programmes.
• Renewal of contract to maintain, update and further develop its integrated internal STI database.
• Several projects to obtaining statistical data complementary to what is provided by the European Statistical System in particular bibliometric data, data on licensing and national patents, supplementary foreign affiliates R&D data.



4. Methodology of data collection, processing, dissemination and analysis (Eurostat)
2.1 Macroeconomic statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 5.01 - Statistics for business cycle analysis

Fields of activities covered by the theme 
• Improvement of the quality and the coverage of Principal European Economic Indicators (PEEIs, COM/2002/661) and enhancement of their visibility.
• Development and implementation of sophisticated statistical and econometric techniques in order to increase timeliness, length, frequency and reliability of PEEIs.
• Development and maintenance of a statistical framework for the assessment of the euro area and Member States cyclical situation.
• Provide advanced methods for data readability and interpretability.
• Preparation, implementation and follow up of guidelines for harmonising PEEI production processes and for the definition of best statistical practices.
• Development of tools for the rationalising the use of statistical and econometric techniques.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production of statistical estimation to increase timeliness, coverage and length. Statistical framework for business cycle analysis based on Principal European Economic Indicators (PEEIs). Guidelines for harmonisation of PEEIs production and advanced quality measures.
• Supply of statistical PEEIs including publication, quality assessment statistical improvements and analysis of PEEIs with expected monthly or quarterly output. Integration of traditional methods with more sophisticated econometric techniques.
• Investigation of innovative statistical and econometric techniques to be used to enhance data production, quality assessment and analysis of PEEIs.
• Integrated system for improvement, quality monitoring and analysis of PEEIs implementation of methodologies for monitoring, improvememt and analysis of PEEIs. A friendly and standardised computational framework for the PEEIs.


2.2 Economic accounts (Eurostat)
Theme 2.01 - Annual economic accounts

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Annual national accounts - main aggregates;
• Productivity and growth analysis;
• Annual non-financial Sector Accounts (ASA);
• Annual Financial Accounts (AFA);
• Pensions.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Economic imbalance scoreboard. Contribute to the development of the indicators and prepare their regular production;
• Update manual on regional accounts: guidance to and steering of respective task force.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• New System of National Accounts (SNA) and new European System of Accounts (ESA);
• Specific improvements in national accounts data provided by Member States to prepare introduction of ESA2010 and its transmission programme;
• EU KLEMS (EU level analysis of capital (K), labour (L), energy (E), materials (M) and service (S) inputs): productivity and growth accounts for the EU, euro area and Member States;
• Monitoring of and Reporting on compliance with the data transmission programme;
• Implementation of NACE Rev 2 and CPA 2008 in national and regional accounts;
• Revision of ESA Transmission Programme, negotiations in the Council, transitional measures to support Member States and practical aspects related to transmission;
• Annual national accounts: collection, validation and dissemination of main aggregates data. Database maintenance and evolution. Publications. User support. Website. Compliance;
• Regular production of press releases, SiFs and contributions to horizontal and compendium publications;
• Annual national accounts: production of European annual aggregates including employment; update of the dissemination database;
• CVD compliant IT production system for national accounts;
• National accounts methodological and practical improvements: 5 projects to facilitate the implementation of the revised ESA and research related to the implementation of the Eurostat vision;
• Production of annual Institutional Sector Accounts: update of the dissemination database and website;
• Validate and disseminate data on non-financial assets for the total economy and by sector, in particular household dwellings;
• Collection, validation dissemination of SUT IOT (supply/use tables and input/output tables) data. Database maintenance and development. Compliance, process assessment, NAPS integration;
• In cooperation with Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS-JRC) to produce Supply, Use tables at basic prices for all the Member States and for EU27. To produce Supply and Use tables for EuroArea. To produce Input output tables for EU27 and Euro Area (EA);
• Production of aggregated Supply/Use tables and input/output tables for the EU and Euroarea; input into environmental accounts applications;
• Supply/Use tables and input/output tables: regular production of new releases and SiFs, contribution to horizontal and compendium publications;
• Enhanced quality assurance for regional GDP per inhabitant: inventories, quality assurance questionnaires on regional Gross Value Added (GVA) and regional population, country missions incl. follow-up;
• Estimation of regional GDP at level NUTS2 and NUTS3 and of regional household income at level NUTS2, including development of methodology based on data collected from the Member States; dissemination via Eurobase;
• Regional accounts input for publications, in particular the Regional Yearbook, two SiFs, the Eurostat Yearbook, the annual reports on the rural development and on the social situation in the EU.

Theme 2.02 - Quarterly accounts

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Quarterly national accounts;
• Quarterly non-financial sector accounts (QSA).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Update Manual QNA: guidance to and steering of respective task force with Member States.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Quarterly National Accounts: collection, validation and dissemination of main aggregates data. Database maintenance and evolution. Publications. User support. Website. Compliance.
• Quarterly National Accounts: European annual aggregates including employment; Flash estimates GDP; quarterly releases of aggregates; update of the dissemination database.
• Quarterly National Accounts: regular production of press releases, SiFs and contributions to horizontal and compendium publications.
• Prodcuction of Quarterly Institutional Sector Accounts (QSA): update of the dissemination database, website and news release.

Theme 2.05 - Monitoring own resources

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Annual national accounts data of Gross National Income (GNI) and Gross National Product (GNP);
• Verification of the GNI/GNP data transmitted each year by Member States;
• Verification of Member States' inventories of statistical sources and methods used to calculate GNI/GNP;
• Verification, in cooperation with DG Budget, of the figures and calculations included in Member States' VAT statements.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Verification of the reliability, comparability and exhaustiveness of own resource GNI data and of the own resource VAT figures and calculations transmitted by Member States.


2.3 Business statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 3.01 - Annual business statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Industrial production statistics (Prodcom);
• Structural Business Statistics (SBS);
• Statistics on Foreign Affiliates (FATS);
• Modernisation of European Enterprise and Trade Statistics (MEETS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Simplification of the SBS Regulation requirements: analysis and agreement with Member States on the simplifications to Regulation (EC) No. 295/2008, in particular for Annexes V-VII.
• Provision of back-casted Structural Business Statistics data on an aggregated level in NACE Rev.2 for reference years 2005-2007 to users. Treatment of data transmitted in 2010 and in 2011 by Member States on a voluntary basis and estimating the missing data to calculate EU aggregates.
• Production of the report to the European Parliament and the Council on the implementation of Regulation 716/2007 on Foreign Affiliates statistics.
• Commission Decision on the annual work programme for 2013 for the implementation of Decision No 1297/2008/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the MEETS programme. Adoption of the annual work programme with the priorities for the actions to be undertaken in 2013 and the budgetary allocations under this Decision.
• ESSnet consistency: Identify and analyse differences in definitions and provide recommendations on possible adjustments.
• Continued quality improvement of SBS, Prodcom and FATS data: annual quality reports produced and analysed according to the governing regulations. The necessary follow-up actions are undertaken. Improved quality checking of data.
• Drafting a manual on the overall methodological framework for  business statistics.
• Re-engineering of the business statistics production process in Eurostat.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production and dissemination of Structural Business Statistics (SBS) according to Regulation No 295/2008. Validation, processing and dissemination of data received from Member States and other countries on Eurostat website.
• Provision of the headline indicator for the monitoring of the Europe2020 targets on the Innovation Union.
• Integrate employer business demography and high growth enterprise statistics into regular data production. Framework for data collection (legal or gentlemen's agreement) ready for adoption. Contribute to the Entrepreneurship Indicator Programme (EIP) programme by providing the business demography related indicators.
• Validation and processing of annual Prodcom data received from Member States and other reporting countries. Dissemination of national data and EU aggregates on the Eurostat website.
• Publication of 2013 PRODCOM list.
• Production and dissemination of statistics on Foreign Affilates according to Regulation (EC) No 716/2007. Validation, processing and dissemination of data received from Member States and other countries on Eurostat website.
• Final decisions on the feasibility of collecting pilot study variables on a regular basis on Foreign Affiliate Statistics will be taken.
• Successful implementation of Decision 1297/2008/EC establishing the Programme for the Modernisation of European Enterprise and Trade Statistics (MEETS).
• Follow-up of developments in accounting, appropriate reporting and preparation of documents on accounting and statistics.
• Provision of statistics for the analysis of global value chains e.g. by remodelling and by carrying out the survey on international sourcing and by extensive micro-data linking in order to enhance the value of Structural Business Statistics (SBS) and other business statistics. ESSnet on measuring global value chains continues its work.

Theme 3.02 - Short-term business statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production of short-term business statistics (STS) for industry, construction, retail trade and other services;
• Consolidation and improvement of quality.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Short Term Business Statistics (STS): timely production of the existing indicators and their publication, mainly in the form of continuous updating of Eurostat's database on the web site and in the form of monthly news releases for a selected set of indicators, among the Principal European Economic Indicators (PEEIs).


2.4 Sectoral statistics (Eurostat)
4.1 Metadata (Eurostat)
Theme 6.05 - Data and metadata structural definition

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The main activities are:

• Maintain and update the reference database Eurobase;
• Manage, disseminate and convert the Eurostat and national reference metadata to the ESS standards;
• Use and improve the Eurostat Metadata Handler;
• Improve and implement the SDMX statistical standards and guidelines for the exchange of data and metadata;
• Disseminate external data other than the data produced by Eurostat to the Commission;
• Monitor the integration of the national metadata systems;
• Keep up-to-date the Eurostat data navigation tree;
• Prepare cross-cutting legislation on metadata and
• Organise financial support to countries for the integration of statistical business processes.

This work contributes substantially to the implementation of the ESS Joint Strategy on the production method of EU statistics as adopted in May 2010.

The processes and projects to be undertaken will create an increasing standardisation and harmonisation within the ESS; they lead to a reduction of the burden on the data or metadata producers both at national or international level.

Also the accessibility of data and metadata by users will be improved.

Most of the activities listed will create more vertical and horizontal integration (i.e. the integration between Eurostat and Member States and the integration between statistical domains) within the European Statistical System.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Financial support is organised with grants to Member States;
• The Eurostat data navigation tree is permanently updated and restructured with new tables, new dimensions and new branches. Also the quality of existing data tables is permanently improved.4.3 Data sources (Eurostat)
2.4.1 Agriculture, forestry, fisheries (Eurostat)
Theme 4.01 - Agricultural production

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Crop product statistics;
• Livestock, meat and eggs statistics;
• Mild and dairy product statistics;
• Supply balance sheets;
• Vineyard statistics;
• Fruit tree statistics;
• Organic farming statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Annual crop statistics - methods and definitions: development of quality reporting for annual Crops as provided in Regulation (EC) No 543/209.
• Structural statistics on permanent crops (former 'Vineyard and orchard surveys') - data. Update of production database in MDT (MultiDimensional table) and/or FAME (Forecasting Analytical Modelling Environment) and of Eurobase database.
• Implementation acts for Permanent crops statistics: preparation and adoption of implementation acts and manuals following the adoption of Permanent crops Regulation.
• Crop statistics - validation and production of annual statistics on area, production and yields production database and Eurobase database update, crop supply balance sheets production (taking into account the gradual phasing out of this activity); database and dissemination Eurobase database updated.
• Annual crop statistics - legislation: implementation of Regulations and Gentlemen's agreements on crop production statistics.
• Validation and production of Livestock and meat statistics, egg and chick statistics- Eurobase database update.
• Livestock and meat statistics - quality: quality reports due from Member States by July 2011 under Regulation (EC) No 1165/2008.
• Livestock and meat statistics - legislation: implementation of Regulation (EC) No 1165/2008.
• Milk and dairy products - legislation: revision of Decision 97/80/EC,  structure of dairy enterprises.
• Validation and production of milk and dairy product statistics; Eurobase database update.
• eDAMIS/Generic Web Forms component (domains: ANI, MILK, CROPS and EAA): analysis and request of new features; testing exercise of new versions, creation of templates for all datasets; addition of pre-validation rules.
• SDMX implementation in Agricultural domains (EAA, ANI and CROPS): standardisation of the data transmission format in order to improve the efficiency of data collection and processing by Eurostat and for maintaining and improving data quality.
• Migration of FAME based applications to MDT/Oracle for ANI and CROPS. Migration of the domains and consolidation (provide improved tools and methods to ensure the production of high quality statistical information service).

Theme 4.02 - Agricultural structures

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Farm structure statistics play a key role in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). This role is likely to increase over time with enlargement and CAP reform (shift from product to producer support - environmental compliance - rural development).
• Farm Structure Surveys - censuses every ten years (i.e. 2009/2010) and two intermediate sample surveys in between (i.e. 2013 and 2016) - are the backbone of the agricultural statistical system.
• The Farm Structure Survey (FSS) is covered by a basic Regulation (EC) No 1166/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council
• The Survey on Agricultural Production Methods (SAPM) launched in 2009/2010 is also based on the Regulation (EC) No 1166/2008.
• The concerned surveys serve the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) through provision of micro-data (farm level) on the agricultural labour force, land use, livestock, equipment and non-agricultural activities and they are the statistical basis for collection of information on land use, livestock and agricultural income.
• The farm typology derived from FSS data is used as the sampling frame for the farm accountancy data network.
• The Common Agricultural Policy has evolved significantly over the last years. The most recent proposals, adopted by the Commission in October 2011, highlight new challenges, notably the rising concerns regarding food security, the sustainable management of natural resources, mitigation of and adaptation to climate change, increasing volatility of agricultural prices, the diversity and further development of farm structures and production systems and the need for strengthening of territorial and social cohesion. By responding to these challenges, the CAP will contribute to the Europe 2020 Strategy in terms of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. A solid statistical base is essential for policy design and impact assessment of reform proposals, the implementation of the policy and its monitoring and evaluation.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Agricultural structures - collection, validation and dissemination of 2009/2010 census data; Validation processes; National Methodological Reports; New dissemination strategies.
• Launch of the commodities requested to start the farm sample survey 2013 based on Regulation 1166/2008 and implementing Commission Regulation 1200/2009. The action plan covers as well the launch at the end of 2001 or beginning 2012 of the procedure for co-financing for the FSS 2013.
• Agricultural structures - New approach for collection of agricultural structure data. Collection and validation of farm structure survey statistics after 2013.
• Dissemination of Farm Structure Survey Data: dissemination of standard tables in Eurobase, SIFs, Pocketbook, Statistical Yearbook etc.

Theme 4.03 - Land use and land cover

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• This theme comprises the Land Use and Land Cover Area Frame Statistical Survey (LUCAS), which regards the whole EU territory.
• Surveys (most recent 2008/2009) are launched to obtain harmonised data not only on Land Use and Land Cover changes, but also on environmental features and landscape evolution.
• Setting up Land Use and land Cover Area frame Surveys (LUCAS).
• Setting up an integrated ESS data network for Land Cover and Land Use.
• Collecting comparable and harmonised statistical information on Land Cover and Land Use.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Supervision and steer of the Lucas (Land use and land cover statistics) survey 2012. Follow up of the established contracts; support to the contractors at the implementation of the survey - first checks of collected microdata on land use and land cover.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Analysis of outcome of earlier surveys, especially the Land use/cover area frame survey 2008/2009 and applicability for management of future surveys.
• Collecting and harmonising European data on land use and land cover by implementing the Lucas approach in the countries; by assessing and collecting available data in countries and by taking into account the need for harmonisation of these data and by co-operating with the EEA and other international bodies.

Theme 4.04 - Agricultural accounts and prices

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Economic Accounts for Agriculture (EAA); also covers agricultural labour input (ALI);
• Unit Value Statistics (UV) and Regional EAA;
• Agricultural Price Statistics - covers annual and quarterly agricultural price indices data (API) and absolute prices data;
• Agricultural land prices and rents.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Validation, production and dissemination of Economic Accounts for Agriculture.
• Agricultural accounts and prices - quality: Methodological Inventories for Economic Accounts for Agriculture and Agricultural price statistics. Further elaboration of quality reporting for both domains.
• Migration of FAME based application to MDT/Oracle for EAA. Migration of the domains and consolidation (provide improved tools and methods to ensure the production of high quality statistical information service).
• Validation, production and dissemination of Agricultural Prices and Indices,  including land prices and rents.

Theme 4.05 - Forestry statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Collection of annual data on the production of and trade in wood and wood products for the EU and EFTA countries with the Joint FAO/ECE (Economic Commission for Europe)/Eurostat/ITTO (International Tropical Timber Organisation) Forest Sector Questionnaire (JFSQ).
• Collection of economic data for forestry and logging using the Integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting for Forests (IEEAF) approach.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect, validate and disseminate forestry statistics;
• Collect, validate and disseminate forest accounts. Develop and improve the methodology.

Theme 4.06 - Fisheries statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Catch statistics;
• Landings statistics;
• Aquaculture statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Simplification of catch statistics legislation: merge Regulations (EC) No 216/2009, No 217/2009 and No 218/2009 to cover the catches' data collection for the major fishing areas of EU27 fishing countries.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Focus on quality of landings and catches statistics, using the new informatics tools implemented in the framework of the eDamis single point as well as the fisheries pilot project using the SDMX.
• SDMX implementation in Fisheries: standardisation of the data transmission format in order to improve the efficiency of data collection and processing by Eurostat and for maintaining and improving data quality.
• Implementation of Regulations in Fisheries statistics.
• Fisheries statistics - production: validation, production and dissemination of landings, catch and aquaculture statistics.
• Aquaculture Statistics - quality: prepare a report to EP and Council on the data relevance and quality.
• Migration of FAME based application to MDT/Oracle for FISH. Migration of the domain and consolidation (provide improved tools and methods to ensure the production of high quality statistical information service).

Theme 4.07 - Agri-environmental statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Development and maintenance of a system of 28 agri-environmental indicators for monitoring the integration of environmental concerns into the Common Agricultural Policy, based on Commission Communication COM (2006)508.
• Coordination of the work on these indicators carried out in other Directorates General (DG Agriculture and Rural Development, DG Environment , Joint Research Centre, European Environmental Agency) in accordance to a Memorandum of Understanding and with other international organisations.
• Collection, processing and dissemination of the data needed for the indicators, from the other involved Commission services, Member States, other units and statistics in Eurostat and by other (non-governmental) organisations.
• Setting up a long-term data collection system taking into account all data needs in the domain and the need to reduce the response burden.
• Contributing to Eurostat publications including agri-environmental statistics.
• Implementation of the Regulation (EC) No 1185/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2009 concerning statistics on pesticides.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Reception, validation, processing and dissemination of pesticide sales statistics.
• Long term system for collecting data needed for agri-environmental indicators: ensure that existing surveys are amended and new surveys set up to collect the needed information following the DireDate project.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Pesticide Statistics - implementing legislation: follow-up of draft implementing regulations concerning statistics on plant production products (Regulation (EC) No 1185/2009).
• Agri-environment indicators: implementation of Statistical indicators. A Memorandum of Understanding (EC services involved: Eurostat, DG AGRI, DG ENV, JRC and EEA) has been drawn up to ensure that already available data are fully used and to pool the different skills and resources, with the medium term objective of setting up a system for collecting data on the relation between agriculture and environment.
• AEI data collection: collect data from available sources in the Commission, EU agencies, Member States, Eurostat and other (non-governmental) organisations.
• Support Member States in their work on agro-environmental indicators, collect and compile available data.
• Maintain and develop the agro-environmental indicators' MDT (MultiDimensional Table).

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• The agri-environmental indicators that are not yet fully developed will be improved as agreed in work programmes set up according to a memorandum of understanding between Eurostat, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, DG Environment, the Joint Research Centre and the European Environmental Agency. Each partner will collect data through its own system, as agreed in the memorandum.
2.4.2 Energy (Eurostat)
Theme 3.03 - Energy

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Collection/Dissemination of short-term and structural information on energy systems and electricity and gas prices; preparation of energy balance sheets;
• Evaluation of various Commission energy policies (Renewable Energy Sources, Energy Dependency, Energy Efficiency, Combined Heat and Power);
• Contribution to the monitoring of security of supply (oil stockholding obligation);
• Contribution to the monitoring of Carbon Dioxide emission inventories;
• Contribution to the development of the Energy Statistics System in the EU and Candidate Countries.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Energy efficiency / Energy savings indicators and targets monitoring; COM (2011)109 of 08.03.2011.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Energy Statistics (Annual): collect annual statistics (structural information) on solid fuels, oil, natural gas, electricity and renewable energy sources in accordance with the Energy Statistics Regulation (EC) No 1099/2008.
• Energy Statistics (Monthly): collect monthly statistics (short-term trends) on solid fuels, oil and natural gas, electricity and certain renewable energy sources, in accordance with the Energy Statistics Regulation (EC) No 1099/2008.
• Energy Price Statistics: electricity and natural gas prices are collected twice per year for households and industry. Prices for industrial end-users are collected in accordance with the Price Transparency Directive 2008/92 while prices for households are based on gentlemen's agreements.
• Modify the Energy Statistics Regulation (a) responding to new policy requirements (b) in response to priority setting/burden reduction.
• Final Energy Consumption Surveys - Energy efficiency (domestic sector): develop a Recommended Coverage for an 'Energy Consumption in Households' Survey, in response to the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency policies pursued by the Commission. Examine/Evaluate current practices in the EU, in making available this information. Carry-out surveys/modelling work at national level, to enhance data availability (grants).
• Develop the ESS RES (Renewable Energy Statistics) reporting system to respond fully to the principles defined in Directive 2009/28 (methodology development for sustainable biofuels, heat pumps). Review national systems and Implement actions at national level to improve data coverage/quality. Develop IT tools to ensure that reporting on mandatory targets under the ESR (Energy Statistics Regulation) (EC) No 1009/2008 and the Directive 2009/28 are identical.
• Evaluate use of the ESR in the preparation of the EU greenhouse gas inventory report. The energy statistics - collected under the Energy Statistics Regulation - will be examined in order to:
   - make available early estimates (T+4) of CO2 emissions, based on short-term supply side statistics (Reference Approach);
   - enhance the role of ESR statistics in the Commission QA/QC process of  national CO2 emission declarations (Sectoral Approach).
• Web-Enabled Data Editing Services (WEDES): this activity addresses the development/maintenance of tools provided to Member States for data entry (local functions), to facilitate the reporting of statistics in accordance with Directive 2009/28 on RES and with Directive 2009/119 on Oil Stocks (ensuring comparability with Regulation 1099/2008) as well as of the remote access interface for interactive data submission/validation.
• Migrate the Energy Production Database (SIRENE) to a new environment.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Data collection based on Commission Decision 1999/566/EC regarding a European Union procedure for information and consultation on crude oil supply costs and the consumer prices of petroleum products;
• Data collection based on the Council Directive 2006/67/EC, imposing an obligation on Member States to maintain minimum stocks of crude oil and/or petroleum products.2.4.4 Transport statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 3.04 - Transport

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Commercial transport of goods and passengers in all modes where this activity is significant: road freight, rail (goods and passengers), inland waterways (goods), sea (goods and passengers), air (passengers, freight and mail), and pipelines (specific goods);
• Measurement of traffic, in particular for road vehicles;
• Infrastructures and means of transport (vehicles) at national and regional level;
• Enterprises and employment in the transport sector at national level;
• Accidents, fatalities, injured people and release of dangerous goods in the transport sector;
• Intermodal transport, congestion, logistics performance;
• Impact on the environment, in particular on climate change;
• Transport indicators (modal split; structural, sustainable development, globalisation, environment).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Annual data collection of regional transport statistics (transport infrastructure, stock of the vehicles and road traffic accident), based on a voluntary data collection.
• Modal Split indicators represent the relative share of each individual transport mode in the overall transport performance and are obtained from datasets of various transport modes using the same measurement unit.
• Modernisation and integration of Transport Information System (TRIS).
• Common Eurostat/ITF/UNECE Questionnaire on Transport Statistics: annual voluntary data collection on inland transport statistics (infrastructure, transport equipment, enterprises and partly traffic, transport measurement and safety).
• Collection of road VKm: annual voluntary data collection on the volume of road transport measured in VKm (Vehicle Kilometre).
• Road Freight Transport Statistics: quarterly data collection (vehicle, journey and goods-related data) on road freight transport, based on Council Regulation (EC) No 1172/98.
• Rail Transport Statistics: quinquennal/annual/quarterly data collection (goods, passengers and rail safety) on rail transport, based on Regulation (EC) No 91/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council.
• Annual/quarterly data collection (carriage of goods and passengers by sea) on maritime transport statistics, based on Directive 2009/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and Regulation (EU) 1090/2010.
• Inland Waterway Freight Transport Statistics: annual/quarterly data collection (type of goods, nationality and type of vessels, vessel traffic) on inland waterway freight transport, based on Regulation (EC) No 1365/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council.
• Air Transport Statistics: annual/quarterly/monthly data collection on the carriage of passengers, freight and mail by commercial air services as well as on civil aircraft movements to or from Community airports,  based on Regulation (EC) No 437/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council.
• Data collection on transport safety statistics, having as data suppliers: DG MOVE, European Rail Agency, European Maritime Safety and European Aviation Safety Agency.
• Feasibility study on production of intermodal transport statistics, including logistics indicators.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect from the Member States the safety data they need to fulfil their function (i.e. common rail safety indicators, aviation safety data as well as maritime safety and vessel movements' data).
• Collection of data and estimation of the tax revenues on mineral oils stemming from transport use. For countries which cannot provide these data a methodology is developed to estimate the split based on other sources.
• Collection of data on tax rates and revenues on energy products stemming from transport, industrial/commercial and heating use.
• Management of the CARE database on road accidents. The data are collected from the Member States in accordance with Council Decision 93/704.
• Modernisation and extension to non-inland modes Council Regulation 1108/70 on an accounting system for expenditure on infrastructure.2.4.5 Tourism statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 3.05 - Tourism

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Tourism is an important economic activity in the EU and statistics on tourism rank amongst the highest in terms of users consulting Eurostat's website. Under the Lisbon treaty, the EU has acquired new competences in the area of tourism policy. 

Activities covered by the theme are:

• Collection and dissemination of statistics on domestic and outbound tourism demand of the EU residents (tourism propensity and tourism behaviour; typically through household /visitor survey ~ social statistics).
• Collection and dissemination of statistics on tourism supply (accommodation statistics; typically through enterprise surveys ~ business statistics).
• Statistics on employment in the tourism accommodation sector (based on data from the European Labour Force Survey).
• Tourism Satellite Accounts (TSAs): projects to enhance the methodological developments and implementation in the Member States.
• Indicators on sustainable and competitive tourism, using existing official statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Tourism statistics: feasibility study on the use of mobile positioning data for tourism statistics.
• Implementation of new Regulation on European statistics on tourism. Preparation of databases and validation programs for reception of data (incl. micro-data).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Tourism statistics: dissemination. Regularly updated online database, regular and ad-hoc publications (paper/web), presentation of results in events & meetings;
• Tourism Statistics: production - Successful validation of databases;
• Tourism statistics: methodological developments - New methodologies;
• ESSnet on automated data collection and reporting in accommodation statistics (phase 1).

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.1 NEW WORK

• Feasibility study on a Virtual Tourism Observatory (contract expected to run until January 2013).

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Conducting Flash Eurobarometer surveys about tourism (following the 2009, 2010 and 2011 exercises, a survey is foreseen to be carried out in January 2012).2.4.6 Banking, insurance, financial statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 2.03 - Monetary and financial statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Monetary and financial indicators.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production of annual financial accounts: update of dissemination website and database;
• Development of the methodological framework and analysis and validation of the pension data received through the supplementary table;
• Dissemination of data on Exchange rates: NewCronos;
• Update and publication of monetary and finance statistics: publication on web site.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Data on public procurement collected;
• Data on state aid collected.

4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (Eurostat)
Theme 8.01 - Communication

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Relations with the media;
• Internal communication.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Publication of the ESS magazine.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Migration of Eurostat's intranet in My IntraComm Portal;
• Preparation, validation and dissemination of  Eurostat news releases;
• Publication of Eurostat and EU27 NSIs news on INSite.

4.6 Statistical confidentiality and disclosure protection (Eurostat)
Theme 6.11 - Data security and statistical confidentiality

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Revise Regulation (EC) No 831/2002;
• Develop confidential data release infrastructures;
• Ensure support on SDC in specific domains.

This is a very sensitive and especially complex dimension of Eurostat - and ESS, at large - work programme. It involves different dimensions such as physical and logical protection of confidential data (statistical disclosure control - SDC), harmonisation of principles and guidelines and design of efficient infrastructure (IT and procedure) for releasing confidential data (tabular or micro data) to ESS partners and Research community.

The related work aims at critically improving the production methods of EU statistics and places on Eurostat the responsibility for the coordination of Sectoral initiatives for the release of confidential data for scientific purposes, especially methodological support and tool development, the promotion of correct and coherent application of rules and the design of generic infrastructures for the sharing of confidential data with users and partners while ensuring their adequate protection. This is overarched by adequate governance of statistical confidentiality in the ESS governing the vertical integration of processes by proposing to Member States a framework for the standardisation and harmonisation of SDC related processes.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Development of ESS wide infrastructure (access facilities and organisational/methodological framework) for the release of confidential data for scientific purpose.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Information Security management (LISO): analysis of the security requirements of Eurostat Information system and adaptation of the policy on the security of information systems.
• Draft of a first version of an Information Security Management System (ISMS) to be adopted by IT Steering Committee.
• Detection of intrusion of information systems (LISO): regular monitoring and provision of recommendations for improving security of Information Systems.
• Making confidential data available to scientific purposes (LISO): ensure access to confidential data for researchers either though the Eurostat Safe Centre or through the development of a secured remote access facility.
• Setting up a network of safe centres allowing researchers to access confidential EU microdata sets - feasibility study and pilot implementation.
• Support to Eurostat units for dealing with Statistical Disclosure Control (SDC).
• Revise Regulation 831/2002 on access to confidential data for scientific purposes: coordinate activities related to the release of confidential data for scientific purpose.
• Develop confidential data release infrastructures: Widening and simplification of access to confidential EU microdata sets for scientific purposes. A framework allowing for new modes of access to EU confidential microdata sets, simpler and closer, better fitted to research needs is developed.4.7 Data analysis (Eurostat)
Theme 6.10 - Statistical research and methodology

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Promote research in Official Statistics;   
• Facilitate methodological collaboration, networking and competence building;
• Ensure co-ordination of methodological works in the ESS (including ESSnets' monitoring);
• Support standardisation process in the ESS;
• Embed methodology in Vision implementation processes;
• Encourage methodological development: design and test of specific methods and supporting tools;
• Ensure methodological support to production process.                                               

The challenges posed by the enforcement of the Joint ESS Strategy demand substantial gains in productivity and major achievements in terms of process integration that only heavy investment in methodological developments could permit.  This is much depending on the adequate use of the results of ongoing research in official statistics and on properly articulating main NSI needs as regards Official Statistics in future strategic research frameworks. It also pre-supposes to evenly address all aspects of the integration process: As regards horizontal integration, the co-ordination of methodological developments should create conditions to identify, test and use cross-cut methodologies. Vertical integration would require substantial efforts in process standardisation throughout ESS. The overall sustainability of this continuous improvement process would be liable to two extreme conditions: the (upstream) transformation of new knowledge into new methods and techniques and the (down-stream) support to production steps in the absorption of the methodological developments (innovations), both at Eurostat and ESS level.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Contribution to ESSnet projects, ESS collaborative development of key methodologies for Vision implementation and improving efficiency of statistical production.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Support standardisation process in the ESS: integration of EU production processes (ESS and Eurostat) including Sponsorship on Standardisation.
• Contribution to improved production processes.
• Software design, testing and development for implementing ESS methodological guidelines and testing.
• Promote, emulate research in official statistics.
• Research and ESSnet results dissemination, support collaboration among researchers and with official statisticians, using web portals (e.g. Cros) and training/further education means (LDF), developing and consolidating Web 2.0 mechanisms for collaboration.
• Strategic guidance for ESS/Estat integration of methodological work.
• Developing handbook for  Modern Business Statistics - Methodological development in new areas.


2.5 Government finance, fiscal and public sector statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 2.04 - Government finance statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Assessment of debt and deficit data in the context of the Excessive Deficit Procedure (EDP);
• Annual non-financial government accounts (AGOV);
• Quarterly government accounts (QGOV).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Preparation and follow-up of the Financial Accounts Working Group and EDP processes.
• Introducing improved quality management framework in the area of government finance statistics and particularly promoting quality management standards adapted to the specificities of the Excessive Deficit Procedure compilation process to be implemented by National Statistical Institutes. A Working Group GFS quality management will be created.
• Monitoring and assessing the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice in the context of the process of Excessive Deficit Procedure compilation.
• Identifying, monitoring and assessing risks or problems from upstream data sources with a view to initiating corrective action at the earliest possible point (Early Warning System (EWS)).
• Monitoring and assessing the appropriateness, exhaustiveness and timeliness of the upstream public finance data by reference to ESA requirements, within an Excessive Deficit Procedure context.
• Participation in the coordination of formal Excessive Deficit Procedure methodological visits to Member States as provided for under Article 11b of Regulation (EC) No. 479/2009.
• Monitoring and assessing the effectiveness, reliability, integrity and transparency of the process of data flows between the public entities and the statistical offices in charge of the final compilation of Excessive Deficit Procedure data.
• Promoting accrual based public accounting, including an active role within the International Public Sector Accounting Standards, which is close to ESA-based principles.
• Implementation of Article 16 of Regulation (EC) No 479/2009 across the EU, regarding the responsibilities of national authorities and officials in the context of Excessive Deficit Procedure, with Eurostat's involvement to work towards a harmonised EU framework.
• Development of methodology and approach towards a more robust system of quality management for use in public finance statistics for Excessive Deficit Procedure purposes.
• Risk management for public finance statistics within context of CoP. Development of methodology and approach towards monitoring and assessing the adequacy of the quality of upstream data for compiling Excessive Deficit Procedure statistics in accordance with ESA rules, to be able to assess risks and initiate corrective action.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production of annual government statistics: update of the dissemination database and website;
• Production of quarterly government statistics: validation and dissemination in the database and on the website;
• Verification of data under excessive deficit procedure;
• Missions of verification under Excessive Debt Procedure (EDP) and Stability and Growth Pact;
• Ex-ante and ex-post cases - methodological issues;
• Conceptual surveillance under the Excessive Deficit Procedure and the Stability and Growth Pact;
• Carry out statistical assessment of Candidate Countries;
• Support the development of the statistical system in Greece through the organisation and management of technical assistance activities in the areas of public finance statistics, high level advice and selected statistical domains;
• Support the development of the statistical system in Greece through the organisation and management of technical assistance activities in the areas of public finance statistics, high level advice and selected statistical domains;
• Training Course on government finance statistics.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Classification of tax revenues by economic function and calculation of breakdown and implicit tax rates on consumption, labour, capital and environment.


2.6 International trade and balance of payments (Eurostat)
Theme 2.07 - Trade in goods

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production and dissemination of external trade statistics;
• Quality assurance in trade statistics;
• Coordination, drafting, adjustment and maintenance of legislation in the field of statistics on trade in goods with Member States (Intrastat) and non-Member States (Extrastat);
• Coordination of initiatives on burden reduction in the field of external trade statistics recap.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Harmonisation of validation rules to be applied by Member States before sending data to Eurostat;
• Development of statistics merging trade and business related data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Development of a  proposal for the integration of international transactions and business statistics in a single legal act.
• Recap various options for simplifying the Intrastat system (e.g. single flow, nomenclature) and develop a mid-term proposal for further simplification.
• Methodology in International Trade in Goods Statistics: coordinate all activities related to the methodological development for Intrastat and Extrastat.
• Manage the trade in goods - cooperation, assist for country reports, seminars, improved methodology.
• Production of trade in goods statistical data: make detailed trade data and metadata from Member States, international organisations and third countries available in the Comext database on a monthly basis.
• COMEXT User support: provide technical and statistical user support to the European Commission, Member States and other public users and institutions. Organise monthly Comext training courses for the Commission.
• Further modernisation of tools for Intrastat data collection and facilitation of Multinational Enterprises declarations.
• Improve and automate the structured communication with Member States with the use of XT-NET ASSIST system.
• Trade in goods: Electronic data dissemination. Data and metadata accessible on-line and by DVD/free dissemination. Enhancements of the derivation procedures (by Classification of Products by Activity (CPA), Standard International Trade Classification (SITC), Broad Economic Categories (BEC), external trade by means of transport (NSTR), combinations of them) and improvement data linking of trade statistics with tariffs database.
• MEETS trade in goods - coordination of objective 4: coordinate the MEETS projects related to international trade statistics.
• Develop and promote standards, IT architecture design and provide support for the data collection and date exchange among providers of statistical information and collecting authorities as well as for the exchange of information between administrations.
• Coordination and promotion of actions aiming the improvement of collection systems, procedures and validation at Member States level. Maintenance and further development of messages (Instat-XML), transfer formats (SDMX), use cases, architecture of data exchange systems.
• Publication of aggregated data for international transactions.
• International Trade in Goods Statistics: analysis and quality, incl. compliance.

Theme 2.08 - Trade in services and balance of payments

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Balance of payments (BoP): Methodology, Meetings;
• Quarterly balance of payments;
• Foreign direct investment (FDI);
• International trade in services;
• Balance of payments of the EU institutions;
• Balance of payments and related statistics: Enlargement.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Economic imbalance scoreboard - external imbalances: contribute to the development of the indicators and prepare their regular production.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Balance of Payments Quality Report (QR) is compiled annually according to Regulation (EC) No. 184/2005 (Art 11) and  Regulation (EC) No. 1055/2008. Bilateral tables of asymmetries will be integrated in Balance of Payments Quality Report (BoP QR) from 2011 onwards. BoP QR includes parts related to International Trade in Services (ITS) and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
• Implementation of Balance of Payments Manual (BPM6): Regulation (EC) No 184/2005 has to be amended in line with the new international standards. An harmonised codification has to be defined and methodological guidelines have to be provided to the Member States. This is a joint initiative from Eurostat and DG Statistics of the ECB, with the ECB taking the lead with regard to the new codification structure.
• Balance of Payments and related Euro Indicators: treatment and dissemination of quarterly Balance of Payments (BoP) data.
• Foreign Direct Investment: data production, compilation and dissemination of statistics. Maintenance and development of methodology as well as data quality issues. Maintenance and development of the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Network.
• Methodology, production, dissemination and quality management for International Trade in Services Statistics.
• Balance of Payments of EU Institutions: production and dissemination of the monthly, quarterly and annual online tables.
• Manage the Modernisation of European Enterprise and Trade Statistics (MEETS) projects related to international transactions.


2.7 Prices (Eurostat)
Theme 2.06 - Prices

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production and development of Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICPs);
• Production and development of Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs);
• Development of house price indices/ prices for owner-occupied housing;
• Development of detailed multi-purpose consumer price statistics;
• Calculation of Correction Coefficients and Salary Adjustment for EU Staff;
• Development and production of information on Pension for EU Staff.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Commercial Property Prices Indices handbook;
• Re-engineering of the Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICP) production process in Eurostat;
• Report to European Parliament and Council on implementation of Purchasing Power Parities Regulation.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• (Legislated) and ad-hoc Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICP) standards.
• Calculation and dissemination of monthly Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices; sub-indices and special aggregates; HICP at Constant Tax Rates; HICP Administered Prices.
• Owner-Occupied Housing: methodological guidance, technical manual and supply by National Statistical Institutes of pilot indices,  Owner Occupied Housing regulation.
• Implementation by Member States of Regulations on Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) quality adjustment, sampling and weighting - further improvement of quality of HICPs.
• Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) Flash Estimate Production: calculation of HICP Flash Estimate.
• Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) compliance monitoring and quality control: assessing and verifying National Statistical Institutes compliance to HICP standards.
• Detailed consumer prices: more detailed price indices, detailed price levels, food chains monitoring tool.
• Detailed consumer prices: more detailed price indices, detailed price levels.
• Revision and update of the Purchasing Power Parities (PPP) manual.
• Development of a new methodology for Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs) for health services. Work is lead by OECD.
• PPP Inventories: evaluation of countries' sources and methods for Purchasing Power Parities (PPP).
• Purchasing Power Parities for 37 countries at GDP and components level; Eurobase update, press release, SIFs.
• Article 64 Intra-EU Statistics: methodology and results tables to DG Human Resources and Security.
• Article 65 Council Remuneration report and Statistics: methodology and results tables to DG Human Resources and Security.
• Actuarial calculation of the pension contribution rate in accordance with Annex XII of the Staff Regulations.
• Yearly calculation of the liability of the Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme Pension Scheme (JSIS) at 31st December.
• Yearly calculation of the liability of the Pension Scheme of Members of some EU Institutions (PSMI) at 31st December.
• Article 64 Extra-EU Statistics: Methodology and Results Package to DG Human Resources and Security and European External Action Service.
• Yearly calculation of the liability of the Pension Scheme of EU officials and other servants (PSEO) at 31st December.


2.9 Science and technology (Eurostat)
Theme 5.06 - Science, technology and innovation

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Statistics developed under this theme provide a basis for the monitoring and benchmark exercise for the Europe 2020 strategy, the development of the European Research Area (ERA) and the Innovation Union Initiative. Further topics are the re-engineering of research and innovation statistics and the possible integration of ICT statistics (see Theme 5.07).

Activities covered by the theme are:

• Production, dissemination and development of the Community Innovation Survey 2010-2012;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Research and Development statistics 2009-2011;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Patent statistics based on PATSTAT data source from European Patent Office;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Intellectual property rights statistics (other than Patent statistics) based on the adequate sources;
• Production and dissemination of the High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors statistics on the basis of Eurostat data;
• Developing new indicators for Commission strategy Europe 2020, European Research Area (ERA) and Innovation Union Initiative and managing and coordinating the related work.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Intellectual Property Rights, IPR, statistics (excluding patents): ensure the regular production and dissemination of IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Proposal to Working Group meeting for revising the Commission Regulation (EC) No 753/2004 of R&D and other STI statistics.
• Proposal to Working Group meeting for revising the Commission Regulation (EC) No 1450/2004 of community statistics on innovation.
• Explorative work towards an ERA indicators on research infrastructure.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Patent Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of patent data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Human Resources in Science and Technology Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of Human Resources in Science and Technology data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• ERA Indicators: Develop a method for matching harmonized Patent applicant names (firms) with harmonized firm names from financial databases for creating SME patenting indicators.
• Looking at the potential for R&D and Community Innovation surveys (and beyond) re-design and search for synergies, including linking with other enterprise statistics.
• Intensified quality validation of R&D data: follow-up of ESTAT's and Member States' action plans from 2011.
• Maintain and improve Eurostat's set of ERA indicators; coordinate actions, metadata, quality evaluation and communication towards Commission.
• Research and Development Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of R&D (Research and Development) and GBAORD (Government Budget Appropriations or Outlays on Research and Development) data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• High Tech Sector Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors' data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Innovation Statistics: ensure the production and dissemination of Community Innovation Survey data 2010 and the related metadata.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• A project in developing detailed and exhaustive methodology for serving further breakdowns of the GBAORD data (on public science budgets) both in joint and open public R&D programmes.
• Renewal of contract to maintain, update and further develop its integrated internal STI database.
• Several projects to obtaining statistical data complementary to what is provided by the European Statistical System in particular bibliometric data, data on licensing and national patents, supplementary foreign affiliates R&D data.



5. Strategic and managerial issues of official statistics (Eurostat)
2.1 Macroeconomic statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 5.01 - Statistics for business cycle analysis

Fields of activities covered by the theme 
• Improvement of the quality and the coverage of Principal European Economic Indicators (PEEIs, COM/2002/661) and enhancement of their visibility.
• Development and implementation of sophisticated statistical and econometric techniques in order to increase timeliness, length, frequency and reliability of PEEIs.
• Development and maintenance of a statistical framework for the assessment of the euro area and Member States cyclical situation.
• Provide advanced methods for data readability and interpretability.
• Preparation, implementation and follow up of guidelines for harmonising PEEI production processes and for the definition of best statistical practices.
• Development of tools for the rationalising the use of statistical and econometric techniques.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production of statistical estimation to increase timeliness, coverage and length. Statistical framework for business cycle analysis based on Principal European Economic Indicators (PEEIs). Guidelines for harmonisation of PEEIs production and advanced quality measures.
• Supply of statistical PEEIs including publication, quality assessment statistical improvements and analysis of PEEIs with expected monthly or quarterly output. Integration of traditional methods with more sophisticated econometric techniques.
• Investigation of innovative statistical and econometric techniques to be used to enhance data production, quality assessment and analysis of PEEIs.
• Integrated system for improvement, quality monitoring and analysis of PEEIs implementation of methodologies for monitoring, improvememt and analysis of PEEIs. A friendly and standardised computational framework for the PEEIs.


2.2 Economic accounts (Eurostat)
Theme 2.01 - Annual economic accounts

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Annual national accounts - main aggregates;
• Productivity and growth analysis;
• Annual non-financial Sector Accounts (ASA);
• Annual Financial Accounts (AFA);
• Pensions.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Economic imbalance scoreboard. Contribute to the development of the indicators and prepare their regular production;
• Update manual on regional accounts: guidance to and steering of respective task force.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• New System of National Accounts (SNA) and new European System of Accounts (ESA);
• Specific improvements in national accounts data provided by Member States to prepare introduction of ESA2010 and its transmission programme;
• EU KLEMS (EU level analysis of capital (K), labour (L), energy (E), materials (M) and service (S) inputs): productivity and growth accounts for the EU, euro area and Member States;
• Monitoring of and Reporting on compliance with the data transmission programme;
• Implementation of NACE Rev 2 and CPA 2008 in national and regional accounts;
• Revision of ESA Transmission Programme, negotiations in the Council, transitional measures to support Member States and practical aspects related to transmission;
• Annual national accounts: collection, validation and dissemination of main aggregates data. Database maintenance and evolution. Publications. User support. Website. Compliance;
• Regular production of press releases, SiFs and contributions to horizontal and compendium publications;
• Annual national accounts: production of European annual aggregates including employment; update of the dissemination database;
• CVD compliant IT production system for national accounts;
• National accounts methodological and practical improvements: 5 projects to facilitate the implementation of the revised ESA and research related to the implementation of the Eurostat vision;
• Production of annual Institutional Sector Accounts: update of the dissemination database and website;
• Validate and disseminate data on non-financial assets for the total economy and by sector, in particular household dwellings;
• Collection, validation dissemination of SUT IOT (supply/use tables and input/output tables) data. Database maintenance and development. Compliance, process assessment, NAPS integration;
• In cooperation with Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS-JRC) to produce Supply, Use tables at basic prices for all the Member States and for EU27. To produce Supply and Use tables for EuroArea. To produce Input output tables for EU27 and Euro Area (EA);
• Production of aggregated Supply/Use tables and input/output tables for the EU and Euroarea; input into environmental accounts applications;
• Supply/Use tables and input/output tables: regular production of new releases and SiFs, contribution to horizontal and compendium publications;
• Enhanced quality assurance for regional GDP per inhabitant: inventories, quality assurance questionnaires on regional Gross Value Added (GVA) and regional population, country missions incl. follow-up;
• Estimation of regional GDP at level NUTS2 and NUTS3 and of regional household income at level NUTS2, including development of methodology based on data collected from the Member States; dissemination via Eurobase;
• Regional accounts input for publications, in particular the Regional Yearbook, two SiFs, the Eurostat Yearbook, the annual reports on the rural development and on the social situation in the EU.

Theme 2.02 - Quarterly accounts

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Quarterly national accounts;
• Quarterly non-financial sector accounts (QSA).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Update Manual QNA: guidance to and steering of respective task force with Member States.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Quarterly National Accounts: collection, validation and dissemination of main aggregates data. Database maintenance and evolution. Publications. User support. Website. Compliance.
• Quarterly National Accounts: European annual aggregates including employment; Flash estimates GDP; quarterly releases of aggregates; update of the dissemination database.
• Quarterly National Accounts: regular production of press releases, SiFs and contributions to horizontal and compendium publications.
• Prodcuction of Quarterly Institutional Sector Accounts (QSA): update of the dissemination database, website and news release.

Theme 2.05 - Monitoring own resources

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Annual national accounts data of Gross National Income (GNI) and Gross National Product (GNP);
• Verification of the GNI/GNP data transmitted each year by Member States;
• Verification of Member States' inventories of statistical sources and methods used to calculate GNI/GNP;
• Verification, in cooperation with DG Budget, of the figures and calculations included in Member States' VAT statements.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Verification of the reliability, comparability and exhaustiveness of own resource GNI data and of the own resource VAT figures and calculations transmitted by Member States.


2.3 Business statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 3.01 - Annual business statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Industrial production statistics (Prodcom);
• Structural Business Statistics (SBS);
• Statistics on Foreign Affiliates (FATS);
• Modernisation of European Enterprise and Trade Statistics (MEETS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Simplification of the SBS Regulation requirements: analysis and agreement with Member States on the simplifications to Regulation (EC) No. 295/2008, in particular for Annexes V-VII.
• Provision of back-casted Structural Business Statistics data on an aggregated level in NACE Rev.2 for reference years 2005-2007 to users. Treatment of data transmitted in 2010 and in 2011 by Member States on a voluntary basis and estimating the missing data to calculate EU aggregates.
• Production of the report to the European Parliament and the Council on the implementation of Regulation 716/2007 on Foreign Affiliates statistics.
• Commission Decision on the annual work programme for 2013 for the implementation of Decision No 1297/2008/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the MEETS programme. Adoption of the annual work programme with the priorities for the actions to be undertaken in 2013 and the budgetary allocations under this Decision.
• ESSnet consistency: Identify and analyse differences in definitions and provide recommendations on possible adjustments.
• Continued quality improvement of SBS, Prodcom and FATS data: annual quality reports produced and analysed according to the governing regulations. The necessary follow-up actions are undertaken. Improved quality checking of data.
• Drafting a manual on the overall methodological framework for  business statistics.
• Re-engineering of the business statistics production process in Eurostat.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production and dissemination of Structural Business Statistics (SBS) according to Regulation No 295/2008. Validation, processing and dissemination of data received from Member States and other countries on Eurostat website.
• Provision of the headline indicator for the monitoring of the Europe2020 targets on the Innovation Union.
• Integrate employer business demography and high growth enterprise statistics into regular data production. Framework for data collection (legal or gentlemen's agreement) ready for adoption. Contribute to the Entrepreneurship Indicator Programme (EIP) programme by providing the business demography related indicators.
• Validation and processing of annual Prodcom data received from Member States and other reporting countries. Dissemination of national data and EU aggregates on the Eurostat website.
• Publication of 2013 PRODCOM list.
• Production and dissemination of statistics on Foreign Affilates according to Regulation (EC) No 716/2007. Validation, processing and dissemination of data received from Member States and other countries on Eurostat website.
• Final decisions on the feasibility of collecting pilot study variables on a regular basis on Foreign Affiliate Statistics will be taken.
• Successful implementation of Decision 1297/2008/EC establishing the Programme for the Modernisation of European Enterprise and Trade Statistics (MEETS).
• Follow-up of developments in accounting, appropriate reporting and preparation of documents on accounting and statistics.
• Provision of statistics for the analysis of global value chains e.g. by remodelling and by carrying out the survey on international sourcing and by extensive micro-data linking in order to enhance the value of Structural Business Statistics (SBS) and other business statistics. ESSnet on measuring global value chains continues its work.

Theme 3.02 - Short-term business statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production of short-term business statistics (STS) for industry, construction, retail trade and other services;
• Consolidation and improvement of quality.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Short Term Business Statistics (STS): timely production of the existing indicators and their publication, mainly in the form of continuous updating of Eurostat's database on the web site and in the form of monthly news releases for a selected set of indicators, among the Principal European Economic Indicators (PEEIs).


2.4 Sectoral statistics (Eurostat)
5.1 Institutional frameworks and principles, role and organisation of official statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 8.04 - Management of legal bases

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Activities to ensure the application and coherence of statistical legislation, contribution to relevant Commission-wide reporting requirements and relations with European Parliament and the Council on legislative matters.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Ensure an efficient development, production and dissemination of European statistics; establish guiding principles for future statistical legislation.
• Amending Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 on European statistics and Commission Decision 97/281/EC on the role of Eurostat.5.2 Statistical programmes, coordination within statistical systems (Eurostat)
Theme 6.01 - Quality, evaluation, statistical coordination and classifications

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Coordination of quality aspects within the production of European statistics and contribute to the revision and extension of the existing quality framework in the ESS to better fit the requirements laid done in Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics.
• Monitoring and promoting the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice (CoP).
• Provision of guidelines for the implementation of the ESS quality assurance framework for statistical processes and outputs.
• Mid term and ex-post evaluation of Community Statistical programs.
• Update and maintenance of the Eurostat's metadata server (RAMON), which makes available statistical classifications and the relevant correspondence tables, standard code lists, statistical concepts and definitions, legal acts pertaining to statistics and methodological manuals.
• Development, updating and implementation of a harmonised set of central statistical classifications such as the European Classification of Economic Activities (NACE), the Statistical Classification of Products by Activities (CPA), the International Standard Classification on Occupations (ISCO), the Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose (COICOP), the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) and the Combined Nomenclature (CN) of commodities and the Geonomenclature of countries for the European Statistical System.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Coordinated implementation of ISCED 2011 including the updating of legal acts to the new classification.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Manage and disseminate methodological metadata.
• Coordinated implementation of ISCO 08.
• Have an ESeC (European Socio-economic Classification) classification exclusively based on core variables to allow for an implementation in all social surveys - Study the possibility of providing more precise results from the LFS for the classification with non-core existent variables.
• Update and maintain the CN, if necessary - Intrastat and related products (self-explanatory texts, correlation tables etc.) as well as the Geonomenclature. Link to the classification for trade in services.
• Quality assurance of and participation in the preparation of Q2012.
• Continue workon the ESS Quality Assurance Framework, developed by the Sponsorship on Quality.
• Providing guidance to production units concerning the implementation of ESQRS (ESS Standard for Quality Reports Structure) and ESMS (Euro-SDMX Metadata Structure) quality reporting guidelines and setting standards across the ESS for quality reporting.
• Undertake actions aimed at improving compliance with the Code of Practice.
• Undertake a new cycle of quality assessments with production units, based on the experiences and lessons learned from the 2008-2011 cycle.
• Report to the EP and Council describing the evaluation of the CSP 2008-2012 and recommendation to follow.

Theme 8.03 - Management and statistical programmes

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Strategic management;
• Management support;
• Internal control;
• Annual and multi-annual programmes;
• Administrative simplification and response burden reduction.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Preparation of Annual Activity Report (AAR) and all related issues (e.g. Déclaration d'Assurance, relations with Court of Auditors, synthesis report, ...);
• Project and process management support;
• Commission's Statistical Annual Work Programme including the priority setting;
• Contributions to the Action Programme for reducing administrative burdens in the EU;
• Preparation of the European Statistical Programme 2013-2017;
• Internal Control Standards Assessment.5.4 Management and development of human resources (Eurostat)
Theme 6.02 Statistical training

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Conception and implementation of Eurostat's learning and development strategy for statistical training in the ESS (the ESS Learning and Development Framework (the LDF)) aiming at:

• Improving the overall quality of European statistics;
• Raising the qualification of statisticians in the ESS in order to promote their independence in line with the European Statistics Code of Practice;
• Encouraging both theoretical and practical learning and development;
• Encouraging the exchange of best practices, know how and experience;
• Supporting the implementation of the reengineering of the statistical production processes in the ESS and the required adapted skills and competence needs;
• Providing new alternative learning and development opportunities beyond traditional training;
• Definition of appropriate set up of a European Master's in Official Statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Establish annual ESTP (European Statistical Training Programme): ESTP Annual Catalogue 2013;
• Implementation of the ESS-LDF (European Statistical System - Learning and Development Framework) projects on e-learning, interactive platform, and competences;
• VIP Project: Study within the framework of the project EMOS (European Master in Official Statistics).5.5 Technological resources (including standards for electronic data exchange and data sharing) (Eurostat)
Theme 6.03 - IT support for statistical production

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Functional studies / feasibility studies for sector and horizontal projects;
• Maintenance of existing statistical production systems;
• Harmonisation, consolidation and reengineering of existing statistical production systems;
• Enhancing functionalities of IT components used in the statistical production;
• Maintenance and improvement of the database systems used for dissemination;
• Interfacing common building blocks into existing production systems;
• Participation in the implementation of Joint ESS Strategy on the production method of EU statistics by identifying best practices across the EU, by stimulating the use of standard tools and by providing IT components usable by Eurostat and Member States.

The main actions are directly linked to the Joint ESS Strategy on the production method of EU statistics as follows:

• The consolidation and improvements of systems target data integration and the creation of data warehouses for cross domain statistics and cost minimisation. (CVD = Cycle de Vie des Données = Data Life Cycle).
• The sharing of data validation tools by the ESS members will reduce the burden of the Member States and Eurostat, and at the same time increase quality through harmonisation of procedures and the use of the same metadata.
• Sponsoring the development of a common reference environment and infrastructure through the ESSNet CORE (COmmon Reference Environment).
• Development of a common reference environment and infrastructure.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Data Life Cycle (CVD): Continue the consolidation of IT systems for statistical production in Eurostat by applying the CVD principles.
• Definition of a common reference environment towards which NSIs can develop. Sharing of production tools within the ESS.

Theme 6.04 - IT standards, tools and services for data exchange in the ESS

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Optimisation of Eurostat interaction with users and partners in the area of data and metadata exchange by the means of:

• Cooperation with international institutions (UN, OECD, IMF, WB and others) on the Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX) standard.
• Developing common tools for efficient and secure exchange of statistical data and metadata in the European Statistical System in cooperation with other relevant Commission services, the European System of Central Banks and international organisations.
• Providing standard web services available on Internet for Statistical production process components.
• Standards and software for Eurostat data collection from European Statistical System.
• Re-engineering of the current production processes under way: this concerns the rationalisation of the IT architecture and the introduction of a more interactive production chain on the basis of a solution via a common IT infrastructure.
• Harmonisation through the use of common standards within the ESS, together with process harmonisation through the promotion of methodologies based on common software tools.
• Data collection tools and methods and standardisation for European Statistical System raw data collections.
• Data collection tools and methods and standardisation for Eurostat data and metadata collection from European Statistical System.
• Developing and sponsoring development of a common IT infrastructure, the creation of a shared production and or dissemination environment within ESS, e.g., common reference infrastructure.
• Exchange of common software tools, mostly open source, e.g., SDMX tools.

The actions are aiming at creating of more integrated systems by fully exploiting synergies and economies of scale. The goal is better interaction with ESS partners and better integration of the ESS business. The better integration of the statistical work done in the ESS with the one done in Eurostat will lead to improve efficiency and quality (comparability and timeliness) and to reduce costs by the means of standardisation. Standardisation of methods and IT-tools is one of the cornerstones of the efficiency vision contained in Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Use the standard software: Single Entry Point for all regular data and metadata transmissions from Member States, based on standardised formats (GESMES, SDMX) where appropriate.
• Data transmission: coordination and promotion activities with Local Coordinator network.
• Data transmission: maintain and improve the IT applications used for the Single Entry Point. Develop reliable IT tools, with improvements in performance and functionality, which are available for all national authorities for transmitting, uploading or transferring data via the Single Entry Point.
• Cooperation on enhancement of SDMX standards and capacity-building related actions.
• Support and implementation actions related to SDMX and GESMES in Eurostat and MS. Implement the SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange) standards and guidelines for data and metadata exchange, sharing and dissemination between the members of ESS. Put in place more efficient processes for exchange, sharing and dissemination of statistical data and metadata.
• Flexible access to 2011 census data for users. Operational SDMX Hub system for census data, using  SDMX standards and architecture.
• Data collection and data exchange in ESS using SDMX architecture for delivering data in the ESS. Develop IT infrastructure for SDMX implementation allowing sharing common IT tools and easier data exchange. IT tools and components to enable the implementation of SDMX within the ESS.
• Implement a single IT environment and services for structural and reference metadata allowing standard access for ESS partners and within Eurostat. Common IT system for metadata management within the ESS, using the SDMX standards and architecture.
• Maintain Open Source Software repository and perform related actions on software sharing.

5.6 Co-ordination of international statistical work (Eurostat)
Theme 6.08 - Statistical cooperation with countries covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Providing technical (statistical) advice to the EU's external action service (EEAS), including EU Delegations in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries;
• Support the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy through provision of statistical data;
• Contribute to the design and implementation of statistical assistance programmes in the ENP East countries;
• Contribute to EU efforts to build statistical capacity within the framework of the MEDSTAT programme of statistical cooperation with the ENP South countries;
• Assisting the ENP South countries in designing their regional strategy for statistics;
• Assisting the ENP countries to gradually align their statistical systems with that of the EU;
• Encouraging the application of best practices from the European Statistical System to be applied in ENP countries through mutual contacts, training, study visits, workshops, seminars, and attendance at meetings;
• Collecting and publishing a range of data from the ENP countries, as an input to the Commission assessment of progress in the countries, and  to maintain momentum for harmonisation of data for the region.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Negotiation and follow-up of the implementation of the statistics chapter in the Association Agreements between the EU and the ENP East countries through the provision of input to legal agreements, annual follow up and reporting on progress.
• Assist ENP East countries in developing assistance programmes and projects, promote their funding with the relevant stakeholders, be involved in their implementation through reading reports, reviewing progress and participating in steering committees.
• Collect, validate and process data from the ENP East countries In order to update Eurobase and produce publications on key statistical indicators for ENP-East countries.
• Development of a regional strategy for cooperation with the ENP-South countries beyond the end of MEDSTAT III, so as to reinforce the achievements of the MEDSTAT programmes.
• Collect, validate and process data from the ENP South countries to update Eurobase and produce publications on key statistical indicators for ENP-South countries.
• Support the implementation of the MEDSTAT III programme by giving technical advice on content, experts, work programme to the contracting authority (DG EuropeAid Development and Cooperation).
• Negotiation and follow-up of the implementation of the statistics chapter in the Advanced Status Agreements between the EU and the ENP South countries through the provision of input to Legal Agreements, follow-up of their implementation, reporting on implementation.
• Management of high level seminars, workshops, training courses for European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries on key themes such as classifications, coordination of statistical systems, quality, strategic management, selected statistical topics, the ESS, etc. to provide a forum for discussion and exchange of experience, and encourage capacity building.
• Support other Commission services in the implementation of technical assistance programmes through advice on statistical issues in technical assistance programmes on energy and environment with a view of obtaining statistical data in these areas.
• Assess and monitor the development of the statistical system in the ENP countries through launching and implementing global assessments, reviews and other kinds of assessments for the ENP countries.
• Support the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy through promoting the importance of statistics for European policy purposes (monitoring and design) including the need of support to the NSIs in terms of statistical assistance programmes.

Theme 6.09 - International statistical cooperation

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Providing advice and expertise to Commission services (in particular the External Relations Directorates-General, and the delegations) and national statistical authorities with respect to European Commission development and cooperation policies (identification, planning, implementation and evaluation of statistical projects or the statistical elements of more wide-ranging development projects) and coordinating Eurostat units' contribution to this work;
• Assisting the European Commission in relations with international organisations and in matters of common statistical interest with non-European regions or countries;
• Advocating and promoting good governance through statistics in the EU's external relations policy;
• Monitoring and coordinating EU efforts to build statistical capacity in countries outside Europe within the framework of international commitments such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);
• Encouraging the application of ESS best practice in non-EU countries through mutual contacts, training, study visits and attendance at meetings;
• Collecting data on non-EU countries obtained from all available sources for use by Commission services in pursuit of their external relations policies and, subject to agreement with data suppliers, the wider community of users;
• Ensuring that stakeholders are kept adequately informed through efficient communication;
• Representing Eurostat in international organisations;
• Coordinating Eurostat's relations with Higher Income Countries (HIC) and Russia, in particular implementing the EEA agreement in the field of statistics and the agreement with Switzerland on cooperation in the field of statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Change the focus of co-operation in Latin America from a programme-based approach to a looser one based on Memorandums of Understanding with regional organisations and larger countries in support of the development of national statistical systems of countries by sharing the EU's experience in selected fields of joint priority and promoting horizontal cooperation.
• Fostering Good Practices in the LAC Region: sharing progress and achievements of EU - driven subregional integration statistical projects in the LAC (Latin America and Caribbean) region to enhance cost effectiveness of EU efforts.  Preparation of a seminar with UN-ECLAC.
• Modernisation of statistical data transmission in the LAC region: training and technical assistance to develop capacities to use tools for data and metadata transmission by reference to the SDMX standard.
• Analysis and dissemination for water statistics on specific Central Asian countries: increase the capacity of target countries to improve environmental policies trough reliable statistics; to assist the EC in developing programmes on environmental issues for Central Asia on the basis of better water statistics.
•  IT tool to support price statistics in developing countries: analyse the possibility to provide support to improve price statistics in developing countries, focusing on IT tools for the establishment, harmonisation and analysis of price statistics.
•  Support to the recently created statistical subregional bodies in the ALA region: to share the EU experience in the establishment of RSDS (Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics) in close coordination with PARIS21. (By reference to ASEAN, Andean Community, Central America and Mercosur).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Support to the statistical capacity of the African Union Statistics Division: in the framework of the EU/Africa Strategic Partnership Eurostat ensure a constant support to the African Union Statistics Division through yearly agreed action plans including different kinds of activities, such as secondment of officials, training, sharing experience, produce joint publications, etc.
• Management of Commission's statistical relations with Asia through the implementation of MoUs: follow-up and implementation of road maps of MoUs with China, India and Kazakhstan, in support of the development of national statistical systems of these countries in areas of joint priority.
• ERETES (Software package for National Accounts); transfer of know-how and upgrading to SNA2008: upgrading in order to allow the production of National Accounts in line with the SNA 2008; maintenance; training of users and trainers, improve the coordination of the User Group.
• DISC database on international statistical cooperation projects: the existing database should be improved mainly through the creation of links to internal and external databases. The feasibility of other links should be studied.
• Analysis and dissemination of third countries data produced outside ESTAT: Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and socio-economic indicators analysis.
• Support to the users of the EUROTRACE software: coordination of the User Group and transfer the knowledge towards users; maintenance of the CIRCA dedicated website; training of users and trainers.
• Guide on statistical cooperation extended and updated according to the users' needs and expectations. Coherence between the new modules and the original guide maintained both in English and French and translated into Spanish. User-friendly on line version made available.
• ASTRA - Statistical training in international cooperation through support of NSIs in developing countries by providing a tool to identify training needs.
• Essential System of National Accounts (SNA): methodological support in the context of cooperation; support to the SNA2008 implementation through the preparation of the handbook "Essential SNA".
• Advisory group on international statistical cooperation: advisory group on the co-ordination of EU technical cooperation on statistics with developing countries aiming at increasing coordination of technical assistance, increase synergies, avoid duplication of efforts and contribute to increase aid effectiveness.
• Support to beneficiary countries and/regions in the preparation and implementation of National Plans for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) Advocacy material: assist recipient countries/regions to make aware or convince policy makers and funders on the need for increased financial assistance for the implementation NSDS; provide a user-friendly and updated set of NSDS (National Strategies for he Development of Strategies) guidelines; make proposals on guidelines towards costing an NSDS.
• Efficiency and effectiveness of the EU budgetary support instrument in ALA and ACP: assessment of applicable, objective indicators to analyze effectiveness and efficiency of projects for EU Budget Support.
• Implementation of Memorandums of Understanding and other relations with OECD countries and Russia: strengthen relations with OECD countries and Russia, follow up of MoU: to promote coordination and cooperation in statistics-related matters e.g. the production of official statistics, the promotion of best practices and the harnessing of appropriate synergies; organisation of study visits and seminars.
• Statistical cooperation with EFTA: implementation of the EEA Agreement on cooperation in the field of statistics.
• Statistical cooperation with Switzerland: implementation of the Agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on cooperation in the field of statistics.
• Working Group on International Relations (IRWG) and coordination of EU position through this group: assistance and support to the ESSC in the area of international relations; increased efficiency in international relations through better communication, coordination and consistent representation. Increased visibility and coordinated EU position.
• Development of the Global Statistical System (GSS): organisation of a seminar jointly with UNSD; organise a conference aiming at sharing common statistical standards and animate a discussion on GSS challenges; organise a seminar on spatial statistics.

Theme 8.05 - Relations with the ESS, inter-institutional and international relations

Fields of activities covered by the theme

•  Governance of the European Statistical System (ESS), through the management of the committees that form the core of the cooperation within the European Statistical System, in particular the European Statistical System Committee, the highest-level committee within the ESS representing the producers of European statistics, the European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC), providing a stakeholder perspective (users, respondents and producers) on the relevance and priorities of EU statistics as well as the associated costs and resources, and the European Statistical Governance Advisory Board (ESGAB), whose role is to provide an independent overview of the ESS as regards the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice.
• Ensuring efficient co-operation with the Council, the European Parliament, the European System of Central Banks, the EESC (European Economic and Social Committee) and the CoR (Committee of the Regions) with regard to the statistical legislative production.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide the Secretariat for ESAC;
• Provide the Secretariat for the ESSC;
• Organise the DGINS Conference, in collaboration with the host country;
• Preparation of the 2013 Eurostat Conference;
• Provide secretariat to ESGAB.5.7 Technical cooperation and capacity building programmes (Eurostat)
Theme 6.07 - Statistical cooperation with the candidate and potential candidate countries

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Preparation of candidate and potential candidate countries for EU membership by aligning their methodologies and practices with the statistical acquis and integrating them into the European Statistical System.
• Inputs to meetings under the structures of the Stabilisation and Association Agreements / European Agreements and inputs to the Commission's annual progress reports and its opinions on countries' applications for EU membership.
• Provision of harmonised statistics covering the candidate and potential candidate countries.
• Screening, negotiations and follow-up of the commitments regarding the statistics chapter and the statistics component of other chapters.
• Assistance to the candidate and potential candidate countries involving the entire cycle for assistance programmes with programming, tendering, implementation and evaluation under the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Provision of support to population and housing censuses for candidate and potential candidate countries;
• Support regional cooperation in the Western Balkan countries through the organisation of conferences, seminars, events with a regional perspective to foster regional cooperation and understanding.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Monitor the statistical systems in candidate countries and potential candidates using different assessment instruments (global assessments, peer reviews, compliance monitoring database, Eurostat annual assessment missions).
• Production and dissemination of statistical data on candidate countries and potential candidates through publications and updating the Eurostat website.
• Coordinate, design, contract, implement and follow-up cooperation programmes for candidate countries and potential candidates  to assist candidate countries and potential candidates in aligning their statistical production with the acquis.
• Support the EU enlargement policy through participation in sub-committee meetings under the Accession / European Agreements, following-up on commitments on chapter 18 from the negotiation process, contributing to the annual EU progress reports.


2.5 Government finance, fiscal and public sector statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 2.04 - Government finance statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Assessment of debt and deficit data in the context of the Excessive Deficit Procedure (EDP);
• Annual non-financial government accounts (AGOV);
• Quarterly government accounts (QGOV).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Preparation and follow-up of the Financial Accounts Working Group and EDP processes.
• Introducing improved quality management framework in the area of government finance statistics and particularly promoting quality management standards adapted to the specificities of the Excessive Deficit Procedure compilation process to be implemented by National Statistical Institutes. A Working Group GFS quality management will be created.
• Monitoring and assessing the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice in the context of the process of Excessive Deficit Procedure compilation.
• Identifying, monitoring and assessing risks or problems from upstream data sources with a view to initiating corrective action at the earliest possible point (Early Warning System (EWS)).
• Monitoring and assessing the appropriateness, exhaustiveness and timeliness of the upstream public finance data by reference to ESA requirements, within an Excessive Deficit Procedure context.
• Participation in the coordination of formal Excessive Deficit Procedure methodological visits to Member States as provided for under Article 11b of Regulation (EC) No. 479/2009.
• Monitoring and assessing the effectiveness, reliability, integrity and transparency of the process of data flows between the public entities and the statistical offices in charge of the final compilation of Excessive Deficit Procedure data.
• Promoting accrual based public accounting, including an active role within the International Public Sector Accounting Standards, which is close to ESA-based principles.
• Implementation of Article 16 of Regulation (EC) No 479/2009 across the EU, regarding the responsibilities of national authorities and officials in the context of Excessive Deficit Procedure, with Eurostat's involvement to work towards a harmonised EU framework.
• Development of methodology and approach towards a more robust system of quality management for use in public finance statistics for Excessive Deficit Procedure purposes.
• Risk management for public finance statistics within context of CoP. Development of methodology and approach towards monitoring and assessing the adequacy of the quality of upstream data for compiling Excessive Deficit Procedure statistics in accordance with ESA rules, to be able to assess risks and initiate corrective action.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production of annual government statistics: update of the dissemination database and website;
• Production of quarterly government statistics: validation and dissemination in the database and on the website;
• Verification of data under excessive deficit procedure;
• Missions of verification under Excessive Debt Procedure (EDP) and Stability and Growth Pact;
• Ex-ante and ex-post cases - methodological issues;
• Conceptual surveillance under the Excessive Deficit Procedure and the Stability and Growth Pact;
• Carry out statistical assessment of Candidate Countries;
• Support the development of the statistical system in Greece through the organisation and management of technical assistance activities in the areas of public finance statistics, high level advice and selected statistical domains;
• Support the development of the statistical system in Greece through the organisation and management of technical assistance activities in the areas of public finance statistics, high level advice and selected statistical domains;
• Training Course on government finance statistics.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Classification of tax revenues by economic function and calculation of breakdown and implicit tax rates on consumption, labour, capital and environment.


2.6 International trade and balance of payments (Eurostat)
Theme 2.07 - Trade in goods

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production and dissemination of external trade statistics;
• Quality assurance in trade statistics;
• Coordination, drafting, adjustment and maintenance of legislation in the field of statistics on trade in goods with Member States (Intrastat) and non-Member States (Extrastat);
• Coordination of initiatives on burden reduction in the field of external trade statistics recap.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Harmonisation of validation rules to be applied by Member States before sending data to Eurostat;
• Development of statistics merging trade and business related data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Development of a  proposal for the integration of international transactions and business statistics in a single legal act.
• Recap various options for simplifying the Intrastat system (e.g. single flow, nomenclature) and develop a mid-term proposal for further simplification.
• Methodology in International Trade in Goods Statistics: coordinate all activities related to the methodological development for Intrastat and Extrastat.
• Manage the trade in goods - cooperation, assist for country reports, seminars, improved methodology.
• Production of trade in goods statistical data: make detailed trade data and metadata from Member States, international organisations and third countries available in the Comext database on a monthly basis.
• COMEXT User support: provide technical and statistical user support to the European Commission, Member States and other public users and institutions. Organise monthly Comext training courses for the Commission.
• Further modernisation of tools for Intrastat data collection and facilitation of Multinational Enterprises declarations.
• Improve and automate the structured communication with Member States with the use of XT-NET ASSIST system.
• Trade in goods: Electronic data dissemination. Data and metadata accessible on-line and by DVD/free dissemination. Enhancements of the derivation procedures (by Classification of Products by Activity (CPA), Standard International Trade Classification (SITC), Broad Economic Categories (BEC), external trade by means of transport (NSTR), combinations of them) and improvement data linking of trade statistics with tariffs database.
• MEETS trade in goods - coordination of objective 4: coordinate the MEETS projects related to international trade statistics.
• Develop and promote standards, IT architecture design and provide support for the data collection and date exchange among providers of statistical information and collecting authorities as well as for the exchange of information between administrations.
• Coordination and promotion of actions aiming the improvement of collection systems, procedures and validation at Member States level. Maintenance and further development of messages (Instat-XML), transfer formats (SDMX), use cases, architecture of data exchange systems.
• Publication of aggregated data for international transactions.
• International Trade in Goods Statistics: analysis and quality, incl. compliance.

Theme 2.08 - Trade in services and balance of payments

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Balance of payments (BoP): Methodology, Meetings;
• Quarterly balance of payments;
• Foreign direct investment (FDI);
• International trade in services;
• Balance of payments of the EU institutions;
• Balance of payments and related statistics: Enlargement.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Economic imbalance scoreboard - external imbalances: contribute to the development of the indicators and prepare their regular production.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Balance of Payments Quality Report (QR) is compiled annually according to Regulation (EC) No. 184/2005 (Art 11) and  Regulation (EC) No. 1055/2008. Bilateral tables of asymmetries will be integrated in Balance of Payments Quality Report (BoP QR) from 2011 onwards. BoP QR includes parts related to International Trade in Services (ITS) and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
• Implementation of Balance of Payments Manual (BPM6): Regulation (EC) No 184/2005 has to be amended in line with the new international standards. An harmonised codification has to be defined and methodological guidelines have to be provided to the Member States. This is a joint initiative from Eurostat and DG Statistics of the ECB, with the ECB taking the lead with regard to the new codification structure.
• Balance of Payments and related Euro Indicators: treatment and dissemination of quarterly Balance of Payments (BoP) data.
• Foreign Direct Investment: data production, compilation and dissemination of statistics. Maintenance and development of methodology as well as data quality issues. Maintenance and development of the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Network.
• Methodology, production, dissemination and quality management for International Trade in Services Statistics.
• Balance of Payments of EU Institutions: production and dissemination of the monthly, quarterly and annual online tables.
• Manage the Modernisation of European Enterprise and Trade Statistics (MEETS) projects related to international transactions.


2.7 Prices (Eurostat)
Theme 2.06 - Prices

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production and development of Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICPs);
• Production and development of Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs);
• Development of house price indices/ prices for owner-occupied housing;
• Development of detailed multi-purpose consumer price statistics;
• Calculation of Correction Coefficients and Salary Adjustment for EU Staff;
• Development and production of information on Pension for EU Staff.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Commercial Property Prices Indices handbook;
• Re-engineering of the Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICP) production process in Eurostat;
• Report to European Parliament and Council on implementation of Purchasing Power Parities Regulation.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• (Legislated) and ad-hoc Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICP) standards.
• Calculation and dissemination of monthly Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices; sub-indices and special aggregates; HICP at Constant Tax Rates; HICP Administered Prices.
• Owner-Occupied Housing: methodological guidance, technical manual and supply by National Statistical Institutes of pilot indices,  Owner Occupied Housing regulation.
• Implementation by Member States of Regulations on Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) quality adjustment, sampling and weighting - further improvement of quality of HICPs.
• Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) Flash Estimate Production: calculation of HICP Flash Estimate.
• Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) compliance monitoring and quality control: assessing and verifying National Statistical Institutes compliance to HICP standards.
• Detailed consumer prices: more detailed price indices, detailed price levels, food chains monitoring tool.
• Detailed consumer prices: more detailed price indices, detailed price levels.
• Revision and update of the Purchasing Power Parities (PPP) manual.
• Development of a new methodology for Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs) for health services. Work is lead by OECD.
• PPP Inventories: evaluation of countries' sources and methods for Purchasing Power Parities (PPP).
• Purchasing Power Parities for 37 countries at GDP and components level; Eurobase update, press release, SIFs.
• Article 64 Intra-EU Statistics: methodology and results tables to DG Human Resources and Security.
• Article 65 Council Remuneration report and Statistics: methodology and results tables to DG Human Resources and Security.
• Actuarial calculation of the pension contribution rate in accordance with Annex XII of the Staff Regulations.
• Yearly calculation of the liability of the Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme Pension Scheme (JSIS) at 31st December.
• Yearly calculation of the liability of the Pension Scheme of Members of some EU Institutions (PSMI) at 31st December.
• Article 64 Extra-EU Statistics: Methodology and Results Package to DG Human Resources and Security and European External Action Service.
• Yearly calculation of the liability of the Pension Scheme of EU officials and other servants (PSEO) at 31st December.


2.9 Science and technology (Eurostat)
Theme 5.06 - Science, technology and innovation

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Statistics developed under this theme provide a basis for the monitoring and benchmark exercise for the Europe 2020 strategy, the development of the European Research Area (ERA) and the Innovation Union Initiative. Further topics are the re-engineering of research and innovation statistics and the possible integration of ICT statistics (see Theme 5.07).

Activities covered by the theme are:

• Production, dissemination and development of the Community Innovation Survey 2010-2012;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Research and Development statistics 2009-2011;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Patent statistics based on PATSTAT data source from European Patent Office;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Intellectual property rights statistics (other than Patent statistics) based on the adequate sources;
• Production and dissemination of the High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors statistics on the basis of Eurostat data;
• Developing new indicators for Commission strategy Europe 2020, European Research Area (ERA) and Innovation Union Initiative and managing and coordinating the related work.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Intellectual Property Rights, IPR, statistics (excluding patents): ensure the regular production and dissemination of IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Proposal to Working Group meeting for revising the Commission Regulation (EC) No 753/2004 of R&D and other STI statistics.
• Proposal to Working Group meeting for revising the Commission Regulation (EC) No 1450/2004 of community statistics on innovation.
• Explorative work towards an ERA indicators on research infrastructure.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Patent Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of patent data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Human Resources in Science and Technology Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of Human Resources in Science and Technology data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• ERA Indicators: Develop a method for matching harmonized Patent applicant names (firms) with harmonized firm names from financial databases for creating SME patenting indicators.
• Looking at the potential for R&D and Community Innovation surveys (and beyond) re-design and search for synergies, including linking with other enterprise statistics.
• Intensified quality validation of R&D data: follow-up of ESTAT's and Member States' action plans from 2011.
• Maintain and improve Eurostat's set of ERA indicators; coordinate actions, metadata, quality evaluation and communication towards Commission.
• Research and Development Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of R&D (Research and Development) and GBAORD (Government Budget Appropriations or Outlays on Research and Development) data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• High Tech Sector Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors' data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Innovation Statistics: ensure the production and dissemination of Community Innovation Survey data 2010 and the related metadata.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• A project in developing detailed and exhaustive methodology for serving further breakdowns of the GBAORD data (on public science budgets) both in joint and open public R&D programmes.
• Renewal of contract to maintain, update and further develop its integrated internal STI database.
• Several projects to obtaining statistical data complementary to what is provided by the European Statistical System in particular bibliometric data, data on licensing and national patents, supplementary foreign affiliates R&D data.




3. Environment and multi-domain statistics (Eurostat)
1. Demographic and social statistics (Eurostat)
3.1 Environment (Eurostat)
Theme 5.03 - Environment statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme 
• Environmental Data Centre on Waste;
• Statistics on waste, hazardous substances, water, biodiversity;
• Regional environment statistics;
• Streamlining and production of environmental indicators (Sustainable Development, Sustainable Development Indicators, Europe 2020, etc.).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Collect regional environmental statistics and make them available;
• In cooperation with the Group of Four (ESTAT, ENV, JRC and EEA), development and improvement of the statistical knowledge base to support the Europe 2020 flagship initiative on resource efficiency.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Streamline the various environmental indicator sets maintained by the Group of 4 (ESTAT, ENV, JRC, EEA);
• Publication of biodiversity indicators;
• GDP and beyond: ensure the coordination of Eurostat activities linked to the Communication COM(2009)433;
• Manage and develop the data centre on waste;
• Manage the Waste Statistics Regulation. Collect, validate and disseminate data on generation and treatment of waste;
• Develop and maintain the set of indicators to monitor the EU Chemicals Policy (REACH);
• Support Member States in the improvement of water statistics (grants);
• Collect, validate and disseminate statistics on water resources, water uses and waste water treatment.


3.2 Regional and small area statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 4.08 - Rural development and maritime policy statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Provision of statistics to support the European Rural Development Policy and the European Integrated Maritime Policy.
• Discussions mainly with DG AGRI, DG MARE and DG REGIO about their data needs; follow-up and completion of action 6.5 of the Blue Paper Action Plan on integrated maritime policy (SEC(2007)1278) "Improving Socio-Economic Data for maritime sectors and maritime regions".
• Testing the use of data from harmonised European surveys (Labour Force Survey, Information and Communication Technologies Usage Survey).
• Cross-sectional data collection at NUTS level 3 for areas with differing levels of rurality and for coastal areas / the maritime sector if available. Analysing and publishing NUTS level 3 data as far as they are available.
• Managing grants provided to Member States (collection of existing data).
• Building a framework for a rural/coastal inventory covering the most important services/infrastructures.
• Analysing and publishing NUTS level 3 data.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide the European Union with statistical information (i.e. statistical indicators) in the field of rural development. Development work covering the collection of appropriate statistics (social, demographic, economic, etc) to evaluate the sustainable development of rural areas.
• Statistical data for the Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP).
• Elaboration of statistical publications devoted to Rural development (i.e Statistics in Focus, pocketbook, etc.). Improvement of dedicated webpages for Rural Development statistics.
• Rural development data collection: regular update of the database using official data published on the websites of the NSIs. Manage the rural data collection exercise launched in 2010 based on existing data sources. Data collection in the framework of the European harmonised surveys.
• Elaboration of statistical publications devoted to coastal regions and maritime sector (i.e Statistics in Focus, pocketbook, etc.). Improvement of dedicated webpage for Maritime Policy statistics.
• Maritime Policy data collection: regular update of the database using data from available source in the Commission and data collected in the framework of European harmonised surveys.


Theme 5.04 - Regional and urban statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Coordination of the collection of regional statistics in various thematic units of Eurostat;
• Coordination of the dissemination of regional statistics;
• Collection processing and dissemination of urban statistics;
• Identification of new or changed requirements on regional and urban statistics in cooperation with policy Directorates General of the Commission;
• Maintenance of the Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Regional Yearbook Production: planning and coordination of the drafting of the Yearbook contributions by Eurostat thematic units, the compilation of contributions to an integrated publication, coordination of translation, layout and printing work.
• Technical infrastructure for urban and regional statistics: improvement of the technical tools for the data validation, loading and processing of the production database.
• Urban Audit data collection: collect, validate and disseminate set of statistical indicators for European cities.
• Cooperation with Eurostat thematic units on regional statistics data collection in all phases of the statistical production cycle, the further evolution of regional indicators, metadata maintenance and their methodological basis as well as dissemination issues.
• The task includes the annual update of the regional and urban statistics reference guide.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

A Study on harmonised collection of European data and statistics in the field of urban transport and mobility" is undertaken whose results are expected in spring 2012.

Theme 5.05 - Geographical and local information

Fields of activities covered by the theme

•  Maintenance of a Reference Database for geographic information for the Commission (GISCO);
•  Purchase of new or updated geographic datasets and their integration into the GISCO database;
•  Support to Commission services, including Eurostat, for work with geographic information and in geographic map production;
•  Cooperation with DG Environment and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) on the INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe) initiative according to the Memorandum of Understanding;
•   Implementation of an INSPIRE conforming technical architecture based on the concept of Geoportals;
•  Operation of the INSPIRE Geoportals under the responsibility of the Commission.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• VIP Project: Geospatial information.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production of statistical or thematic maps in paper and electronic form based on extractions from statistical databases and based on geographic data layers.
• GEOSTAT: ESS-Net project on European population grid. Preparation of a European population grid based on Census data: methodology for collection of georeferenced demographical data.
• Cooperation with DG ENV and the JRC on the development and implementation of INSPIRE Directive based on a Memorandum of Understanding between the DGs.
• Provide access to the Commission internal geographic/spatial datasets through the INSPIRE-EC geoportal.
• Within the INSPIRE architecture, put the EU Geoportal in the position of a central hub linked to the national geoportals.
• Preparation of the Implementing Rules and adoption by the Commission. Development and implementation of INSPIRE geoportal. Commission compliance.


3.3 Multi-domain statistics and indicators (Eurostat)
1.1 Population and migration (Eurostat)
Theme 1.01 - Population

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The important demographic challenges facing the European Union as well as the development of a common immigration policy (cf. European Pact on Immigration and Asylum as well as the Stockholm Programme adopted by the European Council in December 2009) have resulted in an unprecedented demand for high-quality demographic and migration statistics to support policy-making, i.e.:

• Population and housing censuses;
• Demographic statistics, including statistics on population stocks and vital events;
• Population projections;
• Migration statistics, including statistics on stocks of migrant populations, migration flows, acquisition of citizenship, asylum, enforcement of immigration legislation, residence permits and the social and economic situation of migrants. 

Quality improvements and quality assurance will be an important focus for work on both demographic and migration statistics. The Census hub project is an example of a more interactive production chain based on a "data at the source" solution in line with the Communication on the production method of EU statistics. Migration statistics as a cross-cutting phenomenon will benefit from a cost-effective mainstreaming approach. The core social variables relating for the identification of

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Migration mainstreaming - Developing the statistical use of administrative data;
• Migration mainstreaming - actions related to surveys.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Demographic Statistics - Rapid data collection, joint data collection, regional data collection, nowcast data collection;
• Preparation of the regulation on annual demographic data collection, including its implementing measure(s);
• Population Projections on national and regional level;
• The development of statistics on residence permits issued to non-EU citizens follows the double aim of providing additional statistics for the policy making in the area of migration of third country nationals and of contributing to migration mainstreaming;
• Migration Statistics: Flows, stocks and acquisition of citizenship;
• Statistics on enforcement of immigration legislation;
• Residence permit statistics;
• Statistics on the integration and socio-economic situation of migrants;
• Quality and accuracy of migration statistics;
• Report to the EP and Council on the statistics compiled pursuant to Regulation 862/2007 and on their quality;
• Additional disaggregations as foreseen in Article 8 of Regulation 862/2007;
• Asylum Statistics;
• Statistics for the allocation of the "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows" programme funds - Data to meet the requirements set in the Funds legislation;
• Quality assurance programme for data used in the allocation of the "Solidarity and management of Migration Flows" Funds.


1.2 Labour (Eurostat)
Theme 1.02 - Labour market

Fields of activities covered by the theme

High-quality labour market statistics will be provided in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy and the Employment Guidelines. Infra-annual and structural headline indicators will inform policy makers, media and the public. 

Activities covered by the theme:

• Labour Force Survey (LFS);
• Earnings and labour costs, in particular Structure of Earnings Survey and Labour Cost Survey;
• Principal European Economic Indicators for the labour market: monthly unemployment, labour cost index, job vacancies;
• Labour Market Policy statistics (LMP);
• Time Use Survey (TUS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Europe2020 indicators: timely provision and quality assurance;
• Review of the Labour Force Survey legal basis;
• Implementation of the Labour Force Survey ad hoc module 2012;
• Labour Force Survey ad hoc module 2014;
• Programme of Labour Force Survey ad hoc modules 2016-2018, respecting the future role of the ad hoc modules under a revised legal basis;
• Preparation of the report to EP and Council on the implementation of the Labour Force Survey regulation;
• New data collection in social surveys using multiple modes;
• Preparation of the report to EP and Council on the implementation of the regulation on the labour cost index;
• Structure of Earnings Survey 2010: Transmission, processing and dissemination of data;
• Exploring options for a simplification of the Structure of Earnings Survey.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Processing and dissemination of Labour Force Survey ad hoc module data;
• Implement the regulation on quarterly job vacancy statistics and improve the quality of job vacancy data;
• Collection, processing, transmission, dissemination and quality-assurance of Labour Force Survey data;
• Produce, disseminate and quality-assure monthly unemployment estimates;
• Quality improvement and implementation of action plans in the context of the recommendations of the Task Force on the quality of the Labour Force Survey;
• Transmission, processing and dissemination of annual data on labour costs and earnings, minimum wages and gender pay gap;
• Production, transmission, dissemination and quality-assurance of data on the labour cost index;
• Collect, process, disseminate and quality-assure statistics on labour market policies.


1.3 Education (Eurostat)
Theme 1.03 - Education and lifelong learning

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Statistics developed under this theme are crucial for the monitoring and benchmark exercise of the Europe 2020 strategy, the "Education and Training 2020" policy cooperation (including new indicators related to employability and learning mobility of students in Higher Education and initial vocational training),  and the renewed integrated guidelines, social agenda and sustainable development framework.

Activities covered by the theme:

• Production of statistical information on education and lifelong learning via specific data sources on education and training systems, vocational training in enterprises and adult learning;
• Production of statistical information on education and lifelong learning via other ESS sources which are not specific to education covering areas like outcome of education, learning mobility, human capital, education and social inclusion, and employability as well as  transition from education to work;
• Dissemination of indicators for the monitoring of EU policies and benchmarking exercises like Europe 2020 indicators, "Education and Training 2020", the European Employment Strategy and integrated guidelines, benchmarking the European Research Area, the social agenda and sustainable development;
• Cooperation within the Commission established with DG EAC, DG EMPL, DG RTD and JRC (CRELL Centre for Research on Education and Lifelong Learning);
• Cooperation with other international organisations (UNESCO Institute for Statistics, OECD, ILO), with specialised EU agencies - European Training Foundation (ETF), CEDEFOP, CRELL (JRC) - as well as with the Eurydice information network established by DG EAC (DG EACEA).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Following on from the work carried out by the Eurostat FESUR Task Force during the EUMIDA feasibility study, Eurostat will provide methodological assistance to DG EAC and DG RTD. for the setting up and regular running of a Register on Tertiary Education Institutions, including input to drafting the terms of reference for a call for tender to identify external contractors, evaluating the bids, ensuring and facilitating cooperation with National Statistical Authorities and advise DG EAC and RTD on quality issues, including statistical elements highlighted in the feasibility study.
• Within the framework of implementing the new ISCED 2011, dedicate resources to update the data collection instruments (e.g. UOE data collection and core variable in social surveys 'educational attainment'), where ISCED plays a major role. The ISCED mappings will likewise be updated.
• The tests for further integration of lifelong learning statistics in the Labour Force Survey and Adult Education Survey are carried out through grants in 2011 and 2012. The proposal implies an update of the Classification of Learning Activities accordingly.
• As a result of the repeal of the CVTS regulation, launch of a discussion (including a Task Force) to simplify data collection on vocational training in enterprises from 2015 in line with a better use of AES and LFS data on lifelong learning, while considering which vocational training and skills needs data should still be collected from enterprises within the ESS.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Education Statistics (UOE data collection): Eurobase Update, data for publication purposes web and paper. Testing the new UOE quality report beginning of 2012 with a view to finalise in 2012.
• Improve and develop indicators and benchmarks related to EU2020 initiatives/flagships and based on the UOE (common UNESCO, OECD and Eurostat data collection based on mainly administrative sources) data collection as a source. Continue the work on UOE tables on diploma and credit mobility in higher education to monitor Bologna and EU benchmark on learning mobility.
Complete a feasibility study and discuss the next steps on the use of household surveys - mainly LFS or Adult education survey (AES) - within the ESS to provide data regularly and for first time by 2015, for the monitoring of a benchmark on learning mobility in initial VET and general youth mobility indicator.
• Evaluation of new results, tables on Eurostat reference database, paper publication programme, Adult Education Survey (AES) anonymised datasets, user requests.
• Continuous Vocational Training Survey (CVTS): evaluation of new results, tables on Eurostat reference database, paper publication programme, anonymised datasets, user requests.
• LFS education Statistics (Europe 2020): Education attainment, lifelong learning, early school leavers - Eurobase/NewCronos update.


1.4 Health (Eurostat)
Theme 1.05 - Health and safety

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Health is an important priority for Europeans, who expect to be protected against illness and disease - at home, in the workplace and when travelling. Statistics are developed in the context of the EU's "Together for health: a strategic approach for the EU 2008-2013" and of the health and long-term care strand of the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) on Social Protection and Social Inclusion set up by the Lisbon European Council of March 2000. Concerning Health and Safety at Work, the policy framework is provided by the Commission Communication (COM (2007) 62 final) on "Improving quality and production at work: Community strategy 2007-2012 on health and safety at work".

Activities covered by the theme:

• Public Health including Health care (expenditure and non-expenditure), Causes of Death, Health Interview Surveys (European Health Interview Surveys - EHIS, Statistics on Income and Living Conditions - SILC and EHSIS - European Health and Social Integration Survey), as well as Morbidity statistics.
• Health and safety at work, including European Statistics on Accidents at Work (ESAW) and European Occupational Diseases Statistics (EODS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Health Care (expenditure and non-expenditure): development of the implementing Commission regulation on expenditure.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• EHSIS (European Health and Social Integration Survey): implementation in Member States.
• Health care (expenditure and non-expenditure): Collection, validation and dissemination of 2010 data (and associated meta-data) on health care (expenditure and non-expenditure) based on Joint Questionnaires with OECD and WHO; Improvement of data quality; Dissemination of short analysis in the form of SiFs.
• Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (SILC): 2009/2010 data on health status, health care and healthy Life Years Structural indicator - improved wording comparability of SILC questions.
• Causes of Death: Collection, validation and dissemination of the 2010 data (and associated meta-data) on causes of death; Dissemination of short analysis in the form of a Statistics in Focus (SiF).
• EHIS (European Health Interview Survey): finalisation and adoption of the  implementing Commission regulation.
• Morbidity statistics: development of the final methodology for a regular data collection.
• 2011 Labour Force Survey (LFS) module on the employment of disabled people: analysis of first results.
• Health and Safety at Work (ESAW and EODS): Eurostat database update.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Continuation of the development of an observatory of working conditions in Europe. Eurofound will also launch its 5th European Survey on Working Conditions.
• Continuation of the development of the Risk Observatory on new and emerging risks.
• Coordination of collections of data on communicable diseases at European Union level.
• Data on key indicators on drugs are collected and work is coordinated with Eurostat.
• For some areas in the field of public health, data such as injuries (JAMIE), data from examination survey (JA EHES) and regional health statistics (I2SARE project) and regional health statistics are collected directly through actions which are not directly steered by Eurostat, under the Programme of Community action in the field of health 2008-2013. Eurostat will, where relevant and possible, provide technical support on the follow-up of these projects, such as by examining the possibility to launch an ESSnet.


1.5 Income and consumption (Eurostat)
Theme 1.09 - Food safety

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Eurostat involvement is limited; the intention is to phase-out Eurostat's involvement in this area*.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Detailed data on specific issues such as monitoring of pesticide residues, zoonoses, etc. are currently collected and sent to Eurostat.

   * The context of the discussion on negative priorities (under request of the European Statistical System Committee), it was decided to put 'food safety statistics' on the list of negative priorities for 2012'.

Theme 5.08 - Consumer protection

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Support given by Eurostat to DG SANCO to monitor the market from the consumer's perspective, contributing to data collection for the "Consumer Market Scoreboard";
• Support/advice given by Eurostat on statistical methodology.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Provide methodological, statistical and analytical support to the users on consumer protection.


1.6 Social protection (Eurostat)
Theme 1.07 - Social protection

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The European System of Integrated Social Protection Statistics (ESSPROS) provides a coherent comparison between European countries of social benefits to households and their financing. It is also relevant to the inclusive growth pillar of the proposed Commission Strategy Europe 2020. Activities covered by the theme are:

• Data on social protection expenditure and receipts by social protection schemes (quantitative data - core system);
• Metadata on social protection benefits by scheme (qualitative data - core system);
• Data on pension beneficiaries (module);
• Data on net social benefits (module).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Social Protection Statistics: ESSPROS. Methodological development, data collection, validation and dissemination of data on social protection systems. Development and production of indicators. Production of synthesis quality report.
• Social Protection Statistics: ESSPROS data on net social benefits: implementation of the Commission regulation and management of the transition on a voluntary basis.


1.8 Justice and crime (Eurostat)
Theme 1.10 - Crime and criminal justice

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The Stockholm Programme agreed by the Council in 2009 (OJ C115, p.1) sets out an ambitious set of goals for improving European statistics on crime and criminal justice.  Currently one of the main focuses of the work is on developing and implementing a household survey covering victimisation and safety concerns. Data on police-recorded crime has been collected annually since 2006 and is gradually being extended to include further areas of crime and criminal justice.

Activities covered by the theme are:

• Statistics on police-recorded crime, number of police officers in the Member States and prison population;
• Statistics on money-laundering and other new crime types;
• Statistics on victimisation/security.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

•  Police-recorded crime, police numbers and prison population:  Collection, validation and dissemination of 2010 data (and associated meta-data) jointly with UN.
• Development of an EP and Council regulation for an EU victimisation survey to be implemented in 2013 and of corresponding implementing regulation and methodological manual.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection of cash control statistics from Member States;
• Launching of a Joint data collection with UN.

Theme 1.11 - Discrimination

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Equality statistics are based on the EU Treaty (new Article 19) and on the Commission's non-discrimination package 2008, which includes a proposal for a new Directive COM(2008) 426 on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Activities covered by the theme are:

• Outcome difference indicators on equality;
• Classification on ethnic origin/streamlined approach with migration statistics;
• Survey/question on experienced discrimination.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Dedicated section on outcome difference indicators on equality: update the data of the dedicated section.
• Introduction of country of birth of parents in main social surveys (LFS, SILC).


1.9 Culture (Eurostat)
Theme 1.04 - Culture

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Official statistics on culture are requested within the Conclusions of the Council and of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States on the "Work Plan for Culture 2011-2014" endorsed on 2.12.2010.

Activities covered by the theme:

• Statistics on the cultural / creative sector (employment, trade);
• Statistics on expenditure on culture;
• Statistics on cultural participation and the social impact of culture.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Follow-up of forthcoming development of cultural statistics (employment, participation, expenditure, industrial dimension and external trade) as a follow-up of recommendations agreed by the Working Group on Cultural Statistics based on proposals of the ESSnet culture. Methodology, manual, improved statistics.


1.10 Political and other community activities (Eurostat)



3.4 Yearbooks and similar compendia (Eurostat)
Theme 6.06 - Information and dissemination

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Dissemination of European statistics;
• Eurostat website;
• Support for external users;
• Publications;
• Promotion and marketing of Eurostat and of European statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implement next generation of the Eurostat website including the related tools for online access to data, metadata and publications.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Eurostat website: the website provides a stable access to Eurostat products and services, with enhancements for users. Evolutionary maintenance and quality assurance of the website, including purchases of hardware and software.
• Improve user orientation of dissemination products and services: collect and analyse information about user interaction with Eurostat dissemination products and services.
• Enhance reusability: facilitation of the re-use of Eurostat data, metadata and tools by external organisations, including NSIs, companies and the open data community.
• Dissemination of European results from the 2011 Census, via the Eurostat website, using the Census Hub.
• Raising visibility and awareness of the ESS: implement actions developed under the Sponsorship on Communication.
• Support and promotion to external users: high quality support to external users of Eurostat's products and services; publicity and promotion. Network of support centres; participation in dissemination events and distribution of promotional material.
• Statistics Explained: maintenance, further development and content management of the electronic dissemination system "Statistics Explained".
• Dissemination products for mobile devices: development of dissemination products which enable users to obtain statistics on a range of mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets, and e-readers.
• Increase multilingualism in dissemination products and services: users have access to selected information in all EU languages, as well as support in all languages.
• Publications: widespread dissemination of Eurostat's value-added output through electronic and paper publications. Production, dissemination and archiving of statistical publications, including the implementation of the publications programme 2011 and the further exploitation of the electronic dissemination system "Statistics Explained".
• Dissemination of Eurostat microdata.



2. Economic Statistics (Eurostat)
3.1 Environment (Eurostat)
Theme 5.03 - Environment statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme 
• Environmental Data Centre on Waste;
• Statistics on waste, hazardous substances, water, biodiversity;
• Regional environment statistics;
• Streamlining and production of environmental indicators (Sustainable Development, Sustainable Development Indicators, Europe 2020, etc.).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Collect regional environmental statistics and make them available;
• In cooperation with the Group of Four (ESTAT, ENV, JRC and EEA), development and improvement of the statistical knowledge base to support the Europe 2020 flagship initiative on resource efficiency.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Streamline the various environmental indicator sets maintained by the Group of 4 (ESTAT, ENV, JRC, EEA);
• Publication of biodiversity indicators;
• GDP and beyond: ensure the coordination of Eurostat activities linked to the Communication COM(2009)433;
• Manage and develop the data centre on waste;
• Manage the Waste Statistics Regulation. Collect, validate and disseminate data on generation and treatment of waste;
• Develop and maintain the set of indicators to monitor the EU Chemicals Policy (REACH);
• Support Member States in the improvement of water statistics (grants);
• Collect, validate and disseminate statistics on water resources, water uses and waste water treatment.


3.2 Regional and small area statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 4.08 - Rural development and maritime policy statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Provision of statistics to support the European Rural Development Policy and the European Integrated Maritime Policy.
• Discussions mainly with DG AGRI, DG MARE and DG REGIO about their data needs; follow-up and completion of action 6.5 of the Blue Paper Action Plan on integrated maritime policy (SEC(2007)1278) "Improving Socio-Economic Data for maritime sectors and maritime regions".
• Testing the use of data from harmonised European surveys (Labour Force Survey, Information and Communication Technologies Usage Survey).
• Cross-sectional data collection at NUTS level 3 for areas with differing levels of rurality and for coastal areas / the maritime sector if available. Analysing and publishing NUTS level 3 data as far as they are available.
• Managing grants provided to Member States (collection of existing data).
• Building a framework for a rural/coastal inventory covering the most important services/infrastructures.
• Analysing and publishing NUTS level 3 data.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide the European Union with statistical information (i.e. statistical indicators) in the field of rural development. Development work covering the collection of appropriate statistics (social, demographic, economic, etc) to evaluate the sustainable development of rural areas.
• Statistical data for the Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP).
• Elaboration of statistical publications devoted to Rural development (i.e Statistics in Focus, pocketbook, etc.). Improvement of dedicated webpages for Rural Development statistics.
• Rural development data collection: regular update of the database using official data published on the websites of the NSIs. Manage the rural data collection exercise launched in 2010 based on existing data sources. Data collection in the framework of the European harmonised surveys.
• Elaboration of statistical publications devoted to coastal regions and maritime sector (i.e Statistics in Focus, pocketbook, etc.). Improvement of dedicated webpage for Maritime Policy statistics.
• Maritime Policy data collection: regular update of the database using data from available source in the Commission and data collected in the framework of European harmonised surveys.


Theme 5.04 - Regional and urban statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Coordination of the collection of regional statistics in various thematic units of Eurostat;
• Coordination of the dissemination of regional statistics;
• Collection processing and dissemination of urban statistics;
• Identification of new or changed requirements on regional and urban statistics in cooperation with policy Directorates General of the Commission;
• Maintenance of the Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Regional Yearbook Production: planning and coordination of the drafting of the Yearbook contributions by Eurostat thematic units, the compilation of contributions to an integrated publication, coordination of translation, layout and printing work.
• Technical infrastructure for urban and regional statistics: improvement of the technical tools for the data validation, loading and processing of the production database.
• Urban Audit data collection: collect, validate and disseminate set of statistical indicators for European cities.
• Cooperation with Eurostat thematic units on regional statistics data collection in all phases of the statistical production cycle, the further evolution of regional indicators, metadata maintenance and their methodological basis as well as dissemination issues.
• The task includes the annual update of the regional and urban statistics reference guide.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

A Study on harmonised collection of European data and statistics in the field of urban transport and mobility" is undertaken whose results are expected in spring 2012.

Theme 5.05 - Geographical and local information

Fields of activities covered by the theme

•  Maintenance of a Reference Database for geographic information for the Commission (GISCO);
•  Purchase of new or updated geographic datasets and their integration into the GISCO database;
•  Support to Commission services, including Eurostat, for work with geographic information and in geographic map production;
•  Cooperation with DG Environment and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) on the INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe) initiative according to the Memorandum of Understanding;
•   Implementation of an INSPIRE conforming technical architecture based on the concept of Geoportals;
•  Operation of the INSPIRE Geoportals under the responsibility of the Commission.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• VIP Project: Geospatial information.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production of statistical or thematic maps in paper and electronic form based on extractions from statistical databases and based on geographic data layers.
• GEOSTAT: ESS-Net project on European population grid. Preparation of a European population grid based on Census data: methodology for collection of georeferenced demographical data.
• Cooperation with DG ENV and the JRC on the development and implementation of INSPIRE Directive based on a Memorandum of Understanding between the DGs.
• Provide access to the Commission internal geographic/spatial datasets through the INSPIRE-EC geoportal.
• Within the INSPIRE architecture, put the EU Geoportal in the position of a central hub linked to the national geoportals.
• Preparation of the Implementing Rules and adoption by the Commission. Development and implementation of INSPIRE geoportal. Commission compliance.


3.3 Multi-domain statistics and indicators (Eurostat)
2.1 Macroeconomic statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 5.01 - Statistics for business cycle analysis

Fields of activities covered by the theme 
• Improvement of the quality and the coverage of Principal European Economic Indicators (PEEIs, COM/2002/661) and enhancement of their visibility.
• Development and implementation of sophisticated statistical and econometric techniques in order to increase timeliness, length, frequency and reliability of PEEIs.
• Development and maintenance of a statistical framework for the assessment of the euro area and Member States cyclical situation.
• Provide advanced methods for data readability and interpretability.
• Preparation, implementation and follow up of guidelines for harmonising PEEI production processes and for the definition of best statistical practices.
• Development of tools for the rationalising the use of statistical and econometric techniques.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production of statistical estimation to increase timeliness, coverage and length. Statistical framework for business cycle analysis based on Principal European Economic Indicators (PEEIs). Guidelines for harmonisation of PEEIs production and advanced quality measures.
• Supply of statistical PEEIs including publication, quality assessment statistical improvements and analysis of PEEIs with expected monthly or quarterly output. Integration of traditional methods with more sophisticated econometric techniques.
• Investigation of innovative statistical and econometric techniques to be used to enhance data production, quality assessment and analysis of PEEIs.
• Integrated system for improvement, quality monitoring and analysis of PEEIs implementation of methodologies for monitoring, improvememt and analysis of PEEIs. A friendly and standardised computational framework for the PEEIs.


2.2 Economic accounts (Eurostat)
Theme 2.01 - Annual economic accounts

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Annual national accounts - main aggregates;
• Productivity and growth analysis;
• Annual non-financial Sector Accounts (ASA);
• Annual Financial Accounts (AFA);
• Pensions.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Economic imbalance scoreboard. Contribute to the development of the indicators and prepare their regular production;
• Update manual on regional accounts: guidance to and steering of respective task force.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• New System of National Accounts (SNA) and new European System of Accounts (ESA);
• Specific improvements in national accounts data provided by Member States to prepare introduction of ESA2010 and its transmission programme;
• EU KLEMS (EU level analysis of capital (K), labour (L), energy (E), materials (M) and service (S) inputs): productivity and growth accounts for the EU, euro area and Member States;
• Monitoring of and Reporting on compliance with the data transmission programme;
• Implementation of NACE Rev 2 and CPA 2008 in national and regional accounts;
• Revision of ESA Transmission Programme, negotiations in the Council, transitional measures to support Member States and practical aspects related to transmission;
• Annual national accounts: collection, validation and dissemination of main aggregates data. Database maintenance and evolution. Publications. User support. Website. Compliance;
• Regular production of press releases, SiFs and contributions to horizontal and compendium publications;
• Annual national accounts: production of European annual aggregates including employment; update of the dissemination database;
• CVD compliant IT production system for national accounts;
• National accounts methodological and practical improvements: 5 projects to facilitate the implementation of the revised ESA and research related to the implementation of the Eurostat vision;
• Production of annual Institutional Sector Accounts: update of the dissemination database and website;
• Validate and disseminate data on non-financial assets for the total economy and by sector, in particular household dwellings;
• Collection, validation dissemination of SUT IOT (supply/use tables and input/output tables) data. Database maintenance and development. Compliance, process assessment, NAPS integration;
• In cooperation with Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS-JRC) to produce Supply, Use tables at basic prices for all the Member States and for EU27. To produce Supply and Use tables for EuroArea. To produce Input output tables for EU27 and Euro Area (EA);
• Production of aggregated Supply/Use tables and input/output tables for the EU and Euroarea; input into environmental accounts applications;
• Supply/Use tables and input/output tables: regular production of new releases and SiFs, contribution to horizontal and compendium publications;
• Enhanced quality assurance for regional GDP per inhabitant: inventories, quality assurance questionnaires on regional Gross Value Added (GVA) and regional population, country missions incl. follow-up;
• Estimation of regional GDP at level NUTS2 and NUTS3 and of regional household income at level NUTS2, including development of methodology based on data collected from the Member States; dissemination via Eurobase;
• Regional accounts input for publications, in particular the Regional Yearbook, two SiFs, the Eurostat Yearbook, the annual reports on the rural development and on the social situation in the EU.

Theme 2.02 - Quarterly accounts

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Quarterly national accounts;
• Quarterly non-financial sector accounts (QSA).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Update Manual QNA: guidance to and steering of respective task force with Member States.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Quarterly National Accounts: collection, validation and dissemination of main aggregates data. Database maintenance and evolution. Publications. User support. Website. Compliance.
• Quarterly National Accounts: European annual aggregates including employment; Flash estimates GDP; quarterly releases of aggregates; update of the dissemination database.
• Quarterly National Accounts: regular production of press releases, SiFs and contributions to horizontal and compendium publications.
• Prodcuction of Quarterly Institutional Sector Accounts (QSA): update of the dissemination database, website and news release.

Theme 2.05 - Monitoring own resources

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Annual national accounts data of Gross National Income (GNI) and Gross National Product (GNP);
• Verification of the GNI/GNP data transmitted each year by Member States;
• Verification of Member States' inventories of statistical sources and methods used to calculate GNI/GNP;
• Verification, in cooperation with DG Budget, of the figures and calculations included in Member States' VAT statements.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Verification of the reliability, comparability and exhaustiveness of own resource GNI data and of the own resource VAT figures and calculations transmitted by Member States.


2.3 Business statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 3.01 - Annual business statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Industrial production statistics (Prodcom);
• Structural Business Statistics (SBS);
• Statistics on Foreign Affiliates (FATS);
• Modernisation of European Enterprise and Trade Statistics (MEETS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Simplification of the SBS Regulation requirements: analysis and agreement with Member States on the simplifications to Regulation (EC) No. 295/2008, in particular for Annexes V-VII.
• Provision of back-casted Structural Business Statistics data on an aggregated level in NACE Rev.2 for reference years 2005-2007 to users. Treatment of data transmitted in 2010 and in 2011 by Member States on a voluntary basis and estimating the missing data to calculate EU aggregates.
• Production of the report to the European Parliament and the Council on the implementation of Regulation 716/2007 on Foreign Affiliates statistics.
• Commission Decision on the annual work programme for 2013 for the implementation of Decision No 1297/2008/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the MEETS programme. Adoption of the annual work programme with the priorities for the actions to be undertaken in 2013 and the budgetary allocations under this Decision.
• ESSnet consistency: Identify and analyse differences in definitions and provide recommendations on possible adjustments.
• Continued quality improvement of SBS, Prodcom and FATS data: annual quality reports produced and analysed according to the governing regulations. The necessary follow-up actions are undertaken. Improved quality checking of data.
• Drafting a manual on the overall methodological framework for  business statistics.
• Re-engineering of the business statistics production process in Eurostat.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production and dissemination of Structural Business Statistics (SBS) according to Regulation No 295/2008. Validation, processing and dissemination of data received from Member States and other countries on Eurostat website.
• Provision of the headline indicator for the monitoring of the Europe2020 targets on the Innovation Union.
• Integrate employer business demography and high growth enterprise statistics into regular data production. Framework for data collection (legal or gentlemen's agreement) ready for adoption. Contribute to the Entrepreneurship Indicator Programme (EIP) programme by providing the business demography related indicators.
• Validation and processing of annual Prodcom data received from Member States and other reporting countries. Dissemination of national data and EU aggregates on the Eurostat website.
• Publication of 2013 PRODCOM list.
• Production and dissemination of statistics on Foreign Affilates according to Regulation (EC) No 716/2007. Validation, processing and dissemination of data received from Member States and other countries on Eurostat website.
• Final decisions on the feasibility of collecting pilot study variables on a regular basis on Foreign Affiliate Statistics will be taken.
• Successful implementation of Decision 1297/2008/EC establishing the Programme for the Modernisation of European Enterprise and Trade Statistics (MEETS).
• Follow-up of developments in accounting, appropriate reporting and preparation of documents on accounting and statistics.
• Provision of statistics for the analysis of global value chains e.g. by remodelling and by carrying out the survey on international sourcing and by extensive micro-data linking in order to enhance the value of Structural Business Statistics (SBS) and other business statistics. ESSnet on measuring global value chains continues its work.

Theme 3.02 - Short-term business statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production of short-term business statistics (STS) for industry, construction, retail trade and other services;
• Consolidation and improvement of quality.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Short Term Business Statistics (STS): timely production of the existing indicators and their publication, mainly in the form of continuous updating of Eurostat's database on the web site and in the form of monthly news releases for a selected set of indicators, among the Principal European Economic Indicators (PEEIs).


2.4 Sectoral statistics (Eurostat)
3.3.1 Living conditions, poverty and cross-cutting social issues (Eurostat)
Theme 1.06 - Distribution of incomes and living conditions

Fields of activities covered by the theme

EU-SILC is the European Union survey on income and living conditions. It has a multipurpose nature including:

• The inclusive growth pillar of the proposed Europe 2020 strategy, in particular with indicators linked to poverty and material deprivation;
• The improved measurement of dimensions of the quality of life.

EU-SILC is a central survey to consider for progressing towards better integration of data sources, to address cross cutting issues, for instance through data linking and data matching.

The household budget survey, HBS, covers the consumption side of the households' statistics.

The main activities are:

• Annual collection of microdata on income and living conditions (EU-SILC), including annual ad hoc modules;
• Dissemination of indicators and statistical tables on poverty and social exclusion;
• Fostering analysis and developing publications on poverty and social exclusion;
• Managing the revision of the legal basis for EU-SILC;
• Collection of microdata on household budget surveys (HBS) every five years.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Preparation of the SILC ad hoc module 2014 regulation and its associated methodological documents;
• Improving the measurement of quality of life;
• Development of comparable estimates of social transfers in kind at the micro-level;
• Development of the regional dimension of Europe 2020 headline social indicators.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

•  Measurement of disparities in a national accounts framework by using household micro data sources.
•  Household Expenditure Statistics (Household Budget Survey): methodological development, data collection, validation and dissemination of data on households expenditure. Development and production of indicators.
•  Adaptation of the SILC legal basis to new requirements, in the context of the modernisation of social statistics and the better measurement of social phenomenon.
•  Feasibility study on statistical data matching, in the context of the modernisation of social statistics.
•  ESSnet on Income and Living Conditions Statistics (SILC-NET): support to in-depth analysis of EU-SILC, scientific coordination of international conferences, preparation of publications, methodological guidelines and studies.
•  Improvement of EU-SILC longitudinal component.
•  Methodological development, data collection, validation and dissemination of data on living conditions. Development and production of indicators. Production of synthesis quality report. Dissemination of micro data for research purpose.

3.3.2 Gender and special population groups (Eurostat)
Theme 1.12 - Other work in the field of demographic and social statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Gender-related statistics;
• Reconciliation of work and family life;
• Strategy for modernisation of social statistics;
• Youth statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Gender statistics.
• Dissemination of LFS ad hoc module 2010 on reconciliation of work and family life.
• Dissemination and analysis of the SILC 2010 ad hoc module on intra household sharing of resources.
• Elaboration of a proposal to streamline micro level data collections in social statistics into two pillars. A project to rationalise the existing set of European surveys and the census in social statistics in order to achieve efficiency gains and/or cost savings.
• VIP on Modernisation of Social Statistics - Administrative Data Sources.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Transmission, processing and dissemination of gender pay gap statistics.
• Contribution to the 2012 Commission report on youth and development of further indicators based on data available at Eurostat.
• Core Social Variables: project to introduce a set of common variables across all the European social surveys in order to better the link the data collected, and therefore increase the potential for analysis of data on European populations from a social policy perspective.3.3.3 Information society (Eurostat)
Theme 5.07 - Information society

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Official statistics on the Information Society are vital in order to measure and understand the socioeconomic impacts of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) adoption and use, as well as to monitor progress towards the achievement of policy goals at national and EU levels. Relevant statistics are used for monitoring the achievements of the Digital Agenda 2011-15, and the strategy Europe 2020.

Activities covered by the theme are:

• Provision of indicators on the information society for the Digital Agenda 2011-15, and the post Lisbon Commission strategy Europe 2020;
• Provision of statistics on the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) by enterprises;
• Provision of statistics on the use of Information and Communication technologies by individuals and in households;
• Provision of statistics on the ICT sector;
• Provision of statistics on ICT expenditure and investment;
• Provision of statistics on postal services or monitoring implementation of Directive 2006/6/4 on Postal Services;
• Provision of statistics on telecommunication services.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

•  Launch a call for tender for carrying out a feasibility study on exploring new ways of data collection for information society statistics exploiting internet traffic flows.
• VIP Project: The aim of this project is to develop a generic ESS infrastructure for the exchange of European statistics; it is based on the census hub experience and will use the information society statistics aggregate data as a test case.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production of information society statistics;
• Collection and dissemination of expenditure and investment data for information society statistics;
• Define and test new modules for the future ICT usage surveys;
• Production and dissemination of e-communication statistics;
• Dissemination of ICT usage statistics on the Eurostat website, as database and in publications;
• Information Society Statistics: ICT usage surveys - design and implementation: draft Commission Regulation;
• Dissemination of ICT sector statistics;
• Collection, processing and dissemination of postal statistics;
• ESSnet to further develop and produce indicators on the impact of the usage of ICT on the performance of enterprises at enterprise and industry level.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection of ICT, telecommunication statistics via regulators, Eurobarometer and other contractors.3.3.6 Sustainable development (Eurostat)
Theme 5.02 - Europe 2020 strategy and sustainable development

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Sustainable development indicators (SDI);
• Europe 2020 indicators;
• Structural indicators (SI);
• Globalisation indicators (GI);
• Quality profiles (QP).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Maintain and contribute to further development of  the set of Europe 2020 indicators and related metadata (quality profiles).
• Maintenance and update of the set of Sustainable Development Indicators on the Eurostat WebsiteBi-annual monitoring report concerning Sustainable Development Strategy.
• Globalisation indicators: a set of indicators to measure the degree of globalisation in various aspects of the EU and its Member States.
3.3.7 Climate change (Eurostat)
Theme 5.09 - Environmental accounts and climate change

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Monetary and environmental accounts;
• Physical and hybrid environmental accounts;
• Environmental Data Centres on Natural Resources and Products;
• Climate change and other cross-cutting activities.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Development of the legal base for environmental accounts.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

•  Environmentally related transfers;
•  Collect and disseminate data for all environmental accounts and develop estimation methods based on now-casting techniques for the main EU-27 aggregates;
•  Development of energy accounts;
•  Environmental Data Centre for Natural Resources and Products;
•  Methodological developments in the areas of climate change mitigation and adaptation. Support to the development of climate change adaptation indicators.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Classification of tax revenues by function, among which environmental taxes, and breaking them down to energy, transport and pollution and resources tax revenues.


2.5 Government finance, fiscal and public sector statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 2.04 - Government finance statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Assessment of debt and deficit data in the context of the Excessive Deficit Procedure (EDP);
• Annual non-financial government accounts (AGOV);
• Quarterly government accounts (QGOV).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Preparation and follow-up of the Financial Accounts Working Group and EDP processes.
• Introducing improved quality management framework in the area of government finance statistics and particularly promoting quality management standards adapted to the specificities of the Excessive Deficit Procedure compilation process to be implemented by National Statistical Institutes. A Working Group GFS quality management will be created.
• Monitoring and assessing the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice in the context of the process of Excessive Deficit Procedure compilation.
• Identifying, monitoring and assessing risks or problems from upstream data sources with a view to initiating corrective action at the earliest possible point (Early Warning System (EWS)).
• Monitoring and assessing the appropriateness, exhaustiveness and timeliness of the upstream public finance data by reference to ESA requirements, within an Excessive Deficit Procedure context.
• Participation in the coordination of formal Excessive Deficit Procedure methodological visits to Member States as provided for under Article 11b of Regulation (EC) No. 479/2009.
• Monitoring and assessing the effectiveness, reliability, integrity and transparency of the process of data flows between the public entities and the statistical offices in charge of the final compilation of Excessive Deficit Procedure data.
• Promoting accrual based public accounting, including an active role within the International Public Sector Accounting Standards, which is close to ESA-based principles.
• Implementation of Article 16 of Regulation (EC) No 479/2009 across the EU, regarding the responsibilities of national authorities and officials in the context of Excessive Deficit Procedure, with Eurostat's involvement to work towards a harmonised EU framework.
• Development of methodology and approach towards a more robust system of quality management for use in public finance statistics for Excessive Deficit Procedure purposes.
• Risk management for public finance statistics within context of CoP. Development of methodology and approach towards monitoring and assessing the adequacy of the quality of upstream data for compiling Excessive Deficit Procedure statistics in accordance with ESA rules, to be able to assess risks and initiate corrective action.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production of annual government statistics: update of the dissemination database and website;
• Production of quarterly government statistics: validation and dissemination in the database and on the website;
• Verification of data under excessive deficit procedure;
• Missions of verification under Excessive Debt Procedure (EDP) and Stability and Growth Pact;
• Ex-ante and ex-post cases - methodological issues;
• Conceptual surveillance under the Excessive Deficit Procedure and the Stability and Growth Pact;
• Carry out statistical assessment of Candidate Countries;
• Support the development of the statistical system in Greece through the organisation and management of technical assistance activities in the areas of public finance statistics, high level advice and selected statistical domains;
• Support the development of the statistical system in Greece through the organisation and management of technical assistance activities in the areas of public finance statistics, high level advice and selected statistical domains;
• Training Course on government finance statistics.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Classification of tax revenues by economic function and calculation of breakdown and implicit tax rates on consumption, labour, capital and environment.


2.6 International trade and balance of payments (Eurostat)
Theme 2.07 - Trade in goods

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production and dissemination of external trade statistics;
• Quality assurance in trade statistics;
• Coordination, drafting, adjustment and maintenance of legislation in the field of statistics on trade in goods with Member States (Intrastat) and non-Member States (Extrastat);
• Coordination of initiatives on burden reduction in the field of external trade statistics recap.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Harmonisation of validation rules to be applied by Member States before sending data to Eurostat;
• Development of statistics merging trade and business related data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Development of a  proposal for the integration of international transactions and business statistics in a single legal act.
• Recap various options for simplifying the Intrastat system (e.g. single flow, nomenclature) and develop a mid-term proposal for further simplification.
• Methodology in International Trade in Goods Statistics: coordinate all activities related to the methodological development for Intrastat and Extrastat.
• Manage the trade in goods - cooperation, assist for country reports, seminars, improved methodology.
• Production of trade in goods statistical data: make detailed trade data and metadata from Member States, international organisations and third countries available in the Comext database on a monthly basis.
• COMEXT User support: provide technical and statistical user support to the European Commission, Member States and other public users and institutions. Organise monthly Comext training courses for the Commission.
• Further modernisation of tools for Intrastat data collection and facilitation of Multinational Enterprises declarations.
• Improve and automate the structured communication with Member States with the use of XT-NET ASSIST system.
• Trade in goods: Electronic data dissemination. Data and metadata accessible on-line and by DVD/free dissemination. Enhancements of the derivation procedures (by Classification of Products by Activity (CPA), Standard International Trade Classification (SITC), Broad Economic Categories (BEC), external trade by means of transport (NSTR), combinations of them) and improvement data linking of trade statistics with tariffs database.
• MEETS trade in goods - coordination of objective 4: coordinate the MEETS projects related to international trade statistics.
• Develop and promote standards, IT architecture design and provide support for the data collection and date exchange among providers of statistical information and collecting authorities as well as for the exchange of information between administrations.
• Coordination and promotion of actions aiming the improvement of collection systems, procedures and validation at Member States level. Maintenance and further development of messages (Instat-XML), transfer formats (SDMX), use cases, architecture of data exchange systems.
• Publication of aggregated data for international transactions.
• International Trade in Goods Statistics: analysis and quality, incl. compliance.

Theme 2.08 - Trade in services and balance of payments

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Balance of payments (BoP): Methodology, Meetings;
• Quarterly balance of payments;
• Foreign direct investment (FDI);
• International trade in services;
• Balance of payments of the EU institutions;
• Balance of payments and related statistics: Enlargement.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Economic imbalance scoreboard - external imbalances: contribute to the development of the indicators and prepare their regular production.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Balance of Payments Quality Report (QR) is compiled annually according to Regulation (EC) No. 184/2005 (Art 11) and  Regulation (EC) No. 1055/2008. Bilateral tables of asymmetries will be integrated in Balance of Payments Quality Report (BoP QR) from 2011 onwards. BoP QR includes parts related to International Trade in Services (ITS) and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
• Implementation of Balance of Payments Manual (BPM6): Regulation (EC) No 184/2005 has to be amended in line with the new international standards. An harmonised codification has to be defined and methodological guidelines have to be provided to the Member States. This is a joint initiative from Eurostat and DG Statistics of the ECB, with the ECB taking the lead with regard to the new codification structure.
• Balance of Payments and related Euro Indicators: treatment and dissemination of quarterly Balance of Payments (BoP) data.
• Foreign Direct Investment: data production, compilation and dissemination of statistics. Maintenance and development of methodology as well as data quality issues. Maintenance and development of the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Network.
• Methodology, production, dissemination and quality management for International Trade in Services Statistics.
• Balance of Payments of EU Institutions: production and dissemination of the monthly, quarterly and annual online tables.
• Manage the Modernisation of European Enterprise and Trade Statistics (MEETS) projects related to international transactions.


2.7 Prices (Eurostat)
Theme 2.06 - Prices

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production and development of Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICPs);
• Production and development of Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs);
• Development of house price indices/ prices for owner-occupied housing;
• Development of detailed multi-purpose consumer price statistics;
• Calculation of Correction Coefficients and Salary Adjustment for EU Staff;
• Development and production of information on Pension for EU Staff.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Commercial Property Prices Indices handbook;
• Re-engineering of the Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICP) production process in Eurostat;
• Report to European Parliament and Council on implementation of Purchasing Power Parities Regulation.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• (Legislated) and ad-hoc Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICP) standards.
• Calculation and dissemination of monthly Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices; sub-indices and special aggregates; HICP at Constant Tax Rates; HICP Administered Prices.
• Owner-Occupied Housing: methodological guidance, technical manual and supply by National Statistical Institutes of pilot indices,  Owner Occupied Housing regulation.
• Implementation by Member States of Regulations on Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) quality adjustment, sampling and weighting - further improvement of quality of HICPs.
• Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) Flash Estimate Production: calculation of HICP Flash Estimate.
• Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) compliance monitoring and quality control: assessing and verifying National Statistical Institutes compliance to HICP standards.
• Detailed consumer prices: more detailed price indices, detailed price levels, food chains monitoring tool.
• Detailed consumer prices: more detailed price indices, detailed price levels.
• Revision and update of the Purchasing Power Parities (PPP) manual.
• Development of a new methodology for Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs) for health services. Work is lead by OECD.
• PPP Inventories: evaluation of countries' sources and methods for Purchasing Power Parities (PPP).
• Purchasing Power Parities for 37 countries at GDP and components level; Eurobase update, press release, SIFs.
• Article 64 Intra-EU Statistics: methodology and results tables to DG Human Resources and Security.
• Article 65 Council Remuneration report and Statistics: methodology and results tables to DG Human Resources and Security.
• Actuarial calculation of the pension contribution rate in accordance with Annex XII of the Staff Regulations.
• Yearly calculation of the liability of the Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme Pension Scheme (JSIS) at 31st December.
• Yearly calculation of the liability of the Pension Scheme of Members of some EU Institutions (PSMI) at 31st December.
• Article 64 Extra-EU Statistics: Methodology and Results Package to DG Human Resources and Security and European External Action Service.
• Yearly calculation of the liability of the Pension Scheme of EU officials and other servants (PSEO) at 31st December.


2.9 Science and technology (Eurostat)
Theme 5.06 - Science, technology and innovation

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Statistics developed under this theme provide a basis for the monitoring and benchmark exercise for the Europe 2020 strategy, the development of the European Research Area (ERA) and the Innovation Union Initiative. Further topics are the re-engineering of research and innovation statistics and the possible integration of ICT statistics (see Theme 5.07).

Activities covered by the theme are:

• Production, dissemination and development of the Community Innovation Survey 2010-2012;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Research and Development statistics 2009-2011;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Patent statistics based on PATSTAT data source from European Patent Office;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Intellectual property rights statistics (other than Patent statistics) based on the adequate sources;
• Production and dissemination of the High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors statistics on the basis of Eurostat data;
• Developing new indicators for Commission strategy Europe 2020, European Research Area (ERA) and Innovation Union Initiative and managing and coordinating the related work.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Intellectual Property Rights, IPR, statistics (excluding patents): ensure the regular production and dissemination of IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Proposal to Working Group meeting for revising the Commission Regulation (EC) No 753/2004 of R&D and other STI statistics.
• Proposal to Working Group meeting for revising the Commission Regulation (EC) No 1450/2004 of community statistics on innovation.
• Explorative work towards an ERA indicators on research infrastructure.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Patent Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of patent data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Human Resources in Science and Technology Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of Human Resources in Science and Technology data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• ERA Indicators: Develop a method for matching harmonized Patent applicant names (firms) with harmonized firm names from financial databases for creating SME patenting indicators.
• Looking at the potential for R&D and Community Innovation surveys (and beyond) re-design and search for synergies, including linking with other enterprise statistics.
• Intensified quality validation of R&D data: follow-up of ESTAT's and Member States' action plans from 2011.
• Maintain and improve Eurostat's set of ERA indicators; coordinate actions, metadata, quality evaluation and communication towards Commission.
• Research and Development Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of R&D (Research and Development) and GBAORD (Government Budget Appropriations or Outlays on Research and Development) data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• High Tech Sector Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors' data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Innovation Statistics: ensure the production and dissemination of Community Innovation Survey data 2010 and the related metadata.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• A project in developing detailed and exhaustive methodology for serving further breakdowns of the GBAORD data (on public science budgets) both in joint and open public R&D programmes.
• Renewal of contract to maintain, update and further develop its integrated internal STI database.
• Several projects to obtaining statistical data complementary to what is provided by the European Statistical System in particular bibliometric data, data on licensing and national patents, supplementary foreign affiliates R&D data.



3.4 Yearbooks and similar compendia (Eurostat)
Theme 6.06 - Information and dissemination

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Dissemination of European statistics;
• Eurostat website;
• Support for external users;
• Publications;
• Promotion and marketing of Eurostat and of European statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implement next generation of the Eurostat website including the related tools for online access to data, metadata and publications.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Eurostat website: the website provides a stable access to Eurostat products and services, with enhancements for users. Evolutionary maintenance and quality assurance of the website, including purchases of hardware and software.
• Improve user orientation of dissemination products and services: collect and analyse information about user interaction with Eurostat dissemination products and services.
• Enhance reusability: facilitation of the re-use of Eurostat data, metadata and tools by external organisations, including NSIs, companies and the open data community.
• Dissemination of European results from the 2011 Census, via the Eurostat website, using the Census Hub.
• Raising visibility and awareness of the ESS: implement actions developed under the Sponsorship on Communication.
• Support and promotion to external users: high quality support to external users of Eurostat's products and services; publicity and promotion. Network of support centres; participation in dissemination events and distribution of promotional material.
• Statistics Explained: maintenance, further development and content management of the electronic dissemination system "Statistics Explained".
• Dissemination products for mobile devices: development of dissemination products which enable users to obtain statistics on a range of mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets, and e-readers.
• Increase multilingualism in dissemination products and services: users have access to selected information in all EU languages, as well as support in all languages.
• Publications: widespread dissemination of Eurostat's value-added output through electronic and paper publications. Production, dissemination and archiving of statistical publications, including the implementation of the publications programme 2011 and the further exploitation of the electronic dissemination system "Statistics Explained".
• Dissemination of Eurostat microdata.



3. Environment and multi-domain statistics (Eurostat)
3.1 Environment (Eurostat)
Theme 5.03 - Environment statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme 
• Environmental Data Centre on Waste;
• Statistics on waste, hazardous substances, water, biodiversity;
• Regional environment statistics;
• Streamlining and production of environmental indicators (Sustainable Development, Sustainable Development Indicators, Europe 2020, etc.).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Collect regional environmental statistics and make them available;
• In cooperation with the Group of Four (ESTAT, ENV, JRC and EEA), development and improvement of the statistical knowledge base to support the Europe 2020 flagship initiative on resource efficiency.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Streamline the various environmental indicator sets maintained by the Group of 4 (ESTAT, ENV, JRC, EEA);
• Publication of biodiversity indicators;
• GDP and beyond: ensure the coordination of Eurostat activities linked to the Communication COM(2009)433;
• Manage and develop the data centre on waste;
• Manage the Waste Statistics Regulation. Collect, validate and disseminate data on generation and treatment of waste;
• Develop and maintain the set of indicators to monitor the EU Chemicals Policy (REACH);
• Support Member States in the improvement of water statistics (grants);
• Collect, validate and disseminate statistics on water resources, water uses and waste water treatment.


3.2 Regional and small area statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 4.08 - Rural development and maritime policy statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Provision of statistics to support the European Rural Development Policy and the European Integrated Maritime Policy.
• Discussions mainly with DG AGRI, DG MARE and DG REGIO about their data needs; follow-up and completion of action 6.5 of the Blue Paper Action Plan on integrated maritime policy (SEC(2007)1278) "Improving Socio-Economic Data for maritime sectors and maritime regions".
• Testing the use of data from harmonised European surveys (Labour Force Survey, Information and Communication Technologies Usage Survey).
• Cross-sectional data collection at NUTS level 3 for areas with differing levels of rurality and for coastal areas / the maritime sector if available. Analysing and publishing NUTS level 3 data as far as they are available.
• Managing grants provided to Member States (collection of existing data).
• Building a framework for a rural/coastal inventory covering the most important services/infrastructures.
• Analysing and publishing NUTS level 3 data.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide the European Union with statistical information (i.e. statistical indicators) in the field of rural development. Development work covering the collection of appropriate statistics (social, demographic, economic, etc) to evaluate the sustainable development of rural areas.
• Statistical data for the Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP).
• Elaboration of statistical publications devoted to Rural development (i.e Statistics in Focus, pocketbook, etc.). Improvement of dedicated webpages for Rural Development statistics.
• Rural development data collection: regular update of the database using official data published on the websites of the NSIs. Manage the rural data collection exercise launched in 2010 based on existing data sources. Data collection in the framework of the European harmonised surveys.
• Elaboration of statistical publications devoted to coastal regions and maritime sector (i.e Statistics in Focus, pocketbook, etc.). Improvement of dedicated webpage for Maritime Policy statistics.
• Maritime Policy data collection: regular update of the database using data from available source in the Commission and data collected in the framework of European harmonised surveys.


Theme 5.04 - Regional and urban statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Coordination of the collection of regional statistics in various thematic units of Eurostat;
• Coordination of the dissemination of regional statistics;
• Collection processing and dissemination of urban statistics;
• Identification of new or changed requirements on regional and urban statistics in cooperation with policy Directorates General of the Commission;
• Maintenance of the Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Regional Yearbook Production: planning and coordination of the drafting of the Yearbook contributions by Eurostat thematic units, the compilation of contributions to an integrated publication, coordination of translation, layout and printing work.
• Technical infrastructure for urban and regional statistics: improvement of the technical tools for the data validation, loading and processing of the production database.
• Urban Audit data collection: collect, validate and disseminate set of statistical indicators for European cities.
• Cooperation with Eurostat thematic units on regional statistics data collection in all phases of the statistical production cycle, the further evolution of regional indicators, metadata maintenance and their methodological basis as well as dissemination issues.
• The task includes the annual update of the regional and urban statistics reference guide.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

A Study on harmonised collection of European data and statistics in the field of urban transport and mobility" is undertaken whose results are expected in spring 2012.

Theme 5.05 - Geographical and local information

Fields of activities covered by the theme

•  Maintenance of a Reference Database for geographic information for the Commission (GISCO);
•  Purchase of new or updated geographic datasets and their integration into the GISCO database;
•  Support to Commission services, including Eurostat, for work with geographic information and in geographic map production;
•  Cooperation with DG Environment and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) on the INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe) initiative according to the Memorandum of Understanding;
•   Implementation of an INSPIRE conforming technical architecture based on the concept of Geoportals;
•  Operation of the INSPIRE Geoportals under the responsibility of the Commission.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• VIP Project: Geospatial information.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production of statistical or thematic maps in paper and electronic form based on extractions from statistical databases and based on geographic data layers.
• GEOSTAT: ESS-Net project on European population grid. Preparation of a European population grid based on Census data: methodology for collection of georeferenced demographical data.
• Cooperation with DG ENV and the JRC on the development and implementation of INSPIRE Directive based on a Memorandum of Understanding between the DGs.
• Provide access to the Commission internal geographic/spatial datasets through the INSPIRE-EC geoportal.
• Within the INSPIRE architecture, put the EU Geoportal in the position of a central hub linked to the national geoportals.
• Preparation of the Implementing Rules and adoption by the Commission. Development and implementation of INSPIRE geoportal. Commission compliance.


3.3 Multi-domain statistics and indicators (Eurostat)
3.1 Environment (Eurostat)
Theme 5.03 - Environment statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme 
• Environmental Data Centre on Waste;
• Statistics on waste, hazardous substances, water, biodiversity;
• Regional environment statistics;
• Streamlining and production of environmental indicators (Sustainable Development, Sustainable Development Indicators, Europe 2020, etc.).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Collect regional environmental statistics and make them available;
• In cooperation with the Group of Four (ESTAT, ENV, JRC and EEA), development and improvement of the statistical knowledge base to support the Europe 2020 flagship initiative on resource efficiency.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Streamline the various environmental indicator sets maintained by the Group of 4 (ESTAT, ENV, JRC, EEA);
• Publication of biodiversity indicators;
• GDP and beyond: ensure the coordination of Eurostat activities linked to the Communication COM(2009)433;
• Manage and develop the data centre on waste;
• Manage the Waste Statistics Regulation. Collect, validate and disseminate data on generation and treatment of waste;
• Develop and maintain the set of indicators to monitor the EU Chemicals Policy (REACH);
• Support Member States in the improvement of water statistics (grants);
• Collect, validate and disseminate statistics on water resources, water uses and waste water treatment.


3.2 Regional and small area statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 4.08 - Rural development and maritime policy statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Provision of statistics to support the European Rural Development Policy and the European Integrated Maritime Policy.
• Discussions mainly with DG AGRI, DG MARE and DG REGIO about their data needs; follow-up and completion of action 6.5 of the Blue Paper Action Plan on integrated maritime policy (SEC(2007)1278) "Improving Socio-Economic Data for maritime sectors and maritime regions".
• Testing the use of data from harmonised European surveys (Labour Force Survey, Information and Communication Technologies Usage Survey).
• Cross-sectional data collection at NUTS level 3 for areas with differing levels of rurality and for coastal areas / the maritime sector if available. Analysing and publishing NUTS level 3 data as far as they are available.
• Managing grants provided to Member States (collection of existing data).
• Building a framework for a rural/coastal inventory covering the most important services/infrastructures.
• Analysing and publishing NUTS level 3 data.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide the European Union with statistical information (i.e. statistical indicators) in the field of rural development. Development work covering the collection of appropriate statistics (social, demographic, economic, etc) to evaluate the sustainable development of rural areas.
• Statistical data for the Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP).
• Elaboration of statistical publications devoted to Rural development (i.e Statistics in Focus, pocketbook, etc.). Improvement of dedicated webpages for Rural Development statistics.
• Rural development data collection: regular update of the database using official data published on the websites of the NSIs. Manage the rural data collection exercise launched in 2010 based on existing data sources. Data collection in the framework of the European harmonised surveys.
• Elaboration of statistical publications devoted to coastal regions and maritime sector (i.e Statistics in Focus, pocketbook, etc.). Improvement of dedicated webpage for Maritime Policy statistics.
• Maritime Policy data collection: regular update of the database using data from available source in the Commission and data collected in the framework of European harmonised surveys.


Theme 5.04 - Regional and urban statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Coordination of the collection of regional statistics in various thematic units of Eurostat;
• Coordination of the dissemination of regional statistics;
• Collection processing and dissemination of urban statistics;
• Identification of new or changed requirements on regional and urban statistics in cooperation with policy Directorates General of the Commission;
• Maintenance of the Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Regional Yearbook Production: planning and coordination of the drafting of the Yearbook contributions by Eurostat thematic units, the compilation of contributions to an integrated publication, coordination of translation, layout and printing work.
• Technical infrastructure for urban and regional statistics: improvement of the technical tools for the data validation, loading and processing of the production database.
• Urban Audit data collection: collect, validate and disseminate set of statistical indicators for European cities.
• Cooperation with Eurostat thematic units on regional statistics data collection in all phases of the statistical production cycle, the further evolution of regional indicators, metadata maintenance and their methodological basis as well as dissemination issues.
• The task includes the annual update of the regional and urban statistics reference guide.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

A Study on harmonised collection of European data and statistics in the field of urban transport and mobility" is undertaken whose results are expected in spring 2012.

Theme 5.05 - Geographical and local information

Fields of activities covered by the theme

•  Maintenance of a Reference Database for geographic information for the Commission (GISCO);
•  Purchase of new or updated geographic datasets and their integration into the GISCO database;
•  Support to Commission services, including Eurostat, for work with geographic information and in geographic map production;
•  Cooperation with DG Environment and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) on the INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe) initiative according to the Memorandum of Understanding;
•   Implementation of an INSPIRE conforming technical architecture based on the concept of Geoportals;
•  Operation of the INSPIRE Geoportals under the responsibility of the Commission.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• VIP Project: Geospatial information.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production of statistical or thematic maps in paper and electronic form based on extractions from statistical databases and based on geographic data layers.
• GEOSTAT: ESS-Net project on European population grid. Preparation of a European population grid based on Census data: methodology for collection of georeferenced demographical data.
• Cooperation with DG ENV and the JRC on the development and implementation of INSPIRE Directive based on a Memorandum of Understanding between the DGs.
• Provide access to the Commission internal geographic/spatial datasets through the INSPIRE-EC geoportal.
• Within the INSPIRE architecture, put the EU Geoportal in the position of a central hub linked to the national geoportals.
• Preparation of the Implementing Rules and adoption by the Commission. Development and implementation of INSPIRE geoportal. Commission compliance.


3.3 Multi-domain statistics and indicators (Eurostat)
3.3.1 Living conditions, poverty and cross-cutting social issues (Eurostat)
Theme 1.06 - Distribution of incomes and living conditions

Fields of activities covered by the theme

EU-SILC is the European Union survey on income and living conditions. It has a multipurpose nature including:

• The inclusive growth pillar of the proposed Europe 2020 strategy, in particular with indicators linked to poverty and material deprivation;
• The improved measurement of dimensions of the quality of life.

EU-SILC is a central survey to consider for progressing towards better integration of data sources, to address cross cutting issues, for instance through data linking and data matching.

The household budget survey, HBS, covers the consumption side of the households' statistics.

The main activities are:

• Annual collection of microdata on income and living conditions (EU-SILC), including annual ad hoc modules;
• Dissemination of indicators and statistical tables on poverty and social exclusion;
• Fostering analysis and developing publications on poverty and social exclusion;
• Managing the revision of the legal basis for EU-SILC;
• Collection of microdata on household budget surveys (HBS) every five years.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Preparation of the SILC ad hoc module 2014 regulation and its associated methodological documents;
• Improving the measurement of quality of life;
• Development of comparable estimates of social transfers in kind at the micro-level;
• Development of the regional dimension of Europe 2020 headline social indicators.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

•  Measurement of disparities in a national accounts framework by using household micro data sources.
•  Household Expenditure Statistics (Household Budget Survey): methodological development, data collection, validation and dissemination of data on households expenditure. Development and production of indicators.
•  Adaptation of the SILC legal basis to new requirements, in the context of the modernisation of social statistics and the better measurement of social phenomenon.
•  Feasibility study on statistical data matching, in the context of the modernisation of social statistics.
•  ESSnet on Income and Living Conditions Statistics (SILC-NET): support to in-depth analysis of EU-SILC, scientific coordination of international conferences, preparation of publications, methodological guidelines and studies.
•  Improvement of EU-SILC longitudinal component.
•  Methodological development, data collection, validation and dissemination of data on living conditions. Development and production of indicators. Production of synthesis quality report. Dissemination of micro data for research purpose.


3.3.2 Gender and special population groups (Eurostat)
Theme 1.12 - Other work in the field of demographic and social statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Gender-related statistics;
• Reconciliation of work and family life;
• Strategy for modernisation of social statistics;
• Youth statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Gender statistics.
• Dissemination of LFS ad hoc module 2010 on reconciliation of work and family life.
• Dissemination and analysis of the SILC 2010 ad hoc module on intra household sharing of resources.
• Elaboration of a proposal to streamline micro level data collections in social statistics into two pillars. A project to rationalise the existing set of European surveys and the census in social statistics in order to achieve efficiency gains and/or cost savings.
• VIP on Modernisation of Social Statistics - Administrative Data Sources.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Transmission, processing and dissemination of gender pay gap statistics.
• Contribution to the 2012 Commission report on youth and development of further indicators based on data available at Eurostat.
• Core Social Variables: project to introduce a set of common variables across all the European social surveys in order to better the link the data collected, and therefore increase the potential for analysis of data on European populations from a social policy perspective.


3.3.3 Information society (Eurostat)
Theme 5.07 - Information society

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Official statistics on the Information Society are vital in order to measure and understand the socioeconomic impacts of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) adoption and use, as well as to monitor progress towards the achievement of policy goals at national and EU levels. Relevant statistics are used for monitoring the achievements of the Digital Agenda 2011-15, and the strategy Europe 2020.

Activities covered by the theme are:

• Provision of indicators on the information society for the Digital Agenda 2011-15, and the post Lisbon Commission strategy Europe 2020;
• Provision of statistics on the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) by enterprises;
• Provision of statistics on the use of Information and Communication technologies by individuals and in households;
• Provision of statistics on the ICT sector;
• Provision of statistics on ICT expenditure and investment;
• Provision of statistics on postal services or monitoring implementation of Directive 2006/6/4 on Postal Services;
• Provision of statistics on telecommunication services.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

•  Launch a call for tender for carrying out a feasibility study on exploring new ways of data collection for information society statistics exploiting internet traffic flows.
• VIP Project: The aim of this project is to develop a generic ESS infrastructure for the exchange of European statistics; it is based on the census hub experience and will use the information society statistics aggregate data as a test case.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production of information society statistics;
• Collection and dissemination of expenditure and investment data for information society statistics;
• Define and test new modules for the future ICT usage surveys;
• Production and dissemination of e-communication statistics;
• Dissemination of ICT usage statistics on the Eurostat website, as database and in publications;
• Information Society Statistics: ICT usage surveys - design and implementation: draft Commission Regulation;
• Dissemination of ICT sector statistics;
• Collection, processing and dissemination of postal statistics;
• ESSnet to further develop and produce indicators on the impact of the usage of ICT on the performance of enterprises at enterprise and industry level.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection of ICT, telecommunication statistics via regulators, Eurobarometer and other contractors.


3.3.6 Sustainable development (Eurostat)
Theme 5.02 - Europe 2020 strategy and sustainable development

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Sustainable development indicators (SDI);
• Europe 2020 indicators;
• Structural indicators (SI);
• Globalisation indicators (GI);
• Quality profiles (QP).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Maintain and contribute to further development of  the set of Europe 2020 indicators and related metadata (quality profiles).
• Maintenance and update of the set of Sustainable Development Indicators on the Eurostat WebsiteBi-annual monitoring report concerning Sustainable Development Strategy.
• Globalisation indicators: a set of indicators to measure the degree of globalisation in various aspects of the EU and its Member States.


3.3.7 Climate change (Eurostat)
Theme 5.09 - Environmental accounts and climate change

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Monetary and environmental accounts;
• Physical and hybrid environmental accounts;
• Environmental Data Centres on Natural Resources and Products;
• Climate change and other cross-cutting activities.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Development of the legal base for environmental accounts.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

•  Environmentally related transfers;
•  Collect and disseminate data for all environmental accounts and develop estimation methods based on now-casting techniques for the main EU-27 aggregates;
•  Development of energy accounts;
•  Environmental Data Centre for Natural Resources and Products;
•  Methodological developments in the areas of climate change mitigation and adaptation. Support to the development of climate change adaptation indicators.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Classification of tax revenues by function, among which environmental taxes, and breaking them down to energy, transport and pollution and resources tax revenues.



3.4 Yearbooks and similar compendia (Eurostat)
Theme 6.06 - Information and dissemination

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Dissemination of European statistics;
• Eurostat website;
• Support for external users;
• Publications;
• Promotion and marketing of Eurostat and of European statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implement next generation of the Eurostat website including the related tools for online access to data, metadata and publications.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Eurostat website: the website provides a stable access to Eurostat products and services, with enhancements for users. Evolutionary maintenance and quality assurance of the website, including purchases of hardware and software.
• Improve user orientation of dissemination products and services: collect and analyse information about user interaction with Eurostat dissemination products and services.
• Enhance reusability: facilitation of the re-use of Eurostat data, metadata and tools by external organisations, including NSIs, companies and the open data community.
• Dissemination of European results from the 2011 Census, via the Eurostat website, using the Census Hub.
• Raising visibility and awareness of the ESS: implement actions developed under the Sponsorship on Communication.
• Support and promotion to external users: high quality support to external users of Eurostat's products and services; publicity and promotion. Network of support centres; participation in dissemination events and distribution of promotional material.
• Statistics Explained: maintenance, further development and content management of the electronic dissemination system "Statistics Explained".
• Dissemination products for mobile devices: development of dissemination products which enable users to obtain statistics on a range of mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets, and e-readers.
• Increase multilingualism in dissemination products and services: users have access to selected information in all EU languages, as well as support in all languages.
• Publications: widespread dissemination of Eurostat's value-added output through electronic and paper publications. Production, dissemination and archiving of statistical publications, including the implementation of the publications programme 2011 and the further exploitation of the electronic dissemination system "Statistics Explained".
• Dissemination of Eurostat microdata.



3.4 Yearbooks and similar compendia (Eurostat)
Theme 6.06 - Information and dissemination

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Dissemination of European statistics;
• Eurostat website;
• Support for external users;
• Publications;
• Promotion and marketing of Eurostat and of European statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implement next generation of the Eurostat website including the related tools for online access to data, metadata and publications.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Eurostat website: the website provides a stable access to Eurostat products and services, with enhancements for users. Evolutionary maintenance and quality assurance of the website, including purchases of hardware and software.
• Improve user orientation of dissemination products and services: collect and analyse information about user interaction with Eurostat dissemination products and services.
• Enhance reusability: facilitation of the re-use of Eurostat data, metadata and tools by external organisations, including NSIs, companies and the open data community.
• Dissemination of European results from the 2011 Census, via the Eurostat website, using the Census Hub.
• Raising visibility and awareness of the ESS: implement actions developed under the Sponsorship on Communication.
• Support and promotion to external users: high quality support to external users of Eurostat's products and services; publicity and promotion. Network of support centres; participation in dissemination events and distribution of promotional material.
• Statistics Explained: maintenance, further development and content management of the electronic dissemination system "Statistics Explained".
• Dissemination products for mobile devices: development of dissemination products which enable users to obtain statistics on a range of mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets, and e-readers.
• Increase multilingualism in dissemination products and services: users have access to selected information in all EU languages, as well as support in all languages.
• Publications: widespread dissemination of Eurostat's value-added output through electronic and paper publications. Production, dissemination and archiving of statistical publications, including the implementation of the publications programme 2011 and the further exploitation of the electronic dissemination system "Statistics Explained".
• Dissemination of Eurostat microdata.



4. Methodology of data collection, processing, dissemination and analysis (Eurostat)
3.1 Environment (Eurostat)
Theme 5.03 - Environment statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme 
• Environmental Data Centre on Waste;
• Statistics on waste, hazardous substances, water, biodiversity;
• Regional environment statistics;
• Streamlining and production of environmental indicators (Sustainable Development, Sustainable Development Indicators, Europe 2020, etc.).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Collect regional environmental statistics and make them available;
• In cooperation with the Group of Four (ESTAT, ENV, JRC and EEA), development and improvement of the statistical knowledge base to support the Europe 2020 flagship initiative on resource efficiency.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Streamline the various environmental indicator sets maintained by the Group of 4 (ESTAT, ENV, JRC, EEA);
• Publication of biodiversity indicators;
• GDP and beyond: ensure the coordination of Eurostat activities linked to the Communication COM(2009)433;
• Manage and develop the data centre on waste;
• Manage the Waste Statistics Regulation. Collect, validate and disseminate data on generation and treatment of waste;
• Develop and maintain the set of indicators to monitor the EU Chemicals Policy (REACH);
• Support Member States in the improvement of water statistics (grants);
• Collect, validate and disseminate statistics on water resources, water uses and waste water treatment.


3.2 Regional and small area statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 4.08 - Rural development and maritime policy statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Provision of statistics to support the European Rural Development Policy and the European Integrated Maritime Policy.
• Discussions mainly with DG AGRI, DG MARE and DG REGIO about their data needs; follow-up and completion of action 6.5 of the Blue Paper Action Plan on integrated maritime policy (SEC(2007)1278) "Improving Socio-Economic Data for maritime sectors and maritime regions".
• Testing the use of data from harmonised European surveys (Labour Force Survey, Information and Communication Technologies Usage Survey).
• Cross-sectional data collection at NUTS level 3 for areas with differing levels of rurality and for coastal areas / the maritime sector if available. Analysing and publishing NUTS level 3 data as far as they are available.
• Managing grants provided to Member States (collection of existing data).
• Building a framework for a rural/coastal inventory covering the most important services/infrastructures.
• Analysing and publishing NUTS level 3 data.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide the European Union with statistical information (i.e. statistical indicators) in the field of rural development. Development work covering the collection of appropriate statistics (social, demographic, economic, etc) to evaluate the sustainable development of rural areas.
• Statistical data for the Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP).
• Elaboration of statistical publications devoted to Rural development (i.e Statistics in Focus, pocketbook, etc.). Improvement of dedicated webpages for Rural Development statistics.
• Rural development data collection: regular update of the database using official data published on the websites of the NSIs. Manage the rural data collection exercise launched in 2010 based on existing data sources. Data collection in the framework of the European harmonised surveys.
• Elaboration of statistical publications devoted to coastal regions and maritime sector (i.e Statistics in Focus, pocketbook, etc.). Improvement of dedicated webpage for Maritime Policy statistics.
• Maritime Policy data collection: regular update of the database using data from available source in the Commission and data collected in the framework of European harmonised surveys.


Theme 5.04 - Regional and urban statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Coordination of the collection of regional statistics in various thematic units of Eurostat;
• Coordination of the dissemination of regional statistics;
• Collection processing and dissemination of urban statistics;
• Identification of new or changed requirements on regional and urban statistics in cooperation with policy Directorates General of the Commission;
• Maintenance of the Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Regional Yearbook Production: planning and coordination of the drafting of the Yearbook contributions by Eurostat thematic units, the compilation of contributions to an integrated publication, coordination of translation, layout and printing work.
• Technical infrastructure for urban and regional statistics: improvement of the technical tools for the data validation, loading and processing of the production database.
• Urban Audit data collection: collect, validate and disseminate set of statistical indicators for European cities.
• Cooperation with Eurostat thematic units on regional statistics data collection in all phases of the statistical production cycle, the further evolution of regional indicators, metadata maintenance and their methodological basis as well as dissemination issues.
• The task includes the annual update of the regional and urban statistics reference guide.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

A Study on harmonised collection of European data and statistics in the field of urban transport and mobility" is undertaken whose results are expected in spring 2012.

Theme 5.05 - Geographical and local information

Fields of activities covered by the theme

•  Maintenance of a Reference Database for geographic information for the Commission (GISCO);
•  Purchase of new or updated geographic datasets and their integration into the GISCO database;
•  Support to Commission services, including Eurostat, for work with geographic information and in geographic map production;
•  Cooperation with DG Environment and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) on the INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe) initiative according to the Memorandum of Understanding;
•   Implementation of an INSPIRE conforming technical architecture based on the concept of Geoportals;
•  Operation of the INSPIRE Geoportals under the responsibility of the Commission.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• VIP Project: Geospatial information.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production of statistical or thematic maps in paper and electronic form based on extractions from statistical databases and based on geographic data layers.
• GEOSTAT: ESS-Net project on European population grid. Preparation of a European population grid based on Census data: methodology for collection of georeferenced demographical data.
• Cooperation with DG ENV and the JRC on the development and implementation of INSPIRE Directive based on a Memorandum of Understanding between the DGs.
• Provide access to the Commission internal geographic/spatial datasets through the INSPIRE-EC geoportal.
• Within the INSPIRE architecture, put the EU Geoportal in the position of a central hub linked to the national geoportals.
• Preparation of the Implementing Rules and adoption by the Commission. Development and implementation of INSPIRE geoportal. Commission compliance.


3.3 Multi-domain statistics and indicators (Eurostat)
4.1 Metadata (Eurostat)
Theme 6.05 - Data and metadata structural definition

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The main activities are:

• Maintain and update the reference database Eurobase;
• Manage, disseminate and convert the Eurostat and national reference metadata to the ESS standards;
• Use and improve the Eurostat Metadata Handler;
• Improve and implement the SDMX statistical standards and guidelines for the exchange of data and metadata;
• Disseminate external data other than the data produced by Eurostat to the Commission;
• Monitor the integration of the national metadata systems;
• Keep up-to-date the Eurostat data navigation tree;
• Prepare cross-cutting legislation on metadata and
• Organise financial support to countries for the integration of statistical business processes.

This work contributes substantially to the implementation of the ESS Joint Strategy on the production method of EU statistics as adopted in May 2010.

The processes and projects to be undertaken will create an increasing standardisation and harmonisation within the ESS; they lead to a reduction of the burden on the data or metadata producers both at national or international level.

Also the accessibility of data and metadata by users will be improved.

Most of the activities listed will create more vertical and horizontal integration (i.e. the integration between Eurostat and Member States and the integration between statistical domains) within the European Statistical System.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Financial support is organised with grants to Member States;
• The Eurostat data navigation tree is permanently updated and restructured with new tables, new dimensions and new branches. Also the quality of existing data tables is permanently improved.


4.3 Data sources (Eurostat)
3.3.1 Living conditions, poverty and cross-cutting social issues (Eurostat)
Theme 1.06 - Distribution of incomes and living conditions

Fields of activities covered by the theme

EU-SILC is the European Union survey on income and living conditions. It has a multipurpose nature including:

• The inclusive growth pillar of the proposed Europe 2020 strategy, in particular with indicators linked to poverty and material deprivation;
• The improved measurement of dimensions of the quality of life.

EU-SILC is a central survey to consider for progressing towards better integration of data sources, to address cross cutting issues, for instance through data linking and data matching.

The household budget survey, HBS, covers the consumption side of the households' statistics.

The main activities are:

• Annual collection of microdata on income and living conditions (EU-SILC), including annual ad hoc modules;
• Dissemination of indicators and statistical tables on poverty and social exclusion;
• Fostering analysis and developing publications on poverty and social exclusion;
• Managing the revision of the legal basis for EU-SILC;
• Collection of microdata on household budget surveys (HBS) every five years.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Preparation of the SILC ad hoc module 2014 regulation and its associated methodological documents;
• Improving the measurement of quality of life;
• Development of comparable estimates of social transfers in kind at the micro-level;
• Development of the regional dimension of Europe 2020 headline social indicators.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

•  Measurement of disparities in a national accounts framework by using household micro data sources.
•  Household Expenditure Statistics (Household Budget Survey): methodological development, data collection, validation and dissemination of data on households expenditure. Development and production of indicators.
•  Adaptation of the SILC legal basis to new requirements, in the context of the modernisation of social statistics and the better measurement of social phenomenon.
•  Feasibility study on statistical data matching, in the context of the modernisation of social statistics.
•  ESSnet on Income and Living Conditions Statistics (SILC-NET): support to in-depth analysis of EU-SILC, scientific coordination of international conferences, preparation of publications, methodological guidelines and studies.
•  Improvement of EU-SILC longitudinal component.
•  Methodological development, data collection, validation and dissemination of data on living conditions. Development and production of indicators. Production of synthesis quality report. Dissemination of micro data for research purpose.

3.3.2 Gender and special population groups (Eurostat)
Theme 1.12 - Other work in the field of demographic and social statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Gender-related statistics;
• Reconciliation of work and family life;
• Strategy for modernisation of social statistics;
• Youth statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Gender statistics.
• Dissemination of LFS ad hoc module 2010 on reconciliation of work and family life.
• Dissemination and analysis of the SILC 2010 ad hoc module on intra household sharing of resources.
• Elaboration of a proposal to streamline micro level data collections in social statistics into two pillars. A project to rationalise the existing set of European surveys and the census in social statistics in order to achieve efficiency gains and/or cost savings.
• VIP on Modernisation of Social Statistics - Administrative Data Sources.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Transmission, processing and dissemination of gender pay gap statistics.
• Contribution to the 2012 Commission report on youth and development of further indicators based on data available at Eurostat.
• Core Social Variables: project to introduce a set of common variables across all the European social surveys in order to better the link the data collected, and therefore increase the potential for analysis of data on European populations from a social policy perspective.3.3.3 Information society (Eurostat)
Theme 5.07 - Information society

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Official statistics on the Information Society are vital in order to measure and understand the socioeconomic impacts of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) adoption and use, as well as to monitor progress towards the achievement of policy goals at national and EU levels. Relevant statistics are used for monitoring the achievements of the Digital Agenda 2011-15, and the strategy Europe 2020.

Activities covered by the theme are:

• Provision of indicators on the information society for the Digital Agenda 2011-15, and the post Lisbon Commission strategy Europe 2020;
• Provision of statistics on the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) by enterprises;
• Provision of statistics on the use of Information and Communication technologies by individuals and in households;
• Provision of statistics on the ICT sector;
• Provision of statistics on ICT expenditure and investment;
• Provision of statistics on postal services or monitoring implementation of Directive 2006/6/4 on Postal Services;
• Provision of statistics on telecommunication services.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

•  Launch a call for tender for carrying out a feasibility study on exploring new ways of data collection for information society statistics exploiting internet traffic flows.
• VIP Project: The aim of this project is to develop a generic ESS infrastructure for the exchange of European statistics; it is based on the census hub experience and will use the information society statistics aggregate data as a test case.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production of information society statistics;
• Collection and dissemination of expenditure and investment data for information society statistics;
• Define and test new modules for the future ICT usage surveys;
• Production and dissemination of e-communication statistics;
• Dissemination of ICT usage statistics on the Eurostat website, as database and in publications;
• Information Society Statistics: ICT usage surveys - design and implementation: draft Commission Regulation;
• Dissemination of ICT sector statistics;
• Collection, processing and dissemination of postal statistics;
• ESSnet to further develop and produce indicators on the impact of the usage of ICT on the performance of enterprises at enterprise and industry level.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection of ICT, telecommunication statistics via regulators, Eurobarometer and other contractors.3.3.6 Sustainable development (Eurostat)
Theme 5.02 - Europe 2020 strategy and sustainable development

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Sustainable development indicators (SDI);
• Europe 2020 indicators;
• Structural indicators (SI);
• Globalisation indicators (GI);
• Quality profiles (QP).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Maintain and contribute to further development of  the set of Europe 2020 indicators and related metadata (quality profiles).
• Maintenance and update of the set of Sustainable Development Indicators on the Eurostat WebsiteBi-annual monitoring report concerning Sustainable Development Strategy.
• Globalisation indicators: a set of indicators to measure the degree of globalisation in various aspects of the EU and its Member States.
3.3.7 Climate change (Eurostat)
Theme 5.09 - Environmental accounts and climate change

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Monetary and environmental accounts;
• Physical and hybrid environmental accounts;
• Environmental Data Centres on Natural Resources and Products;
• Climate change and other cross-cutting activities.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Development of the legal base for environmental accounts.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

•  Environmentally related transfers;
•  Collect and disseminate data for all environmental accounts and develop estimation methods based on now-casting techniques for the main EU-27 aggregates;
•  Development of energy accounts;
•  Environmental Data Centre for Natural Resources and Products;
•  Methodological developments in the areas of climate change mitigation and adaptation. Support to the development of climate change adaptation indicators.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Classification of tax revenues by function, among which environmental taxes, and breaking them down to energy, transport and pollution and resources tax revenues.


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (Eurostat)
Theme 8.01 - Communication

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Relations with the media;
• Internal communication.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Publication of the ESS magazine.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Migration of Eurostat's intranet in My IntraComm Portal;
• Preparation, validation and dissemination of  Eurostat news releases;
• Publication of Eurostat and EU27 NSIs news on INSite.


4.6 Statistical confidentiality and disclosure protection (Eurostat)
Theme 6.11 - Data security and statistical confidentiality

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Revise Regulation (EC) No 831/2002;
• Develop confidential data release infrastructures;
• Ensure support on SDC in specific domains.

This is a very sensitive and especially complex dimension of Eurostat - and ESS, at large - work programme. It involves different dimensions such as physical and logical protection of confidential data (statistical disclosure control - SDC), harmonisation of principles and guidelines and design of efficient infrastructure (IT and procedure) for releasing confidential data (tabular or micro data) to ESS partners and Research community.

The related work aims at critically improving the production methods of EU statistics and places on Eurostat the responsibility for the coordination of Sectoral initiatives for the release of confidential data for scientific purposes, especially methodological support and tool development, the promotion of correct and coherent application of rules and the design of generic infrastructures for the sharing of confidential data with users and partners while ensuring their adequate protection. This is overarched by adequate governance of statistical confidentiality in the ESS governing the vertical integration of processes by proposing to Member States a framework for the standardisation and harmonisation of SDC related processes.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Development of ESS wide infrastructure (access facilities and organisational/methodological framework) for the release of confidential data for scientific purpose.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Information Security management (LISO): analysis of the security requirements of Eurostat Information system and adaptation of the policy on the security of information systems.
• Draft of a first version of an Information Security Management System (ISMS) to be adopted by IT Steering Committee.
• Detection of intrusion of information systems (LISO): regular monitoring and provision of recommendations for improving security of Information Systems.
• Making confidential data available to scientific purposes (LISO): ensure access to confidential data for researchers either though the Eurostat Safe Centre or through the development of a secured remote access facility.
• Setting up a network of safe centres allowing researchers to access confidential EU microdata sets - feasibility study and pilot implementation.
• Support to Eurostat units for dealing with Statistical Disclosure Control (SDC).
• Revise Regulation 831/2002 on access to confidential data for scientific purposes: coordinate activities related to the release of confidential data for scientific purpose.
• Develop confidential data release infrastructures: Widening and simplification of access to confidential EU microdata sets for scientific purposes. A framework allowing for new modes of access to EU confidential microdata sets, simpler and closer, better fitted to research needs is developed.


4.7 Data analysis (Eurostat)
Theme 6.10 - Statistical research and methodology

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Promote research in Official Statistics;   
• Facilitate methodological collaboration, networking and competence building;
• Ensure co-ordination of methodological works in the ESS (including ESSnets' monitoring);
• Support standardisation process in the ESS;
• Embed methodology in Vision implementation processes;
• Encourage methodological development: design and test of specific methods and supporting tools;
• Ensure methodological support to production process.                                               

The challenges posed by the enforcement of the Joint ESS Strategy demand substantial gains in productivity and major achievements in terms of process integration that only heavy investment in methodological developments could permit.  This is much depending on the adequate use of the results of ongoing research in official statistics and on properly articulating main NSI needs as regards Official Statistics in future strategic research frameworks. It also pre-supposes to evenly address all aspects of the integration process: As regards horizontal integration, the co-ordination of methodological developments should create conditions to identify, test and use cross-cut methodologies. Vertical integration would require substantial efforts in process standardisation throughout ESS. The overall sustainability of this continuous improvement process would be liable to two extreme conditions: the (upstream) transformation of new knowledge into new methods and techniques and the (down-stream) support to production steps in the absorption of the methodological developments (innovations), both at Eurostat and ESS level.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Contribution to ESSnet projects, ESS collaborative development of key methodologies for Vision implementation and improving efficiency of statistical production.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Support standardisation process in the ESS: integration of EU production processes (ESS and Eurostat) including Sponsorship on Standardisation.
• Contribution to improved production processes.
• Software design, testing and development for implementing ESS methodological guidelines and testing.
• Promote, emulate research in official statistics.
• Research and ESSnet results dissemination, support collaboration among researchers and with official statisticians, using web portals (e.g. Cros) and training/further education means (LDF), developing and consolidating Web 2.0 mechanisms for collaboration.
• Strategic guidance for ESS/Estat integration of methodological work.
• Developing handbook for  Modern Business Statistics - Methodological development in new areas.



3.4 Yearbooks and similar compendia (Eurostat)
Theme 6.06 - Information and dissemination

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Dissemination of European statistics;
• Eurostat website;
• Support for external users;
• Publications;
• Promotion and marketing of Eurostat and of European statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implement next generation of the Eurostat website including the related tools for online access to data, metadata and publications.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Eurostat website: the website provides a stable access to Eurostat products and services, with enhancements for users. Evolutionary maintenance and quality assurance of the website, including purchases of hardware and software.
• Improve user orientation of dissemination products and services: collect and analyse information about user interaction with Eurostat dissemination products and services.
• Enhance reusability: facilitation of the re-use of Eurostat data, metadata and tools by external organisations, including NSIs, companies and the open data community.
• Dissemination of European results from the 2011 Census, via the Eurostat website, using the Census Hub.
• Raising visibility and awareness of the ESS: implement actions developed under the Sponsorship on Communication.
• Support and promotion to external users: high quality support to external users of Eurostat's products and services; publicity and promotion. Network of support centres; participation in dissemination events and distribution of promotional material.
• Statistics Explained: maintenance, further development and content management of the electronic dissemination system "Statistics Explained".
• Dissemination products for mobile devices: development of dissemination products which enable users to obtain statistics on a range of mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets, and e-readers.
• Increase multilingualism in dissemination products and services: users have access to selected information in all EU languages, as well as support in all languages.
• Publications: widespread dissemination of Eurostat's value-added output through electronic and paper publications. Production, dissemination and archiving of statistical publications, including the implementation of the publications programme 2011 and the further exploitation of the electronic dissemination system "Statistics Explained".
• Dissemination of Eurostat microdata.



5. Strategic and managerial issues of official statistics (Eurostat)
3.1 Environment (Eurostat)
Theme 5.03 - Environment statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme 
• Environmental Data Centre on Waste;
• Statistics on waste, hazardous substances, water, biodiversity;
• Regional environment statistics;
• Streamlining and production of environmental indicators (Sustainable Development, Sustainable Development Indicators, Europe 2020, etc.).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Collect regional environmental statistics and make them available;
• In cooperation with the Group of Four (ESTAT, ENV, JRC and EEA), development and improvement of the statistical knowledge base to support the Europe 2020 flagship initiative on resource efficiency.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Streamline the various environmental indicator sets maintained by the Group of 4 (ESTAT, ENV, JRC, EEA);
• Publication of biodiversity indicators;
• GDP and beyond: ensure the coordination of Eurostat activities linked to the Communication COM(2009)433;
• Manage and develop the data centre on waste;
• Manage the Waste Statistics Regulation. Collect, validate and disseminate data on generation and treatment of waste;
• Develop and maintain the set of indicators to monitor the EU Chemicals Policy (REACH);
• Support Member States in the improvement of water statistics (grants);
• Collect, validate and disseminate statistics on water resources, water uses and waste water treatment.


3.2 Regional and small area statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 4.08 - Rural development and maritime policy statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Provision of statistics to support the European Rural Development Policy and the European Integrated Maritime Policy.
• Discussions mainly with DG AGRI, DG MARE and DG REGIO about their data needs; follow-up and completion of action 6.5 of the Blue Paper Action Plan on integrated maritime policy (SEC(2007)1278) "Improving Socio-Economic Data for maritime sectors and maritime regions".
• Testing the use of data from harmonised European surveys (Labour Force Survey, Information and Communication Technologies Usage Survey).
• Cross-sectional data collection at NUTS level 3 for areas with differing levels of rurality and for coastal areas / the maritime sector if available. Analysing and publishing NUTS level 3 data as far as they are available.
• Managing grants provided to Member States (collection of existing data).
• Building a framework for a rural/coastal inventory covering the most important services/infrastructures.
• Analysing and publishing NUTS level 3 data.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide the European Union with statistical information (i.e. statistical indicators) in the field of rural development. Development work covering the collection of appropriate statistics (social, demographic, economic, etc) to evaluate the sustainable development of rural areas.
• Statistical data for the Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP).
• Elaboration of statistical publications devoted to Rural development (i.e Statistics in Focus, pocketbook, etc.). Improvement of dedicated webpages for Rural Development statistics.
• Rural development data collection: regular update of the database using official data published on the websites of the NSIs. Manage the rural data collection exercise launched in 2010 based on existing data sources. Data collection in the framework of the European harmonised surveys.
• Elaboration of statistical publications devoted to coastal regions and maritime sector (i.e Statistics in Focus, pocketbook, etc.). Improvement of dedicated webpage for Maritime Policy statistics.
• Maritime Policy data collection: regular update of the database using data from available source in the Commission and data collected in the framework of European harmonised surveys.


Theme 5.04 - Regional and urban statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Coordination of the collection of regional statistics in various thematic units of Eurostat;
• Coordination of the dissemination of regional statistics;
• Collection processing and dissemination of urban statistics;
• Identification of new or changed requirements on regional and urban statistics in cooperation with policy Directorates General of the Commission;
• Maintenance of the Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Regional Yearbook Production: planning and coordination of the drafting of the Yearbook contributions by Eurostat thematic units, the compilation of contributions to an integrated publication, coordination of translation, layout and printing work.
• Technical infrastructure for urban and regional statistics: improvement of the technical tools for the data validation, loading and processing of the production database.
• Urban Audit data collection: collect, validate and disseminate set of statistical indicators for European cities.
• Cooperation with Eurostat thematic units on regional statistics data collection in all phases of the statistical production cycle, the further evolution of regional indicators, metadata maintenance and their methodological basis as well as dissemination issues.
• The task includes the annual update of the regional and urban statistics reference guide.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

A Study on harmonised collection of European data and statistics in the field of urban transport and mobility" is undertaken whose results are expected in spring 2012.

Theme 5.05 - Geographical and local information

Fields of activities covered by the theme

•  Maintenance of a Reference Database for geographic information for the Commission (GISCO);
•  Purchase of new or updated geographic datasets and their integration into the GISCO database;
•  Support to Commission services, including Eurostat, for work with geographic information and in geographic map production;
•  Cooperation with DG Environment and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) on the INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe) initiative according to the Memorandum of Understanding;
•   Implementation of an INSPIRE conforming technical architecture based on the concept of Geoportals;
•  Operation of the INSPIRE Geoportals under the responsibility of the Commission.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• VIP Project: Geospatial information.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production of statistical or thematic maps in paper and electronic form based on extractions from statistical databases and based on geographic data layers.
• GEOSTAT: ESS-Net project on European population grid. Preparation of a European population grid based on Census data: methodology for collection of georeferenced demographical data.
• Cooperation with DG ENV and the JRC on the development and implementation of INSPIRE Directive based on a Memorandum of Understanding between the DGs.
• Provide access to the Commission internal geographic/spatial datasets through the INSPIRE-EC geoportal.
• Within the INSPIRE architecture, put the EU Geoportal in the position of a central hub linked to the national geoportals.
• Preparation of the Implementing Rules and adoption by the Commission. Development and implementation of INSPIRE geoportal. Commission compliance.


3.3 Multi-domain statistics and indicators (Eurostat)
5.1 Institutional frameworks and principles, role and organisation of official statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 8.04 - Management of legal bases

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Activities to ensure the application and coherence of statistical legislation, contribution to relevant Commission-wide reporting requirements and relations with European Parliament and the Council on legislative matters.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Ensure an efficient development, production and dissemination of European statistics; establish guiding principles for future statistical legislation.
• Amending Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 on European statistics and Commission Decision 97/281/EC on the role of Eurostat.


5.2 Statistical programmes, coordination within statistical systems (Eurostat)
Theme 6.01 - Quality, evaluation, statistical coordination and classifications

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Coordination of quality aspects within the production of European statistics and contribute to the revision and extension of the existing quality framework in the ESS to better fit the requirements laid done in Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics.
• Monitoring and promoting the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice (CoP).
• Provision of guidelines for the implementation of the ESS quality assurance framework for statistical processes and outputs.
• Mid term and ex-post evaluation of Community Statistical programs.
• Update and maintenance of the Eurostat's metadata server (RAMON), which makes available statistical classifications and the relevant correspondence tables, standard code lists, statistical concepts and definitions, legal acts pertaining to statistics and methodological manuals.
• Development, updating and implementation of a harmonised set of central statistical classifications such as the European Classification of Economic Activities (NACE), the Statistical Classification of Products by Activities (CPA), the International Standard Classification on Occupations (ISCO), the Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose (COICOP), the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) and the Combined Nomenclature (CN) of commodities and the Geonomenclature of countries for the European Statistical System.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Coordinated implementation of ISCED 2011 including the updating of legal acts to the new classification.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Manage and disseminate methodological metadata.
• Coordinated implementation of ISCO 08.
• Have an ESeC (European Socio-economic Classification) classification exclusively based on core variables to allow for an implementation in all social surveys - Study the possibility of providing more precise results from the LFS for the classification with non-core existent variables.
• Update and maintain the CN, if necessary - Intrastat and related products (self-explanatory texts, correlation tables etc.) as well as the Geonomenclature. Link to the classification for trade in services.
• Quality assurance of and participation in the preparation of Q2012.
• Continue workon the ESS Quality Assurance Framework, developed by the Sponsorship on Quality.
• Providing guidance to production units concerning the implementation of ESQRS (ESS Standard for Quality Reports Structure) and ESMS (Euro-SDMX Metadata Structure) quality reporting guidelines and setting standards across the ESS for quality reporting.
• Undertake actions aimed at improving compliance with the Code of Practice.
• Undertake a new cycle of quality assessments with production units, based on the experiences and lessons learned from the 2008-2011 cycle.
• Report to the EP and Council describing the evaluation of the CSP 2008-2012 and recommendation to follow.

Theme 8.03 - Management and statistical programmes

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Strategic management;
• Management support;
• Internal control;
• Annual and multi-annual programmes;
• Administrative simplification and response burden reduction.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Preparation of Annual Activity Report (AAR) and all related issues (e.g. Déclaration d'Assurance, relations with Court of Auditors, synthesis report, ...);
• Project and process management support;
• Commission's Statistical Annual Work Programme including the priority setting;
• Contributions to the Action Programme for reducing administrative burdens in the EU;
• Preparation of the European Statistical Programme 2013-2017;
• Internal Control Standards Assessment.


5.4 Management and development of human resources (Eurostat)
Theme 6.02 Statistical training

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Conception and implementation of Eurostat's learning and development strategy for statistical training in the ESS (the ESS Learning and Development Framework (the LDF)) aiming at:

• Improving the overall quality of European statistics;
• Raising the qualification of statisticians in the ESS in order to promote their independence in line with the European Statistics Code of Practice;
• Encouraging both theoretical and practical learning and development;
• Encouraging the exchange of best practices, know how and experience;
• Supporting the implementation of the reengineering of the statistical production processes in the ESS and the required adapted skills and competence needs;
• Providing new alternative learning and development opportunities beyond traditional training;
• Definition of appropriate set up of a European Master's in Official Statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Establish annual ESTP (European Statistical Training Programme): ESTP Annual Catalogue 2013;
• Implementation of the ESS-LDF (European Statistical System - Learning and Development Framework) projects on e-learning, interactive platform, and competences;
• VIP Project: Study within the framework of the project EMOS (European Master in Official Statistics).


5.5 Technological resources (including standards for electronic data exchange and data sharing) (Eurostat)
Theme 6.03 - IT support for statistical production

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Functional studies / feasibility studies for sector and horizontal projects;
• Maintenance of existing statistical production systems;
• Harmonisation, consolidation and reengineering of existing statistical production systems;
• Enhancing functionalities of IT components used in the statistical production;
• Maintenance and improvement of the database systems used for dissemination;
• Interfacing common building blocks into existing production systems;
• Participation in the implementation of Joint ESS Strategy on the production method of EU statistics by identifying best practices across the EU, by stimulating the use of standard tools and by providing IT components usable by Eurostat and Member States.

The main actions are directly linked to the Joint ESS Strategy on the production method of EU statistics as follows:

• The consolidation and improvements of systems target data integration and the creation of data warehouses for cross domain statistics and cost minimisation. (CVD = Cycle de Vie des Données = Data Life Cycle).
• The sharing of data validation tools by the ESS members will reduce the burden of the Member States and Eurostat, and at the same time increase quality through harmonisation of procedures and the use of the same metadata.
• Sponsoring the development of a common reference environment and infrastructure through the ESSNet CORE (COmmon Reference Environment).
• Development of a common reference environment and infrastructure.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Data Life Cycle (CVD): Continue the consolidation of IT systems for statistical production in Eurostat by applying the CVD principles.
• Definition of a common reference environment towards which NSIs can develop. Sharing of production tools within the ESS.

Theme 6.04 - IT standards, tools and services for data exchange in the ESS

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Optimisation of Eurostat interaction with users and partners in the area of data and metadata exchange by the means of:

• Cooperation with international institutions (UN, OECD, IMF, WB and others) on the Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX) standard.
• Developing common tools for efficient and secure exchange of statistical data and metadata in the European Statistical System in cooperation with other relevant Commission services, the European System of Central Banks and international organisations.
• Providing standard web services available on Internet for Statistical production process components.
• Standards and software for Eurostat data collection from European Statistical System.
• Re-engineering of the current production processes under way: this concerns the rationalisation of the IT architecture and the introduction of a more interactive production chain on the basis of a solution via a common IT infrastructure.
• Harmonisation through the use of common standards within the ESS, together with process harmonisation through the promotion of methodologies based on common software tools.
• Data collection tools and methods and standardisation for European Statistical System raw data collections.
• Data collection tools and methods and standardisation for Eurostat data and metadata collection from European Statistical System.
• Developing and sponsoring development of a common IT infrastructure, the creation of a shared production and or dissemination environment within ESS, e.g., common reference infrastructure.
• Exchange of common software tools, mostly open source, e.g., SDMX tools.

The actions are aiming at creating of more integrated systems by fully exploiting synergies and economies of scale. The goal is better interaction with ESS partners and better integration of the ESS business. The better integration of the statistical work done in the ESS with the one done in Eurostat will lead to improve efficiency and quality (comparability and timeliness) and to reduce costs by the means of standardisation. Standardisation of methods and IT-tools is one of the cornerstones of the efficiency vision contained in Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Use the standard software: Single Entry Point for all regular data and metadata transmissions from Member States, based on standardised formats (GESMES, SDMX) where appropriate.
• Data transmission: coordination and promotion activities with Local Coordinator network.
• Data transmission: maintain and improve the IT applications used for the Single Entry Point. Develop reliable IT tools, with improvements in performance and functionality, which are available for all national authorities for transmitting, uploading or transferring data via the Single Entry Point.
• Cooperation on enhancement of SDMX standards and capacity-building related actions.
• Support and implementation actions related to SDMX and GESMES in Eurostat and MS. Implement the SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange) standards and guidelines for data and metadata exchange, sharing and dissemination between the members of ESS. Put in place more efficient processes for exchange, sharing and dissemination of statistical data and metadata.
• Flexible access to 2011 census data for users. Operational SDMX Hub system for census data, using  SDMX standards and architecture.
• Data collection and data exchange in ESS using SDMX architecture for delivering data in the ESS. Develop IT infrastructure for SDMX implementation allowing sharing common IT tools and easier data exchange. IT tools and components to enable the implementation of SDMX within the ESS.
• Implement a single IT environment and services for structural and reference metadata allowing standard access for ESS partners and within Eurostat. Common IT system for metadata management within the ESS, using the SDMX standards and architecture.
• Maintain Open Source Software repository and perform related actions on software sharing.


5.6 Co-ordination of international statistical work (Eurostat)
Theme 6.08 - Statistical cooperation with countries covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Providing technical (statistical) advice to the EU's external action service (EEAS), including EU Delegations in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries;
• Support the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy through provision of statistical data;
• Contribute to the design and implementation of statistical assistance programmes in the ENP East countries;
• Contribute to EU efforts to build statistical capacity within the framework of the MEDSTAT programme of statistical cooperation with the ENP South countries;
• Assisting the ENP South countries in designing their regional strategy for statistics;
• Assisting the ENP countries to gradually align their statistical systems with that of the EU;
• Encouraging the application of best practices from the European Statistical System to be applied in ENP countries through mutual contacts, training, study visits, workshops, seminars, and attendance at meetings;
• Collecting and publishing a range of data from the ENP countries, as an input to the Commission assessment of progress in the countries, and  to maintain momentum for harmonisation of data for the region.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Negotiation and follow-up of the implementation of the statistics chapter in the Association Agreements between the EU and the ENP East countries through the provision of input to legal agreements, annual follow up and reporting on progress.
• Assist ENP East countries in developing assistance programmes and projects, promote their funding with the relevant stakeholders, be involved in their implementation through reading reports, reviewing progress and participating in steering committees.
• Collect, validate and process data from the ENP East countries In order to update Eurobase and produce publications on key statistical indicators for ENP-East countries.
• Development of a regional strategy for cooperation with the ENP-South countries beyond the end of MEDSTAT III, so as to reinforce the achievements of the MEDSTAT programmes.
• Collect, validate and process data from the ENP South countries to update Eurobase and produce publications on key statistical indicators for ENP-South countries.
• Support the implementation of the MEDSTAT III programme by giving technical advice on content, experts, work programme to the contracting authority (DG EuropeAid Development and Cooperation).
• Negotiation and follow-up of the implementation of the statistics chapter in the Advanced Status Agreements between the EU and the ENP South countries through the provision of input to Legal Agreements, follow-up of their implementation, reporting on implementation.
• Management of high level seminars, workshops, training courses for European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries on key themes such as classifications, coordination of statistical systems, quality, strategic management, selected statistical topics, the ESS, etc. to provide a forum for discussion and exchange of experience, and encourage capacity building.
• Support other Commission services in the implementation of technical assistance programmes through advice on statistical issues in technical assistance programmes on energy and environment with a view of obtaining statistical data in these areas.
• Assess and monitor the development of the statistical system in the ENP countries through launching and implementing global assessments, reviews and other kinds of assessments for the ENP countries.
• Support the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy through promoting the importance of statistics for European policy purposes (monitoring and design) including the need of support to the NSIs in terms of statistical assistance programmes.

Theme 6.09 - International statistical cooperation

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Providing advice and expertise to Commission services (in particular the External Relations Directorates-General, and the delegations) and national statistical authorities with respect to European Commission development and cooperation policies (identification, planning, implementation and evaluation of statistical projects or the statistical elements of more wide-ranging development projects) and coordinating Eurostat units' contribution to this work;
• Assisting the European Commission in relations with international organisations and in matters of common statistical interest with non-European regions or countries;
• Advocating and promoting good governance through statistics in the EU's external relations policy;
• Monitoring and coordinating EU efforts to build statistical capacity in countries outside Europe within the framework of international commitments such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);
• Encouraging the application of ESS best practice in non-EU countries through mutual contacts, training, study visits and attendance at meetings;
• Collecting data on non-EU countries obtained from all available sources for use by Commission services in pursuit of their external relations policies and, subject to agreement with data suppliers, the wider community of users;
• Ensuring that stakeholders are kept adequately informed through efficient communication;
• Representing Eurostat in international organisations;
• Coordinating Eurostat's relations with Higher Income Countries (HIC) and Russia, in particular implementing the EEA agreement in the field of statistics and the agreement with Switzerland on cooperation in the field of statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Change the focus of co-operation in Latin America from a programme-based approach to a looser one based on Memorandums of Understanding with regional organisations and larger countries in support of the development of national statistical systems of countries by sharing the EU's experience in selected fields of joint priority and promoting horizontal cooperation.
• Fostering Good Practices in the LAC Region: sharing progress and achievements of EU - driven subregional integration statistical projects in the LAC (Latin America and Caribbean) region to enhance cost effectiveness of EU efforts.  Preparation of a seminar with UN-ECLAC.
• Modernisation of statistical data transmission in the LAC region: training and technical assistance to develop capacities to use tools for data and metadata transmission by reference to the SDMX standard.
• Analysis and dissemination for water statistics on specific Central Asian countries: increase the capacity of target countries to improve environmental policies trough reliable statistics; to assist the EC in developing programmes on environmental issues for Central Asia on the basis of better water statistics.
•  IT tool to support price statistics in developing countries: analyse the possibility to provide support to improve price statistics in developing countries, focusing on IT tools for the establishment, harmonisation and analysis of price statistics.
•  Support to the recently created statistical subregional bodies in the ALA region: to share the EU experience in the establishment of RSDS (Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics) in close coordination with PARIS21. (By reference to ASEAN, Andean Community, Central America and Mercosur).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Support to the statistical capacity of the African Union Statistics Division: in the framework of the EU/Africa Strategic Partnership Eurostat ensure a constant support to the African Union Statistics Division through yearly agreed action plans including different kinds of activities, such as secondment of officials, training, sharing experience, produce joint publications, etc.
• Management of Commission's statistical relations with Asia through the implementation of MoUs: follow-up and implementation of road maps of MoUs with China, India and Kazakhstan, in support of the development of national statistical systems of these countries in areas of joint priority.
• ERETES (Software package for National Accounts); transfer of know-how and upgrading to SNA2008: upgrading in order to allow the production of National Accounts in line with the SNA 2008; maintenance; training of users and trainers, improve the coordination of the User Group.
• DISC database on international statistical cooperation projects: the existing database should be improved mainly through the creation of links to internal and external databases. The feasibility of other links should be studied.
• Analysis and dissemination of third countries data produced outside ESTAT: Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and socio-economic indicators analysis.
• Support to the users of the EUROTRACE software: coordination of the User Group and transfer the knowledge towards users; maintenance of the CIRCA dedicated website; training of users and trainers.
• Guide on statistical cooperation extended and updated according to the users' needs and expectations. Coherence between the new modules and the original guide maintained both in English and French and translated into Spanish. User-friendly on line version made available.
• ASTRA - Statistical training in international cooperation through support of NSIs in developing countries by providing a tool to identify training needs.
• Essential System of National Accounts (SNA): methodological support in the context of cooperation; support to the SNA2008 implementation through the preparation of the handbook "Essential SNA".
• Advisory group on international statistical cooperation: advisory group on the co-ordination of EU technical cooperation on statistics with developing countries aiming at increasing coordination of technical assistance, increase synergies, avoid duplication of efforts and contribute to increase aid effectiveness.
• Support to beneficiary countries and/regions in the preparation and implementation of National Plans for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) Advocacy material: assist recipient countries/regions to make aware or convince policy makers and funders on the need for increased financial assistance for the implementation NSDS; provide a user-friendly and updated set of NSDS (National Strategies for he Development of Strategies) guidelines; make proposals on guidelines towards costing an NSDS.
• Efficiency and effectiveness of the EU budgetary support instrument in ALA and ACP: assessment of applicable, objective indicators to analyze effectiveness and efficiency of projects for EU Budget Support.
• Implementation of Memorandums of Understanding and other relations with OECD countries and Russia: strengthen relations with OECD countries and Russia, follow up of MoU: to promote coordination and cooperation in statistics-related matters e.g. the production of official statistics, the promotion of best practices and the harnessing of appropriate synergies; organisation of study visits and seminars.
• Statistical cooperation with EFTA: implementation of the EEA Agreement on cooperation in the field of statistics.
• Statistical cooperation with Switzerland: implementation of the Agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on cooperation in the field of statistics.
• Working Group on International Relations (IRWG) and coordination of EU position through this group: assistance and support to the ESSC in the area of international relations; increased efficiency in international relations through better communication, coordination and consistent representation. Increased visibility and coordinated EU position.
• Development of the Global Statistical System (GSS): organisation of a seminar jointly with UNSD; organise a conference aiming at sharing common statistical standards and animate a discussion on GSS challenges; organise a seminar on spatial statistics.

Theme 8.05 - Relations with the ESS, inter-institutional and international relations

Fields of activities covered by the theme

•  Governance of the European Statistical System (ESS), through the management of the committees that form the core of the cooperation within the European Statistical System, in particular the European Statistical System Committee, the highest-level committee within the ESS representing the producers of European statistics, the European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC), providing a stakeholder perspective (users, respondents and producers) on the relevance and priorities of EU statistics as well as the associated costs and resources, and the European Statistical Governance Advisory Board (ESGAB), whose role is to provide an independent overview of the ESS as regards the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice.
• Ensuring efficient co-operation with the Council, the European Parliament, the European System of Central Banks, the EESC (European Economic and Social Committee) and the CoR (Committee of the Regions) with regard to the statistical legislative production.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide the Secretariat for ESAC;
• Provide the Secretariat for the ESSC;
• Organise the DGINS Conference, in collaboration with the host country;
• Preparation of the 2013 Eurostat Conference;
• Provide secretariat to ESGAB.


5.7 Technical cooperation and capacity building programmes (Eurostat)
Theme 6.07 - Statistical cooperation with the candidate and potential candidate countries

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Preparation of candidate and potential candidate countries for EU membership by aligning their methodologies and practices with the statistical acquis and integrating them into the European Statistical System.
• Inputs to meetings under the structures of the Stabilisation and Association Agreements / European Agreements and inputs to the Commission's annual progress reports and its opinions on countries' applications for EU membership.
• Provision of harmonised statistics covering the candidate and potential candidate countries.
• Screening, negotiations and follow-up of the commitments regarding the statistics chapter and the statistics component of other chapters.
• Assistance to the candidate and potential candidate countries involving the entire cycle for assistance programmes with programming, tendering, implementation and evaluation under the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Provision of support to population and housing censuses for candidate and potential candidate countries;
• Support regional cooperation in the Western Balkan countries through the organisation of conferences, seminars, events with a regional perspective to foster regional cooperation and understanding.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Monitor the statistical systems in candidate countries and potential candidates using different assessment instruments (global assessments, peer reviews, compliance monitoring database, Eurostat annual assessment missions).
• Production and dissemination of statistical data on candidate countries and potential candidates through publications and updating the Eurostat website.
• Coordinate, design, contract, implement and follow-up cooperation programmes for candidate countries and potential candidates  to assist candidate countries and potential candidates in aligning their statistical production with the acquis.
• Support the EU enlargement policy through participation in sub-committee meetings under the Accession / European Agreements, following-up on commitments on chapter 18 from the negotiation process, contributing to the annual EU progress reports.



3.4 Yearbooks and similar compendia (Eurostat)
Theme 6.06 - Information and dissemination

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Dissemination of European statistics;
• Eurostat website;
• Support for external users;
• Publications;
• Promotion and marketing of Eurostat and of European statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implement next generation of the Eurostat website including the related tools for online access to data, metadata and publications.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Eurostat website: the website provides a stable access to Eurostat products and services, with enhancements for users. Evolutionary maintenance and quality assurance of the website, including purchases of hardware and software.
• Improve user orientation of dissemination products and services: collect and analyse information about user interaction with Eurostat dissemination products and services.
• Enhance reusability: facilitation of the re-use of Eurostat data, metadata and tools by external organisations, including NSIs, companies and the open data community.
• Dissemination of European results from the 2011 Census, via the Eurostat website, using the Census Hub.
• Raising visibility and awareness of the ESS: implement actions developed under the Sponsorship on Communication.
• Support and promotion to external users: high quality support to external users of Eurostat's products and services; publicity and promotion. Network of support centres; participation in dissemination events and distribution of promotional material.
• Statistics Explained: maintenance, further development and content management of the electronic dissemination system "Statistics Explained".
• Dissemination products for mobile devices: development of dissemination products which enable users to obtain statistics on a range of mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets, and e-readers.
• Increase multilingualism in dissemination products and services: users have access to selected information in all EU languages, as well as support in all languages.
• Publications: widespread dissemination of Eurostat's value-added output through electronic and paper publications. Production, dissemination and archiving of statistical publications, including the implementation of the publications programme 2011 and the further exploitation of the electronic dissemination system "Statistics Explained".
• Dissemination of Eurostat microdata.




4. Methodology of data collection, processing, dissemination and analysis (Eurostat)
1. Demographic and social statistics (Eurostat)
4.1 Metadata (Eurostat)
Theme 6.05 - Data and metadata structural definition

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The main activities are:

• Maintain and update the reference database Eurobase;
• Manage, disseminate and convert the Eurostat and national reference metadata to the ESS standards;
• Use and improve the Eurostat Metadata Handler;
• Improve and implement the SDMX statistical standards and guidelines for the exchange of data and metadata;
• Disseminate external data other than the data produced by Eurostat to the Commission;
• Monitor the integration of the national metadata systems;
• Keep up-to-date the Eurostat data navigation tree;
• Prepare cross-cutting legislation on metadata and
• Organise financial support to countries for the integration of statistical business processes.

This work contributes substantially to the implementation of the ESS Joint Strategy on the production method of EU statistics as adopted in May 2010.

The processes and projects to be undertaken will create an increasing standardisation and harmonisation within the ESS; they lead to a reduction of the burden on the data or metadata producers both at national or international level.

Also the accessibility of data and metadata by users will be improved.

Most of the activities listed will create more vertical and horizontal integration (i.e. the integration between Eurostat and Member States and the integration between statistical domains) within the European Statistical System.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Financial support is organised with grants to Member States;
• The Eurostat data navigation tree is permanently updated and restructured with new tables, new dimensions and new branches. Also the quality of existing data tables is permanently improved.


4.3 Data sources (Eurostat)
1.1 Population and migration (Eurostat)
Theme 1.01 - Population

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The important demographic challenges facing the European Union as well as the development of a common immigration policy (cf. European Pact on Immigration and Asylum as well as the Stockholm Programme adopted by the European Council in December 2009) have resulted in an unprecedented demand for high-quality demographic and migration statistics to support policy-making, i.e.:

• Population and housing censuses;
• Demographic statistics, including statistics on population stocks and vital events;
• Population projections;
• Migration statistics, including statistics on stocks of migrant populations, migration flows, acquisition of citizenship, asylum, enforcement of immigration legislation, residence permits and the social and economic situation of migrants. 

Quality improvements and quality assurance will be an important focus for work on both demographic and migration statistics. The Census hub project is an example of a more interactive production chain based on a "data at the source" solution in line with the Communication on the production method of EU statistics. Migration statistics as a cross-cutting phenomenon will benefit from a cost-effective mainstreaming approach. The core social variables relating for the identification of

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Migration mainstreaming - Developing the statistical use of administrative data;
• Migration mainstreaming - actions related to surveys.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Demographic Statistics - Rapid data collection, joint data collection, regional data collection, nowcast data collection;
• Preparation of the regulation on annual demographic data collection, including its implementing measure(s);
• Population Projections on national and regional level;
• The development of statistics on residence permits issued to non-EU citizens follows the double aim of providing additional statistics for the policy making in the area of migration of third country nationals and of contributing to migration mainstreaming;
• Migration Statistics: Flows, stocks and acquisition of citizenship;
• Statistics on enforcement of immigration legislation;
• Residence permit statistics;
• Statistics on the integration and socio-economic situation of migrants;
• Quality and accuracy of migration statistics;
• Report to the EP and Council on the statistics compiled pursuant to Regulation 862/2007 and on their quality;
• Additional disaggregations as foreseen in Article 8 of Regulation 862/2007;
• Asylum Statistics;
• Statistics for the allocation of the "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows" programme funds - Data to meet the requirements set in the Funds legislation;
• Quality assurance programme for data used in the allocation of the "Solidarity and management of Migration Flows" Funds.1.2 Labour (Eurostat)
Theme 1.02 - Labour market

Fields of activities covered by the theme

High-quality labour market statistics will be provided in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy and the Employment Guidelines. Infra-annual and structural headline indicators will inform policy makers, media and the public. 

Activities covered by the theme:

• Labour Force Survey (LFS);
• Earnings and labour costs, in particular Structure of Earnings Survey and Labour Cost Survey;
• Principal European Economic Indicators for the labour market: monthly unemployment, labour cost index, job vacancies;
• Labour Market Policy statistics (LMP);
• Time Use Survey (TUS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Europe2020 indicators: timely provision and quality assurance;
• Review of the Labour Force Survey legal basis;
• Implementation of the Labour Force Survey ad hoc module 2012;
• Labour Force Survey ad hoc module 2014;
• Programme of Labour Force Survey ad hoc modules 2016-2018, respecting the future role of the ad hoc modules under a revised legal basis;
• Preparation of the report to EP and Council on the implementation of the Labour Force Survey regulation;
• New data collection in social surveys using multiple modes;
• Preparation of the report to EP and Council on the implementation of the regulation on the labour cost index;
• Structure of Earnings Survey 2010: Transmission, processing and dissemination of data;
• Exploring options for a simplification of the Structure of Earnings Survey.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Processing and dissemination of Labour Force Survey ad hoc module data;
• Implement the regulation on quarterly job vacancy statistics and improve the quality of job vacancy data;
• Collection, processing, transmission, dissemination and quality-assurance of Labour Force Survey data;
• Produce, disseminate and quality-assure monthly unemployment estimates;
• Quality improvement and implementation of action plans in the context of the recommendations of the Task Force on the quality of the Labour Force Survey;
• Transmission, processing and dissemination of annual data on labour costs and earnings, minimum wages and gender pay gap;
• Production, transmission, dissemination and quality-assurance of data on the labour cost index;
• Collect, process, disseminate and quality-assure statistics on labour market policies.1.3 Education (Eurostat)
Theme 1.03 - Education and lifelong learning

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Statistics developed under this theme are crucial for the monitoring and benchmark exercise of the Europe 2020 strategy, the "Education and Training 2020" policy cooperation (including new indicators related to employability and learning mobility of students in Higher Education and initial vocational training),  and the renewed integrated guidelines, social agenda and sustainable development framework.

Activities covered by the theme:

• Production of statistical information on education and lifelong learning via specific data sources on education and training systems, vocational training in enterprises and adult learning;
• Production of statistical information on education and lifelong learning via other ESS sources which are not specific to education covering areas like outcome of education, learning mobility, human capital, education and social inclusion, and employability as well as  transition from education to work;
• Dissemination of indicators for the monitoring of EU policies and benchmarking exercises like Europe 2020 indicators, "Education and Training 2020", the European Employment Strategy and integrated guidelines, benchmarking the European Research Area, the social agenda and sustainable development;
• Cooperation within the Commission established with DG EAC, DG EMPL, DG RTD and JRC (CRELL Centre for Research on Education and Lifelong Learning);
• Cooperation with other international organisations (UNESCO Institute for Statistics, OECD, ILO), with specialised EU agencies - European Training Foundation (ETF), CEDEFOP, CRELL (JRC) - as well as with the Eurydice information network established by DG EAC (DG EACEA).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Following on from the work carried out by the Eurostat FESUR Task Force during the EUMIDA feasibility study, Eurostat will provide methodological assistance to DG EAC and DG RTD. for the setting up and regular running of a Register on Tertiary Education Institutions, including input to drafting the terms of reference for a call for tender to identify external contractors, evaluating the bids, ensuring and facilitating cooperation with National Statistical Authorities and advise DG EAC and RTD on quality issues, including statistical elements highlighted in the feasibility study.
• Within the framework of implementing the new ISCED 2011, dedicate resources to update the data collection instruments (e.g. UOE data collection and core variable in social surveys 'educational attainment'), where ISCED plays a major role. The ISCED mappings will likewise be updated.
• The tests for further integration of lifelong learning statistics in the Labour Force Survey and Adult Education Survey are carried out through grants in 2011 and 2012. The proposal implies an update of the Classification of Learning Activities accordingly.
• As a result of the repeal of the CVTS regulation, launch of a discussion (including a Task Force) to simplify data collection on vocational training in enterprises from 2015 in line with a better use of AES and LFS data on lifelong learning, while considering which vocational training and skills needs data should still be collected from enterprises within the ESS.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Education Statistics (UOE data collection): Eurobase Update, data for publication purposes web and paper. Testing the new UOE quality report beginning of 2012 with a view to finalise in 2012.
• Improve and develop indicators and benchmarks related to EU2020 initiatives/flagships and based on the UOE (common UNESCO, OECD and Eurostat data collection based on mainly administrative sources) data collection as a source. Continue the work on UOE tables on diploma and credit mobility in higher education to monitor Bologna and EU benchmark on learning mobility.
Complete a feasibility study and discuss the next steps on the use of household surveys - mainly LFS or Adult education survey (AES) - within the ESS to provide data regularly and for first time by 2015, for the monitoring of a benchmark on learning mobility in initial VET and general youth mobility indicator.
• Evaluation of new results, tables on Eurostat reference database, paper publication programme, Adult Education Survey (AES) anonymised datasets, user requests.
• Continuous Vocational Training Survey (CVTS): evaluation of new results, tables on Eurostat reference database, paper publication programme, anonymised datasets, user requests.
• LFS education Statistics (Europe 2020): Education attainment, lifelong learning, early school leavers - Eurobase/NewCronos update.1.4 Health (Eurostat)
Theme 1.05 - Health and safety

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Health is an important priority for Europeans, who expect to be protected against illness and disease - at home, in the workplace and when travelling. Statistics are developed in the context of the EU's "Together for health: a strategic approach for the EU 2008-2013" and of the health and long-term care strand of the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) on Social Protection and Social Inclusion set up by the Lisbon European Council of March 2000. Concerning Health and Safety at Work, the policy framework is provided by the Commission Communication (COM (2007) 62 final) on "Improving quality and production at work: Community strategy 2007-2012 on health and safety at work".

Activities covered by the theme:

• Public Health including Health care (expenditure and non-expenditure), Causes of Death, Health Interview Surveys (European Health Interview Surveys - EHIS, Statistics on Income and Living Conditions - SILC and EHSIS - European Health and Social Integration Survey), as well as Morbidity statistics.
• Health and safety at work, including European Statistics on Accidents at Work (ESAW) and European Occupational Diseases Statistics (EODS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Health Care (expenditure and non-expenditure): development of the implementing Commission regulation on expenditure.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• EHSIS (European Health and Social Integration Survey): implementation in Member States.
• Health care (expenditure and non-expenditure): Collection, validation and dissemination of 2010 data (and associated meta-data) on health care (expenditure and non-expenditure) based on Joint Questionnaires with OECD and WHO; Improvement of data quality; Dissemination of short analysis in the form of SiFs.
• Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (SILC): 2009/2010 data on health status, health care and healthy Life Years Structural indicator - improved wording comparability of SILC questions.
• Causes of Death: Collection, validation and dissemination of the 2010 data (and associated meta-data) on causes of death; Dissemination of short analysis in the form of a Statistics in Focus (SiF).
• EHIS (European Health Interview Survey): finalisation and adoption of the  implementing Commission regulation.
• Morbidity statistics: development of the final methodology for a regular data collection.
• 2011 Labour Force Survey (LFS) module on the employment of disabled people: analysis of first results.
• Health and Safety at Work (ESAW and EODS): Eurostat database update.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Continuation of the development of an observatory of working conditions in Europe. Eurofound will also launch its 5th European Survey on Working Conditions.
• Continuation of the development of the Risk Observatory on new and emerging risks.
• Coordination of collections of data on communicable diseases at European Union level.
• Data on key indicators on drugs are collected and work is coordinated with Eurostat.
• For some areas in the field of public health, data such as injuries (JAMIE), data from examination survey (JA EHES) and regional health statistics (I2SARE project) and regional health statistics are collected directly through actions which are not directly steered by Eurostat, under the Programme of Community action in the field of health 2008-2013. Eurostat will, where relevant and possible, provide technical support on the follow-up of these projects, such as by examining the possibility to launch an ESSnet.1.5 Income and consumption (Eurostat)
Theme 1.09 - Food safety

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Eurostat involvement is limited; the intention is to phase-out Eurostat's involvement in this area*.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Detailed data on specific issues such as monitoring of pesticide residues, zoonoses, etc. are currently collected and sent to Eurostat.

   * The context of the discussion on negative priorities (under request of the European Statistical System Committee), it was decided to put 'food safety statistics' on the list of negative priorities for 2012'.

Theme 5.08 - Consumer protection

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Support given by Eurostat to DG SANCO to monitor the market from the consumer's perspective, contributing to data collection for the "Consumer Market Scoreboard";
• Support/advice given by Eurostat on statistical methodology.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Provide methodological, statistical and analytical support to the users on consumer protection.1.6 Social protection (Eurostat)
Theme 1.07 - Social protection

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The European System of Integrated Social Protection Statistics (ESSPROS) provides a coherent comparison between European countries of social benefits to households and their financing. It is also relevant to the inclusive growth pillar of the proposed Commission Strategy Europe 2020. Activities covered by the theme are:

• Data on social protection expenditure and receipts by social protection schemes (quantitative data - core system);
• Metadata on social protection benefits by scheme (qualitative data - core system);
• Data on pension beneficiaries (module);
• Data on net social benefits (module).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Social Protection Statistics: ESSPROS. Methodological development, data collection, validation and dissemination of data on social protection systems. Development and production of indicators. Production of synthesis quality report.
• Social Protection Statistics: ESSPROS data on net social benefits: implementation of the Commission regulation and management of the transition on a voluntary basis.
1.8 Justice and crime (Eurostat)
Theme 1.10 - Crime and criminal justice

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The Stockholm Programme agreed by the Council in 2009 (OJ C115, p.1) sets out an ambitious set of goals for improving European statistics on crime and criminal justice.  Currently one of the main focuses of the work is on developing and implementing a household survey covering victimisation and safety concerns. Data on police-recorded crime has been collected annually since 2006 and is gradually being extended to include further areas of crime and criminal justice.

Activities covered by the theme are:

• Statistics on police-recorded crime, number of police officers in the Member States and prison population;
• Statistics on money-laundering and other new crime types;
• Statistics on victimisation/security.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

•  Police-recorded crime, police numbers and prison population:  Collection, validation and dissemination of 2010 data (and associated meta-data) jointly with UN.
• Development of an EP and Council regulation for an EU victimisation survey to be implemented in 2013 and of corresponding implementing regulation and methodological manual.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection of cash control statistics from Member States;
• Launching of a Joint data collection with UN.

Theme 1.11 - Discrimination

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Equality statistics are based on the EU Treaty (new Article 19) and on the Commission's non-discrimination package 2008, which includes a proposal for a new Directive COM(2008) 426 on implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Activities covered by the theme are:

• Outcome difference indicators on equality;
• Classification on ethnic origin/streamlined approach with migration statistics;
• Survey/question on experienced discrimination.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Dedicated section on outcome difference indicators on equality: update the data of the dedicated section.
• Introduction of country of birth of parents in main social surveys (LFS, SILC).
1.9 Culture (Eurostat)
Theme 1.04 - Culture

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Official statistics on culture are requested within the Conclusions of the Council and of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States on the "Work Plan for Culture 2011-2014" endorsed on 2.12.2010.

Activities covered by the theme:

• Statistics on the cultural / creative sector (employment, trade);
• Statistics on expenditure on culture;
• Statistics on cultural participation and the social impact of culture.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Follow-up of forthcoming development of cultural statistics (employment, participation, expenditure, industrial dimension and external trade) as a follow-up of recommendations agreed by the Working Group on Cultural Statistics based on proposals of the ESSnet culture. Methodology, manual, improved statistics.1.10 Political and other community activities (Eurostat)


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (Eurostat)
Theme 8.01 - Communication

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Relations with the media;
• Internal communication.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Publication of the ESS magazine.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Migration of Eurostat's intranet in My IntraComm Portal;
• Preparation, validation and dissemination of  Eurostat news releases;
• Publication of Eurostat and EU27 NSIs news on INSite.


4.6 Statistical confidentiality and disclosure protection (Eurostat)
Theme 6.11 - Data security and statistical confidentiality

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Revise Regulation (EC) No 831/2002;
• Develop confidential data release infrastructures;
• Ensure support on SDC in specific domains.

This is a very sensitive and especially complex dimension of Eurostat - and ESS, at large - work programme. It involves different dimensions such as physical and logical protection of confidential data (statistical disclosure control - SDC), harmonisation of principles and guidelines and design of efficient infrastructure (IT and procedure) for releasing confidential data (tabular or micro data) to ESS partners and Research community.

The related work aims at critically improving the production methods of EU statistics and places on Eurostat the responsibility for the coordination of Sectoral initiatives for the release of confidential data for scientific purposes, especially methodological support and tool development, the promotion of correct and coherent application of rules and the design of generic infrastructures for the sharing of confidential data with users and partners while ensuring their adequate protection. This is overarched by adequate governance of statistical confidentiality in the ESS governing the vertical integration of processes by proposing to Member States a framework for the standardisation and harmonisation of SDC related processes.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Development of ESS wide infrastructure (access facilities and organisational/methodological framework) for the release of confidential data for scientific purpose.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Information Security management (LISO): analysis of the security requirements of Eurostat Information system and adaptation of the policy on the security of information systems.
• Draft of a first version of an Information Security Management System (ISMS) to be adopted by IT Steering Committee.
• Detection of intrusion of information systems (LISO): regular monitoring and provision of recommendations for improving security of Information Systems.
• Making confidential data available to scientific purposes (LISO): ensure access to confidential data for researchers either though the Eurostat Safe Centre or through the development of a secured remote access facility.
• Setting up a network of safe centres allowing researchers to access confidential EU microdata sets - feasibility study and pilot implementation.
• Support to Eurostat units for dealing with Statistical Disclosure Control (SDC).
• Revise Regulation 831/2002 on access to confidential data for scientific purposes: coordinate activities related to the release of confidential data for scientific purpose.
• Develop confidential data release infrastructures: Widening and simplification of access to confidential EU microdata sets for scientific purposes. A framework allowing for new modes of access to EU confidential microdata sets, simpler and closer, better fitted to research needs is developed.


4.7 Data analysis (Eurostat)
Theme 6.10 - Statistical research and methodology

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Promote research in Official Statistics;   
• Facilitate methodological collaboration, networking and competence building;
• Ensure co-ordination of methodological works in the ESS (including ESSnets' monitoring);
• Support standardisation process in the ESS;
• Embed methodology in Vision implementation processes;
• Encourage methodological development: design and test of specific methods and supporting tools;
• Ensure methodological support to production process.                                               

The challenges posed by the enforcement of the Joint ESS Strategy demand substantial gains in productivity and major achievements in terms of process integration that only heavy investment in methodological developments could permit.  This is much depending on the adequate use of the results of ongoing research in official statistics and on properly articulating main NSI needs as regards Official Statistics in future strategic research frameworks. It also pre-supposes to evenly address all aspects of the integration process: As regards horizontal integration, the co-ordination of methodological developments should create conditions to identify, test and use cross-cut methodologies. Vertical integration would require substantial efforts in process standardisation throughout ESS. The overall sustainability of this continuous improvement process would be liable to two extreme conditions: the (upstream) transformation of new knowledge into new methods and techniques and the (down-stream) support to production steps in the absorption of the methodological developments (innovations), both at Eurostat and ESS level.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Contribution to ESSnet projects, ESS collaborative development of key methodologies for Vision implementation and improving efficiency of statistical production.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Support standardisation process in the ESS: integration of EU production processes (ESS and Eurostat) including Sponsorship on Standardisation.
• Contribution to improved production processes.
• Software design, testing and development for implementing ESS methodological guidelines and testing.
• Promote, emulate research in official statistics.
• Research and ESSnet results dissemination, support collaboration among researchers and with official statisticians, using web portals (e.g. Cros) and training/further education means (LDF), developing and consolidating Web 2.0 mechanisms for collaboration.
• Strategic guidance for ESS/Estat integration of methodological work.
• Developing handbook for  Modern Business Statistics - Methodological development in new areas.



2. Economic Statistics (Eurostat)
4.1 Metadata (Eurostat)
Theme 6.05 - Data and metadata structural definition

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The main activities are:

• Maintain and update the reference database Eurobase;
• Manage, disseminate and convert the Eurostat and national reference metadata to the ESS standards;
• Use and improve the Eurostat Metadata Handler;
• Improve and implement the SDMX statistical standards and guidelines for the exchange of data and metadata;
• Disseminate external data other than the data produced by Eurostat to the Commission;
• Monitor the integration of the national metadata systems;
• Keep up-to-date the Eurostat data navigation tree;
• Prepare cross-cutting legislation on metadata and
• Organise financial support to countries for the integration of statistical business processes.

This work contributes substantially to the implementation of the ESS Joint Strategy on the production method of EU statistics as adopted in May 2010.

The processes and projects to be undertaken will create an increasing standardisation and harmonisation within the ESS; they lead to a reduction of the burden on the data or metadata producers both at national or international level.

Also the accessibility of data and metadata by users will be improved.

Most of the activities listed will create more vertical and horizontal integration (i.e. the integration between Eurostat and Member States and the integration between statistical domains) within the European Statistical System.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Financial support is organised with grants to Member States;
• The Eurostat data navigation tree is permanently updated and restructured with new tables, new dimensions and new branches. Also the quality of existing data tables is permanently improved.


4.3 Data sources (Eurostat)
2.1 Macroeconomic statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 5.01 - Statistics for business cycle analysis

Fields of activities covered by the theme 
• Improvement of the quality and the coverage of Principal European Economic Indicators (PEEIs, COM/2002/661) and enhancement of their visibility.
• Development and implementation of sophisticated statistical and econometric techniques in order to increase timeliness, length, frequency and reliability of PEEIs.
• Development and maintenance of a statistical framework for the assessment of the euro area and Member States cyclical situation.
• Provide advanced methods for data readability and interpretability.
• Preparation, implementation and follow up of guidelines for harmonising PEEI production processes and for the definition of best statistical practices.
• Development of tools for the rationalising the use of statistical and econometric techniques.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production of statistical estimation to increase timeliness, coverage and length. Statistical framework for business cycle analysis based on Principal European Economic Indicators (PEEIs). Guidelines for harmonisation of PEEIs production and advanced quality measures.
• Supply of statistical PEEIs including publication, quality assessment statistical improvements and analysis of PEEIs with expected monthly or quarterly output. Integration of traditional methods with more sophisticated econometric techniques.
• Investigation of innovative statistical and econometric techniques to be used to enhance data production, quality assessment and analysis of PEEIs.
• Integrated system for improvement, quality monitoring and analysis of PEEIs implementation of methodologies for monitoring, improvememt and analysis of PEEIs. A friendly and standardised computational framework for the PEEIs.2.2 Economic accounts (Eurostat)
Theme 2.01 - Annual economic accounts

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Annual national accounts - main aggregates;
• Productivity and growth analysis;
• Annual non-financial Sector Accounts (ASA);
• Annual Financial Accounts (AFA);
• Pensions.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Economic imbalance scoreboard. Contribute to the development of the indicators and prepare their regular production;
• Update manual on regional accounts: guidance to and steering of respective task force.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• New System of National Accounts (SNA) and new European System of Accounts (ESA);
• Specific improvements in national accounts data provided by Member States to prepare introduction of ESA2010 and its transmission programme;
• EU KLEMS (EU level analysis of capital (K), labour (L), energy (E), materials (M) and service (S) inputs): productivity and growth accounts for the EU, euro area and Member States;
• Monitoring of and Reporting on compliance with the data transmission programme;
• Implementation of NACE Rev 2 and CPA 2008 in national and regional accounts;
• Revision of ESA Transmission Programme, negotiations in the Council, transitional measures to support Member States and practical aspects related to transmission;
• Annual national accounts: collection, validation and dissemination of main aggregates data. Database maintenance and evolution. Publications. User support. Website. Compliance;
• Regular production of press releases, SiFs and contributions to horizontal and compendium publications;
• Annual national accounts: production of European annual aggregates including employment; update of the dissemination database;
• CVD compliant IT production system for national accounts;
• National accounts methodological and practical improvements: 5 projects to facilitate the implementation of the revised ESA and research related to the implementation of the Eurostat vision;
• Production of annual Institutional Sector Accounts: update of the dissemination database and website;
• Validate and disseminate data on non-financial assets for the total economy and by sector, in particular household dwellings;
• Collection, validation dissemination of SUT IOT (supply/use tables and input/output tables) data. Database maintenance and development. Compliance, process assessment, NAPS integration;
• In cooperation with Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS-JRC) to produce Supply, Use tables at basic prices for all the Member States and for EU27. To produce Supply and Use tables for EuroArea. To produce Input output tables for EU27 and Euro Area (EA);
• Production of aggregated Supply/Use tables and input/output tables for the EU and Euroarea; input into environmental accounts applications;
• Supply/Use tables and input/output tables: regular production of new releases and SiFs, contribution to horizontal and compendium publications;
• Enhanced quality assurance for regional GDP per inhabitant: inventories, quality assurance questionnaires on regional Gross Value Added (GVA) and regional population, country missions incl. follow-up;
• Estimation of regional GDP at level NUTS2 and NUTS3 and of regional household income at level NUTS2, including development of methodology based on data collected from the Member States; dissemination via Eurobase;
• Regional accounts input for publications, in particular the Regional Yearbook, two SiFs, the Eurostat Yearbook, the annual reports on the rural development and on the social situation in the EU.

Theme 2.02 - Quarterly accounts

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Quarterly national accounts;
• Quarterly non-financial sector accounts (QSA).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Update Manual QNA: guidance to and steering of respective task force with Member States.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Quarterly National Accounts: collection, validation and dissemination of main aggregates data. Database maintenance and evolution. Publications. User support. Website. Compliance.
• Quarterly National Accounts: European annual aggregates including employment; Flash estimates GDP; quarterly releases of aggregates; update of the dissemination database.
• Quarterly National Accounts: regular production of press releases, SiFs and contributions to horizontal and compendium publications.
• Prodcuction of Quarterly Institutional Sector Accounts (QSA): update of the dissemination database, website and news release.

Theme 2.05 - Monitoring own resources

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Annual national accounts data of Gross National Income (GNI) and Gross National Product (GNP);
• Verification of the GNI/GNP data transmitted each year by Member States;
• Verification of Member States' inventories of statistical sources and methods used to calculate GNI/GNP;
• Verification, in cooperation with DG Budget, of the figures and calculations included in Member States' VAT statements.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Verification of the reliability, comparability and exhaustiveness of own resource GNI data and of the own resource VAT figures and calculations transmitted by Member States.
2.3 Business statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 3.01 - Annual business statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Industrial production statistics (Prodcom);
• Structural Business Statistics (SBS);
• Statistics on Foreign Affiliates (FATS);
• Modernisation of European Enterprise and Trade Statistics (MEETS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Simplification of the SBS Regulation requirements: analysis and agreement with Member States on the simplifications to Regulation (EC) No. 295/2008, in particular for Annexes V-VII.
• Provision of back-casted Structural Business Statistics data on an aggregated level in NACE Rev.2 for reference years 2005-2007 to users. Treatment of data transmitted in 2010 and in 2011 by Member States on a voluntary basis and estimating the missing data to calculate EU aggregates.
• Production of the report to the European Parliament and the Council on the implementation of Regulation 716/2007 on Foreign Affiliates statistics.
• Commission Decision on the annual work programme for 2013 for the implementation of Decision No 1297/2008/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the MEETS programme. Adoption of the annual work programme with the priorities for the actions to be undertaken in 2013 and the budgetary allocations under this Decision.
• ESSnet consistency: Identify and analyse differences in definitions and provide recommendations on possible adjustments.
• Continued quality improvement of SBS, Prodcom and FATS data: annual quality reports produced and analysed according to the governing regulations. The necessary follow-up actions are undertaken. Improved quality checking of data.
• Drafting a manual on the overall methodological framework for  business statistics.
• Re-engineering of the business statistics production process in Eurostat.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production and dissemination of Structural Business Statistics (SBS) according to Regulation No 295/2008. Validation, processing and dissemination of data received from Member States and other countries on Eurostat website.
• Provision of the headline indicator for the monitoring of the Europe2020 targets on the Innovation Union.
• Integrate employer business demography and high growth enterprise statistics into regular data production. Framework for data collection (legal or gentlemen's agreement) ready for adoption. Contribute to the Entrepreneurship Indicator Programme (EIP) programme by providing the business demography related indicators.
• Validation and processing of annual Prodcom data received from Member States and other reporting countries. Dissemination of national data and EU aggregates on the Eurostat website.
• Publication of 2013 PRODCOM list.
• Production and dissemination of statistics on Foreign Affilates according to Regulation (EC) No 716/2007. Validation, processing and dissemination of data received from Member States and other countries on Eurostat website.
• Final decisions on the feasibility of collecting pilot study variables on a regular basis on Foreign Affiliate Statistics will be taken.
• Successful implementation of Decision 1297/2008/EC establishing the Programme for the Modernisation of European Enterprise and Trade Statistics (MEETS).
• Follow-up of developments in accounting, appropriate reporting and preparation of documents on accounting and statistics.
• Provision of statistics for the analysis of global value chains e.g. by remodelling and by carrying out the survey on international sourcing and by extensive micro-data linking in order to enhance the value of Structural Business Statistics (SBS) and other business statistics. ESSnet on measuring global value chains continues its work.

Theme 3.02 - Short-term business statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production of short-term business statistics (STS) for industry, construction, retail trade and other services;
• Consolidation and improvement of quality.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Short Term Business Statistics (STS): timely production of the existing indicators and their publication, mainly in the form of continuous updating of Eurostat's database on the web site and in the form of monthly news releases for a selected set of indicators, among the Principal European Economic Indicators (PEEIs).2.4 Sectoral statistics (Eurostat)
4.3.2 Business and agricultural censuses and registers (Eurostat)
Theme 3.06 - Business registers

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Business Registers (BR);
• EuroGroups Register (EGR).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Processes to improve the efficiency of Business Registers for supporting Business Statistics.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Establishment of a network of statistical business registers in the EU for the registration of Multinational Enterprise Groups;
• Profiling of large and complexe enterprise groups: analyse the legal, operation and accounting structure of an enterprise group at national and international level ("profiling").


2.5 Government finance, fiscal and public sector statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 2.04 - Government finance statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Assessment of debt and deficit data in the context of the Excessive Deficit Procedure (EDP);
• Annual non-financial government accounts (AGOV);
• Quarterly government accounts (QGOV).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Preparation and follow-up of the Financial Accounts Working Group and EDP processes.
• Introducing improved quality management framework in the area of government finance statistics and particularly promoting quality management standards adapted to the specificities of the Excessive Deficit Procedure compilation process to be implemented by National Statistical Institutes. A Working Group GFS quality management will be created.
• Monitoring and assessing the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice in the context of the process of Excessive Deficit Procedure compilation.
• Identifying, monitoring and assessing risks or problems from upstream data sources with a view to initiating corrective action at the earliest possible point (Early Warning System (EWS)).
• Monitoring and assessing the appropriateness, exhaustiveness and timeliness of the upstream public finance data by reference to ESA requirements, within an Excessive Deficit Procedure context.
• Participation in the coordination of formal Excessive Deficit Procedure methodological visits to Member States as provided for under Article 11b of Regulation (EC) No. 479/2009.
• Monitoring and assessing the effectiveness, reliability, integrity and transparency of the process of data flows between the public entities and the statistical offices in charge of the final compilation of Excessive Deficit Procedure data.
• Promoting accrual based public accounting, including an active role within the International Public Sector Accounting Standards, which is close to ESA-based principles.
• Implementation of Article 16 of Regulation (EC) No 479/2009 across the EU, regarding the responsibilities of national authorities and officials in the context of Excessive Deficit Procedure, with Eurostat's involvement to work towards a harmonised EU framework.
• Development of methodology and approach towards a more robust system of quality management for use in public finance statistics for Excessive Deficit Procedure purposes.
• Risk management for public finance statistics within context of CoP. Development of methodology and approach towards monitoring and assessing the adequacy of the quality of upstream data for compiling Excessive Deficit Procedure statistics in accordance with ESA rules, to be able to assess risks and initiate corrective action.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production of annual government statistics: update of the dissemination database and website;
• Production of quarterly government statistics: validation and dissemination in the database and on the website;
• Verification of data under excessive deficit procedure;
• Missions of verification under Excessive Debt Procedure (EDP) and Stability and Growth Pact;
• Ex-ante and ex-post cases - methodological issues;
• Conceptual surveillance under the Excessive Deficit Procedure and the Stability and Growth Pact;
• Carry out statistical assessment of Candidate Countries;
• Support the development of the statistical system in Greece through the organisation and management of technical assistance activities in the areas of public finance statistics, high level advice and selected statistical domains;
• Support the development of the statistical system in Greece through the organisation and management of technical assistance activities in the areas of public finance statistics, high level advice and selected statistical domains;
• Training Course on government finance statistics.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Classification of tax revenues by economic function and calculation of breakdown and implicit tax rates on consumption, labour, capital and environment.
2.6 International trade and balance of payments (Eurostat)
Theme 2.07 - Trade in goods

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production and dissemination of external trade statistics;
• Quality assurance in trade statistics;
• Coordination, drafting, adjustment and maintenance of legislation in the field of statistics on trade in goods with Member States (Intrastat) and non-Member States (Extrastat);
• Coordination of initiatives on burden reduction in the field of external trade statistics recap.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Harmonisation of validation rules to be applied by Member States before sending data to Eurostat;
• Development of statistics merging trade and business related data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Development of a  proposal for the integration of international transactions and business statistics in a single legal act.
• Recap various options for simplifying the Intrastat system (e.g. single flow, nomenclature) and develop a mid-term proposal for further simplification.
• Methodology in International Trade in Goods Statistics: coordinate all activities related to the methodological development for Intrastat and Extrastat.
• Manage the trade in goods - cooperation, assist for country reports, seminars, improved methodology.
• Production of trade in goods statistical data: make detailed trade data and metadata from Member States, international organisations and third countries available in the Comext database on a monthly basis.
• COMEXT User support: provide technical and statistical user support to the European Commission, Member States and other public users and institutions. Organise monthly Comext training courses for the Commission.
• Further modernisation of tools for Intrastat data collection and facilitation of Multinational Enterprises declarations.
• Improve and automate the structured communication with Member States with the use of XT-NET ASSIST system.
• Trade in goods: Electronic data dissemination. Data and metadata accessible on-line and by DVD/free dissemination. Enhancements of the derivation procedures (by Classification of Products by Activity (CPA), Standard International Trade Classification (SITC), Broad Economic Categories (BEC), external trade by means of transport (NSTR), combinations of them) and improvement data linking of trade statistics with tariffs database.
• MEETS trade in goods - coordination of objective 4: coordinate the MEETS projects related to international trade statistics.
• Develop and promote standards, IT architecture design and provide support for the data collection and date exchange among providers of statistical information and collecting authorities as well as for the exchange of information between administrations.
• Coordination and promotion of actions aiming the improvement of collection systems, procedures and validation at Member States level. Maintenance and further development of messages (Instat-XML), transfer formats (SDMX), use cases, architecture of data exchange systems.
• Publication of aggregated data for international transactions.
• International Trade in Goods Statistics: analysis and quality, incl. compliance.

Theme 2.08 - Trade in services and balance of payments

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Balance of payments (BoP): Methodology, Meetings;
• Quarterly balance of payments;
• Foreign direct investment (FDI);
• International trade in services;
• Balance of payments of the EU institutions;
• Balance of payments and related statistics: Enlargement.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Economic imbalance scoreboard - external imbalances: contribute to the development of the indicators and prepare their regular production.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Balance of Payments Quality Report (QR) is compiled annually according to Regulation (EC) No. 184/2005 (Art 11) and  Regulation (EC) No. 1055/2008. Bilateral tables of asymmetries will be integrated in Balance of Payments Quality Report (BoP QR) from 2011 onwards. BoP QR includes parts related to International Trade in Services (ITS) and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
• Implementation of Balance of Payments Manual (BPM6): Regulation (EC) No 184/2005 has to be amended in line with the new international standards. An harmonised codification has to be defined and methodological guidelines have to be provided to the Member States. This is a joint initiative from Eurostat and DG Statistics of the ECB, with the ECB taking the lead with regard to the new codification structure.
• Balance of Payments and related Euro Indicators: treatment and dissemination of quarterly Balance of Payments (BoP) data.
• Foreign Direct Investment: data production, compilation and dissemination of statistics. Maintenance and development of methodology as well as data quality issues. Maintenance and development of the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Network.
• Methodology, production, dissemination and quality management for International Trade in Services Statistics.
• Balance of Payments of EU Institutions: production and dissemination of the monthly, quarterly and annual online tables.
• Manage the Modernisation of European Enterprise and Trade Statistics (MEETS) projects related to international transactions.
2.7 Prices (Eurostat)
Theme 2.06 - Prices

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production and development of Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICPs);
• Production and development of Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs);
• Development of house price indices/ prices for owner-occupied housing;
• Development of detailed multi-purpose consumer price statistics;
• Calculation of Correction Coefficients and Salary Adjustment for EU Staff;
• Development and production of information on Pension for EU Staff.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Commercial Property Prices Indices handbook;
• Re-engineering of the Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICP) production process in Eurostat;
• Report to European Parliament and Council on implementation of Purchasing Power Parities Regulation.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• (Legislated) and ad-hoc Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICP) standards.
• Calculation and dissemination of monthly Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices; sub-indices and special aggregates; HICP at Constant Tax Rates; HICP Administered Prices.
• Owner-Occupied Housing: methodological guidance, technical manual and supply by National Statistical Institutes of pilot indices,  Owner Occupied Housing regulation.
• Implementation by Member States of Regulations on Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) quality adjustment, sampling and weighting - further improvement of quality of HICPs.
• Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) Flash Estimate Production: calculation of HICP Flash Estimate.
• Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) compliance monitoring and quality control: assessing and verifying National Statistical Institutes compliance to HICP standards.
• Detailed consumer prices: more detailed price indices, detailed price levels, food chains monitoring tool.
• Detailed consumer prices: more detailed price indices, detailed price levels.
• Revision and update of the Purchasing Power Parities (PPP) manual.
• Development of a new methodology for Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs) for health services. Work is lead by OECD.
• PPP Inventories: evaluation of countries' sources and methods for Purchasing Power Parities (PPP).
• Purchasing Power Parities for 37 countries at GDP and components level; Eurobase update, press release, SIFs.
• Article 64 Intra-EU Statistics: methodology and results tables to DG Human Resources and Security.
• Article 65 Council Remuneration report and Statistics: methodology and results tables to DG Human Resources and Security.
• Actuarial calculation of the pension contribution rate in accordance with Annex XII of the Staff Regulations.
• Yearly calculation of the liability of the Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme Pension Scheme (JSIS) at 31st December.
• Yearly calculation of the liability of the Pension Scheme of Members of some EU Institutions (PSMI) at 31st December.
• Article 64 Extra-EU Statistics: Methodology and Results Package to DG Human Resources and Security and European External Action Service.
• Yearly calculation of the liability of the Pension Scheme of EU officials and other servants (PSEO) at 31st December.

2.9 Science and technology (Eurostat)
Theme 5.06 - Science, technology and innovation

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Statistics developed under this theme provide a basis for the monitoring and benchmark exercise for the Europe 2020 strategy, the development of the European Research Area (ERA) and the Innovation Union Initiative. Further topics are the re-engineering of research and innovation statistics and the possible integration of ICT statistics (see Theme 5.07).

Activities covered by the theme are:

• Production, dissemination and development of the Community Innovation Survey 2010-2012;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Research and Development statistics 2009-2011;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Patent statistics based on PATSTAT data source from European Patent Office;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Intellectual property rights statistics (other than Patent statistics) based on the adequate sources;
• Production and dissemination of the High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors statistics on the basis of Eurostat data;
• Developing new indicators for Commission strategy Europe 2020, European Research Area (ERA) and Innovation Union Initiative and managing and coordinating the related work.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Intellectual Property Rights, IPR, statistics (excluding patents): ensure the regular production and dissemination of IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Proposal to Working Group meeting for revising the Commission Regulation (EC) No 753/2004 of R&D and other STI statistics.
• Proposal to Working Group meeting for revising the Commission Regulation (EC) No 1450/2004 of community statistics on innovation.
• Explorative work towards an ERA indicators on research infrastructure.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Patent Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of patent data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Human Resources in Science and Technology Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of Human Resources in Science and Technology data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• ERA Indicators: Develop a method for matching harmonized Patent applicant names (firms) with harmonized firm names from financial databases for creating SME patenting indicators.
• Looking at the potential for R&D and Community Innovation surveys (and beyond) re-design and search for synergies, including linking with other enterprise statistics.
• Intensified quality validation of R&D data: follow-up of ESTAT's and Member States' action plans from 2011.
• Maintain and improve Eurostat's set of ERA indicators; coordinate actions, metadata, quality evaluation and communication towards Commission.
• Research and Development Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of R&D (Research and Development) and GBAORD (Government Budget Appropriations or Outlays on Research and Development) data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• High Tech Sector Statistics: ensure the regular production and dissemination of High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors' data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Innovation Statistics: ensure the production and dissemination of Community Innovation Survey data 2010 and the related metadata.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• A project in developing detailed and exhaustive methodology for serving further breakdowns of the GBAORD data (on public science budgets) both in joint and open public R&D programmes.
• Renewal of contract to maintain, update and further develop its integrated internal STI database.
• Several projects to obtaining statistical data complementary to what is provided by the European Statistical System in particular bibliometric data, data on licensing and national patents, supplementary foreign affiliates R&D data.


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (Eurostat)
Theme 8.01 - Communication

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Relations with the media;
• Internal communication.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Publication of the ESS magazine.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Migration of Eurostat's intranet in My IntraComm Portal;
• Preparation, validation and dissemination of  Eurostat news releases;
• Publication of Eurostat and EU27 NSIs news on INSite.


4.6 Statistical confidentiality and disclosure protection (Eurostat)
Theme 6.11 - Data security and statistical confidentiality

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Revise Regulation (EC) No 831/2002;
• Develop confidential data release infrastructures;
• Ensure support on SDC in specific domains.

This is a very sensitive and especially complex dimension of Eurostat - and ESS, at large - work programme. It involves different dimensions such as physical and logical protection of confidential data (statistical disclosure control - SDC), harmonisation of principles and guidelines and design of efficient infrastructure (IT and procedure) for releasing confidential data (tabular or micro data) to ESS partners and Research community.

The related work aims at critically improving the production methods of EU statistics and places on Eurostat the responsibility for the coordination of Sectoral initiatives for the release of confidential data for scientific purposes, especially methodological support and tool development, the promotion of correct and coherent application of rules and the design of generic infrastructures for the sharing of confidential data with users and partners while ensuring their adequate protection. This is overarched by adequate governance of statistical confidentiality in the ESS governing the vertical integration of processes by proposing to Member States a framework for the standardisation and harmonisation of SDC related processes.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Development of ESS wide infrastructure (access facilities and organisational/methodological framework) for the release of confidential data for scientific purpose.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Information Security management (LISO): analysis of the security requirements of Eurostat Information system and adaptation of the policy on the security of information systems.
• Draft of a first version of an Information Security Management System (ISMS) to be adopted by IT Steering Committee.
• Detection of intrusion of information systems (LISO): regular monitoring and provision of recommendations for improving security of Information Systems.
• Making confidential data available to scientific purposes (LISO): ensure access to confidential data for researchers either though the Eurostat Safe Centre or through the development of a secured remote access facility.
• Setting up a network of safe centres allowing researchers to access confidential EU microdata sets - feasibility study and pilot implementation.
• Support to Eurostat units for dealing with Statistical Disclosure Control (SDC).
• Revise Regulation 831/2002 on access to confidential data for scientific purposes: coordinate activities related to the release of confidential data for scientific purpose.
• Develop confidential data release infrastructures: Widening and simplification of access to confidential EU microdata sets for scientific purposes. A framework allowing for new modes of access to EU confidential microdata sets, simpler and closer, better fitted to research needs is developed.


4.7 Data analysis (Eurostat)
Theme 6.10 - Statistical research and methodology

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Promote research in Official Statistics;   
• Facilitate methodological collaboration, networking and competence building;
• Ensure co-ordination of methodological works in the ESS (including ESSnets' monitoring);
• Support standardisation process in the ESS;
• Embed methodology in Vision implementation processes;
• Encourage methodological development: design and test of specific methods and supporting tools;
• Ensure methodological support to production process.                                               

The challenges posed by the enforcement of the Joint ESS Strategy demand substantial gains in productivity and major achievements in terms of process integration that only heavy investment in methodological developments could permit.  This is much depending on the adequate use of the results of ongoing research in official statistics and on properly articulating main NSI needs as regards Official Statistics in future strategic research frameworks. It also pre-supposes to evenly address all aspects of the integration process: As regards horizontal integration, the co-ordination of methodological developments should create conditions to identify, test and use cross-cut methodologies. Vertical integration would require substantial efforts in process standardisation throughout ESS. The overall sustainability of this continuous improvement process would be liable to two extreme conditions: the (upstream) transformation of new knowledge into new methods and techniques and the (down-stream) support to production steps in the absorption of the methodological developments (innovations), both at Eurostat and ESS level.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Contribution to ESSnet projects, ESS collaborative development of key methodologies for Vision implementation and improving efficiency of statistical production.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Support standardisation process in the ESS: integration of EU production processes (ESS and Eurostat) including Sponsorship on Standardisation.
• Contribution to improved production processes.
• Software design, testing and development for implementing ESS methodological guidelines and testing.
• Promote, emulate research in official statistics.
• Research and ESSnet results dissemination, support collaboration among researchers and with official statisticians, using web portals (e.g. Cros) and training/further education means (LDF), developing and consolidating Web 2.0 mechanisms for collaboration.
• Strategic guidance for ESS/Estat integration of methodological work.
• Developing handbook for  Modern Business Statistics - Methodological development in new areas.



3. Environment and multi-domain statistics (Eurostat)
4.1 Metadata (Eurostat)
Theme 6.05 - Data and metadata structural definition

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The main activities are:

• Maintain and update the reference database Eurobase;
• Manage, disseminate and convert the Eurostat and national reference metadata to the ESS standards;
• Use and improve the Eurostat Metadata Handler;
• Improve and implement the SDMX statistical standards and guidelines for the exchange of data and metadata;
• Disseminate external data other than the data produced by Eurostat to the Commission;
• Monitor the integration of the national metadata systems;
• Keep up-to-date the Eurostat data navigation tree;
• Prepare cross-cutting legislation on metadata and
• Organise financial support to countries for the integration of statistical business processes.

This work contributes substantially to the implementation of the ESS Joint Strategy on the production method of EU statistics as adopted in May 2010.

The processes and projects to be undertaken will create an increasing standardisation and harmonisation within the ESS; they lead to a reduction of the burden on the data or metadata producers both at national or international level.

Also the accessibility of data and metadata by users will be improved.

Most of the activities listed will create more vertical and horizontal integration (i.e. the integration between Eurostat and Member States and the integration between statistical domains) within the European Statistical System.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Financial support is organised with grants to Member States;
• The Eurostat data navigation tree is permanently updated and restructured with new tables, new dimensions and new branches. Also the quality of existing data tables is permanently improved.


4.3 Data sources (Eurostat)
3.1 Environment (Eurostat)
Theme 5.03 - Environment statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme 
• Environmental Data Centre on Waste;
• Statistics on waste, hazardous substances, water, biodiversity;
• Regional environment statistics;
• Streamlining and production of environmental indicators (Sustainable Development, Sustainable Development Indicators, Europe 2020, etc.).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Collect regional environmental statistics and make them available;
• In cooperation with the Group of Four (ESTAT, ENV, JRC and EEA), development and improvement of the statistical knowledge base to support the Europe 2020 flagship initiative on resource efficiency.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Streamline the various environmental indicator sets maintained by the Group of 4 (ESTAT, ENV, JRC, EEA);
• Publication of biodiversity indicators;
• GDP and beyond: ensure the coordination of Eurostat activities linked to the Communication COM(2009)433;
• Manage and develop the data centre on waste;
• Manage the Waste Statistics Regulation. Collect, validate and disseminate data on generation and treatment of waste;
• Develop and maintain the set of indicators to monitor the EU Chemicals Policy (REACH);
• Support Member States in the improvement of water statistics (grants);
• Collect, validate and disseminate statistics on water resources, water uses and waste water treatment.3.2 Regional and small area statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 4.08 - Rural development and maritime policy statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Provision of statistics to support the European Rural Development Policy and the European Integrated Maritime Policy.
• Discussions mainly with DG AGRI, DG MARE and DG REGIO about their data needs; follow-up and completion of action 6.5 of the Blue Paper Action Plan on integrated maritime policy (SEC(2007)1278) "Improving Socio-Economic Data for maritime sectors and maritime regions".
• Testing the use of data from harmonised European surveys (Labour Force Survey, Information and Communication Technologies Usage Survey).
• Cross-sectional data collection at NUTS level 3 for areas with differing levels of rurality and for coastal areas / the maritime sector if available. Analysing and publishing NUTS level 3 data as far as they are available.
• Managing grants provided to Member States (collection of existing data).
• Building a framework for a rural/coastal inventory covering the most important services/infrastructures.
• Analysing and publishing NUTS level 3 data.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide the European Union with statistical information (i.e. statistical indicators) in the field of rural development. Development work covering the collection of appropriate statistics (social, demographic, economic, etc) to evaluate the sustainable development of rural areas.
• Statistical data for the Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP).
• Elaboration of statistical publications devoted to Rural development (i.e Statistics in Focus, pocketbook, etc.). Improvement of dedicated webpages for Rural Development statistics.
• Rural development data collection: regular update of the database using official data published on the websites of the NSIs. Manage the rural data collection exercise launched in 2010 based on existing data sources. Data collection in the framework of the European harmonised surveys.
• Elaboration of statistical publications devoted to coastal regions and maritime sector (i.e Statistics in Focus, pocketbook, etc.). Improvement of dedicated webpage for Maritime Policy statistics.
• Maritime Policy data collection: regular update of the database using data from available source in the Commission and data collected in the framework of European harmonised surveys.


Theme 5.04 - Regional and urban statistics

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Coordination of the collection of regional statistics in various thematic units of Eurostat;
• Coordination of the dissemination of regional statistics;
• Collection processing and dissemination of urban statistics;
• Identification of new or changed requirements on regional and urban statistics in cooperation with policy Directorates General of the Commission;
• Maintenance of the Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Regional Yearbook Production: planning and coordination of the drafting of the Yearbook contributions by Eurostat thematic units, the compilation of contributions to an integrated publication, coordination of translation, layout and printing work.
• Technical infrastructure for urban and regional statistics: improvement of the technical tools for the data validation, loading and processing of the production database.
• Urban Audit data collection: collect, validate and disseminate set of statistical indicators for European cities.
• Cooperation with Eurostat thematic units on regional statistics data collection in all phases of the statistical production cycle, the further evolution of regional indicators, metadata maintenance and their methodological basis as well as dissemination issues.
• The task includes the annual update of the regional and urban statistics reference guide.

2. Statistical work to be carried out by other DGs (including data collection from Member States) and/or EU Agencies

2.2 ONGOING WORK

A Study on harmonised collection of European data and statistics in the field of urban transport and mobility" is undertaken whose results are expected in spring 2012.

Theme 5.05 - Geographical and local information

Fields of activities covered by the theme

•  Maintenance of a Reference Database for geographic information for the Commission (GISCO);
•  Purchase of new or updated geographic datasets and their integration into the GISCO database;
•  Support to Commission services, including Eurostat, for work with geographic information and in geographic map production;
•  Cooperation with DG Environment and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) on the INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe) initiative according to the Memorandum of Understanding;
•   Implementation of an INSPIRE conforming technical architecture based on the concept of Geoportals;
•  Operation of the INSPIRE Geoportals under the responsibility of the Commission.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• VIP Project: Geospatial information.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Production of statistical or thematic maps in paper and electronic form based on extractions from statistical databases and based on geographic data layers.
• GEOSTAT: ESS-Net project on European population grid. Preparation of a European population grid based on Census data: methodology for collection of georeferenced demographical data.
• Cooperation with DG ENV and the JRC on the development and implementation of INSPIRE Directive based on a Memorandum of Understanding between the DGs.
• Provide access to the Commission internal geographic/spatial datasets through the INSPIRE-EC geoportal.
• Within the INSPIRE architecture, put the EU Geoportal in the position of a central hub linked to the national geoportals.
• Preparation of the Implementing Rules and adoption by the Commission. Development and implementation of INSPIRE geoportal. Commission compliance.

3.3 Multi-domain statistics and indicators (Eurostat)
4.3.2 Business and agricultural censuses and registers (Eurostat)
Theme 3.06 - Business registers

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Business Registers (BR);
• EuroGroups Register (EGR).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Processes to improve the efficiency of Business Registers for supporting Business Statistics.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Establishment of a network of statistical business registers in the EU for the registration of Multinational Enterprise Groups;
• Profiling of large and complexe enterprise groups: analyse the legal, operation and accounting structure of an enterprise group at national and international level ("profiling").



3.4 Yearbooks and similar compendia (Eurostat)
Theme 6.06 - Information and dissemination

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Dissemination of European statistics;
• Eurostat website;
• Support for external users;
• Publications;
• Promotion and marketing of Eurostat and of European statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implement next generation of the Eurostat website including the related tools for online access to data, metadata and publications.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Eurostat website: the website provides a stable access to Eurostat products and services, with enhancements for users. Evolutionary maintenance and quality assurance of the website, including purchases of hardware and software.
• Improve user orientation of dissemination products and services: collect and analyse information about user interaction with Eurostat dissemination products and services.
• Enhance reusability: facilitation of the re-use of Eurostat data, metadata and tools by external organisations, including NSIs, companies and the open data community.
• Dissemination of European results from the 2011 Census, via the Eurostat website, using the Census Hub.
• Raising visibility and awareness of the ESS: implement actions developed under the Sponsorship on Communication.
• Support and promotion to external users: high quality support to external users of Eurostat's products and services; publicity and promotion. Network of support centres; participation in dissemination events and distribution of promotional material.
• Statistics Explained: maintenance, further development and content management of the electronic dissemination system "Statistics Explained".
• Dissemination products for mobile devices: development of dissemination products which enable users to obtain statistics on a range of mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets, and e-readers.
• Increase multilingualism in dissemination products and services: users have access to selected information in all EU languages, as well as support in all languages.
• Publications: widespread dissemination of Eurostat's value-added output through electronic and paper publications. Production, dissemination and archiving of statistical publications, including the implementation of the publications programme 2011 and the further exploitation of the electronic dissemination system "Statistics Explained".
• Dissemination of Eurostat microdata.


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (Eurostat)
Theme 8.01 - Communication

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Relations with the media;
• Internal communication.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Publication of the ESS magazine.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Migration of Eurostat's intranet in My IntraComm Portal;
• Preparation, validation and dissemination of  Eurostat news releases;
• Publication of Eurostat and EU27 NSIs news on INSite.


4.6 Statistical confidentiality and disclosure protection (Eurostat)
Theme 6.11 - Data security and statistical confidentiality

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Revise Regulation (EC) No 831/2002;
• Develop confidential data release infrastructures;
• Ensure support on SDC in specific domains.

This is a very sensitive and especially complex dimension of Eurostat - and ESS, at large - work programme. It involves different dimensions such as physical and logical protection of confidential data (statistical disclosure control - SDC), harmonisation of principles and guidelines and design of efficient infrastructure (IT and procedure) for releasing confidential data (tabular or micro data) to ESS partners and Research community.

The related work aims at critically improving the production methods of EU statistics and places on Eurostat the responsibility for the coordination of Sectoral initiatives for the release of confidential data for scientific purposes, especially methodological support and tool development, the promotion of correct and coherent application of rules and the design of generic infrastructures for the sharing of confidential data with users and partners while ensuring their adequate protection. This is overarched by adequate governance of statistical confidentiality in the ESS governing the vertical integration of processes by proposing to Member States a framework for the standardisation and harmonisation of SDC related processes.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Development of ESS wide infrastructure (access facilities and organisational/methodological framework) for the release of confidential data for scientific purpose.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Information Security management (LISO): analysis of the security requirements of Eurostat Information system and adaptation of the policy on the security of information systems.
• Draft of a first version of an Information Security Management System (ISMS) to be adopted by IT Steering Committee.
• Detection of intrusion of information systems (LISO): regular monitoring and provision of recommendations for improving security of Information Systems.
• Making confidential data available to scientific purposes (LISO): ensure access to confidential data for researchers either though the Eurostat Safe Centre or through the development of a secured remote access facility.
• Setting up a network of safe centres allowing researchers to access confidential EU microdata sets - feasibility study and pilot implementation.
• Support to Eurostat units for dealing with Statistical Disclosure Control (SDC).
• Revise Regulation 831/2002 on access to confidential data for scientific purposes: coordinate activities related to the release of confidential data for scientific purpose.
• Develop confidential data release infrastructures: Widening and simplification of access to confidential EU microdata sets for scientific purposes. A framework allowing for new modes of access to EU confidential microdata sets, simpler and closer, better fitted to research needs is developed.


4.7 Data analysis (Eurostat)
Theme 6.10 - Statistical research and methodology

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Promote research in Official Statistics;   
• Facilitate methodological collaboration, networking and competence building;
• Ensure co-ordination of methodological works in the ESS (including ESSnets' monitoring);
• Support standardisation process in the ESS;
• Embed methodology in Vision implementation processes;
• Encourage methodological development: design and test of specific methods and supporting tools;
• Ensure methodological support to production process.                                               

The challenges posed by the enforcement of the Joint ESS Strategy demand substantial gains in productivity and major achievements in terms of process integration that only heavy investment in methodological developments could permit.  This is much depending on the adequate use of the results of ongoing research in official statistics and on properly articulating main NSI needs as regards Official Statistics in future strategic research frameworks. It also pre-supposes to evenly address all aspects of the integration process: As regards horizontal integration, the co-ordination of methodological developments should create conditions to identify, test and use cross-cut methodologies. Vertical integration would require substantial efforts in process standardisation throughout ESS. The overall sustainability of this continuous improvement process would be liable to two extreme conditions: the (upstream) transformation of new knowledge into new methods and techniques and the (down-stream) support to production steps in the absorption of the methodological developments (innovations), both at Eurostat and ESS level.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Contribution to ESSnet projects, ESS collaborative development of key methodologies for Vision implementation and improving efficiency of statistical production.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Support standardisation process in the ESS: integration of EU production processes (ESS and Eurostat) including Sponsorship on Standardisation.
• Contribution to improved production processes.
• Software design, testing and development for implementing ESS methodological guidelines and testing.
• Promote, emulate research in official statistics.
• Research and ESSnet results dissemination, support collaboration among researchers and with official statisticians, using web portals (e.g. Cros) and training/further education means (LDF), developing and consolidating Web 2.0 mechanisms for collaboration.
• Strategic guidance for ESS/Estat integration of methodological work.
• Developing handbook for  Modern Business Statistics - Methodological development in new areas.



4. Methodology of data collection, processing, dissemination and analysis (Eurostat)
4.1 Metadata (Eurostat)
Theme 6.05 - Data and metadata structural definition

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The main activities are:

• Maintain and update the reference database Eurobase;
• Manage, disseminate and convert the Eurostat and national reference metadata to the ESS standards;
• Use and improve the Eurostat Metadata Handler;
• Improve and implement the SDMX statistical standards and guidelines for the exchange of data and metadata;
• Disseminate external data other than the data produced by Eurostat to the Commission;
• Monitor the integration of the national metadata systems;
• Keep up-to-date the Eurostat data navigation tree;
• Prepare cross-cutting legislation on metadata and
• Organise financial support to countries for the integration of statistical business processes.

This work contributes substantially to the implementation of the ESS Joint Strategy on the production method of EU statistics as adopted in May 2010.

The processes and projects to be undertaken will create an increasing standardisation and harmonisation within the ESS; they lead to a reduction of the burden on the data or metadata producers both at national or international level.

Also the accessibility of data and metadata by users will be improved.

Most of the activities listed will create more vertical and horizontal integration (i.e. the integration between Eurostat and Member States and the integration between statistical domains) within the European Statistical System.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Financial support is organised with grants to Member States;
• The Eurostat data navigation tree is permanently updated and restructured with new tables, new dimensions and new branches. Also the quality of existing data tables is permanently improved.


4.3 Data sources (Eurostat)
4.1 Metadata (Eurostat)
Theme 6.05 - Data and metadata structural definition

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The main activities are:

• Maintain and update the reference database Eurobase;
• Manage, disseminate and convert the Eurostat and national reference metadata to the ESS standards;
• Use and improve the Eurostat Metadata Handler;
• Improve and implement the SDMX statistical standards and guidelines for the exchange of data and metadata;
• Disseminate external data other than the data produced by Eurostat to the Commission;
• Monitor the integration of the national metadata systems;
• Keep up-to-date the Eurostat data navigation tree;
• Prepare cross-cutting legislation on metadata and
• Organise financial support to countries for the integration of statistical business processes.

This work contributes substantially to the implementation of the ESS Joint Strategy on the production method of EU statistics as adopted in May 2010.

The processes and projects to be undertaken will create an increasing standardisation and harmonisation within the ESS; they lead to a reduction of the burden on the data or metadata producers both at national or international level.

Also the accessibility of data and metadata by users will be improved.

Most of the activities listed will create more vertical and horizontal integration (i.e. the integration between Eurostat and Member States and the integration between statistical domains) within the European Statistical System.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Financial support is organised with grants to Member States;
• The Eurostat data navigation tree is permanently updated and restructured with new tables, new dimensions and new branches. Also the quality of existing data tables is permanently improved.4.3 Data sources (Eurostat)
4.3.2 Business and agricultural censuses and registers (Eurostat)
Theme 3.06 - Business registers

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Business Registers (BR);
• EuroGroups Register (EGR).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Processes to improve the efficiency of Business Registers for supporting Business Statistics.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Establishment of a network of statistical business registers in the EU for the registration of Multinational Enterprise Groups;
• Profiling of large and complexe enterprise groups: analyse the legal, operation and accounting structure of an enterprise group at national and international level ("profiling").


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (Eurostat)
Theme 8.01 - Communication

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Relations with the media;
• Internal communication.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Publication of the ESS magazine.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Migration of Eurostat's intranet in My IntraComm Portal;
• Preparation, validation and dissemination of  Eurostat news releases;
• Publication of Eurostat and EU27 NSIs news on INSite.

4.6 Statistical confidentiality and disclosure protection (Eurostat)
Theme 6.11 - Data security and statistical confidentiality

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Revise Regulation (EC) No 831/2002;
• Develop confidential data release infrastructures;
• Ensure support on SDC in specific domains.

This is a very sensitive and especially complex dimension of Eurostat - and ESS, at large - work programme. It involves different dimensions such as physical and logical protection of confidential data (statistical disclosure control - SDC), harmonisation of principles and guidelines and design of efficient infrastructure (IT and procedure) for releasing confidential data (tabular or micro data) to ESS partners and Research community.

The related work aims at critically improving the production methods of EU statistics and places on Eurostat the responsibility for the coordination of Sectoral initiatives for the release of confidential data for scientific purposes, especially methodological support and tool development, the promotion of correct and coherent application of rules and the design of generic infrastructures for the sharing of confidential data with users and partners while ensuring their adequate protection. This is overarched by adequate governance of statistical confidentiality in the ESS governing the vertical integration of processes by proposing to Member States a framework for the standardisation and harmonisation of SDC related processes.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Development of ESS wide infrastructure (access facilities and organisational/methodological framework) for the release of confidential data for scientific purpose.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Information Security management (LISO): analysis of the security requirements of Eurostat Information system and adaptation of the policy on the security of information systems.
• Draft of a first version of an Information Security Management System (ISMS) to be adopted by IT Steering Committee.
• Detection of intrusion of information systems (LISO): regular monitoring and provision of recommendations for improving security of Information Systems.
• Making confidential data available to scientific purposes (LISO): ensure access to confidential data for researchers either though the Eurostat Safe Centre or through the development of a secured remote access facility.
• Setting up a network of safe centres allowing researchers to access confidential EU microdata sets - feasibility study and pilot implementation.
• Support to Eurostat units for dealing with Statistical Disclosure Control (SDC).
• Revise Regulation 831/2002 on access to confidential data for scientific purposes: coordinate activities related to the release of confidential data for scientific purpose.
• Develop confidential data release infrastructures: Widening and simplification of access to confidential EU microdata sets for scientific purposes. A framework allowing for new modes of access to EU confidential microdata sets, simpler and closer, better fitted to research needs is developed.4.7 Data analysis (Eurostat)
Theme 6.10 - Statistical research and methodology

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Promote research in Official Statistics;   
• Facilitate methodological collaboration, networking and competence building;
• Ensure co-ordination of methodological works in the ESS (including ESSnets' monitoring);
• Support standardisation process in the ESS;
• Embed methodology in Vision implementation processes;
• Encourage methodological development: design and test of specific methods and supporting tools;
• Ensure methodological support to production process.                                               

The challenges posed by the enforcement of the Joint ESS Strategy demand substantial gains in productivity and major achievements in terms of process integration that only heavy investment in methodological developments could permit.  This is much depending on the adequate use of the results of ongoing research in official statistics and on properly articulating main NSI needs as regards Official Statistics in future strategic research frameworks. It also pre-supposes to evenly address all aspects of the integration process: As regards horizontal integration, the co-ordination of methodological developments should create conditions to identify, test and use cross-cut methodologies. Vertical integration would require substantial efforts in process standardisation throughout ESS. The overall sustainability of this continuous improvement process would be liable to two extreme conditions: the (upstream) transformation of new knowledge into new methods and techniques and the (down-stream) support to production steps in the absorption of the methodological developments (innovations), both at Eurostat and ESS level.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Contribution to ESSnet projects, ESS collaborative development of key methodologies for Vision implementation and improving efficiency of statistical production.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Support standardisation process in the ESS: integration of EU production processes (ESS and Eurostat) including Sponsorship on Standardisation.
• Contribution to improved production processes.
• Software design, testing and development for implementing ESS methodological guidelines and testing.
• Promote, emulate research in official statistics.
• Research and ESSnet results dissemination, support collaboration among researchers and with official statisticians, using web portals (e.g. Cros) and training/further education means (LDF), developing and consolidating Web 2.0 mechanisms for collaboration.
• Strategic guidance for ESS/Estat integration of methodological work.
• Developing handbook for  Modern Business Statistics - Methodological development in new areas.


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (Eurostat)
Theme 8.01 - Communication

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Relations with the media;
• Internal communication.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Publication of the ESS magazine.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Migration of Eurostat's intranet in My IntraComm Portal;
• Preparation, validation and dissemination of  Eurostat news releases;
• Publication of Eurostat and EU27 NSIs news on INSite.


4.6 Statistical confidentiality and disclosure protection (Eurostat)
Theme 6.11 - Data security and statistical confidentiality

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Revise Regulation (EC) No 831/2002;
• Develop confidential data release infrastructures;
• Ensure support on SDC in specific domains.

This is a very sensitive and especially complex dimension of Eurostat - and ESS, at large - work programme. It involves different dimensions such as physical and logical protection of confidential data (statistical disclosure control - SDC), harmonisation of principles and guidelines and design of efficient infrastructure (IT and procedure) for releasing confidential data (tabular or micro data) to ESS partners and Research community.

The related work aims at critically improving the production methods of EU statistics and places on Eurostat the responsibility for the coordination of Sectoral initiatives for the release of confidential data for scientific purposes, especially methodological support and tool development, the promotion of correct and coherent application of rules and the design of generic infrastructures for the sharing of confidential data with users and partners while ensuring their adequate protection. This is overarched by adequate governance of statistical confidentiality in the ESS governing the vertical integration of processes by proposing to Member States a framework for the standardisation and harmonisation of SDC related processes.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Development of ESS wide infrastructure (access facilities and organisational/methodological framework) for the release of confidential data for scientific purpose.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Information Security management (LISO): analysis of the security requirements of Eurostat Information system and adaptation of the policy on the security of information systems.
• Draft of a first version of an Information Security Management System (ISMS) to be adopted by IT Steering Committee.
• Detection of intrusion of information systems (LISO): regular monitoring and provision of recommendations for improving security of Information Systems.
• Making confidential data available to scientific purposes (LISO): ensure access to confidential data for researchers either though the Eurostat Safe Centre or through the development of a secured remote access facility.
• Setting up a network of safe centres allowing researchers to access confidential EU microdata sets - feasibility study and pilot implementation.
• Support to Eurostat units for dealing with Statistical Disclosure Control (SDC).
• Revise Regulation 831/2002 on access to confidential data for scientific purposes: coordinate activities related to the release of confidential data for scientific purpose.
• Develop confidential data release infrastructures: Widening and simplification of access to confidential EU microdata sets for scientific purposes. A framework allowing for new modes of access to EU confidential microdata sets, simpler and closer, better fitted to research needs is developed.


4.7 Data analysis (Eurostat)
Theme 6.10 - Statistical research and methodology

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Promote research in Official Statistics;   
• Facilitate methodological collaboration, networking and competence building;
• Ensure co-ordination of methodological works in the ESS (including ESSnets' monitoring);
• Support standardisation process in the ESS;
• Embed methodology in Vision implementation processes;
• Encourage methodological development: design and test of specific methods and supporting tools;
• Ensure methodological support to production process.                                               

The challenges posed by the enforcement of the Joint ESS Strategy demand substantial gains in productivity and major achievements in terms of process integration that only heavy investment in methodological developments could permit.  This is much depending on the adequate use of the results of ongoing research in official statistics and on properly articulating main NSI needs as regards Official Statistics in future strategic research frameworks. It also pre-supposes to evenly address all aspects of the integration process: As regards horizontal integration, the co-ordination of methodological developments should create conditions to identify, test and use cross-cut methodologies. Vertical integration would require substantial efforts in process standardisation throughout ESS. The overall sustainability of this continuous improvement process would be liable to two extreme conditions: the (upstream) transformation of new knowledge into new methods and techniques and the (down-stream) support to production steps in the absorption of the methodological developments (innovations), both at Eurostat and ESS level.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Contribution to ESSnet projects, ESS collaborative development of key methodologies for Vision implementation and improving efficiency of statistical production.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Support standardisation process in the ESS: integration of EU production processes (ESS and Eurostat) including Sponsorship on Standardisation.
• Contribution to improved production processes.
• Software design, testing and development for implementing ESS methodological guidelines and testing.
• Promote, emulate research in official statistics.
• Research and ESSnet results dissemination, support collaboration among researchers and with official statisticians, using web portals (e.g. Cros) and training/further education means (LDF), developing and consolidating Web 2.0 mechanisms for collaboration.
• Strategic guidance for ESS/Estat integration of methodological work.
• Developing handbook for  Modern Business Statistics - Methodological development in new areas.



5. Strategic and managerial issues of official statistics (Eurostat)
4.1 Metadata (Eurostat)
Theme 6.05 - Data and metadata structural definition

Fields of activities covered by the theme

The main activities are:

• Maintain and update the reference database Eurobase;
• Manage, disseminate and convert the Eurostat and national reference metadata to the ESS standards;
• Use and improve the Eurostat Metadata Handler;
• Improve and implement the SDMX statistical standards and guidelines for the exchange of data and metadata;
• Disseminate external data other than the data produced by Eurostat to the Commission;
• Monitor the integration of the national metadata systems;
• Keep up-to-date the Eurostat data navigation tree;
• Prepare cross-cutting legislation on metadata and
• Organise financial support to countries for the integration of statistical business processes.

This work contributes substantially to the implementation of the ESS Joint Strategy on the production method of EU statistics as adopted in May 2010.

The processes and projects to be undertaken will create an increasing standardisation and harmonisation within the ESS; they lead to a reduction of the burden on the data or metadata producers both at national or international level.

Also the accessibility of data and metadata by users will be improved.

Most of the activities listed will create more vertical and horizontal integration (i.e. the integration between Eurostat and Member States and the integration between statistical domains) within the European Statistical System.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Financial support is organised with grants to Member States;
• The Eurostat data navigation tree is permanently updated and restructured with new tables, new dimensions and new branches. Also the quality of existing data tables is permanently improved.


4.3 Data sources (Eurostat)
5.1 Institutional frameworks and principles, role and organisation of official statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 8.04 - Management of legal bases

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Activities to ensure the application and coherence of statistical legislation, contribution to relevant Commission-wide reporting requirements and relations with European Parliament and the Council on legislative matters.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Ensure an efficient development, production and dissemination of European statistics; establish guiding principles for future statistical legislation.
• Amending Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 on European statistics and Commission Decision 97/281/EC on the role of Eurostat.5.2 Statistical programmes, coordination within statistical systems (Eurostat)
Theme 6.01 - Quality, evaluation, statistical coordination and classifications

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Coordination of quality aspects within the production of European statistics and contribute to the revision and extension of the existing quality framework in the ESS to better fit the requirements laid done in Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics.
• Monitoring and promoting the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice (CoP).
• Provision of guidelines for the implementation of the ESS quality assurance framework for statistical processes and outputs.
• Mid term and ex-post evaluation of Community Statistical programs.
• Update and maintenance of the Eurostat's metadata server (RAMON), which makes available statistical classifications and the relevant correspondence tables, standard code lists, statistical concepts and definitions, legal acts pertaining to statistics and methodological manuals.
• Development, updating and implementation of a harmonised set of central statistical classifications such as the European Classification of Economic Activities (NACE), the Statistical Classification of Products by Activities (CPA), the International Standard Classification on Occupations (ISCO), the Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose (COICOP), the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) and the Combined Nomenclature (CN) of commodities and the Geonomenclature of countries for the European Statistical System.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Coordinated implementation of ISCED 2011 including the updating of legal acts to the new classification.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Manage and disseminate methodological metadata.
• Coordinated implementation of ISCO 08.
• Have an ESeC (European Socio-economic Classification) classification exclusively based on core variables to allow for an implementation in all social surveys - Study the possibility of providing more precise results from the LFS for the classification with non-core existent variables.
• Update and maintain the CN, if necessary - Intrastat and related products (self-explanatory texts, correlation tables etc.) as well as the Geonomenclature. Link to the classification for trade in services.
• Quality assurance of and participation in the preparation of Q2012.
• Continue workon the ESS Quality Assurance Framework, developed by the Sponsorship on Quality.
• Providing guidance to production units concerning the implementation of ESQRS (ESS Standard for Quality Reports Structure) and ESMS (Euro-SDMX Metadata Structure) quality reporting guidelines and setting standards across the ESS for quality reporting.
• Undertake actions aimed at improving compliance with the Code of Practice.
• Undertake a new cycle of quality assessments with production units, based on the experiences and lessons learned from the 2008-2011 cycle.
• Report to the EP and Council describing the evaluation of the CSP 2008-2012 and recommendation to follow.

Theme 8.03 - Management and statistical programmes

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Strategic management;
• Management support;
• Internal control;
• Annual and multi-annual programmes;
• Administrative simplification and response burden reduction.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Preparation of Annual Activity Report (AAR) and all related issues (e.g. Déclaration d'Assurance, relations with Court of Auditors, synthesis report, ...);
• Project and process management support;
• Commission's Statistical Annual Work Programme including the priority setting;
• Contributions to the Action Programme for reducing administrative burdens in the EU;
• Preparation of the European Statistical Programme 2013-2017;
• Internal Control Standards Assessment.5.4 Management and development of human resources (Eurostat)
Theme 6.02 Statistical training

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Conception and implementation of Eurostat's learning and development strategy for statistical training in the ESS (the ESS Learning and Development Framework (the LDF)) aiming at:

• Improving the overall quality of European statistics;
• Raising the qualification of statisticians in the ESS in order to promote their independence in line with the European Statistics Code of Practice;
• Encouraging both theoretical and practical learning and development;
• Encouraging the exchange of best practices, know how and experience;
• Supporting the implementation of the reengineering of the statistical production processes in the ESS and the required adapted skills and competence needs;
• Providing new alternative learning and development opportunities beyond traditional training;
• Definition of appropriate set up of a European Master's in Official Statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Establish annual ESTP (European Statistical Training Programme): ESTP Annual Catalogue 2013;
• Implementation of the ESS-LDF (European Statistical System - Learning and Development Framework) projects on e-learning, interactive platform, and competences;
• VIP Project: Study within the framework of the project EMOS (European Master in Official Statistics).5.5 Technological resources (including standards for electronic data exchange and data sharing) (Eurostat)
Theme 6.03 - IT support for statistical production

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Functional studies / feasibility studies for sector and horizontal projects;
• Maintenance of existing statistical production systems;
• Harmonisation, consolidation and reengineering of existing statistical production systems;
• Enhancing functionalities of IT components used in the statistical production;
• Maintenance and improvement of the database systems used for dissemination;
• Interfacing common building blocks into existing production systems;
• Participation in the implementation of Joint ESS Strategy on the production method of EU statistics by identifying best practices across the EU, by stimulating the use of standard tools and by providing IT components usable by Eurostat and Member States.

The main actions are directly linked to the Joint ESS Strategy on the production method of EU statistics as follows:

• The consolidation and improvements of systems target data integration and the creation of data warehouses for cross domain statistics and cost minimisation. (CVD = Cycle de Vie des Données = Data Life Cycle).
• The sharing of data validation tools by the ESS members will reduce the burden of the Member States and Eurostat, and at the same time increase quality through harmonisation of procedures and the use of the same metadata.
• Sponsoring the development of a common reference environment and infrastructure through the ESSNet CORE (COmmon Reference Environment).
• Development of a common reference environment and infrastructure.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Data Life Cycle (CVD): Continue the consolidation of IT systems for statistical production in Eurostat by applying the CVD principles.
• Definition of a common reference environment towards which NSIs can develop. Sharing of production tools within the ESS.

Theme 6.04 - IT standards, tools and services for data exchange in the ESS

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Optimisation of Eurostat interaction with users and partners in the area of data and metadata exchange by the means of:

• Cooperation with international institutions (UN, OECD, IMF, WB and others) on the Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX) standard.
• Developing common tools for efficient and secure exchange of statistical data and metadata in the European Statistical System in cooperation with other relevant Commission services, the European System of Central Banks and international organisations.
• Providing standard web services available on Internet for Statistical production process components.
• Standards and software for Eurostat data collection from European Statistical System.
• Re-engineering of the current production processes under way: this concerns the rationalisation of the IT architecture and the introduction of a more interactive production chain on the basis of a solution via a common IT infrastructure.
• Harmonisation through the use of common standards within the ESS, together with process harmonisation through the promotion of methodologies based on common software tools.
• Data collection tools and methods and standardisation for European Statistical System raw data collections.
• Data collection tools and methods and standardisation for Eurostat data and metadata collection from European Statistical System.
• Developing and sponsoring development of a common IT infrastructure, the creation of a shared production and or dissemination environment within ESS, e.g., common reference infrastructure.
• Exchange of common software tools, mostly open source, e.g., SDMX tools.

The actions are aiming at creating of more integrated systems by fully exploiting synergies and economies of scale. The goal is better interaction with ESS partners and better integration of the ESS business. The better integration of the statistical work done in the ESS with the one done in Eurostat will lead to improve efficiency and quality (comparability and timeliness) and to reduce costs by the means of standardisation. Standardisation of methods and IT-tools is one of the cornerstones of the efficiency vision contained in Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Use the standard software: Single Entry Point for all regular data and metadata transmissions from Member States, based on standardised formats (GESMES, SDMX) where appropriate.
• Data transmission: coordination and promotion activities with Local Coordinator network.
• Data transmission: maintain and improve the IT applications used for the Single Entry Point. Develop reliable IT tools, with improvements in performance and functionality, which are available for all national authorities for transmitting, uploading or transferring data via the Single Entry Point.
• Cooperation on enhancement of SDMX standards and capacity-building related actions.
• Support and implementation actions related to SDMX and GESMES in Eurostat and MS. Implement the SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange) standards and guidelines for data and metadata exchange, sharing and dissemination between the members of ESS. Put in place more efficient processes for exchange, sharing and dissemination of statistical data and metadata.
• Flexible access to 2011 census data for users. Operational SDMX Hub system for census data, using  SDMX standards and architecture.
• Data collection and data exchange in ESS using SDMX architecture for delivering data in the ESS. Develop IT infrastructure for SDMX implementation allowing sharing common IT tools and easier data exchange. IT tools and components to enable the implementation of SDMX within the ESS.
• Implement a single IT environment and services for structural and reference metadata allowing standard access for ESS partners and within Eurostat. Common IT system for metadata management within the ESS, using the SDMX standards and architecture.
• Maintain Open Source Software repository and perform related actions on software sharing.

5.6 Co-ordination of international statistical work (Eurostat)
Theme 6.08 - Statistical cooperation with countries covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Providing technical (statistical) advice to the EU's external action service (EEAS), including EU Delegations in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries;
• Support the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy through provision of statistical data;
• Contribute to the design and implementation of statistical assistance programmes in the ENP East countries;
• Contribute to EU efforts to build statistical capacity within the framework of the MEDSTAT programme of statistical cooperation with the ENP South countries;
• Assisting the ENP South countries in designing their regional strategy for statistics;
• Assisting the ENP countries to gradually align their statistical systems with that of the EU;
• Encouraging the application of best practices from the European Statistical System to be applied in ENP countries through mutual contacts, training, study visits, workshops, seminars, and attendance at meetings;
• Collecting and publishing a range of data from the ENP countries, as an input to the Commission assessment of progress in the countries, and  to maintain momentum for harmonisation of data for the region.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Negotiation and follow-up of the implementation of the statistics chapter in the Association Agreements between the EU and the ENP East countries through the provision of input to legal agreements, annual follow up and reporting on progress.
• Assist ENP East countries in developing assistance programmes and projects, promote their funding with the relevant stakeholders, be involved in their implementation through reading reports, reviewing progress and participating in steering committees.
• Collect, validate and process data from the ENP East countries In order to update Eurobase and produce publications on key statistical indicators for ENP-East countries.
• Development of a regional strategy for cooperation with the ENP-South countries beyond the end of MEDSTAT III, so as to reinforce the achievements of the MEDSTAT programmes.
• Collect, validate and process data from the ENP South countries to update Eurobase and produce publications on key statistical indicators for ENP-South countries.
• Support the implementation of the MEDSTAT III programme by giving technical advice on content, experts, work programme to the contracting authority (DG EuropeAid Development and Cooperation).
• Negotiation and follow-up of the implementation of the statistics chapter in the Advanced Status Agreements between the EU and the ENP South countries through the provision of input to Legal Agreements, follow-up of their implementation, reporting on implementation.
• Management of high level seminars, workshops, training courses for European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries on key themes such as classifications, coordination of statistical systems, quality, strategic management, selected statistical topics, the ESS, etc. to provide a forum for discussion and exchange of experience, and encourage capacity building.
• Support other Commission services in the implementation of technical assistance programmes through advice on statistical issues in technical assistance programmes on energy and environment with a view of obtaining statistical data in these areas.
• Assess and monitor the development of the statistical system in the ENP countries through launching and implementing global assessments, reviews and other kinds of assessments for the ENP countries.
• Support the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy through promoting the importance of statistics for European policy purposes (monitoring and design) including the need of support to the NSIs in terms of statistical assistance programmes.

Theme 6.09 - International statistical cooperation

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Providing advice and expertise to Commission services (in particular the External Relations Directorates-General, and the delegations) and national statistical authorities with respect to European Commission development and cooperation policies (identification, planning, implementation and evaluation of statistical projects or the statistical elements of more wide-ranging development projects) and coordinating Eurostat units' contribution to this work;
• Assisting the European Commission in relations with international organisations and in matters of common statistical interest with non-European regions or countries;
• Advocating and promoting good governance through statistics in the EU's external relations policy;
• Monitoring and coordinating EU efforts to build statistical capacity in countries outside Europe within the framework of international commitments such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);
• Encouraging the application of ESS best practice in non-EU countries through mutual contacts, training, study visits and attendance at meetings;
• Collecting data on non-EU countries obtained from all available sources for use by Commission services in pursuit of their external relations policies and, subject to agreement with data suppliers, the wider community of users;
• Ensuring that stakeholders are kept adequately informed through efficient communication;
• Representing Eurostat in international organisations;
• Coordinating Eurostat's relations with Higher Income Countries (HIC) and Russia, in particular implementing the EEA agreement in the field of statistics and the agreement with Switzerland on cooperation in the field of statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Change the focus of co-operation in Latin America from a programme-based approach to a looser one based on Memorandums of Understanding with regional organisations and larger countries in support of the development of national statistical systems of countries by sharing the EU's experience in selected fields of joint priority and promoting horizontal cooperation.
• Fostering Good Practices in the LAC Region: sharing progress and achievements of EU - driven subregional integration statistical projects in the LAC (Latin America and Caribbean) region to enhance cost effectiveness of EU efforts.  Preparation of a seminar with UN-ECLAC.
• Modernisation of statistical data transmission in the LAC region: training and technical assistance to develop capacities to use tools for data and metadata transmission by reference to the SDMX standard.
• Analysis and dissemination for water statistics on specific Central Asian countries: increase the capacity of target countries to improve environmental policies trough reliable statistics; to assist the EC in developing programmes on environmental issues for Central Asia on the basis of better water statistics.
•  IT tool to support price statistics in developing countries: analyse the possibility to provide support to improve price statistics in developing countries, focusing on IT tools for the establishment, harmonisation and analysis of price statistics.
•  Support to the recently created statistical subregional bodies in the ALA region: to share the EU experience in the establishment of RSDS (Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics) in close coordination with PARIS21. (By reference to ASEAN, Andean Community, Central America and Mercosur).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Support to the statistical capacity of the African Union Statistics Division: in the framework of the EU/Africa Strategic Partnership Eurostat ensure a constant support to the African Union Statistics Division through yearly agreed action plans including different kinds of activities, such as secondment of officials, training, sharing experience, produce joint publications, etc.
• Management of Commission's statistical relations with Asia through the implementation of MoUs: follow-up and implementation of road maps of MoUs with China, India and Kazakhstan, in support of the development of national statistical systems of these countries in areas of joint priority.
• ERETES (Software package for National Accounts); transfer of know-how and upgrading to SNA2008: upgrading in order to allow the production of National Accounts in line with the SNA 2008; maintenance; training of users and trainers, improve the coordination of the User Group.
• DISC database on international statistical cooperation projects: the existing database should be improved mainly through the creation of links to internal and external databases. The feasibility of other links should be studied.
• Analysis and dissemination of third countries data produced outside ESTAT: Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and socio-economic indicators analysis.
• Support to the users of the EUROTRACE software: coordination of the User Group and transfer the knowledge towards users; maintenance of the CIRCA dedicated website; training of users and trainers.
• Guide on statistical cooperation extended and updated according to the users' needs and expectations. Coherence between the new modules and the original guide maintained both in English and French and translated into Spanish. User-friendly on line version made available.
• ASTRA - Statistical training in international cooperation through support of NSIs in developing countries by providing a tool to identify training needs.
• Essential System of National Accounts (SNA): methodological support in the context of cooperation; support to the SNA2008 implementation through the preparation of the handbook "Essential SNA".
• Advisory group on international statistical cooperation: advisory group on the co-ordination of EU technical cooperation on statistics with developing countries aiming at increasing coordination of technical assistance, increase synergies, avoid duplication of efforts and contribute to increase aid effectiveness.
• Support to beneficiary countries and/regions in the preparation and implementation of National Plans for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) Advocacy material: assist recipient countries/regions to make aware or convince policy makers and funders on the need for increased financial assistance for the implementation NSDS; provide a user-friendly and updated set of NSDS (National Strategies for he Development of Strategies) guidelines; make proposals on guidelines towards costing an NSDS.
• Efficiency and effectiveness of the EU budgetary support instrument in ALA and ACP: assessment of applicable, objective indicators to analyze effectiveness and efficiency of projects for EU Budget Support.
• Implementation of Memorandums of Understanding and other relations with OECD countries and Russia: strengthen relations with OECD countries and Russia, follow up of MoU: to promote coordination and cooperation in statistics-related matters e.g. the production of official statistics, the promotion of best practices and the harnessing of appropriate synergies; organisation of study visits and seminars.
• Statistical cooperation with EFTA: implementation of the EEA Agreement on cooperation in the field of statistics.
• Statistical cooperation with Switzerland: implementation of the Agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on cooperation in the field of statistics.
• Working Group on International Relations (IRWG) and coordination of EU position through this group: assistance and support to the ESSC in the area of international relations; increased efficiency in international relations through better communication, coordination and consistent representation. Increased visibility and coordinated EU position.
• Development of the Global Statistical System (GSS): organisation of a seminar jointly with UNSD; organise a conference aiming at sharing common statistical standards and animate a discussion on GSS challenges; organise a seminar on spatial statistics.

Theme 8.05 - Relations with the ESS, inter-institutional and international relations

Fields of activities covered by the theme

•  Governance of the European Statistical System (ESS), through the management of the committees that form the core of the cooperation within the European Statistical System, in particular the European Statistical System Committee, the highest-level committee within the ESS representing the producers of European statistics, the European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC), providing a stakeholder perspective (users, respondents and producers) on the relevance and priorities of EU statistics as well as the associated costs and resources, and the European Statistical Governance Advisory Board (ESGAB), whose role is to provide an independent overview of the ESS as regards the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice.
• Ensuring efficient co-operation with the Council, the European Parliament, the European System of Central Banks, the EESC (European Economic and Social Committee) and the CoR (Committee of the Regions) with regard to the statistical legislative production.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide the Secretariat for ESAC;
• Provide the Secretariat for the ESSC;
• Organise the DGINS Conference, in collaboration with the host country;
• Preparation of the 2013 Eurostat Conference;
• Provide secretariat to ESGAB.5.7 Technical cooperation and capacity building programmes (Eurostat)
Theme 6.07 - Statistical cooperation with the candidate and potential candidate countries

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Preparation of candidate and potential candidate countries for EU membership by aligning their methodologies and practices with the statistical acquis and integrating them into the European Statistical System.
• Inputs to meetings under the structures of the Stabilisation and Association Agreements / European Agreements and inputs to the Commission's annual progress reports and its opinions on countries' applications for EU membership.
• Provision of harmonised statistics covering the candidate and potential candidate countries.
• Screening, negotiations and follow-up of the commitments regarding the statistics chapter and the statistics component of other chapters.
• Assistance to the candidate and potential candidate countries involving the entire cycle for assistance programmes with programming, tendering, implementation and evaluation under the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Provision of support to population and housing censuses for candidate and potential candidate countries;
• Support regional cooperation in the Western Balkan countries through the organisation of conferences, seminars, events with a regional perspective to foster regional cooperation and understanding.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Monitor the statistical systems in candidate countries and potential candidates using different assessment instruments (global assessments, peer reviews, compliance monitoring database, Eurostat annual assessment missions).
• Production and dissemination of statistical data on candidate countries and potential candidates through publications and updating the Eurostat website.
• Coordinate, design, contract, implement and follow-up cooperation programmes for candidate countries and potential candidates  to assist candidate countries and potential candidates in aligning their statistical production with the acquis.
• Support the EU enlargement policy through participation in sub-committee meetings under the Accession / European Agreements, following-up on commitments on chapter 18 from the negotiation process, contributing to the annual EU progress reports.


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (Eurostat)
Theme 8.01 - Communication

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Relations with the media;
• Internal communication.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Publication of the ESS magazine.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Migration of Eurostat's intranet in My IntraComm Portal;
• Preparation, validation and dissemination of  Eurostat news releases;
• Publication of Eurostat and EU27 NSIs news on INSite.


4.6 Statistical confidentiality and disclosure protection (Eurostat)
Theme 6.11 - Data security and statistical confidentiality

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Revise Regulation (EC) No 831/2002;
• Develop confidential data release infrastructures;
• Ensure support on SDC in specific domains.

This is a very sensitive and especially complex dimension of Eurostat - and ESS, at large - work programme. It involves different dimensions such as physical and logical protection of confidential data (statistical disclosure control - SDC), harmonisation of principles and guidelines and design of efficient infrastructure (IT and procedure) for releasing confidential data (tabular or micro data) to ESS partners and Research community.

The related work aims at critically improving the production methods of EU statistics and places on Eurostat the responsibility for the coordination of Sectoral initiatives for the release of confidential data for scientific purposes, especially methodological support and tool development, the promotion of correct and coherent application of rules and the design of generic infrastructures for the sharing of confidential data with users and partners while ensuring their adequate protection. This is overarched by adequate governance of statistical confidentiality in the ESS governing the vertical integration of processes by proposing to Member States a framework for the standardisation and harmonisation of SDC related processes.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Development of ESS wide infrastructure (access facilities and organisational/methodological framework) for the release of confidential data for scientific purpose.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Information Security management (LISO): analysis of the security requirements of Eurostat Information system and adaptation of the policy on the security of information systems.
• Draft of a first version of an Information Security Management System (ISMS) to be adopted by IT Steering Committee.
• Detection of intrusion of information systems (LISO): regular monitoring and provision of recommendations for improving security of Information Systems.
• Making confidential data available to scientific purposes (LISO): ensure access to confidential data for researchers either though the Eurostat Safe Centre or through the development of a secured remote access facility.
• Setting up a network of safe centres allowing researchers to access confidential EU microdata sets - feasibility study and pilot implementation.
• Support to Eurostat units for dealing with Statistical Disclosure Control (SDC).
• Revise Regulation 831/2002 on access to confidential data for scientific purposes: coordinate activities related to the release of confidential data for scientific purpose.
• Develop confidential data release infrastructures: Widening and simplification of access to confidential EU microdata sets for scientific purposes. A framework allowing for new modes of access to EU confidential microdata sets, simpler and closer, better fitted to research needs is developed.


4.7 Data analysis (Eurostat)
Theme 6.10 - Statistical research and methodology

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Promote research in Official Statistics;   
• Facilitate methodological collaboration, networking and competence building;
• Ensure co-ordination of methodological works in the ESS (including ESSnets' monitoring);
• Support standardisation process in the ESS;
• Embed methodology in Vision implementation processes;
• Encourage methodological development: design and test of specific methods and supporting tools;
• Ensure methodological support to production process.                                               

The challenges posed by the enforcement of the Joint ESS Strategy demand substantial gains in productivity and major achievements in terms of process integration that only heavy investment in methodological developments could permit.  This is much depending on the adequate use of the results of ongoing research in official statistics and on properly articulating main NSI needs as regards Official Statistics in future strategic research frameworks. It also pre-supposes to evenly address all aspects of the integration process: As regards horizontal integration, the co-ordination of methodological developments should create conditions to identify, test and use cross-cut methodologies. Vertical integration would require substantial efforts in process standardisation throughout ESS. The overall sustainability of this continuous improvement process would be liable to two extreme conditions: the (upstream) transformation of new knowledge into new methods and techniques and the (down-stream) support to production steps in the absorption of the methodological developments (innovations), both at Eurostat and ESS level.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Contribution to ESSnet projects, ESS collaborative development of key methodologies for Vision implementation and improving efficiency of statistical production.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Support standardisation process in the ESS: integration of EU production processes (ESS and Eurostat) including Sponsorship on Standardisation.
• Contribution to improved production processes.
• Software design, testing and development for implementing ESS methodological guidelines and testing.
• Promote, emulate research in official statistics.
• Research and ESSnet results dissemination, support collaboration among researchers and with official statisticians, using web portals (e.g. Cros) and training/further education means (LDF), developing and consolidating Web 2.0 mechanisms for collaboration.
• Strategic guidance for ESS/Estat integration of methodological work.
• Developing handbook for  Modern Business Statistics - Methodological development in new areas.




5. Strategic and managerial issues of official statistics (Eurostat)
1. Demographic and social statistics (Eurostat)
5.1 Institutional frameworks and principles, role and organisation of official statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 8.04 - Management of legal bases

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Activities to ensure the application and coherence of statistical legislation, contribution to relevant Commission-wide reporting requirements and relations with European Parliament and the Council on legislative matters.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Ensure an efficient development, production and dissemination of European statistics; establish guiding principles for future statistical legislation.
• Amending Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 on European statistics and Commission Decision 97/281/EC on the role of Eurostat.


5.2 Statistical programmes, coordination within statistical systems (Eurostat)
Theme 6.01 - Quality, evaluation, statistical coordination and classifications

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Coordination of quality aspects within the production of European statistics and contribute to the revision and extension of the existing quality framework in the ESS to better fit the requirements laid done in Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics.
• Monitoring and promoting the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice (CoP).
• Provision of guidelines for the implementation of the ESS quality assurance framework for statistical processes and outputs.
• Mid term and ex-post evaluation of Community Statistical programs.
• Update and maintenance of the Eurostat's metadata server (RAMON), which makes available statistical classifications and the relevant correspondence tables, standard code lists, statistical concepts and definitions, legal acts pertaining to statistics and methodological manuals.
• Development, updating and implementation of a harmonised set of central statistical classifications such as the European Classification of Economic Activities (NACE), the Statistical Classification of Products by Activities (CPA), the International Standard Classification on Occupations (ISCO), the Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose (COICOP), the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) and the Combined Nomenclature (CN) of commodities and the Geonomenclature of countries for the European Statistical System.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Coordinated implementation of ISCED 2011 including the updating of legal acts to the new classification.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Manage and disseminate methodological metadata.
• Coordinated implementation of ISCO 08.
• Have an ESeC (European Socio-economic Classification) classification exclusively based on core variables to allow for an implementation in all social surveys - Study the possibility of providing more precise results from the LFS for the classification with non-core existent variables.
• Update and maintain the CN, if necessary - Intrastat and related products (self-explanatory texts, correlation tables etc.) as well as the Geonomenclature. Link to the classification for trade in services.
• Quality assurance of and participation in the preparation of Q2012.
• Continue workon the ESS Quality Assurance Framework, developed by the Sponsorship on Quality.
• Providing guidance to production units concerning the implementation of ESQRS (ESS Standard for Quality Reports Structure) and ESMS (Euro-SDMX Metadata Structure) quality reporting guidelines and setting standards across the ESS for quality reporting.
• Undertake actions aimed at improving compliance with the Code of Practice.
• Undertake a new cycle of quality assessments with production units, based on the experiences and lessons learned from the 2008-2011 cycle.
• Report to the EP and Council describing the evaluation of the CSP 2008-2012 and recommendation to follow.

Theme 8.03 - Management and statistical programmes

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Strategic management;
• Management support;
• Internal control;
• Annual and multi-annual programmes;
• Administrative simplification and response burden reduction.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Preparation of Annual Activity Report (AAR) and all related issues (e.g. Déclaration d'Assurance, relations with Court of Auditors, synthesis report, ...);
• Project and process management support;
• Commission's Statistical Annual Work Programme including the priority setting;
• Contributions to the Action Programme for reducing administrative burdens in the EU;
• Preparation of the European Statistical Programme 2013-2017;
• Internal Control Standards Assessment.


5.4 Management and development of human resources (Eurostat)
Theme 6.02 Statistical training

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Conception and implementation of Eurostat's learning and development strategy for statistical training in the ESS (the ESS Learning and Development Framework (the LDF)) aiming at:

• Improving the overall quality of European statistics;
• Raising the qualification of statisticians in the ESS in order to promote their independence in line with the European Statistics Code of Practice;
• Encouraging both theoretical and practical learning and development;
• Encouraging the exchange of best practices, know how and experience;
• Supporting the implementation of the reengineering of the statistical production processes in the ESS and the required adapted skills and competence needs;
• Providing new alternative learning and development opportunities beyond traditional training;
• Definition of appropriate set up of a European Master's in Official Statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Establish annual ESTP (European Statistical Training Programme): ESTP Annual Catalogue 2013;
• Implementation of the ESS-LDF (European Statistical System - Learning and Development Framework) projects on e-learning, interactive platform, and competences;
• VIP Project: Study within the framework of the project EMOS (European Master in Official Statistics).


5.5 Technological resources (including standards for electronic data exchange and data sharing) (Eurostat)
Theme 6.03 - IT support for statistical production

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Functional studies / feasibility studies for sector and horizontal projects;
• Maintenance of existing statistical production systems;
• Harmonisation, consolidation and reengineering of existing statistical production systems;
• Enhancing functionalities of IT components used in the statistical production;
• Maintenance and improvement of the database systems used for dissemination;
• Interfacing common building blocks into existing production systems;
• Participation in the implementation of Joint ESS Strategy on the production method of EU statistics by identifying best practices across the EU, by stimulating the use of standard tools and by providing IT components usable by Eurostat and Member States.

The main actions are directly linked to the Joint ESS Strategy on the production method of EU statistics as follows:

• The consolidation and improvements of systems target data integration and the creation of data warehouses for cross domain statistics and cost minimisation. (CVD = Cycle de Vie des Données = Data Life Cycle).
• The sharing of data validation tools by the ESS members will reduce the burden of the Member States and Eurostat, and at the same time increase quality through harmonisation of procedures and the use of the same metadata.
• Sponsoring the development of a common reference environment and infrastructure through the ESSNet CORE (COmmon Reference Environment).
• Development of a common reference environment and infrastructure.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Data Life Cycle (CVD): Continue the consolidation of IT systems for statistical production in Eurostat by applying the CVD principles.
• Definition of a common reference environment towards which NSIs can develop. Sharing of production tools within the ESS.

Theme 6.04 - IT standards, tools and services for data exchange in the ESS

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Optimisation of Eurostat interaction with users and partners in the area of data and metadata exchange by the means of:

• Cooperation with international institutions (UN, OECD, IMF, WB and others) on the Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX) standard.
• Developing common tools for efficient and secure exchange of statistical data and metadata in the European Statistical System in cooperation with other relevant Commission services, the European System of Central Banks and international organisations.
• Providing standard web services available on Internet for Statistical production process components.
• Standards and software for Eurostat data collection from European Statistical System.
• Re-engineering of the current production processes under way: this concerns the rationalisation of the IT architecture and the introduction of a more interactive production chain on the basis of a solution via a common IT infrastructure.
• Harmonisation through the use of common standards within the ESS, together with process harmonisation through the promotion of methodologies based on common software tools.
• Data collection tools and methods and standardisation for European Statistical System raw data collections.
• Data collection tools and methods and standardisation for Eurostat data and metadata collection from European Statistical System.
• Developing and sponsoring development of a common IT infrastructure, the creation of a shared production and or dissemination environment within ESS, e.g., common reference infrastructure.
• Exchange of common software tools, mostly open source, e.g., SDMX tools.

The actions are aiming at creating of more integrated systems by fully exploiting synergies and economies of scale. The goal is better interaction with ESS partners and better integration of the ESS business. The better integration of the statistical work done in the ESS with the one done in Eurostat will lead to improve efficiency and quality (comparability and timeliness) and to reduce costs by the means of standardisation. Standardisation of methods and IT-tools is one of the cornerstones of the efficiency vision contained in Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Use the standard software: Single Entry Point for all regular data and metadata transmissions from Member States, based on standardised formats (GESMES, SDMX) where appropriate.
• Data transmission: coordination and promotion activities with Local Coordinator network.
• Data transmission: maintain and improve the IT applications used for the Single Entry Point. Develop reliable IT tools, with improvements in performance and functionality, which are available for all national authorities for transmitting, uploading or transferring data via the Single Entry Point.
• Cooperation on enhancement of SDMX standards and capacity-building related actions.
• Support and implementation actions related to SDMX and GESMES in Eurostat and MS. Implement the SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange) standards and guidelines for data and metadata exchange, sharing and dissemination between the members of ESS. Put in place more efficient processes for exchange, sharing and dissemination of statistical data and metadata.
• Flexible access to 2011 census data for users. Operational SDMX Hub system for census data, using  SDMX standards and architecture.
• Data collection and data exchange in ESS using SDMX architecture for delivering data in the ESS. Develop IT infrastructure for SDMX implementation allowing sharing common IT tools and easier data exchange. IT tools and components to enable the implementation of SDMX within the ESS.
• Implement a single IT environment and services for structural and reference metadata allowing standard access for ESS partners and within Eurostat. Common IT system for metadata management within the ESS, using the SDMX standards and architecture.
• Maintain Open Source Software repository and perform related actions on software sharing.


5.6 Co-ordination of international statistical work (Eurostat)
Theme 6.08 - Statistical cooperation with countries covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Providing technical (statistical) advice to the EU's external action service (EEAS), including EU Delegations in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries;
• Support the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy through provision of statistical data;
• Contribute to the design and implementation of statistical assistance programmes in the ENP East countries;
• Contribute to EU efforts to build statistical capacity within the framework of the MEDSTAT programme of statistical cooperation with the ENP South countries;
• Assisting the ENP South countries in designing their regional strategy for statistics;
• Assisting the ENP countries to gradually align their statistical systems with that of the EU;
• Encouraging the application of best practices from the European Statistical System to be applied in ENP countries through mutual contacts, training, study visits, workshops, seminars, and attendance at meetings;
• Collecting and publishing a range of data from the ENP countries, as an input to the Commission assessment of progress in the countries, and  to maintain momentum for harmonisation of data for the region.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Negotiation and follow-up of the implementation of the statistics chapter in the Association Agreements between the EU and the ENP East countries through the provision of input to legal agreements, annual follow up and reporting on progress.
• Assist ENP East countries in developing assistance programmes and projects, promote their funding with the relevant stakeholders, be involved in their implementation through reading reports, reviewing progress and participating in steering committees.
• Collect, validate and process data from the ENP East countries In order to update Eurobase and produce publications on key statistical indicators for ENP-East countries.
• Development of a regional strategy for cooperation with the ENP-South countries beyond the end of MEDSTAT III, so as to reinforce the achievements of the MEDSTAT programmes.
• Collect, validate and process data from the ENP South countries to update Eurobase and produce publications on key statistical indicators for ENP-South countries.
• Support the implementation of the MEDSTAT III programme by giving technical advice on content, experts, work programme to the contracting authority (DG EuropeAid Development and Cooperation).
• Negotiation and follow-up of the implementation of the statistics chapter in the Advanced Status Agreements between the EU and the ENP South countries through the provision of input to Legal Agreements, follow-up of their implementation, reporting on implementation.
• Management of high level seminars, workshops, training courses for European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries on key themes such as classifications, coordination of statistical systems, quality, strategic management, selected statistical topics, the ESS, etc. to provide a forum for discussion and exchange of experience, and encourage capacity building.
• Support other Commission services in the implementation of technical assistance programmes through advice on statistical issues in technical assistance programmes on energy and environment with a view of obtaining statistical data in these areas.
• Assess and monitor the development of the statistical system in the ENP countries through launching and implementing global assessments, reviews and other kinds of assessments for the ENP countries.
• Support the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy through promoting the importance of statistics for European policy purposes (monitoring and design) including the need of support to the NSIs in terms of statistical assistance programmes.

Theme 6.09 - International statistical cooperation

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Providing advice and expertise to Commission services (in particular the External Relations Directorates-General, and the delegations) and national statistical authorities with respect to European Commission development and cooperation policies (identification, planning, implementation and evaluation of statistical projects or the statistical elements of more wide-ranging development projects) and coordinating Eurostat units' contribution to this work;
• Assisting the European Commission in relations with international organisations and in matters of common statistical interest with non-European regions or countries;
• Advocating and promoting good governance through statistics in the EU's external relations policy;
• Monitoring and coordinating EU efforts to build statistical capacity in countries outside Europe within the framework of international commitments such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);
• Encouraging the application of ESS best practice in non-EU countries through mutual contacts, training, study visits and attendance at meetings;
• Collecting data on non-EU countries obtained from all available sources for use by Commission services in pursuit of their external relations policies and, subject to agreement with data suppliers, the wider community of users;
• Ensuring that stakeholders are kept adequately informed through efficient communication;
• Representing Eurostat in international organisations;
• Coordinating Eurostat's relations with Higher Income Countries (HIC) and Russia, in particular implementing the EEA agreement in the field of statistics and the agreement with Switzerland on cooperation in the field of statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Change the focus of co-operation in Latin America from a programme-based approach to a looser one based on Memorandums of Understanding with regional organisations and larger countries in support of the development of national statistical systems of countries by sharing the EU's experience in selected fields of joint priority and promoting horizontal cooperation.
• Fostering Good Practices in the LAC Region: sharing progress and achievements of EU - driven subregional integration statistical projects in the LAC (Latin America and Caribbean) region to enhance cost effectiveness of EU efforts.  Preparation of a seminar with UN-ECLAC.
• Modernisation of statistical data transmission in the LAC region: training and technical assistance to develop capacities to use tools for data and metadata transmission by reference to the SDMX standard.
• Analysis and dissemination for water statistics on specific Central Asian countries: increase the capacity of target countries to improve environmental policies trough reliable statistics; to assist the EC in developing programmes on environmental issues for Central Asia on the basis of better water statistics.
•  IT tool to support price statistics in developing countries: analyse the possibility to provide support to improve price statistics in developing countries, focusing on IT tools for the establishment, harmonisation and analysis of price statistics.
•  Support to the recently created statistical subregional bodies in the ALA region: to share the EU experience in the establishment of RSDS (Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics) in close coordination with PARIS21. (By reference to ASEAN, Andean Community, Central America and Mercosur).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Support to the statistical capacity of the African Union Statistics Division: in the framework of the EU/Africa Strategic Partnership Eurostat ensure a constant support to the African Union Statistics Division through yearly agreed action plans including different kinds of activities, such as secondment of officials, training, sharing experience, produce joint publications, etc.
• Management of Commission's statistical relations with Asia through the implementation of MoUs: follow-up and implementation of road maps of MoUs with China, India and Kazakhstan, in support of the development of national statistical systems of these countries in areas of joint priority.
• ERETES (Software package for National Accounts); transfer of know-how and upgrading to SNA2008: upgrading in order to allow the production of National Accounts in line with the SNA 2008; maintenance; training of users and trainers, improve the coordination of the User Group.
• DISC database on international statistical cooperation projects: the existing database should be improved mainly through the creation of links to internal and external databases. The feasibility of other links should be studied.
• Analysis and dissemination of third countries data produced outside ESTAT: Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and socio-economic indicators analysis.
• Support to the users of the EUROTRACE software: coordination of the User Group and transfer the knowledge towards users; maintenance of the CIRCA dedicated website; training of users and trainers.
• Guide on statistical cooperation extended and updated according to the users' needs and expectations. Coherence between the new modules and the original guide maintained both in English and French and translated into Spanish. User-friendly on line version made available.
• ASTRA - Statistical training in international cooperation through support of NSIs in developing countries by providing a tool to identify training needs.
• Essential System of National Accounts (SNA): methodological support in the context of cooperation; support to the SNA2008 implementation through the preparation of the handbook "Essential SNA".
• Advisory group on international statistical cooperation: advisory group on the co-ordination of EU technical cooperation on statistics with developing countries aiming at increasing coordination of technical assistance, increase synergies, avoid duplication of efforts and contribute to increase aid effectiveness.
• Support to beneficiary countries and/regions in the preparation and implementation of National Plans for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) Advocacy material: assist recipient countries/regions to make aware or convince policy makers and funders on the need for increased financial assistance for the implementation NSDS; provide a user-friendly and updated set of NSDS (National Strategies for he Development of Strategies) guidelines; make proposals on guidelines towards costing an NSDS.
• Efficiency and effectiveness of the EU budgetary support instrument in ALA and ACP: assessment of applicable, objective indicators to analyze effectiveness and efficiency of projects for EU Budget Support.
• Implementation of Memorandums of Understanding and other relations with OECD countries and Russia: strengthen relations with OECD countries and Russia, follow up of MoU: to promote coordination and cooperation in statistics-related matters e.g. the production of official statistics, the promotion of best practices and the harnessing of appropriate synergies; organisation of study visits and seminars.
• Statistical cooperation with EFTA: implementation of the EEA Agreement on cooperation in the field of statistics.
• Statistical cooperation with Switzerland: implementation of the Agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on cooperation in the field of statistics.
• Working Group on International Relations (IRWG) and coordination of EU position through this group: assistance and support to the ESSC in the area of international relations; increased efficiency in international relations through better communication, coordination and consistent representation. Increased visibility and coordinated EU position.
• Development of the Global Statistical System (GSS): organisation of a seminar jointly with UNSD; organise a conference aiming at sharing common statistical standards and animate a discussion on GSS challenges; organise a seminar on spatial statistics.

Theme 8.05 - Relations with the ESS, inter-institutional and international relations

Fields of activities covered by the theme

•  Governance of the European Statistical System (ESS), through the management of the committees that form the core of the cooperation within the European Statistical System, in particular the European Statistical System Committee, the highest-level committee within the ESS representing the producers of European statistics, the European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC), providing a stakeholder perspective (users, respondents and producers) on the relevance and priorities of EU statistics as well as the associated costs and resources, and the European Statistical Governance Advisory Board (ESGAB), whose role is to provide an independent overview of the ESS as regards the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice.
• Ensuring efficient co-operation with the Council, the European Parliament, the European System of Central Banks, the EESC (European Economic and Social Committee) and the CoR (Committee of the Regions) with regard to the statistical legislative production.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide the Secretariat for ESAC;
• Provide the Secretariat for the ESSC;
• Organise the DGINS Conference, in collaboration with the host country;
• Preparation of the 2013 Eurostat Conference;
• Provide secretariat to ESGAB.


5.7 Technical cooperation and capacity building programmes (Eurostat)
Theme 6.07 - Statistical cooperation with the candidate and potential candidate countries

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Preparation of candidate and potential candidate countries for EU membership by aligning their methodologies and practices with the statistical acquis and integrating them into the European Statistical System.
• Inputs to meetings under the structures of the Stabilisation and Association Agreements / European Agreements and inputs to the Commission's annual progress reports and its opinions on countries' applications for EU membership.
• Provision of harmonised statistics covering the candidate and potential candidate countries.
• Screening, negotiations and follow-up of the commitments regarding the statistics chapter and the statistics component of other chapters.
• Assistance to the candidate and potential candidate countries involving the entire cycle for assistance programmes with programming, tendering, implementation and evaluation under the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Provision of support to population and housing censuses for candidate and potential candidate countries;
• Support regional cooperation in the Western Balkan countries through the organisation of conferences, seminars, events with a regional perspective to foster regional cooperation and understanding.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Monitor the statistical systems in candidate countries and potential candidates using different assessment instruments (global assessments, peer reviews, compliance monitoring database, Eurostat annual assessment missions).
• Production and dissemination of statistical data on candidate countries and potential candidates through publications and updating the Eurostat website.
• Coordinate, design, contract, implement and follow-up cooperation programmes for candidate countries and potential candidates  to assist candidate countries and potential candidates in aligning their statistical production with the acquis.
• Support the EU enlargement policy through participation in sub-committee meetings under the Accession / European Agreements, following-up on commitments on chapter 18 from the negotiation process, contributing to the annual EU progress reports.



2. Economic Statistics (Eurostat)
5.1 Institutional frameworks and principles, role and organisation of official statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 8.04 - Management of legal bases

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Activities to ensure the application and coherence of statistical legislation, contribution to relevant Commission-wide reporting requirements and relations with European Parliament and the Council on legislative matters.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Ensure an efficient development, production and dissemination of European statistics; establish guiding principles for future statistical legislation.
• Amending Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 on European statistics and Commission Decision 97/281/EC on the role of Eurostat.


5.2 Statistical programmes, coordination within statistical systems (Eurostat)
Theme 6.01 - Quality, evaluation, statistical coordination and classifications

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Coordination of quality aspects within the production of European statistics and contribute to the revision and extension of the existing quality framework in the ESS to better fit the requirements laid done in Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics.
• Monitoring and promoting the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice (CoP).
• Provision of guidelines for the implementation of the ESS quality assurance framework for statistical processes and outputs.
• Mid term and ex-post evaluation of Community Statistical programs.
• Update and maintenance of the Eurostat's metadata server (RAMON), which makes available statistical classifications and the relevant correspondence tables, standard code lists, statistical concepts and definitions, legal acts pertaining to statistics and methodological manuals.
• Development, updating and implementation of a harmonised set of central statistical classifications such as the European Classification of Economic Activities (NACE), the Statistical Classification of Products by Activities (CPA), the International Standard Classification on Occupations (ISCO), the Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose (COICOP), the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) and the Combined Nomenclature (CN) of commodities and the Geonomenclature of countries for the European Statistical System.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Coordinated implementation of ISCED 2011 including the updating of legal acts to the new classification.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Manage and disseminate methodological metadata.
• Coordinated implementation of ISCO 08.
• Have an ESeC (European Socio-economic Classification) classification exclusively based on core variables to allow for an implementation in all social surveys - Study the possibility of providing more precise results from the LFS for the classification with non-core existent variables.
• Update and maintain the CN, if necessary - Intrastat and related products (self-explanatory texts, correlation tables etc.) as well as the Geonomenclature. Link to the classification for trade in services.
• Quality assurance of and participation in the preparation of Q2012.
• Continue workon the ESS Quality Assurance Framework, developed by the Sponsorship on Quality.
• Providing guidance to production units concerning the implementation of ESQRS (ESS Standard for Quality Reports Structure) and ESMS (Euro-SDMX Metadata Structure) quality reporting guidelines and setting standards across the ESS for quality reporting.
• Undertake actions aimed at improving compliance with the Code of Practice.
• Undertake a new cycle of quality assessments with production units, based on the experiences and lessons learned from the 2008-2011 cycle.
• Report to the EP and Council describing the evaluation of the CSP 2008-2012 and recommendation to follow.

Theme 8.03 - Management and statistical programmes

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Strategic management;
• Management support;
• Internal control;
• Annual and multi-annual programmes;
• Administrative simplification and response burden reduction.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Preparation of Annual Activity Report (AAR) and all related issues (e.g. Déclaration d'Assurance, relations with Court of Auditors, synthesis report, ...);
• Project and process management support;
• Commission's Statistical Annual Work Programme including the priority setting;
• Contributions to the Action Programme for reducing administrative burdens in the EU;
• Preparation of the European Statistical Programme 2013-2017;
• Internal Control Standards Assessment.


5.4 Management and development of human resources (Eurostat)
Theme 6.02 Statistical training

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Conception and implementation of Eurostat's learning and development strategy for statistical training in the ESS (the ESS Learning and Development Framework (the LDF)) aiming at:

• Improving the overall quality of European statistics;
• Raising the qualification of statisticians in the ESS in order to promote their independence in line with the European Statistics Code of Practice;
• Encouraging both theoretical and practical learning and development;
• Encouraging the exchange of best practices, know how and experience;
• Supporting the implementation of the reengineering of the statistical production processes in the ESS and the required adapted skills and competence needs;
• Providing new alternative learning and development opportunities beyond traditional training;
• Definition of appropriate set up of a European Master's in Official Statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Establish annual ESTP (European Statistical Training Programme): ESTP Annual Catalogue 2013;
• Implementation of the ESS-LDF (European Statistical System - Learning and Development Framework) projects on e-learning, interactive platform, and competences;
• VIP Project: Study within the framework of the project EMOS (European Master in Official Statistics).


5.5 Technological resources (including standards for electronic data exchange and data sharing) (Eurostat)
Theme 6.03 - IT support for statistical production

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Functional studies / feasibility studies for sector and horizontal projects;
• Maintenance of existing statistical production systems;
• Harmonisation, consolidation and reengineering of existing statistical production systems;
• Enhancing functionalities of IT components used in the statistical production;
• Maintenance and improvement of the database systems used for dissemination;
• Interfacing common building blocks into existing production systems;
• Participation in the implementation of Joint ESS Strategy on the production method of EU statistics by identifying best practices across the EU, by stimulating the use of standard tools and by providing IT components usable by Eurostat and Member States.

The main actions are directly linked to the Joint ESS Strategy on the production method of EU statistics as follows:

• The consolidation and improvements of systems target data integration and the creation of data warehouses for cross domain statistics and cost minimisation. (CVD = Cycle de Vie des Données = Data Life Cycle).
• The sharing of data validation tools by the ESS members will reduce the burden of the Member States and Eurostat, and at the same time increase quality through harmonisation of procedures and the use of the same metadata.
• Sponsoring the development of a common reference environment and infrastructure through the ESSNet CORE (COmmon Reference Environment).
• Development of a common reference environment and infrastructure.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Data Life Cycle (CVD): Continue the consolidation of IT systems for statistical production in Eurostat by applying the CVD principles.
• Definition of a common reference environment towards which NSIs can develop. Sharing of production tools within the ESS.

Theme 6.04 - IT standards, tools and services for data exchange in the ESS

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Optimisation of Eurostat interaction with users and partners in the area of data and metadata exchange by the means of:

• Cooperation with international institutions (UN, OECD, IMF, WB and others) on the Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX) standard.
• Developing common tools for efficient and secure exchange of statistical data and metadata in the European Statistical System in cooperation with other relevant Commission services, the European System of Central Banks and international organisations.
• Providing standard web services available on Internet for Statistical production process components.
• Standards and software for Eurostat data collection from European Statistical System.
• Re-engineering of the current production processes under way: this concerns the rationalisation of the IT architecture and the introduction of a more interactive production chain on the basis of a solution via a common IT infrastructure.
• Harmonisation through the use of common standards within the ESS, together with process harmonisation through the promotion of methodologies based on common software tools.
• Data collection tools and methods and standardisation for European Statistical System raw data collections.
• Data collection tools and methods and standardisation for Eurostat data and metadata collection from European Statistical System.
• Developing and sponsoring development of a common IT infrastructure, the creation of a shared production and or dissemination environment within ESS, e.g., common reference infrastructure.
• Exchange of common software tools, mostly open source, e.g., SDMX tools.

The actions are aiming at creating of more integrated systems by fully exploiting synergies and economies of scale. The goal is better interaction with ESS partners and better integration of the ESS business. The better integration of the statistical work done in the ESS with the one done in Eurostat will lead to improve efficiency and quality (comparability and timeliness) and to reduce costs by the means of standardisation. Standardisation of methods and IT-tools is one of the cornerstones of the efficiency vision contained in Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Use the standard software: Single Entry Point for all regular data and metadata transmissions from Member States, based on standardised formats (GESMES, SDMX) where appropriate.
• Data transmission: coordination and promotion activities with Local Coordinator network.
• Data transmission: maintain and improve the IT applications used for the Single Entry Point. Develop reliable IT tools, with improvements in performance and functionality, which are available for all national authorities for transmitting, uploading or transferring data via the Single Entry Point.
• Cooperation on enhancement of SDMX standards and capacity-building related actions.
• Support and implementation actions related to SDMX and GESMES in Eurostat and MS. Implement the SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange) standards and guidelines for data and metadata exchange, sharing and dissemination between the members of ESS. Put in place more efficient processes for exchange, sharing and dissemination of statistical data and metadata.
• Flexible access to 2011 census data for users. Operational SDMX Hub system for census data, using  SDMX standards and architecture.
• Data collection and data exchange in ESS using SDMX architecture for delivering data in the ESS. Develop IT infrastructure for SDMX implementation allowing sharing common IT tools and easier data exchange. IT tools and components to enable the implementation of SDMX within the ESS.
• Implement a single IT environment and services for structural and reference metadata allowing standard access for ESS partners and within Eurostat. Common IT system for metadata management within the ESS, using the SDMX standards and architecture.
• Maintain Open Source Software repository and perform related actions on software sharing.


5.6 Co-ordination of international statistical work (Eurostat)
Theme 6.08 - Statistical cooperation with countries covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Providing technical (statistical) advice to the EU's external action service (EEAS), including EU Delegations in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries;
• Support the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy through provision of statistical data;
• Contribute to the design and implementation of statistical assistance programmes in the ENP East countries;
• Contribute to EU efforts to build statistical capacity within the framework of the MEDSTAT programme of statistical cooperation with the ENP South countries;
• Assisting the ENP South countries in designing their regional strategy for statistics;
• Assisting the ENP countries to gradually align their statistical systems with that of the EU;
• Encouraging the application of best practices from the European Statistical System to be applied in ENP countries through mutual contacts, training, study visits, workshops, seminars, and attendance at meetings;
• Collecting and publishing a range of data from the ENP countries, as an input to the Commission assessment of progress in the countries, and  to maintain momentum for harmonisation of data for the region.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Negotiation and follow-up of the implementation of the statistics chapter in the Association Agreements between the EU and the ENP East countries through the provision of input to legal agreements, annual follow up and reporting on progress.
• Assist ENP East countries in developing assistance programmes and projects, promote their funding with the relevant stakeholders, be involved in their implementation through reading reports, reviewing progress and participating in steering committees.
• Collect, validate and process data from the ENP East countries In order to update Eurobase and produce publications on key statistical indicators for ENP-East countries.
• Development of a regional strategy for cooperation with the ENP-South countries beyond the end of MEDSTAT III, so as to reinforce the achievements of the MEDSTAT programmes.
• Collect, validate and process data from the ENP South countries to update Eurobase and produce publications on key statistical indicators for ENP-South countries.
• Support the implementation of the MEDSTAT III programme by giving technical advice on content, experts, work programme to the contracting authority (DG EuropeAid Development and Cooperation).
• Negotiation and follow-up of the implementation of the statistics chapter in the Advanced Status Agreements between the EU and the ENP South countries through the provision of input to Legal Agreements, follow-up of their implementation, reporting on implementation.
• Management of high level seminars, workshops, training courses for European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries on key themes such as classifications, coordination of statistical systems, quality, strategic management, selected statistical topics, the ESS, etc. to provide a forum for discussion and exchange of experience, and encourage capacity building.
• Support other Commission services in the implementation of technical assistance programmes through advice on statistical issues in technical assistance programmes on energy and environment with a view of obtaining statistical data in these areas.
• Assess and monitor the development of the statistical system in the ENP countries through launching and implementing global assessments, reviews and other kinds of assessments for the ENP countries.
• Support the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy through promoting the importance of statistics for European policy purposes (monitoring and design) including the need of support to the NSIs in terms of statistical assistance programmes.

Theme 6.09 - International statistical cooperation

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Providing advice and expertise to Commission services (in particular the External Relations Directorates-General, and the delegations) and national statistical authorities with respect to European Commission development and cooperation policies (identification, planning, implementation and evaluation of statistical projects or the statistical elements of more wide-ranging development projects) and coordinating Eurostat units' contribution to this work;
• Assisting the European Commission in relations with international organisations and in matters of common statistical interest with non-European regions or countries;
• Advocating and promoting good governance through statistics in the EU's external relations policy;
• Monitoring and coordinating EU efforts to build statistical capacity in countries outside Europe within the framework of international commitments such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);
• Encouraging the application of ESS best practice in non-EU countries through mutual contacts, training, study visits and attendance at meetings;
• Collecting data on non-EU countries obtained from all available sources for use by Commission services in pursuit of their external relations policies and, subject to agreement with data suppliers, the wider community of users;
• Ensuring that stakeholders are kept adequately informed through efficient communication;
• Representing Eurostat in international organisations;
• Coordinating Eurostat's relations with Higher Income Countries (HIC) and Russia, in particular implementing the EEA agreement in the field of statistics and the agreement with Switzerland on cooperation in the field of statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Change the focus of co-operation in Latin America from a programme-based approach to a looser one based on Memorandums of Understanding with regional organisations and larger countries in support of the development of national statistical systems of countries by sharing the EU's experience in selected fields of joint priority and promoting horizontal cooperation.
• Fostering Good Practices in the LAC Region: sharing progress and achievements of EU - driven subregional integration statistical projects in the LAC (Latin America and Caribbean) region to enhance cost effectiveness of EU efforts.  Preparation of a seminar with UN-ECLAC.
• Modernisation of statistical data transmission in the LAC region: training and technical assistance to develop capacities to use tools for data and metadata transmission by reference to the SDMX standard.
• Analysis and dissemination for water statistics on specific Central Asian countries: increase the capacity of target countries to improve environmental policies trough reliable statistics; to assist the EC in developing programmes on environmental issues for Central Asia on the basis of better water statistics.
•  IT tool to support price statistics in developing countries: analyse the possibility to provide support to improve price statistics in developing countries, focusing on IT tools for the establishment, harmonisation and analysis of price statistics.
•  Support to the recently created statistical subregional bodies in the ALA region: to share the EU experience in the establishment of RSDS (Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics) in close coordination with PARIS21. (By reference to ASEAN, Andean Community, Central America and Mercosur).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Support to the statistical capacity of the African Union Statistics Division: in the framework of the EU/Africa Strategic Partnership Eurostat ensure a constant support to the African Union Statistics Division through yearly agreed action plans including different kinds of activities, such as secondment of officials, training, sharing experience, produce joint publications, etc.
• Management of Commission's statistical relations with Asia through the implementation of MoUs: follow-up and implementation of road maps of MoUs with China, India and Kazakhstan, in support of the development of national statistical systems of these countries in areas of joint priority.
• ERETES (Software package for National Accounts); transfer of know-how and upgrading to SNA2008: upgrading in order to allow the production of National Accounts in line with the SNA 2008; maintenance; training of users and trainers, improve the coordination of the User Group.
• DISC database on international statistical cooperation projects: the existing database should be improved mainly through the creation of links to internal and external databases. The feasibility of other links should be studied.
• Analysis and dissemination of third countries data produced outside ESTAT: Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and socio-economic indicators analysis.
• Support to the users of the EUROTRACE software: coordination of the User Group and transfer the knowledge towards users; maintenance of the CIRCA dedicated website; training of users and trainers.
• Guide on statistical cooperation extended and updated according to the users' needs and expectations. Coherence between the new modules and the original guide maintained both in English and French and translated into Spanish. User-friendly on line version made available.
• ASTRA - Statistical training in international cooperation through support of NSIs in developing countries by providing a tool to identify training needs.
• Essential System of National Accounts (SNA): methodological support in the context of cooperation; support to the SNA2008 implementation through the preparation of the handbook "Essential SNA".
• Advisory group on international statistical cooperation: advisory group on the co-ordination of EU technical cooperation on statistics with developing countries aiming at increasing coordination of technical assistance, increase synergies, avoid duplication of efforts and contribute to increase aid effectiveness.
• Support to beneficiary countries and/regions in the preparation and implementation of National Plans for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) Advocacy material: assist recipient countries/regions to make aware or convince policy makers and funders on the need for increased financial assistance for the implementation NSDS; provide a user-friendly and updated set of NSDS (National Strategies for he Development of Strategies) guidelines; make proposals on guidelines towards costing an NSDS.
• Efficiency and effectiveness of the EU budgetary support instrument in ALA and ACP: assessment of applicable, objective indicators to analyze effectiveness and efficiency of projects for EU Budget Support.
• Implementation of Memorandums of Understanding and other relations with OECD countries and Russia: strengthen relations with OECD countries and Russia, follow up of MoU: to promote coordination and cooperation in statistics-related matters e.g. the production of official statistics, the promotion of best practices and the harnessing of appropriate synergies; organisation of study visits and seminars.
• Statistical cooperation with EFTA: implementation of the EEA Agreement on cooperation in the field of statistics.
• Statistical cooperation with Switzerland: implementation of the Agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on cooperation in the field of statistics.
• Working Group on International Relations (IRWG) and coordination of EU position through this group: assistance and support to the ESSC in the area of international relations; increased efficiency in international relations through better communication, coordination and consistent representation. Increased visibility and coordinated EU position.
• Development of the Global Statistical System (GSS): organisation of a seminar jointly with UNSD; organise a conference aiming at sharing common statistical standards and animate a discussion on GSS challenges; organise a seminar on spatial statistics.

Theme 8.05 - Relations with the ESS, inter-institutional and international relations

Fields of activities covered by the theme

•  Governance of the European Statistical System (ESS), through the management of the committees that form the core of the cooperation within the European Statistical System, in particular the European Statistical System Committee, the highest-level committee within the ESS representing the producers of European statistics, the European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC), providing a stakeholder perspective (users, respondents and producers) on the relevance and priorities of EU statistics as well as the associated costs and resources, and the European Statistical Governance Advisory Board (ESGAB), whose role is to provide an independent overview of the ESS as regards the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice.
• Ensuring efficient co-operation with the Council, the European Parliament, the European System of Central Banks, the EESC (European Economic and Social Committee) and the CoR (Committee of the Regions) with regard to the statistical legislative production.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide the Secretariat for ESAC;
• Provide the Secretariat for the ESSC;
• Organise the DGINS Conference, in collaboration with the host country;
• Preparation of the 2013 Eurostat Conference;
• Provide secretariat to ESGAB.


5.7 Technical cooperation and capacity building programmes (Eurostat)
Theme 6.07 - Statistical cooperation with the candidate and potential candidate countries

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Preparation of candidate and potential candidate countries for EU membership by aligning their methodologies and practices with the statistical acquis and integrating them into the European Statistical System.
• Inputs to meetings under the structures of the Stabilisation and Association Agreements / European Agreements and inputs to the Commission's annual progress reports and its opinions on countries' applications for EU membership.
• Provision of harmonised statistics covering the candidate and potential candidate countries.
• Screening, negotiations and follow-up of the commitments regarding the statistics chapter and the statistics component of other chapters.
• Assistance to the candidate and potential candidate countries involving the entire cycle for assistance programmes with programming, tendering, implementation and evaluation under the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Provision of support to population and housing censuses for candidate and potential candidate countries;
• Support regional cooperation in the Western Balkan countries through the organisation of conferences, seminars, events with a regional perspective to foster regional cooperation and understanding.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Monitor the statistical systems in candidate countries and potential candidates using different assessment instruments (global assessments, peer reviews, compliance monitoring database, Eurostat annual assessment missions).
• Production and dissemination of statistical data on candidate countries and potential candidates through publications and updating the Eurostat website.
• Coordinate, design, contract, implement and follow-up cooperation programmes for candidate countries and potential candidates  to assist candidate countries and potential candidates in aligning their statistical production with the acquis.
• Support the EU enlargement policy through participation in sub-committee meetings under the Accession / European Agreements, following-up on commitments on chapter 18 from the negotiation process, contributing to the annual EU progress reports.



3. Environment and multi-domain statistics (Eurostat)
5.1 Institutional frameworks and principles, role and organisation of official statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 8.04 - Management of legal bases

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Activities to ensure the application and coherence of statistical legislation, contribution to relevant Commission-wide reporting requirements and relations with European Parliament and the Council on legislative matters.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Ensure an efficient development, production and dissemination of European statistics; establish guiding principles for future statistical legislation.
• Amending Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 on European statistics and Commission Decision 97/281/EC on the role of Eurostat.


5.2 Statistical programmes, coordination within statistical systems (Eurostat)
Theme 6.01 - Quality, evaluation, statistical coordination and classifications

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Coordination of quality aspects within the production of European statistics and contribute to the revision and extension of the existing quality framework in the ESS to better fit the requirements laid done in Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics.
• Monitoring and promoting the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice (CoP).
• Provision of guidelines for the implementation of the ESS quality assurance framework for statistical processes and outputs.
• Mid term and ex-post evaluation of Community Statistical programs.
• Update and maintenance of the Eurostat's metadata server (RAMON), which makes available statistical classifications and the relevant correspondence tables, standard code lists, statistical concepts and definitions, legal acts pertaining to statistics and methodological manuals.
• Development, updating and implementation of a harmonised set of central statistical classifications such as the European Classification of Economic Activities (NACE), the Statistical Classification of Products by Activities (CPA), the International Standard Classification on Occupations (ISCO), the Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose (COICOP), the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) and the Combined Nomenclature (CN) of commodities and the Geonomenclature of countries for the European Statistical System.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Coordinated implementation of ISCED 2011 including the updating of legal acts to the new classification.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Manage and disseminate methodological metadata.
• Coordinated implementation of ISCO 08.
• Have an ESeC (European Socio-economic Classification) classification exclusively based on core variables to allow for an implementation in all social surveys - Study the possibility of providing more precise results from the LFS for the classification with non-core existent variables.
• Update and maintain the CN, if necessary - Intrastat and related products (self-explanatory texts, correlation tables etc.) as well as the Geonomenclature. Link to the classification for trade in services.
• Quality assurance of and participation in the preparation of Q2012.
• Continue workon the ESS Quality Assurance Framework, developed by the Sponsorship on Quality.
• Providing guidance to production units concerning the implementation of ESQRS (ESS Standard for Quality Reports Structure) and ESMS (Euro-SDMX Metadata Structure) quality reporting guidelines and setting standards across the ESS for quality reporting.
• Undertake actions aimed at improving compliance with the Code of Practice.
• Undertake a new cycle of quality assessments with production units, based on the experiences and lessons learned from the 2008-2011 cycle.
• Report to the EP and Council describing the evaluation of the CSP 2008-2012 and recommendation to follow.

Theme 8.03 - Management and statistical programmes

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Strategic management;
• Management support;
• Internal control;
• Annual and multi-annual programmes;
• Administrative simplification and response burden reduction.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Preparation of Annual Activity Report (AAR) and all related issues (e.g. Déclaration d'Assurance, relations with Court of Auditors, synthesis report, ...);
• Project and process management support;
• Commission's Statistical Annual Work Programme including the priority setting;
• Contributions to the Action Programme for reducing administrative burdens in the EU;
• Preparation of the European Statistical Programme 2013-2017;
• Internal Control Standards Assessment.


5.4 Management and development of human resources (Eurostat)
Theme 6.02 Statistical training

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Conception and implementation of Eurostat's learning and development strategy for statistical training in the ESS (the ESS Learning and Development Framework (the LDF)) aiming at:

• Improving the overall quality of European statistics;
• Raising the qualification of statisticians in the ESS in order to promote their independence in line with the European Statistics Code of Practice;
• Encouraging both theoretical and practical learning and development;
• Encouraging the exchange of best practices, know how and experience;
• Supporting the implementation of the reengineering of the statistical production processes in the ESS and the required adapted skills and competence needs;
• Providing new alternative learning and development opportunities beyond traditional training;
• Definition of appropriate set up of a European Master's in Official Statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Establish annual ESTP (European Statistical Training Programme): ESTP Annual Catalogue 2013;
• Implementation of the ESS-LDF (European Statistical System - Learning and Development Framework) projects on e-learning, interactive platform, and competences;
• VIP Project: Study within the framework of the project EMOS (European Master in Official Statistics).


5.5 Technological resources (including standards for electronic data exchange and data sharing) (Eurostat)
Theme 6.03 - IT support for statistical production

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Functional studies / feasibility studies for sector and horizontal projects;
• Maintenance of existing statistical production systems;
• Harmonisation, consolidation and reengineering of existing statistical production systems;
• Enhancing functionalities of IT components used in the statistical production;
• Maintenance and improvement of the database systems used for dissemination;
• Interfacing common building blocks into existing production systems;
• Participation in the implementation of Joint ESS Strategy on the production method of EU statistics by identifying best practices across the EU, by stimulating the use of standard tools and by providing IT components usable by Eurostat and Member States.

The main actions are directly linked to the Joint ESS Strategy on the production method of EU statistics as follows:

• The consolidation and improvements of systems target data integration and the creation of data warehouses for cross domain statistics and cost minimisation. (CVD = Cycle de Vie des Données = Data Life Cycle).
• The sharing of data validation tools by the ESS members will reduce the burden of the Member States and Eurostat, and at the same time increase quality through harmonisation of procedures and the use of the same metadata.
• Sponsoring the development of a common reference environment and infrastructure through the ESSNet CORE (COmmon Reference Environment).
• Development of a common reference environment and infrastructure.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Data Life Cycle (CVD): Continue the consolidation of IT systems for statistical production in Eurostat by applying the CVD principles.
• Definition of a common reference environment towards which NSIs can develop. Sharing of production tools within the ESS.

Theme 6.04 - IT standards, tools and services for data exchange in the ESS

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Optimisation of Eurostat interaction with users and partners in the area of data and metadata exchange by the means of:

• Cooperation with international institutions (UN, OECD, IMF, WB and others) on the Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX) standard.
• Developing common tools for efficient and secure exchange of statistical data and metadata in the European Statistical System in cooperation with other relevant Commission services, the European System of Central Banks and international organisations.
• Providing standard web services available on Internet for Statistical production process components.
• Standards and software for Eurostat data collection from European Statistical System.
• Re-engineering of the current production processes under way: this concerns the rationalisation of the IT architecture and the introduction of a more interactive production chain on the basis of a solution via a common IT infrastructure.
• Harmonisation through the use of common standards within the ESS, together with process harmonisation through the promotion of methodologies based on common software tools.
• Data collection tools and methods and standardisation for European Statistical System raw data collections.
• Data collection tools and methods and standardisation for Eurostat data and metadata collection from European Statistical System.
• Developing and sponsoring development of a common IT infrastructure, the creation of a shared production and or dissemination environment within ESS, e.g., common reference infrastructure.
• Exchange of common software tools, mostly open source, e.g., SDMX tools.

The actions are aiming at creating of more integrated systems by fully exploiting synergies and economies of scale. The goal is better interaction with ESS partners and better integration of the ESS business. The better integration of the statistical work done in the ESS with the one done in Eurostat will lead to improve efficiency and quality (comparability and timeliness) and to reduce costs by the means of standardisation. Standardisation of methods and IT-tools is one of the cornerstones of the efficiency vision contained in Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Use the standard software: Single Entry Point for all regular data and metadata transmissions from Member States, based on standardised formats (GESMES, SDMX) where appropriate.
• Data transmission: coordination and promotion activities with Local Coordinator network.
• Data transmission: maintain and improve the IT applications used for the Single Entry Point. Develop reliable IT tools, with improvements in performance and functionality, which are available for all national authorities for transmitting, uploading or transferring data via the Single Entry Point.
• Cooperation on enhancement of SDMX standards and capacity-building related actions.
• Support and implementation actions related to SDMX and GESMES in Eurostat and MS. Implement the SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange) standards and guidelines for data and metadata exchange, sharing and dissemination between the members of ESS. Put in place more efficient processes for exchange, sharing and dissemination of statistical data and metadata.
• Flexible access to 2011 census data for users. Operational SDMX Hub system for census data, using  SDMX standards and architecture.
• Data collection and data exchange in ESS using SDMX architecture for delivering data in the ESS. Develop IT infrastructure for SDMX implementation allowing sharing common IT tools and easier data exchange. IT tools and components to enable the implementation of SDMX within the ESS.
• Implement a single IT environment and services for structural and reference metadata allowing standard access for ESS partners and within Eurostat. Common IT system for metadata management within the ESS, using the SDMX standards and architecture.
• Maintain Open Source Software repository and perform related actions on software sharing.


5.6 Co-ordination of international statistical work (Eurostat)
Theme 6.08 - Statistical cooperation with countries covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Providing technical (statistical) advice to the EU's external action service (EEAS), including EU Delegations in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries;
• Support the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy through provision of statistical data;
• Contribute to the design and implementation of statistical assistance programmes in the ENP East countries;
• Contribute to EU efforts to build statistical capacity within the framework of the MEDSTAT programme of statistical cooperation with the ENP South countries;
• Assisting the ENP South countries in designing their regional strategy for statistics;
• Assisting the ENP countries to gradually align their statistical systems with that of the EU;
• Encouraging the application of best practices from the European Statistical System to be applied in ENP countries through mutual contacts, training, study visits, workshops, seminars, and attendance at meetings;
• Collecting and publishing a range of data from the ENP countries, as an input to the Commission assessment of progress in the countries, and  to maintain momentum for harmonisation of data for the region.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Negotiation and follow-up of the implementation of the statistics chapter in the Association Agreements between the EU and the ENP East countries through the provision of input to legal agreements, annual follow up and reporting on progress.
• Assist ENP East countries in developing assistance programmes and projects, promote their funding with the relevant stakeholders, be involved in their implementation through reading reports, reviewing progress and participating in steering committees.
• Collect, validate and process data from the ENP East countries In order to update Eurobase and produce publications on key statistical indicators for ENP-East countries.
• Development of a regional strategy for cooperation with the ENP-South countries beyond the end of MEDSTAT III, so as to reinforce the achievements of the MEDSTAT programmes.
• Collect, validate and process data from the ENP South countries to update Eurobase and produce publications on key statistical indicators for ENP-South countries.
• Support the implementation of the MEDSTAT III programme by giving technical advice on content, experts, work programme to the contracting authority (DG EuropeAid Development and Cooperation).
• Negotiation and follow-up of the implementation of the statistics chapter in the Advanced Status Agreements between the EU and the ENP South countries through the provision of input to Legal Agreements, follow-up of their implementation, reporting on implementation.
• Management of high level seminars, workshops, training courses for European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries on key themes such as classifications, coordination of statistical systems, quality, strategic management, selected statistical topics, the ESS, etc. to provide a forum for discussion and exchange of experience, and encourage capacity building.
• Support other Commission services in the implementation of technical assistance programmes through advice on statistical issues in technical assistance programmes on energy and environment with a view of obtaining statistical data in these areas.
• Assess and monitor the development of the statistical system in the ENP countries through launching and implementing global assessments, reviews and other kinds of assessments for the ENP countries.
• Support the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy through promoting the importance of statistics for European policy purposes (monitoring and design) including the need of support to the NSIs in terms of statistical assistance programmes.

Theme 6.09 - International statistical cooperation

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Providing advice and expertise to Commission services (in particular the External Relations Directorates-General, and the delegations) and national statistical authorities with respect to European Commission development and cooperation policies (identification, planning, implementation and evaluation of statistical projects or the statistical elements of more wide-ranging development projects) and coordinating Eurostat units' contribution to this work;
• Assisting the European Commission in relations with international organisations and in matters of common statistical interest with non-European regions or countries;
• Advocating and promoting good governance through statistics in the EU's external relations policy;
• Monitoring and coordinating EU efforts to build statistical capacity in countries outside Europe within the framework of international commitments such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);
• Encouraging the application of ESS best practice in non-EU countries through mutual contacts, training, study visits and attendance at meetings;
• Collecting data on non-EU countries obtained from all available sources for use by Commission services in pursuit of their external relations policies and, subject to agreement with data suppliers, the wider community of users;
• Ensuring that stakeholders are kept adequately informed through efficient communication;
• Representing Eurostat in international organisations;
• Coordinating Eurostat's relations with Higher Income Countries (HIC) and Russia, in particular implementing the EEA agreement in the field of statistics and the agreement with Switzerland on cooperation in the field of statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Change the focus of co-operation in Latin America from a programme-based approach to a looser one based on Memorandums of Understanding with regional organisations and larger countries in support of the development of national statistical systems of countries by sharing the EU's experience in selected fields of joint priority and promoting horizontal cooperation.
• Fostering Good Practices in the LAC Region: sharing progress and achievements of EU - driven subregional integration statistical projects in the LAC (Latin America and Caribbean) region to enhance cost effectiveness of EU efforts.  Preparation of a seminar with UN-ECLAC.
• Modernisation of statistical data transmission in the LAC region: training and technical assistance to develop capacities to use tools for data and metadata transmission by reference to the SDMX standard.
• Analysis and dissemination for water statistics on specific Central Asian countries: increase the capacity of target countries to improve environmental policies trough reliable statistics; to assist the EC in developing programmes on environmental issues for Central Asia on the basis of better water statistics.
•  IT tool to support price statistics in developing countries: analyse the possibility to provide support to improve price statistics in developing countries, focusing on IT tools for the establishment, harmonisation and analysis of price statistics.
•  Support to the recently created statistical subregional bodies in the ALA region: to share the EU experience in the establishment of RSDS (Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics) in close coordination with PARIS21. (By reference to ASEAN, Andean Community, Central America and Mercosur).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Support to the statistical capacity of the African Union Statistics Division: in the framework of the EU/Africa Strategic Partnership Eurostat ensure a constant support to the African Union Statistics Division through yearly agreed action plans including different kinds of activities, such as secondment of officials, training, sharing experience, produce joint publications, etc.
• Management of Commission's statistical relations with Asia through the implementation of MoUs: follow-up and implementation of road maps of MoUs with China, India and Kazakhstan, in support of the development of national statistical systems of these countries in areas of joint priority.
• ERETES (Software package for National Accounts); transfer of know-how and upgrading to SNA2008: upgrading in order to allow the production of National Accounts in line with the SNA 2008; maintenance; training of users and trainers, improve the coordination of the User Group.
• DISC database on international statistical cooperation projects: the existing database should be improved mainly through the creation of links to internal and external databases. The feasibility of other links should be studied.
• Analysis and dissemination of third countries data produced outside ESTAT: Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and socio-economic indicators analysis.
• Support to the users of the EUROTRACE software: coordination of the User Group and transfer the knowledge towards users; maintenance of the CIRCA dedicated website; training of users and trainers.
• Guide on statistical cooperation extended and updated according to the users' needs and expectations. Coherence between the new modules and the original guide maintained both in English and French and translated into Spanish. User-friendly on line version made available.
• ASTRA - Statistical training in international cooperation through support of NSIs in developing countries by providing a tool to identify training needs.
• Essential System of National Accounts (SNA): methodological support in the context of cooperation; support to the SNA2008 implementation through the preparation of the handbook "Essential SNA".
• Advisory group on international statistical cooperation: advisory group on the co-ordination of EU technical cooperation on statistics with developing countries aiming at increasing coordination of technical assistance, increase synergies, avoid duplication of efforts and contribute to increase aid effectiveness.
• Support to beneficiary countries and/regions in the preparation and implementation of National Plans for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) Advocacy material: assist recipient countries/regions to make aware or convince policy makers and funders on the need for increased financial assistance for the implementation NSDS; provide a user-friendly and updated set of NSDS (National Strategies for he Development of Strategies) guidelines; make proposals on guidelines towards costing an NSDS.
• Efficiency and effectiveness of the EU budgetary support instrument in ALA and ACP: assessment of applicable, objective indicators to analyze effectiveness and efficiency of projects for EU Budget Support.
• Implementation of Memorandums of Understanding and other relations with OECD countries and Russia: strengthen relations with OECD countries and Russia, follow up of MoU: to promote coordination and cooperation in statistics-related matters e.g. the production of official statistics, the promotion of best practices and the harnessing of appropriate synergies; organisation of study visits and seminars.
• Statistical cooperation with EFTA: implementation of the EEA Agreement on cooperation in the field of statistics.
• Statistical cooperation with Switzerland: implementation of the Agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on cooperation in the field of statistics.
• Working Group on International Relations (IRWG) and coordination of EU position through this group: assistance and support to the ESSC in the area of international relations; increased efficiency in international relations through better communication, coordination and consistent representation. Increased visibility and coordinated EU position.
• Development of the Global Statistical System (GSS): organisation of a seminar jointly with UNSD; organise a conference aiming at sharing common statistical standards and animate a discussion on GSS challenges; organise a seminar on spatial statistics.

Theme 8.05 - Relations with the ESS, inter-institutional and international relations

Fields of activities covered by the theme

•  Governance of the European Statistical System (ESS), through the management of the committees that form the core of the cooperation within the European Statistical System, in particular the European Statistical System Committee, the highest-level committee within the ESS representing the producers of European statistics, the European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC), providing a stakeholder perspective (users, respondents and producers) on the relevance and priorities of EU statistics as well as the associated costs and resources, and the European Statistical Governance Advisory Board (ESGAB), whose role is to provide an independent overview of the ESS as regards the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice.
• Ensuring efficient co-operation with the Council, the European Parliament, the European System of Central Banks, the EESC (European Economic and Social Committee) and the CoR (Committee of the Regions) with regard to the statistical legislative production.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide the Secretariat for ESAC;
• Provide the Secretariat for the ESSC;
• Organise the DGINS Conference, in collaboration with the host country;
• Preparation of the 2013 Eurostat Conference;
• Provide secretariat to ESGAB.


5.7 Technical cooperation and capacity building programmes (Eurostat)
Theme 6.07 - Statistical cooperation with the candidate and potential candidate countries

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Preparation of candidate and potential candidate countries for EU membership by aligning their methodologies and practices with the statistical acquis and integrating them into the European Statistical System.
• Inputs to meetings under the structures of the Stabilisation and Association Agreements / European Agreements and inputs to the Commission's annual progress reports and its opinions on countries' applications for EU membership.
• Provision of harmonised statistics covering the candidate and potential candidate countries.
• Screening, negotiations and follow-up of the commitments regarding the statistics chapter and the statistics component of other chapters.
• Assistance to the candidate and potential candidate countries involving the entire cycle for assistance programmes with programming, tendering, implementation and evaluation under the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Provision of support to population and housing censuses for candidate and potential candidate countries;
• Support regional cooperation in the Western Balkan countries through the organisation of conferences, seminars, events with a regional perspective to foster regional cooperation and understanding.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Monitor the statistical systems in candidate countries and potential candidates using different assessment instruments (global assessments, peer reviews, compliance monitoring database, Eurostat annual assessment missions).
• Production and dissemination of statistical data on candidate countries and potential candidates through publications and updating the Eurostat website.
• Coordinate, design, contract, implement and follow-up cooperation programmes for candidate countries and potential candidates  to assist candidate countries and potential candidates in aligning their statistical production with the acquis.
• Support the EU enlargement policy through participation in sub-committee meetings under the Accession / European Agreements, following-up on commitments on chapter 18 from the negotiation process, contributing to the annual EU progress reports.



4. Methodology of data collection, processing, dissemination and analysis (Eurostat)
5.1 Institutional frameworks and principles, role and organisation of official statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 8.04 - Management of legal bases

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Activities to ensure the application and coherence of statistical legislation, contribution to relevant Commission-wide reporting requirements and relations with European Parliament and the Council on legislative matters.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Ensure an efficient development, production and dissemination of European statistics; establish guiding principles for future statistical legislation.
• Amending Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 on European statistics and Commission Decision 97/281/EC on the role of Eurostat.


5.2 Statistical programmes, coordination within statistical systems (Eurostat)
Theme 6.01 - Quality, evaluation, statistical coordination and classifications

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Coordination of quality aspects within the production of European statistics and contribute to the revision and extension of the existing quality framework in the ESS to better fit the requirements laid done in Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics.
• Monitoring and promoting the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice (CoP).
• Provision of guidelines for the implementation of the ESS quality assurance framework for statistical processes and outputs.
• Mid term and ex-post evaluation of Community Statistical programs.
• Update and maintenance of the Eurostat's metadata server (RAMON), which makes available statistical classifications and the relevant correspondence tables, standard code lists, statistical concepts and definitions, legal acts pertaining to statistics and methodological manuals.
• Development, updating and implementation of a harmonised set of central statistical classifications such as the European Classification of Economic Activities (NACE), the Statistical Classification of Products by Activities (CPA), the International Standard Classification on Occupations (ISCO), the Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose (COICOP), the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) and the Combined Nomenclature (CN) of commodities and the Geonomenclature of countries for the European Statistical System.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Coordinated implementation of ISCED 2011 including the updating of legal acts to the new classification.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Manage and disseminate methodological metadata.
• Coordinated implementation of ISCO 08.
• Have an ESeC (European Socio-economic Classification) classification exclusively based on core variables to allow for an implementation in all social surveys - Study the possibility of providing more precise results from the LFS for the classification with non-core existent variables.
• Update and maintain the CN, if necessary - Intrastat and related products (self-explanatory texts, correlation tables etc.) as well as the Geonomenclature. Link to the classification for trade in services.
• Quality assurance of and participation in the preparation of Q2012.
• Continue workon the ESS Quality Assurance Framework, developed by the Sponsorship on Quality.
• Providing guidance to production units concerning the implementation of ESQRS (ESS Standard for Quality Reports Structure) and ESMS (Euro-SDMX Metadata Structure) quality reporting guidelines and setting standards across the ESS for quality reporting.
• Undertake actions aimed at improving compliance with the Code of Practice.
• Undertake a new cycle of quality assessments with production units, based on the experiences and lessons learned from the 2008-2011 cycle.
• Report to the EP and Council describing the evaluation of the CSP 2008-2012 and recommendation to follow.

Theme 8.03 - Management and statistical programmes

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Strategic management;
• Management support;
• Internal control;
• Annual and multi-annual programmes;
• Administrative simplification and response burden reduction.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Preparation of Annual Activity Report (AAR) and all related issues (e.g. Déclaration d'Assurance, relations with Court of Auditors, synthesis report, ...);
• Project and process management support;
• Commission's Statistical Annual Work Programme including the priority setting;
• Contributions to the Action Programme for reducing administrative burdens in the EU;
• Preparation of the European Statistical Programme 2013-2017;
• Internal Control Standards Assessment.


5.4 Management and development of human resources (Eurostat)
Theme 6.02 Statistical training

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Conception and implementation of Eurostat's learning and development strategy for statistical training in the ESS (the ESS Learning and Development Framework (the LDF)) aiming at:

• Improving the overall quality of European statistics;
• Raising the qualification of statisticians in the ESS in order to promote their independence in line with the European Statistics Code of Practice;
• Encouraging both theoretical and practical learning and development;
• Encouraging the exchange of best practices, know how and experience;
• Supporting the implementation of the reengineering of the statistical production processes in the ESS and the required adapted skills and competence needs;
• Providing new alternative learning and development opportunities beyond traditional training;
• Definition of appropriate set up of a European Master's in Official Statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Establish annual ESTP (European Statistical Training Programme): ESTP Annual Catalogue 2013;
• Implementation of the ESS-LDF (European Statistical System - Learning and Development Framework) projects on e-learning, interactive platform, and competences;
• VIP Project: Study within the framework of the project EMOS (European Master in Official Statistics).


5.5 Technological resources (including standards for electronic data exchange and data sharing) (Eurostat)
Theme 6.03 - IT support for statistical production

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Functional studies / feasibility studies for sector and horizontal projects;
• Maintenance of existing statistical production systems;
• Harmonisation, consolidation and reengineering of existing statistical production systems;
• Enhancing functionalities of IT components used in the statistical production;
• Maintenance and improvement of the database systems used for dissemination;
• Interfacing common building blocks into existing production systems;
• Participation in the implementation of Joint ESS Strategy on the production method of EU statistics by identifying best practices across the EU, by stimulating the use of standard tools and by providing IT components usable by Eurostat and Member States.

The main actions are directly linked to the Joint ESS Strategy on the production method of EU statistics as follows:

• The consolidation and improvements of systems target data integration and the creation of data warehouses for cross domain statistics and cost minimisation. (CVD = Cycle de Vie des Données = Data Life Cycle).
• The sharing of data validation tools by the ESS members will reduce the burden of the Member States and Eurostat, and at the same time increase quality through harmonisation of procedures and the use of the same metadata.
• Sponsoring the development of a common reference environment and infrastructure through the ESSNet CORE (COmmon Reference Environment).
• Development of a common reference environment and infrastructure.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Data Life Cycle (CVD): Continue the consolidation of IT systems for statistical production in Eurostat by applying the CVD principles.
• Definition of a common reference environment towards which NSIs can develop. Sharing of production tools within the ESS.

Theme 6.04 - IT standards, tools and services for data exchange in the ESS

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Optimisation of Eurostat interaction with users and partners in the area of data and metadata exchange by the means of:

• Cooperation with international institutions (UN, OECD, IMF, WB and others) on the Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX) standard.
• Developing common tools for efficient and secure exchange of statistical data and metadata in the European Statistical System in cooperation with other relevant Commission services, the European System of Central Banks and international organisations.
• Providing standard web services available on Internet for Statistical production process components.
• Standards and software for Eurostat data collection from European Statistical System.
• Re-engineering of the current production processes under way: this concerns the rationalisation of the IT architecture and the introduction of a more interactive production chain on the basis of a solution via a common IT infrastructure.
• Harmonisation through the use of common standards within the ESS, together with process harmonisation through the promotion of methodologies based on common software tools.
• Data collection tools and methods and standardisation for European Statistical System raw data collections.
• Data collection tools and methods and standardisation for Eurostat data and metadata collection from European Statistical System.
• Developing and sponsoring development of a common IT infrastructure, the creation of a shared production and or dissemination environment within ESS, e.g., common reference infrastructure.
• Exchange of common software tools, mostly open source, e.g., SDMX tools.

The actions are aiming at creating of more integrated systems by fully exploiting synergies and economies of scale. The goal is better interaction with ESS partners and better integration of the ESS business. The better integration of the statistical work done in the ESS with the one done in Eurostat will lead to improve efficiency and quality (comparability and timeliness) and to reduce costs by the means of standardisation. Standardisation of methods and IT-tools is one of the cornerstones of the efficiency vision contained in Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Use the standard software: Single Entry Point for all regular data and metadata transmissions from Member States, based on standardised formats (GESMES, SDMX) where appropriate.
• Data transmission: coordination and promotion activities with Local Coordinator network.
• Data transmission: maintain and improve the IT applications used for the Single Entry Point. Develop reliable IT tools, with improvements in performance and functionality, which are available for all national authorities for transmitting, uploading or transferring data via the Single Entry Point.
• Cooperation on enhancement of SDMX standards and capacity-building related actions.
• Support and implementation actions related to SDMX and GESMES in Eurostat and MS. Implement the SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange) standards and guidelines for data and metadata exchange, sharing and dissemination between the members of ESS. Put in place more efficient processes for exchange, sharing and dissemination of statistical data and metadata.
• Flexible access to 2011 census data for users. Operational SDMX Hub system for census data, using  SDMX standards and architecture.
• Data collection and data exchange in ESS using SDMX architecture for delivering data in the ESS. Develop IT infrastructure for SDMX implementation allowing sharing common IT tools and easier data exchange. IT tools and components to enable the implementation of SDMX within the ESS.
• Implement a single IT environment and services for structural and reference metadata allowing standard access for ESS partners and within Eurostat. Common IT system for metadata management within the ESS, using the SDMX standards and architecture.
• Maintain Open Source Software repository and perform related actions on software sharing.


5.6 Co-ordination of international statistical work (Eurostat)
Theme 6.08 - Statistical cooperation with countries covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Providing technical (statistical) advice to the EU's external action service (EEAS), including EU Delegations in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries;
• Support the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy through provision of statistical data;
• Contribute to the design and implementation of statistical assistance programmes in the ENP East countries;
• Contribute to EU efforts to build statistical capacity within the framework of the MEDSTAT programme of statistical cooperation with the ENP South countries;
• Assisting the ENP South countries in designing their regional strategy for statistics;
• Assisting the ENP countries to gradually align their statistical systems with that of the EU;
• Encouraging the application of best practices from the European Statistical System to be applied in ENP countries through mutual contacts, training, study visits, workshops, seminars, and attendance at meetings;
• Collecting and publishing a range of data from the ENP countries, as an input to the Commission assessment of progress in the countries, and  to maintain momentum for harmonisation of data for the region.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Negotiation and follow-up of the implementation of the statistics chapter in the Association Agreements between the EU and the ENP East countries through the provision of input to legal agreements, annual follow up and reporting on progress.
• Assist ENP East countries in developing assistance programmes and projects, promote their funding with the relevant stakeholders, be involved in their implementation through reading reports, reviewing progress and participating in steering committees.
• Collect, validate and process data from the ENP East countries In order to update Eurobase and produce publications on key statistical indicators for ENP-East countries.
• Development of a regional strategy for cooperation with the ENP-South countries beyond the end of MEDSTAT III, so as to reinforce the achievements of the MEDSTAT programmes.
• Collect, validate and process data from the ENP South countries to update Eurobase and produce publications on key statistical indicators for ENP-South countries.
• Support the implementation of the MEDSTAT III programme by giving technical advice on content, experts, work programme to the contracting authority (DG EuropeAid Development and Cooperation).
• Negotiation and follow-up of the implementation of the statistics chapter in the Advanced Status Agreements between the EU and the ENP South countries through the provision of input to Legal Agreements, follow-up of their implementation, reporting on implementation.
• Management of high level seminars, workshops, training courses for European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries on key themes such as classifications, coordination of statistical systems, quality, strategic management, selected statistical topics, the ESS, etc. to provide a forum for discussion and exchange of experience, and encourage capacity building.
• Support other Commission services in the implementation of technical assistance programmes through advice on statistical issues in technical assistance programmes on energy and environment with a view of obtaining statistical data in these areas.
• Assess and monitor the development of the statistical system in the ENP countries through launching and implementing global assessments, reviews and other kinds of assessments for the ENP countries.
• Support the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy through promoting the importance of statistics for European policy purposes (monitoring and design) including the need of support to the NSIs in terms of statistical assistance programmes.

Theme 6.09 - International statistical cooperation

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Providing advice and expertise to Commission services (in particular the External Relations Directorates-General, and the delegations) and national statistical authorities with respect to European Commission development and cooperation policies (identification, planning, implementation and evaluation of statistical projects or the statistical elements of more wide-ranging development projects) and coordinating Eurostat units' contribution to this work;
• Assisting the European Commission in relations with international organisations and in matters of common statistical interest with non-European regions or countries;
• Advocating and promoting good governance through statistics in the EU's external relations policy;
• Monitoring and coordinating EU efforts to build statistical capacity in countries outside Europe within the framework of international commitments such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);
• Encouraging the application of ESS best practice in non-EU countries through mutual contacts, training, study visits and attendance at meetings;
• Collecting data on non-EU countries obtained from all available sources for use by Commission services in pursuit of their external relations policies and, subject to agreement with data suppliers, the wider community of users;
• Ensuring that stakeholders are kept adequately informed through efficient communication;
• Representing Eurostat in international organisations;
• Coordinating Eurostat's relations with Higher Income Countries (HIC) and Russia, in particular implementing the EEA agreement in the field of statistics and the agreement with Switzerland on cooperation in the field of statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Change the focus of co-operation in Latin America from a programme-based approach to a looser one based on Memorandums of Understanding with regional organisations and larger countries in support of the development of national statistical systems of countries by sharing the EU's experience in selected fields of joint priority and promoting horizontal cooperation.
• Fostering Good Practices in the LAC Region: sharing progress and achievements of EU - driven subregional integration statistical projects in the LAC (Latin America and Caribbean) region to enhance cost effectiveness of EU efforts.  Preparation of a seminar with UN-ECLAC.
• Modernisation of statistical data transmission in the LAC region: training and technical assistance to develop capacities to use tools for data and metadata transmission by reference to the SDMX standard.
• Analysis and dissemination for water statistics on specific Central Asian countries: increase the capacity of target countries to improve environmental policies trough reliable statistics; to assist the EC in developing programmes on environmental issues for Central Asia on the basis of better water statistics.
•  IT tool to support price statistics in developing countries: analyse the possibility to provide support to improve price statistics in developing countries, focusing on IT tools for the establishment, harmonisation and analysis of price statistics.
•  Support to the recently created statistical subregional bodies in the ALA region: to share the EU experience in the establishment of RSDS (Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics) in close coordination with PARIS21. (By reference to ASEAN, Andean Community, Central America and Mercosur).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Support to the statistical capacity of the African Union Statistics Division: in the framework of the EU/Africa Strategic Partnership Eurostat ensure a constant support to the African Union Statistics Division through yearly agreed action plans including different kinds of activities, such as secondment of officials, training, sharing experience, produce joint publications, etc.
• Management of Commission's statistical relations with Asia through the implementation of MoUs: follow-up and implementation of road maps of MoUs with China, India and Kazakhstan, in support of the development of national statistical systems of these countries in areas of joint priority.
• ERETES (Software package for National Accounts); transfer of know-how and upgrading to SNA2008: upgrading in order to allow the production of National Accounts in line with the SNA 2008; maintenance; training of users and trainers, improve the coordination of the User Group.
• DISC database on international statistical cooperation projects: the existing database should be improved mainly through the creation of links to internal and external databases. The feasibility of other links should be studied.
• Analysis and dissemination of third countries data produced outside ESTAT: Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and socio-economic indicators analysis.
• Support to the users of the EUROTRACE software: coordination of the User Group and transfer the knowledge towards users; maintenance of the CIRCA dedicated website; training of users and trainers.
• Guide on statistical cooperation extended and updated according to the users' needs and expectations. Coherence between the new modules and the original guide maintained both in English and French and translated into Spanish. User-friendly on line version made available.
• ASTRA - Statistical training in international cooperation through support of NSIs in developing countries by providing a tool to identify training needs.
• Essential System of National Accounts (SNA): methodological support in the context of cooperation; support to the SNA2008 implementation through the preparation of the handbook "Essential SNA".
• Advisory group on international statistical cooperation: advisory group on the co-ordination of EU technical cooperation on statistics with developing countries aiming at increasing coordination of technical assistance, increase synergies, avoid duplication of efforts and contribute to increase aid effectiveness.
• Support to beneficiary countries and/regions in the preparation and implementation of National Plans for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) Advocacy material: assist recipient countries/regions to make aware or convince policy makers and funders on the need for increased financial assistance for the implementation NSDS; provide a user-friendly and updated set of NSDS (National Strategies for he Development of Strategies) guidelines; make proposals on guidelines towards costing an NSDS.
• Efficiency and effectiveness of the EU budgetary support instrument in ALA and ACP: assessment of applicable, objective indicators to analyze effectiveness and efficiency of projects for EU Budget Support.
• Implementation of Memorandums of Understanding and other relations with OECD countries and Russia: strengthen relations with OECD countries and Russia, follow up of MoU: to promote coordination and cooperation in statistics-related matters e.g. the production of official statistics, the promotion of best practices and the harnessing of appropriate synergies; organisation of study visits and seminars.
• Statistical cooperation with EFTA: implementation of the EEA Agreement on cooperation in the field of statistics.
• Statistical cooperation with Switzerland: implementation of the Agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on cooperation in the field of statistics.
• Working Group on International Relations (IRWG) and coordination of EU position through this group: assistance and support to the ESSC in the area of international relations; increased efficiency in international relations through better communication, coordination and consistent representation. Increased visibility and coordinated EU position.
• Development of the Global Statistical System (GSS): organisation of a seminar jointly with UNSD; organise a conference aiming at sharing common statistical standards and animate a discussion on GSS challenges; organise a seminar on spatial statistics.

Theme 8.05 - Relations with the ESS, inter-institutional and international relations

Fields of activities covered by the theme

•  Governance of the European Statistical System (ESS), through the management of the committees that form the core of the cooperation within the European Statistical System, in particular the European Statistical System Committee, the highest-level committee within the ESS representing the producers of European statistics, the European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC), providing a stakeholder perspective (users, respondents and producers) on the relevance and priorities of EU statistics as well as the associated costs and resources, and the European Statistical Governance Advisory Board (ESGAB), whose role is to provide an independent overview of the ESS as regards the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice.
• Ensuring efficient co-operation with the Council, the European Parliament, the European System of Central Banks, the EESC (European Economic and Social Committee) and the CoR (Committee of the Regions) with regard to the statistical legislative production.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide the Secretariat for ESAC;
• Provide the Secretariat for the ESSC;
• Organise the DGINS Conference, in collaboration with the host country;
• Preparation of the 2013 Eurostat Conference;
• Provide secretariat to ESGAB.


5.7 Technical cooperation and capacity building programmes (Eurostat)
Theme 6.07 - Statistical cooperation with the candidate and potential candidate countries

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Preparation of candidate and potential candidate countries for EU membership by aligning their methodologies and practices with the statistical acquis and integrating them into the European Statistical System.
• Inputs to meetings under the structures of the Stabilisation and Association Agreements / European Agreements and inputs to the Commission's annual progress reports and its opinions on countries' applications for EU membership.
• Provision of harmonised statistics covering the candidate and potential candidate countries.
• Screening, negotiations and follow-up of the commitments regarding the statistics chapter and the statistics component of other chapters.
• Assistance to the candidate and potential candidate countries involving the entire cycle for assistance programmes with programming, tendering, implementation and evaluation under the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Provision of support to population and housing censuses for candidate and potential candidate countries;
• Support regional cooperation in the Western Balkan countries through the organisation of conferences, seminars, events with a regional perspective to foster regional cooperation and understanding.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Monitor the statistical systems in candidate countries and potential candidates using different assessment instruments (global assessments, peer reviews, compliance monitoring database, Eurostat annual assessment missions).
• Production and dissemination of statistical data on candidate countries and potential candidates through publications and updating the Eurostat website.
• Coordinate, design, contract, implement and follow-up cooperation programmes for candidate countries and potential candidates  to assist candidate countries and potential candidates in aligning their statistical production with the acquis.
• Support the EU enlargement policy through participation in sub-committee meetings under the Accession / European Agreements, following-up on commitments on chapter 18 from the negotiation process, contributing to the annual EU progress reports.



5. Strategic and managerial issues of official statistics (Eurostat)
5.1 Institutional frameworks and principles, role and organisation of official statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 8.04 - Management of legal bases

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Activities to ensure the application and coherence of statistical legislation, contribution to relevant Commission-wide reporting requirements and relations with European Parliament and the Council on legislative matters.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Ensure an efficient development, production and dissemination of European statistics; establish guiding principles for future statistical legislation.
• Amending Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 on European statistics and Commission Decision 97/281/EC on the role of Eurostat.


5.2 Statistical programmes, coordination within statistical systems (Eurostat)
Theme 6.01 - Quality, evaluation, statistical coordination and classifications

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Coordination of quality aspects within the production of European statistics and contribute to the revision and extension of the existing quality framework in the ESS to better fit the requirements laid done in Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics.
• Monitoring and promoting the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice (CoP).
• Provision of guidelines for the implementation of the ESS quality assurance framework for statistical processes and outputs.
• Mid term and ex-post evaluation of Community Statistical programs.
• Update and maintenance of the Eurostat's metadata server (RAMON), which makes available statistical classifications and the relevant correspondence tables, standard code lists, statistical concepts and definitions, legal acts pertaining to statistics and methodological manuals.
• Development, updating and implementation of a harmonised set of central statistical classifications such as the European Classification of Economic Activities (NACE), the Statistical Classification of Products by Activities (CPA), the International Standard Classification on Occupations (ISCO), the Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose (COICOP), the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) and the Combined Nomenclature (CN) of commodities and the Geonomenclature of countries for the European Statistical System.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Coordinated implementation of ISCED 2011 including the updating of legal acts to the new classification.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Manage and disseminate methodological metadata.
• Coordinated implementation of ISCO 08.
• Have an ESeC (European Socio-economic Classification) classification exclusively based on core variables to allow for an implementation in all social surveys - Study the possibility of providing more precise results from the LFS for the classification with non-core existent variables.
• Update and maintain the CN, if necessary - Intrastat and related products (self-explanatory texts, correlation tables etc.) as well as the Geonomenclature. Link to the classification for trade in services.
• Quality assurance of and participation in the preparation of Q2012.
• Continue workon the ESS Quality Assurance Framework, developed by the Sponsorship on Quality.
• Providing guidance to production units concerning the implementation of ESQRS (ESS Standard for Quality Reports Structure) and ESMS (Euro-SDMX Metadata Structure) quality reporting guidelines and setting standards across the ESS for quality reporting.
• Undertake actions aimed at improving compliance with the Code of Practice.
• Undertake a new cycle of quality assessments with production units, based on the experiences and lessons learned from the 2008-2011 cycle.
• Report to the EP and Council describing the evaluation of the CSP 2008-2012 and recommendation to follow.

Theme 8.03 - Management and statistical programmes

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Strategic management;
• Management support;
• Internal control;
• Annual and multi-annual programmes;
• Administrative simplification and response burden reduction.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Preparation of Annual Activity Report (AAR) and all related issues (e.g. Déclaration d'Assurance, relations with Court of Auditors, synthesis report, ...);
• Project and process management support;
• Commission's Statistical Annual Work Programme including the priority setting;
• Contributions to the Action Programme for reducing administrative burdens in the EU;
• Preparation of the European Statistical Programme 2013-2017;
• Internal Control Standards Assessment.


5.4 Management and development of human resources (Eurostat)
Theme 6.02 Statistical training

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Conception and implementation of Eurostat's learning and development strategy for statistical training in the ESS (the ESS Learning and Development Framework (the LDF)) aiming at:

• Improving the overall quality of European statistics;
• Raising the qualification of statisticians in the ESS in order to promote their independence in line with the European Statistics Code of Practice;
• Encouraging both theoretical and practical learning and development;
• Encouraging the exchange of best practices, know how and experience;
• Supporting the implementation of the reengineering of the statistical production processes in the ESS and the required adapted skills and competence needs;
• Providing new alternative learning and development opportunities beyond traditional training;
• Definition of appropriate set up of a European Master's in Official Statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Establish annual ESTP (European Statistical Training Programme): ESTP Annual Catalogue 2013;
• Implementation of the ESS-LDF (European Statistical System - Learning and Development Framework) projects on e-learning, interactive platform, and competences;
• VIP Project: Study within the framework of the project EMOS (European Master in Official Statistics).


5.5 Technological resources (including standards for electronic data exchange and data sharing) (Eurostat)
Theme 6.03 - IT support for statistical production

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Functional studies / feasibility studies for sector and horizontal projects;
• Maintenance of existing statistical production systems;
• Harmonisation, consolidation and reengineering of existing statistical production systems;
• Enhancing functionalities of IT components used in the statistical production;
• Maintenance and improvement of the database systems used for dissemination;
• Interfacing common building blocks into existing production systems;
• Participation in the implementation of Joint ESS Strategy on the production method of EU statistics by identifying best practices across the EU, by stimulating the use of standard tools and by providing IT components usable by Eurostat and Member States.

The main actions are directly linked to the Joint ESS Strategy on the production method of EU statistics as follows:

• The consolidation and improvements of systems target data integration and the creation of data warehouses for cross domain statistics and cost minimisation. (CVD = Cycle de Vie des Données = Data Life Cycle).
• The sharing of data validation tools by the ESS members will reduce the burden of the Member States and Eurostat, and at the same time increase quality through harmonisation of procedures and the use of the same metadata.
• Sponsoring the development of a common reference environment and infrastructure through the ESSNet CORE (COmmon Reference Environment).
• Development of a common reference environment and infrastructure.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Data Life Cycle (CVD): Continue the consolidation of IT systems for statistical production in Eurostat by applying the CVD principles.
• Definition of a common reference environment towards which NSIs can develop. Sharing of production tools within the ESS.

Theme 6.04 - IT standards, tools and services for data exchange in the ESS

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Optimisation of Eurostat interaction with users and partners in the area of data and metadata exchange by the means of:

• Cooperation with international institutions (UN, OECD, IMF, WB and others) on the Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX) standard.
• Developing common tools for efficient and secure exchange of statistical data and metadata in the European Statistical System in cooperation with other relevant Commission services, the European System of Central Banks and international organisations.
• Providing standard web services available on Internet for Statistical production process components.
• Standards and software for Eurostat data collection from European Statistical System.
• Re-engineering of the current production processes under way: this concerns the rationalisation of the IT architecture and the introduction of a more interactive production chain on the basis of a solution via a common IT infrastructure.
• Harmonisation through the use of common standards within the ESS, together with process harmonisation through the promotion of methodologies based on common software tools.
• Data collection tools and methods and standardisation for European Statistical System raw data collections.
• Data collection tools and methods and standardisation for Eurostat data and metadata collection from European Statistical System.
• Developing and sponsoring development of a common IT infrastructure, the creation of a shared production and or dissemination environment within ESS, e.g., common reference infrastructure.
• Exchange of common software tools, mostly open source, e.g., SDMX tools.

The actions are aiming at creating of more integrated systems by fully exploiting synergies and economies of scale. The goal is better interaction with ESS partners and better integration of the ESS business. The better integration of the statistical work done in the ESS with the one done in Eurostat will lead to improve efficiency and quality (comparability and timeliness) and to reduce costs by the means of standardisation. Standardisation of methods and IT-tools is one of the cornerstones of the efficiency vision contained in Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Use the standard software: Single Entry Point for all regular data and metadata transmissions from Member States, based on standardised formats (GESMES, SDMX) where appropriate.
• Data transmission: coordination and promotion activities with Local Coordinator network.
• Data transmission: maintain and improve the IT applications used for the Single Entry Point. Develop reliable IT tools, with improvements in performance and functionality, which are available for all national authorities for transmitting, uploading or transferring data via the Single Entry Point.
• Cooperation on enhancement of SDMX standards and capacity-building related actions.
• Support and implementation actions related to SDMX and GESMES in Eurostat and MS. Implement the SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange) standards and guidelines for data and metadata exchange, sharing and dissemination between the members of ESS. Put in place more efficient processes for exchange, sharing and dissemination of statistical data and metadata.
• Flexible access to 2011 census data for users. Operational SDMX Hub system for census data, using  SDMX standards and architecture.
• Data collection and data exchange in ESS using SDMX architecture for delivering data in the ESS. Develop IT infrastructure for SDMX implementation allowing sharing common IT tools and easier data exchange. IT tools and components to enable the implementation of SDMX within the ESS.
• Implement a single IT environment and services for structural and reference metadata allowing standard access for ESS partners and within Eurostat. Common IT system for metadata management within the ESS, using the SDMX standards and architecture.
• Maintain Open Source Software repository and perform related actions on software sharing.


5.6 Co-ordination of international statistical work (Eurostat)
Theme 6.08 - Statistical cooperation with countries covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Providing technical (statistical) advice to the EU's external action service (EEAS), including EU Delegations in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries;
• Support the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy through provision of statistical data;
• Contribute to the design and implementation of statistical assistance programmes in the ENP East countries;
• Contribute to EU efforts to build statistical capacity within the framework of the MEDSTAT programme of statistical cooperation with the ENP South countries;
• Assisting the ENP South countries in designing their regional strategy for statistics;
• Assisting the ENP countries to gradually align their statistical systems with that of the EU;
• Encouraging the application of best practices from the European Statistical System to be applied in ENP countries through mutual contacts, training, study visits, workshops, seminars, and attendance at meetings;
• Collecting and publishing a range of data from the ENP countries, as an input to the Commission assessment of progress in the countries, and  to maintain momentum for harmonisation of data for the region.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Negotiation and follow-up of the implementation of the statistics chapter in the Association Agreements between the EU and the ENP East countries through the provision of input to legal agreements, annual follow up and reporting on progress.
• Assist ENP East countries in developing assistance programmes and projects, promote their funding with the relevant stakeholders, be involved in their implementation through reading reports, reviewing progress and participating in steering committees.
• Collect, validate and process data from the ENP East countries In order to update Eurobase and produce publications on key statistical indicators for ENP-East countries.
• Development of a regional strategy for cooperation with the ENP-South countries beyond the end of MEDSTAT III, so as to reinforce the achievements of the MEDSTAT programmes.
• Collect, validate and process data from the ENP South countries to update Eurobase and produce publications on key statistical indicators for ENP-South countries.
• Support the implementation of the MEDSTAT III programme by giving technical advice on content, experts, work programme to the contracting authority (DG EuropeAid Development and Cooperation).
• Negotiation and follow-up of the implementation of the statistics chapter in the Advanced Status Agreements between the EU and the ENP South countries through the provision of input to Legal Agreements, follow-up of their implementation, reporting on implementation.
• Management of high level seminars, workshops, training courses for European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries on key themes such as classifications, coordination of statistical systems, quality, strategic management, selected statistical topics, the ESS, etc. to provide a forum for discussion and exchange of experience, and encourage capacity building.
• Support other Commission services in the implementation of technical assistance programmes through advice on statistical issues in technical assistance programmes on energy and environment with a view of obtaining statistical data in these areas.
• Assess and monitor the development of the statistical system in the ENP countries through launching and implementing global assessments, reviews and other kinds of assessments for the ENP countries.
• Support the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy through promoting the importance of statistics for European policy purposes (monitoring and design) including the need of support to the NSIs in terms of statistical assistance programmes.

Theme 6.09 - International statistical cooperation

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Providing advice and expertise to Commission services (in particular the External Relations Directorates-General, and the delegations) and national statistical authorities with respect to European Commission development and cooperation policies (identification, planning, implementation and evaluation of statistical projects or the statistical elements of more wide-ranging development projects) and coordinating Eurostat units' contribution to this work;
• Assisting the European Commission in relations with international organisations and in matters of common statistical interest with non-European regions or countries;
• Advocating and promoting good governance through statistics in the EU's external relations policy;
• Monitoring and coordinating EU efforts to build statistical capacity in countries outside Europe within the framework of international commitments such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);
• Encouraging the application of ESS best practice in non-EU countries through mutual contacts, training, study visits and attendance at meetings;
• Collecting data on non-EU countries obtained from all available sources for use by Commission services in pursuit of their external relations policies and, subject to agreement with data suppliers, the wider community of users;
• Ensuring that stakeholders are kept adequately informed through efficient communication;
• Representing Eurostat in international organisations;
• Coordinating Eurostat's relations with Higher Income Countries (HIC) and Russia, in particular implementing the EEA agreement in the field of statistics and the agreement with Switzerland on cooperation in the field of statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Change the focus of co-operation in Latin America from a programme-based approach to a looser one based on Memorandums of Understanding with regional organisations and larger countries in support of the development of national statistical systems of countries by sharing the EU's experience in selected fields of joint priority and promoting horizontal cooperation.
• Fostering Good Practices in the LAC Region: sharing progress and achievements of EU - driven subregional integration statistical projects in the LAC (Latin America and Caribbean) region to enhance cost effectiveness of EU efforts.  Preparation of a seminar with UN-ECLAC.
• Modernisation of statistical data transmission in the LAC region: training and technical assistance to develop capacities to use tools for data and metadata transmission by reference to the SDMX standard.
• Analysis and dissemination for water statistics on specific Central Asian countries: increase the capacity of target countries to improve environmental policies trough reliable statistics; to assist the EC in developing programmes on environmental issues for Central Asia on the basis of better water statistics.
•  IT tool to support price statistics in developing countries: analyse the possibility to provide support to improve price statistics in developing countries, focusing on IT tools for the establishment, harmonisation and analysis of price statistics.
•  Support to the recently created statistical subregional bodies in the ALA region: to share the EU experience in the establishment of RSDS (Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics) in close coordination with PARIS21. (By reference to ASEAN, Andean Community, Central America and Mercosur).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Support to the statistical capacity of the African Union Statistics Division: in the framework of the EU/Africa Strategic Partnership Eurostat ensure a constant support to the African Union Statistics Division through yearly agreed action plans including different kinds of activities, such as secondment of officials, training, sharing experience, produce joint publications, etc.
• Management of Commission's statistical relations with Asia through the implementation of MoUs: follow-up and implementation of road maps of MoUs with China, India and Kazakhstan, in support of the development of national statistical systems of these countries in areas of joint priority.
• ERETES (Software package for National Accounts); transfer of know-how and upgrading to SNA2008: upgrading in order to allow the production of National Accounts in line with the SNA 2008; maintenance; training of users and trainers, improve the coordination of the User Group.
• DISC database on international statistical cooperation projects: the existing database should be improved mainly through the creation of links to internal and external databases. The feasibility of other links should be studied.
• Analysis and dissemination of third countries data produced outside ESTAT: Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and socio-economic indicators analysis.
• Support to the users of the EUROTRACE software: coordination of the User Group and transfer the knowledge towards users; maintenance of the CIRCA dedicated website; training of users and trainers.
• Guide on statistical cooperation extended and updated according to the users' needs and expectations. Coherence between the new modules and the original guide maintained both in English and French and translated into Spanish. User-friendly on line version made available.
• ASTRA - Statistical training in international cooperation through support of NSIs in developing countries by providing a tool to identify training needs.
• Essential System of National Accounts (SNA): methodological support in the context of cooperation; support to the SNA2008 implementation through the preparation of the handbook "Essential SNA".
• Advisory group on international statistical cooperation: advisory group on the co-ordination of EU technical cooperation on statistics with developing countries aiming at increasing coordination of technical assistance, increase synergies, avoid duplication of efforts and contribute to increase aid effectiveness.
• Support to beneficiary countries and/regions in the preparation and implementation of National Plans for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) Advocacy material: assist recipient countries/regions to make aware or convince policy makers and funders on the need for increased financial assistance for the implementation NSDS; provide a user-friendly and updated set of NSDS (National Strategies for he Development of Strategies) guidelines; make proposals on guidelines towards costing an NSDS.
• Efficiency and effectiveness of the EU budgetary support instrument in ALA and ACP: assessment of applicable, objective indicators to analyze effectiveness and efficiency of projects for EU Budget Support.
• Implementation of Memorandums of Understanding and other relations with OECD countries and Russia: strengthen relations with OECD countries and Russia, follow up of MoU: to promote coordination and cooperation in statistics-related matters e.g. the production of official statistics, the promotion of best practices and the harnessing of appropriate synergies; organisation of study visits and seminars.
• Statistical cooperation with EFTA: implementation of the EEA Agreement on cooperation in the field of statistics.
• Statistical cooperation with Switzerland: implementation of the Agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on cooperation in the field of statistics.
• Working Group on International Relations (IRWG) and coordination of EU position through this group: assistance and support to the ESSC in the area of international relations; increased efficiency in international relations through better communication, coordination and consistent representation. Increased visibility and coordinated EU position.
• Development of the Global Statistical System (GSS): organisation of a seminar jointly with UNSD; organise a conference aiming at sharing common statistical standards and animate a discussion on GSS challenges; organise a seminar on spatial statistics.

Theme 8.05 - Relations with the ESS, inter-institutional and international relations

Fields of activities covered by the theme

•  Governance of the European Statistical System (ESS), through the management of the committees that form the core of the cooperation within the European Statistical System, in particular the European Statistical System Committee, the highest-level committee within the ESS representing the producers of European statistics, the European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC), providing a stakeholder perspective (users, respondents and producers) on the relevance and priorities of EU statistics as well as the associated costs and resources, and the European Statistical Governance Advisory Board (ESGAB), whose role is to provide an independent overview of the ESS as regards the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice.
• Ensuring efficient co-operation with the Council, the European Parliament, the European System of Central Banks, the EESC (European Economic and Social Committee) and the CoR (Committee of the Regions) with regard to the statistical legislative production.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2012

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide the Secretariat for ESAC;
• Provide the Secretariat for the ESSC;
• Organise the DGINS Conference, in collaboration with the host country;
• Preparation of the 2013 Eurostat Conference;
• Provide secretariat to ESGAB.


5.7 Technical cooperation and capacity building programmes (Eurostat)
Theme 6.07 - Statistical cooperation with the candidate and potential candidate countries

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Preparation of candidate and potential candidate countries for EU membership by aligning their methodologies and practices with the statistical acquis and integrating them into the European Statistical System.
• Inputs to meetings under the structures of the Stabilisation and Association Agreements / European Agreements and inputs to the Commission's annual progress reports and its opinions on countries' applications for EU membership.
• Provision of harmonised statistics covering the candidate and potential candidate countries.
• Screening, negotiations and follow-up of the commitments regarding the statistics chapter and the statistics component of other chapters.
• Assis