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=E2=80=A2 The objective of the Voorburg Group is to establish an interna= tionally comparable methodology for measuring the constant price outputs of= the service industries. The focus of the Group is to develop concepts, met= hods and best practices in the area of services. The Group has contributed = over the years to building up and sharing a considerable and growing body o= f knowledge on Service Sector statistics. It has promoted international coo= peration in the development of standards and assisted in resolving statisti= cal and measurement challenges in the Services Sector.=20
Ongoing Methodological Work Plan=20
=E2=80=A2 In the last few years, the Voorburg Group has adopted a more s=
tructured approach in terms of its work plan and proceedings, in order to p=
roduce more concrete deliverables. In acknowledging the parallel and equall=
y important development of turnover (output measures), prices and classific=
ations, the Group has made an explicit effort to better balance its agenda =
among these three major areas. This new orientation was initially reflected=
in the 2006 meeting agenda and has continued in 2007, 2008 and 2009, contr=
ibuting to the great success of these meetings.
What's planned for 2010?<= /strong>=20
Future Agenda :=20
Based on the wider success and participation in the 2009 and previous me= etings, it was decided to build up and expand on the following activities:<= /p>=20
For 2010, the following Industry/Industry Groups have been selected for = mini-presentations:=20
1. Accommodations and Food Services - PPI (Sweden, Ireland and Finland) = . Turnover/Output (Mexico, Japan and Ireland).=20
2. Distributive Trade - PPI (Australia, Canada, and U.S=
Turnover/Output (Canada, Euro= stat and Norway).
3. Cleaning and Facilities Services - PPI (Israel, Aust=
ria, Germany and Norway).
Turnover/Output<= /strong> (Norway, Netherlands and Germany).
4. Research and Development - PPI (Germany).
The 2009 conference held in Oslo (Norway) had discussions on the followi= ng sectors: Wired, Wireless, Satellite, and Telecommunications Industries, = and Trade Margins (covering Wholesale Trade and Retail Trade)=20
At the 2010 conference the following 3 sector papers shall be finalized:==20
1. Rail Transportation - Passenger (Germany)
2. Rail Transportatio= n - Freight (Germany/Canada)
3. Water Transportation (Sweden)
Revisited Sector papers=20
The 2009 meeting covered a wide spectrum of industry/industry groups lik= e Air Transportation (Austria), Rental and Leasing Services (Canada), Emplo= yment Services (Poland), Investigation and Security Services (Germany and I= srael), Advertising and Market Research and Public Opinion Polling (UK and = Czech Republic), Real Estate, excluding imputed Rents (Finland and USA).=20
To build up on the success achieved in the 2009 conference held in Oslo,= (Norway) it was decided to expand the activity on revisited papers for 201= 0.=20
The proposed revisited groups for 2010 are the following:=20
1. Legal Services - (Poland/U.K.)
2. Warehouse and Storage - (Germ= any)
3. Courier Activities - (France, Hungary)
Additional activities for 2010=20
The 2010 conference is scheduled to have a session on the Effect= s Of Quality Change. It is planned to have the presentations on th= e following sectors:=20
=E2=80=A2 Air Transportation=20
=E2=80=A2 Rental and Leasing=20
There are also planned mini-presentations on Reference Rates and= Negative Prices for Banking and Credit sector.=20
In addition to its work on the Mini-presentations,
Looking Beyond 2010=20
Designation of Industries and Assignments for Voorburg Group 2011:= =20
Potential sectors: Broadcasting; Motion Pictures; Waste Treatment/Waste = Management; Health Care, Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation (Including Gam= ing); Technical Testing and Analysis; Activities of Head Offices.=20
Cleaning and Facilities Services, Accommodation and Food Services, Distr= ibutive Trade, Banking and Credit, Research and Development=20
Meeting in 2010=20
=E2=80=A2 The next annual meeting of the Voorburg group is tentatively s=
cheduled for September 20th to 24th , 2010 in Vienna, Austria.
All the papers from the previous meetings of the Voorburg Group, going b= ack to 1987, can be searched through our new website at: www.voorburggroup.org This website has been redesigned= and expanded to provide additional information.=20