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EFTA - European Free Trade Association

5. Strategic and m= anagerial issues of official statistics (EFTA)
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Institutional framework of EFT= A Statistical cooperation

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=E2=80=A2 The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) is an intergovernme= ntal organisation for the promotion of free trade and economic integration = to benefit its four Member States: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switz= erland. Since the beginning of the 90s, EFTA has progressively developed a = statistical cooperation policy with Eurostat.
=E2=80=A2 For Iceland, = Liechtenstein and Norway, statistical cooperation with Eurostat is provided= for in the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA) which gathers the= 3 EFTA countries and the 27 EU Member States into a single market.
= =E2=80=A2 Statistical Cooperation between Switzerland and Eurostat is gover= ned by a bilateral agreement.

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Objective of EFTA Statistic= al Cooperation

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The EFTA Statistical Office (ESO) was created as a liaison office betwee= n Eurostat and the EFTA national statistical institutes. ESO's main objecti= ve is to promote the full inclusion of the EFTA States in the European Stat= istical System (ESS), and thus provide harmonised and comparable statistics= supporting the general cooperation process between EFTA and the EU within = and outside the EEA Agreement. The cooperation also entails technical coope= ration programmes with third countries and training of European statisticia= ns. ESO is located on the premises of Eurostat, the Statistical Office of t= he European Union, in Luxembourg.

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5.2 Statistical programmes, and coordination within statistic= al systems (EFTA)
Annual European Economic Area = (EEA) statistical programme

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A specific EEA annual statistical programme is developed every year by t= he EFTA Statistical Office in consultation with the EFTA National Statistic= al Institutes. The EEA annual statistical programme is based on a subset of= , and in parallel with the annual statistical programme elaborated by the E= uropean Commission.

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Switzerland/EU annual stati= stical programme

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A specific annual statistical programme is drawn up every year in the fr= amework of the bilateral agreement in the field of statistics between Switz= erland and the EU.

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5.4 Management and development of human resources (EFTA)
European Statistical Training = Programme

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EFTA attaches great importance to quality and comparability of European = statistics and therefore supports Eurostat in the design and implementation= of an ambitious European Statistical Training Programme (ESTP). In 2011, t= he EFTA Secretariat will fund the organisation of three ESTP courses respec= tively on Business registers (Norway), Data analysis and data modelling (Sw= itzerland) and Survey methodology and sampling techniques (Switzerland). Th= ese courses are provided by EFTA National Statistical Institutes and open f= or participation of statisticians from EFTA and EU Member States. In return= , EFTA statisticians will be invited to participate in all ESTP courses sup= ported and financed by the European Commission (Eurostat). Other applicants= may be admitted to the courses depending on the availability of places.=20


5.7 Technical cooperation and capacity building programmes (E= FTA)
Technical cooperation=

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EFTA technical cooperation programmes and activities are governed by a M= emorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the EFTA Secretariat and Eurostat.= The MoU's overall objective is to avoid gaps or overlapping in technical a= ssistance toward countries where the European Union is also active, through= direct involvement of the four EFTA States in statistical programmes run b= y the European Commission. EFTA's involvement in technical cooperation prog= rammes under the MoU gives priority to countries that have concluded declar= ations on cooperation or free trade agreements with EFTA. In 2011, support = will be mainly granted to economies in transition in Eastern Europe, Caucas= us and Central Asia (EECCA), Western Balkans and Mediterranean regions (Med= stat). EFTA cooperation will give priority to global assessments of nationa= l statistical systems in light of the European Statistics Code of Practice = as well as seminars and study visit on socio-economic statistics, applied s= tatistical methods and management of technical assistance in statistics.=20



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