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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.
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 2008, 2009 and 2010, contr=
ibuting to the great success of these meetings.
What was accomplished in 20= 10 and what is planned for 2011?=20
At the 2010 meeting, the following Industry/Industry Groups were selecte= d for mini-presentations:=20
1. Accommodations and Food Services;
2. Distributive Trades;
= 3. Cleaning and Facilities Services;
4. Research and Development.
A special Mini-Presentation was also included on Reference Rates=
and Negative Prices for Banking and Credit.
For 2011, the following Industry/Industry Groups have been selected for = mini-presentations:=20
1. Technical Testing;
2. Insurance/Other Financial Intermediation = (Except Life Insurance);
3. Waste Management/Waste Treatment;
4= . Maintenance and Repair of Motor Vehicles.
At the 2010 meeting, the following sectors were presented and adopted:= p>=20
1. Rail Transportation - Passenger;
2. Rail Transportation - Freig= ht;
3. Water Transportation.
At the 2011 meeting, the following 4 sector papers will be presented:=20
1. Banking and Credit: Reference Rates and Negative Prices;
2. Adj= usting Quality Change (with emphasis on Airline Quality Change and Advertis= ing);
3. Accommodation and Food Services;
4. Cleaning and Facil= ities Services.
Revisited Sector papers
The 2010 meeting revisited the following industry groups:=20
1. Legal Services;
2. Warehouse and Storage;
3. Courier Acti= vities.
No revisited sector papers are planned for the 2011 meeting. However, an= ambitious agenda has been proposed. The meeting will include sessions on c= ross-cutting topics, including Distributive Trades, Manufacturing Services,= and Research and Development.=20
And, in addition to its work on the Mini-presentations and Sector Papers=
, the Group will continue to obtain and disseminate country report informat=
ion on the industry/industry groups to be covered next year.
Looking Beyond 2011=20
Designation of possible Industries and Assignments for Voorburg Group 20= 12:=20
Maintenance and Repair Services, Except Maintenance and Repair of Motor =
Vehicles; Publishing Industries; and Utility Services, among possibly other=
Technical Testing, Insurance/Other Financial Intermediation (Except Life=
Insurance), Waste Management/Waste Treatment, and Maintenance and Repair o=
f Motor Vehicles.
Meeting in 2011:=20
=E2=80=A2 The next annual meeting of the Voorburg group is tentatively s=
cheduled for September 19th to 23rd , 2011 in Newport, U.K.
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. T= his website has been redesigned and expanded to provide additional informat= ion.=20