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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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• 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.

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