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The Database of International Statistical Activities (DISA) lists the activities of over 30 statistical organizations active in the UNECE region. Updated every year, DISA is a coherent catalogue of planned work in international statistics over the coming year.  
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.
In 2011, the population and housing censuses will be carried out in the Member States. Eurostat will accompany this effort and encourage the georeferencing of the resulting census data. 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 migrants will play an important role in enhancing the possibilities of linking and integrating data from different sources.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Evaluation and review of migration statistics collected under Regulation 862/2007;
• Development and improvement of existing data sources for migration statistics;
• Migration statistics mainstreaming: new data sources; data exchanges; data integration;
• Quality and accuracy of migration statistics.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect, analyse and disseminate demographic and migration statistics;
• Data for the allocation of the "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows" funds;
• Implement the programme for the quality assurance of data used for the allocation of the "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows" funds;
• Population projections;
• Improve the level of quality (in particular as regards the relevance, comparability and timeliness) of the existing demographic data collection;
• Census Hub;
• Implement the strategy for the production of statistics on life expectancy by socio-economic group.


1.2 Labour (Eurostat)
Theme 1.02 Labour market

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.

Fields of 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Launch the revision of the regulation on the LFS;
• Launch a task force to work on comparable measurement of the dynamics of the labour market (longitudinal dimension of the LFS);
• Review working time concepts in the LFS with a view to implementing the 2008 ICLS (International Conference of Labour Statisticians) resolution on the measurement of working time;
• Work in the context of the reform of the production system for EU statistics (in the area of labour market statistics);
• Launch work on seasonal adjustment of quarterly employment and activity rates.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect, process and disseminate short-term and structural labour statistics (employment, unemployment, labour costs, earnings, job vacancies, labour market policies) within the deadlines specified in regulations and gentlemen's agreements; disseminate TUS data.
• Continue actions in the context of the implementation plans following the agreed improvement recommendations for the LFS.
• Implement the conclusions of the work on indicators to supplement the ILO (International Labour Organisation) unemployment rate.
• Fieldwork in the context of the data collection for the Structure of Earnings Survey 2010.


1.3 Education (Eurostat)
Theme 1.03 Education and lifelong learning

Official statistics on education and lifelong learning are vital in order to monitor progress towards the achievement of policy goals at national and EU levels.
Statistics developed under this theme are crucial for the monitoring and benchmark exercise of the Europe 2020 strategy, the "Education and Training 2020" policy (including new indicators related to employability and students mobility), and the renewed integrated guidelines, social agenda and sustainable development framework.

Fields of 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, human capital, education and social inclusion of transition from school to work.
• Dissemination of indicators for the monitoring of EU policies and benchmarking exercises like structural indicators, "Education and Training 2010", "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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Further development of indicators and related production processes as regards the monitoring and benchmarking exercise of the Commission strategy Europe 2020, "Education and Training 2020" (including new indicators related to employability and students mobility), the renewed integrated guidelines, social agenda and sustainable development framework.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Regular production of indicators for the monitoring and benchmarking exercise of the Lisbon strategy, "Education and Training 2010", the integrated guidelines, the social agenda and the sustainable development framework.
• Regular production and dissemination of UOE (UNESCO Institute for Statistics, the OECD and EUROSTAT) data on education systems and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Continued work towards the adoption of the Commission Regulation on statistics on education and training systems act covering the "UOE" data collection.
• Finalisation of the preparation of the CVTS4 survey (Continuing Vocational Training Survey)*.
• Finalisation of the preparation of the AES survey (Adult Education Survey) and continued work on the improvement of the LFS data on participation in education and training.
• Continued consolidation of the methodology and the production process of data on educational attainment coming from the LFS, SILC and other European social surveys in coordination with the OECD (in relation to the core social variables implementation referred to in theme 1.12).
• Continued contribution to the revision of the International Standard Classification for Education (ISCED) in cooperation with OECD and UNESCO (ISCED revision under the responsibility of the UNESCO Institute of Statistics).
• Finalisation of the dissemination of the data on entry of young people into the labour market (coming from the EU LFS ad hoc module 2009).
• Modernisation of UOE finance methodology and tables (ongoing ESSnet).

* A review of the survey will start in early 2012 following the EP/Council 2010 report.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Several data collections are initiated or promoted by DG EAC, DG EMPL and CEDEFOP in the field of skills measurements: language skills measure, learning to learn skills measure, civic skills, adult skills; innovation and creativity skills.
• DG EAC executive agency (Eurydice) collects qualitative information and data on education and training systems.


1.4 Health (Eurostat)
Theme 1.05 Health and safety

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" provides the policy framework.
Priorities in 2011 will include i) preparatory work for the implementing Commission regulation on health care and for the second round of EHIS (European Health Interview Survey) and ii) finalisation and adoption of the Commission regulation on the LFS 2013 module on accidents and work-related health problems.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Public Health including Health care (expenditure (covers health care financing) and non-expenditure (covers health care organisation - facilities, staff, equipment and use of services)), Causes of Death, Health Interview Surveys (European Health Interview Surveys - EHIS, Statistics on Income and Living Conditions - SILC), Morbidity and Disability.
• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Preparatory work for the implementing Commission regulation on health care (mapping exercise for expenditure in in-depth comparability assessment for non-expenditure).
• Preparatory work for the second round of EHIS (first draft of implementing Commission regulation; technical and methodological documents including questionnaire).
• Finalisation and adoption of the Commission regulation on the LFS 2013 module on accidents and work-related health problems; development of corresponding questionnaire and methodological guidelines.
• Development of technical and methodological guidelines (including questionnaire) for a survey on disability.
• Adoption of Commission Regulations on Causes of Death and on European Statistics of Accidents of Work.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection, validation and dissemination of 2009 data (and associated metadata) on health care (expenditure and non-expenditure) based on Joint Questionnaire with OECD and WHO; improvement of data quality; dissemination of short analysis in the form of SiFs (Statistics in Focus).
• Collection, validation and dissemination of the 2009 data (and associated metadata) on causes of death; dissemination of short analysis in the form of a SiF.
• Validation and dissemination (on the Eurostat website and in the form of anonymised microdata to the research community) of EHIS 2008 round data for all participating countries.
• Development of corresponding methodological and technical guidelines for a survey on health and social integration to be implemented in 2012.
• Evaluation of all pilot data collections and development of the methodology for data collection on morbidity.
• Collection, validation and dissemination of the 2009 data (and associated metadata) on Accidents at Work (ESAW) and on Occupational Diseases (EODS); improvement of the coverage in line with implementing Commission regulation for ESAW and consolidation of EODS in new Member States and candidate countries.
• Collaboration with the Washington Group and the Budapest Initiative.
• Implementation in Member States of the 2011 LFS ad hoc module on employment of disabled people.
• SILC: 2009/2010 data on health status, health care and healthy Life Years Structural indicator.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• For some areas in the field of public health, data such as injuries and regional health statistics are collected directly by DG Health and Consumers (DG SANCO), 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 for the follow-up of these projects, such as by examining the possibility to launch an ESSnet.
• The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) will continue developing an observatory of working conditions in Europe. Eurofound will also launch its 5th European Survey on Working Conditions.
• The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) will continue to develop its Risk Observatory on new and emerging risks.
• The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) coordinates collections of data on communicable diseases at EU level.
• Data on key indicators on drugs are collected by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), and work is coordinated with Eurostat.


1.5 Income and consumption (Eurostat)
Theme 1.09 Food safety

Eurostat involvement is limited and mainly concerns the collection and dissemination of data on 'control and monitoring activities' in order to meet data needs for the Commission Report to the European Parliament and to the Council in accordance with Article 44 of Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council No. 882/2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Control and monitoring of food safety data;
• Data on food consumption;
• Food domain of the Eurostat website.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Continue updating the controls database for food safety and improve the quality of the data, including documentation on definitions and sampling strategies used by the countries.
• Define at EU level with the support of a task force the content (variables) to be collected in the area of organic production and farming.
• Update the FOOD domain of New Cronos with up-to-date data and also examine the possibility of including data on food-borne diseases collected by the ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control).

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Give priority to the use of available data such as the Household Budget Survey.
• Continue developing the common terminology (definitions, classifications) used to collect data on control and monitoring activities in order to help countries develop their own data management systems (administrative sources) for collecting and storing data on control and monitoring activities.
• Continue cooperating with other collectors of data in the field (DG SANCO, in particular the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO), and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)).

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 pesticide residues, zoonoses, etc. are currently collected by DG SANCO and/or the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and sent to Eurostat.


1.6 Social protection (Eurostat)
Theme 1.07 Social protection

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.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Collection (on a voluntary basis) of 2007 and 2008 data on net social benefits;
• Launching of 2009 data on net social benefits.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect and validate the 2009 ESSPROS data (quantitative and qualitative data of the core system, data on pension beneficiaries) in accordance with EP and Council Regulation No 458/2007.
• Disseminate the 2009 ESSPROS data (quantitative and qualitative data of the core system, data on pension beneficiaries) in accordance with EP and Council Regulation No 458/2007.
• Publish the ESSPROS data in the form of two Statistics in Focus on selected ESSPROS topics.
• Prepare two EU quality reports on the core system and on pension beneficiaries.
• Commission Regulations (implementing Regulation No 458/2007) on net social benefits.

Theme 1.11 Discrimination

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.
Priorities in 2011 will include i) discussing the introduction of country of birth of parents in main social surveys (LFS, SILC) in coordination with migration statistics, as a proxy measurement to the classification on ethnic origin and ii) supporting DG EMPL in preparatory work for the implementation of a social survey on experienced discrimination.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• As a proxy measurement to the classification on ethnic origin, discuss introduction of country of birth of parents in main social surveys (LFS, SILC) in coordination with migration statistics;
• Support DG EMPL in preparatory work for the implementation of a social survey on experienced discrimination.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Outcome difference indicators on equality: update the data of the dedicated section.


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

The need to provide information on the development of crime in the EU arises from the Hague programme adopted by the European Council in 2004 and Commission Communication COM/2006/437, 'Developing a comprehensive and coherent EU strategy to measure crime and criminal justice: an EU action plan 2006-2010'.
Priorities in 2011 will include i) the development of a security survey to be implemented in 2013, and ii), development of methodologies for providing required indicators following the work of the DG HOME Expert Group on data needs.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Safety survey to be implemented in 2013: development of Commission regulation and technical and methodological aspects;
• Follow up work by the DG HOME Expert Group on data needs, develop methodologies for providing required indicators and implement where possible;
• Draft EP and Council regulation for an EU Safety Survey to be implemented in 2013: discussion in EP and Council.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Launch jointly with UN a collection of data on police-recorded crime, number of police officers in the Member States and prison population, up to reference year 2009.
• Extend the collection of data on money-laundering, up to reference year 2009.
• Restructure available metadata relating to crime and criminal justice systems corresponding to latest information obtained from Member States.

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

2.1 NEW WORK

• Launching of a joint data collection with the UN - DG HOME is involved.

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection of cash control statistics from Member States by DG TAXUD.


1.9 Culture (Eurostat)
Theme 1.04 Culture

Official statistics on culture are requested within the development of the "European agenda for the culture" endorsed by the Council on 16 November 2007. Eurostat involvement is limited and mainly concerns the set up and monitoring of an ESSnet running from September 2009 to September 2011.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Statistics on the cultural/creative sector;
• Statistics on expenditure on culture;
• Statistics on cultural participation and the social impact of culture.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Assess the results of ESSnet-culture.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Follow-up of ESSnet-culture.


1.10 Political and other community activities (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, including a possible (MEETS-like) programme;
• Youth statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implementation of the strategy for modernisation of social statistics;
• Collaboration with DG Education and Culture DG in preparing the " 2012 Youth report" to the Council.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Process and disseminate the results of the 2010 LFS ad hoc module on reconciliation between work and family life;
• Continue improving the dissemination of gender-related information across all domains;
• Methodological development of indicators on youth;
• Improve dissemination of data on young people;
• Continue implementation of the core variables in social surveys.



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.
In 2011, the population and housing censuses will be carried out in the Member States. Eurostat will accompany this effort and encourage the georeferencing of the resulting census data. 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 migrants will play an important role in enhancing the possibilities of linking and integrating data from different sources.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Evaluation and review of migration statistics collected under Regulation 862/2007;
• Development and improvement of existing data sources for migration statistics;
• Migration statistics mainstreaming: new data sources; data exchanges; data integration;
• Quality and accuracy of migration statistics.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect, analyse and disseminate demographic and migration statistics;
• Data for the allocation of the "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows" funds;
• Implement the programme for the quality assurance of data used for the allocation of the "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows" funds;
• Population projections;
• Improve the level of quality (in particular as regards the relevance, comparability and timeliness) of the existing demographic data collection;
• Census Hub;
• Implement the strategy for the production of statistics on life expectancy by socio-economic group.


1.2 Labour (Eurostat)
Theme 1.02 Labour market

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.

Fields of 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Launch the revision of the regulation on the LFS;
• Launch a task force to work on comparable measurement of the dynamics of the labour market (longitudinal dimension of the LFS);
• Review working time concepts in the LFS with a view to implementing the 2008 ICLS (International Conference of Labour Statisticians) resolution on the measurement of working time;
• Work in the context of the reform of the production system for EU statistics (in the area of labour market statistics);
• Launch work on seasonal adjustment of quarterly employment and activity rates.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect, process and disseminate short-term and structural labour statistics (employment, unemployment, labour costs, earnings, job vacancies, labour market policies) within the deadlines specified in regulations and gentlemen's agreements; disseminate TUS data.
• Continue actions in the context of the implementation plans following the agreed improvement recommendations for the LFS.
• Implement the conclusions of the work on indicators to supplement the ILO (International Labour Organisation) unemployment rate.
• Fieldwork in the context of the data collection for the Structure of Earnings Survey 2010.


1.3 Education (Eurostat)
Theme 1.03 Education and lifelong learning

Official statistics on education and lifelong learning are vital in order to monitor progress towards the achievement of policy goals at national and EU levels.
Statistics developed under this theme are crucial for the monitoring and benchmark exercise of the Europe 2020 strategy, the "Education and Training 2020" policy (including new indicators related to employability and students mobility), and the renewed integrated guidelines, social agenda and sustainable development framework.

Fields of 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, human capital, education and social inclusion of transition from school to work.
• Dissemination of indicators for the monitoring of EU policies and benchmarking exercises like structural indicators, "Education and Training 2010", "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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Further development of indicators and related production processes as regards the monitoring and benchmarking exercise of the Commission strategy Europe 2020, "Education and Training 2020" (including new indicators related to employability and students mobility), the renewed integrated guidelines, social agenda and sustainable development framework.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Regular production of indicators for the monitoring and benchmarking exercise of the Lisbon strategy, "Education and Training 2010", the integrated guidelines, the social agenda and the sustainable development framework.
• Regular production and dissemination of UOE (UNESCO Institute for Statistics, the OECD and EUROSTAT) data on education systems and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Continued work towards the adoption of the Commission Regulation on statistics on education and training systems act covering the "UOE" data collection.
• Finalisation of the preparation of the CVTS4 survey (Continuing Vocational Training Survey)*.
• Finalisation of the preparation of the AES survey (Adult Education Survey) and continued work on the improvement of the LFS data on participation in education and training.
• Continued consolidation of the methodology and the production process of data on educational attainment coming from the LFS, SILC and other European social surveys in coordination with the OECD (in relation to the core social variables implementation referred to in theme 1.12).
• Continued contribution to the revision of the International Standard Classification for Education (ISCED) in cooperation with OECD and UNESCO (ISCED revision under the responsibility of the UNESCO Institute of Statistics).
• Finalisation of the dissemination of the data on entry of young people into the labour market (coming from the EU LFS ad hoc module 2009).
• Modernisation of UOE finance methodology and tables (ongoing ESSnet).

* A review of the survey will start in early 2012 following the EP/Council 2010 report.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Several data collections are initiated or promoted by DG EAC, DG EMPL and CEDEFOP in the field of skills measurements: language skills measure, learning to learn skills measure, civic skills, adult skills; innovation and creativity skills.
• DG EAC executive agency (Eurydice) collects qualitative information and data on education and training systems.


1.4 Health (Eurostat)
Theme 1.05 Health and safety

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" provides the policy framework.
Priorities in 2011 will include i) preparatory work for the implementing Commission regulation on health care and for the second round of EHIS (European Health Interview Survey) and ii) finalisation and adoption of the Commission regulation on the LFS 2013 module on accidents and work-related health problems.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Public Health including Health care (expenditure (covers health care financing) and non-expenditure (covers health care organisation - facilities, staff, equipment and use of services)), Causes of Death, Health Interview Surveys (European Health Interview Surveys - EHIS, Statistics on Income and Living Conditions - SILC), Morbidity and Disability.
• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Preparatory work for the implementing Commission regulation on health care (mapping exercise for expenditure in in-depth comparability assessment for non-expenditure).
• Preparatory work for the second round of EHIS (first draft of implementing Commission regulation; technical and methodological documents including questionnaire).
• Finalisation and adoption of the Commission regulation on the LFS 2013 module on accidents and work-related health problems; development of corresponding questionnaire and methodological guidelines.
• Development of technical and methodological guidelines (including questionnaire) for a survey on disability.
• Adoption of Commission Regulations on Causes of Death and on European Statistics of Accidents of Work.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection, validation and dissemination of 2009 data (and associated metadata) on health care (expenditure and non-expenditure) based on Joint Questionnaire with OECD and WHO; improvement of data quality; dissemination of short analysis in the form of SiFs (Statistics in Focus).
• Collection, validation and dissemination of the 2009 data (and associated metadata) on causes of death; dissemination of short analysis in the form of a SiF.
• Validation and dissemination (on the Eurostat website and in the form of anonymised microdata to the research community) of EHIS 2008 round data for all participating countries.
• Development of corresponding methodological and technical guidelines for a survey on health and social integration to be implemented in 2012.
• Evaluation of all pilot data collections and development of the methodology for data collection on morbidity.
• Collection, validation and dissemination of the 2009 data (and associated metadata) on Accidents at Work (ESAW) and on Occupational Diseases (EODS); improvement of the coverage in line with implementing Commission regulation for ESAW and consolidation of EODS in new Member States and candidate countries.
• Collaboration with the Washington Group and the Budapest Initiative.
• Implementation in Member States of the 2011 LFS ad hoc module on employment of disabled people.
• SILC: 2009/2010 data on health status, health care and healthy Life Years Structural indicator.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• For some areas in the field of public health, data such as injuries and regional health statistics are collected directly by DG Health and Consumers (DG SANCO), 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 for the follow-up of these projects, such as by examining the possibility to launch an ESSnet.
• The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) will continue developing an observatory of working conditions in Europe. Eurofound will also launch its 5th European Survey on Working Conditions.
• The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) will continue to develop its Risk Observatory on new and emerging risks.
• The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) coordinates collections of data on communicable diseases at EU level.
• Data on key indicators on drugs are collected by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), and work is coordinated with Eurostat.


1.5 Income and consumption (Eurostat)
Theme 1.09 Food safety

Eurostat involvement is limited and mainly concerns the collection and dissemination of data on 'control and monitoring activities' in order to meet data needs for the Commission Report to the European Parliament and to the Council in accordance with Article 44 of Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council No. 882/2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Control and monitoring of food safety data;
• Data on food consumption;
• Food domain of the Eurostat website.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Continue updating the controls database for food safety and improve the quality of the data, including documentation on definitions and sampling strategies used by the countries.
• Define at EU level with the support of a task force the content (variables) to be collected in the area of organic production and farming.
• Update the FOOD domain of New Cronos with up-to-date data and also examine the possibility of including data on food-borne diseases collected by the ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control).

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Give priority to the use of available data such as the Household Budget Survey.
• Continue developing the common terminology (definitions, classifications) used to collect data on control and monitoring activities in order to help countries develop their own data management systems (administrative sources) for collecting and storing data on control and monitoring activities.
• Continue cooperating with other collectors of data in the field (DG SANCO, in particular the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO), and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)).

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 pesticide residues, zoonoses, etc. are currently collected by DG SANCO and/or the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and sent to Eurostat.


1.6 Social protection (Eurostat)
Theme 1.07 Social protection

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.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Collection (on a voluntary basis) of 2007 and 2008 data on net social benefits;
• Launching of 2009 data on net social benefits.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect and validate the 2009 ESSPROS data (quantitative and qualitative data of the core system, data on pension beneficiaries) in accordance with EP and Council Regulation No 458/2007.
• Disseminate the 2009 ESSPROS data (quantitative and qualitative data of the core system, data on pension beneficiaries) in accordance with EP and Council Regulation No 458/2007.
• Publish the ESSPROS data in the form of two Statistics in Focus on selected ESSPROS topics.
• Prepare two EU quality reports on the core system and on pension beneficiaries.
• Commission Regulations (implementing Regulation No 458/2007) on net social benefits.

Theme 1.11 Discrimination

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.
Priorities in 2011 will include i) discussing the introduction of country of birth of parents in main social surveys (LFS, SILC) in coordination with migration statistics, as a proxy measurement to the classification on ethnic origin and ii) supporting DG EMPL in preparatory work for the implementation of a social survey on experienced discrimination.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• As a proxy measurement to the classification on ethnic origin, discuss introduction of country of birth of parents in main social surveys (LFS, SILC) in coordination with migration statistics;
• Support DG EMPL in preparatory work for the implementation of a social survey on experienced discrimination.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Outcome difference indicators on equality: update the data of the dedicated section.


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

The need to provide information on the development of crime in the EU arises from the Hague programme adopted by the European Council in 2004 and Commission Communication COM/2006/437, 'Developing a comprehensive and coherent EU strategy to measure crime and criminal justice: an EU action plan 2006-2010'.
Priorities in 2011 will include i) the development of a security survey to be implemented in 2013, and ii), development of methodologies for providing required indicators following the work of the DG HOME Expert Group on data needs.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Safety survey to be implemented in 2013: development of Commission regulation and technical and methodological aspects;
• Follow up work by the DG HOME Expert Group on data needs, develop methodologies for providing required indicators and implement where possible;
• Draft EP and Council regulation for an EU Safety Survey to be implemented in 2013: discussion in EP and Council.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Launch jointly with UN a collection of data on police-recorded crime, number of police officers in the Member States and prison population, up to reference year 2009.
• Extend the collection of data on money-laundering, up to reference year 2009.
• Restructure available metadata relating to crime and criminal justice systems corresponding to latest information obtained from Member States.

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

2.1 NEW WORK

• Launching of a joint data collection with the UN - DG HOME is involved.

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection of cash control statistics from Member States by DG TAXUD.


1.9 Culture (Eurostat)
Theme 1.04 Culture

Official statistics on culture are requested within the development of the "European agenda for the culture" endorsed by the Council on 16 November 2007. Eurostat involvement is limited and mainly concerns the set up and monitoring of an ESSnet running from September 2009 to September 2011.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Statistics on the cultural/creative sector;
• Statistics on expenditure on culture;
• Statistics on cultural participation and the social impact of culture.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Assess the results of ESSnet-culture.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Follow-up of ESSnet-culture.


1.10 Political and other community activities (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, including a possible (MEETS-like) programme;
• Youth statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implementation of the strategy for modernisation of social statistics;
• Collaboration with DG Education and Culture DG in preparing the " 2012 Youth report" to the Council.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Process and disseminate the results of the 2010 LFS ad hoc module on reconciliation between work and family life;
• Continue improving the dissemination of gender-related information across all domains;
• Methodological development of indicators on youth;
• Improve dissemination of data on young people;
• Continue implementation of the core variables in social surveys.



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.
In 2011, the population and housing censuses will be carried out in the Member States. Eurostat will accompany this effort and encourage the georeferencing of the resulting census data. 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 migrants will play an important role in enhancing the possibilities of linking and integrating data from different sources.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Evaluation and review of migration statistics collected under Regulation 862/2007;
• Development and improvement of existing data sources for migration statistics;
• Migration statistics mainstreaming: new data sources; data exchanges; data integration;
• Quality and accuracy of migration statistics.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect, analyse and disseminate demographic and migration statistics;
• Data for the allocation of the "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows" funds;
• Implement the programme for the quality assurance of data used for the allocation of the "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows" funds;
• Population projections;
• Improve the level of quality (in particular as regards the relevance, comparability and timeliness) of the existing demographic data collection;
• Census Hub;
• Implement the strategy for the production of statistics on life expectancy by socio-economic group.


1.2 Labour (Eurostat)
Theme 1.02 Labour market

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.

Fields of 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Launch the revision of the regulation on the LFS;
• Launch a task force to work on comparable measurement of the dynamics of the labour market (longitudinal dimension of the LFS);
• Review working time concepts in the LFS with a view to implementing the 2008 ICLS (International Conference of Labour Statisticians) resolution on the measurement of working time;
• Work in the context of the reform of the production system for EU statistics (in the area of labour market statistics);
• Launch work on seasonal adjustment of quarterly employment and activity rates.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect, process and disseminate short-term and structural labour statistics (employment, unemployment, labour costs, earnings, job vacancies, labour market policies) within the deadlines specified in regulations and gentlemen's agreements; disseminate TUS data.
• Continue actions in the context of the implementation plans following the agreed improvement recommendations for the LFS.
• Implement the conclusions of the work on indicators to supplement the ILO (International Labour Organisation) unemployment rate.
• Fieldwork in the context of the data collection for the Structure of Earnings Survey 2010.


1.3 Education (Eurostat)
Theme 1.03 Education and lifelong learning

Official statistics on education and lifelong learning are vital in order to monitor progress towards the achievement of policy goals at national and EU levels.
Statistics developed under this theme are crucial for the monitoring and benchmark exercise of the Europe 2020 strategy, the "Education and Training 2020" policy (including new indicators related to employability and students mobility), and the renewed integrated guidelines, social agenda and sustainable development framework.

Fields of 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, human capital, education and social inclusion of transition from school to work.
• Dissemination of indicators for the monitoring of EU policies and benchmarking exercises like structural indicators, "Education and Training 2010", "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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Further development of indicators and related production processes as regards the monitoring and benchmarking exercise of the Commission strategy Europe 2020, "Education and Training 2020" (including new indicators related to employability and students mobility), the renewed integrated guidelines, social agenda and sustainable development framework.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Regular production of indicators for the monitoring and benchmarking exercise of the Lisbon strategy, "Education and Training 2010", the integrated guidelines, the social agenda and the sustainable development framework.
• Regular production and dissemination of UOE (UNESCO Institute for Statistics, the OECD and EUROSTAT) data on education systems and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Continued work towards the adoption of the Commission Regulation on statistics on education and training systems act covering the "UOE" data collection.
• Finalisation of the preparation of the CVTS4 survey (Continuing Vocational Training Survey)*.
• Finalisation of the preparation of the AES survey (Adult Education Survey) and continued work on the improvement of the LFS data on participation in education and training.
• Continued consolidation of the methodology and the production process of data on educational attainment coming from the LFS, SILC and other European social surveys in coordination with the OECD (in relation to the core social variables implementation referred to in theme 1.12).
• Continued contribution to the revision of the International Standard Classification for Education (ISCED) in cooperation with OECD and UNESCO (ISCED revision under the responsibility of the UNESCO Institute of Statistics).
• Finalisation of the dissemination of the data on entry of young people into the labour market (coming from the EU LFS ad hoc module 2009).
• Modernisation of UOE finance methodology and tables (ongoing ESSnet).

* A review of the survey will start in early 2012 following the EP/Council 2010 report.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Several data collections are initiated or promoted by DG EAC, DG EMPL and CEDEFOP in the field of skills measurements: language skills measure, learning to learn skills measure, civic skills, adult skills; innovation and creativity skills.
• DG EAC executive agency (Eurydice) collects qualitative information and data on education and training systems.


1.4 Health (Eurostat)
Theme 1.05 Health and safety

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" provides the policy framework.
Priorities in 2011 will include i) preparatory work for the implementing Commission regulation on health care and for the second round of EHIS (European Health Interview Survey) and ii) finalisation and adoption of the Commission regulation on the LFS 2013 module on accidents and work-related health problems.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Public Health including Health care (expenditure (covers health care financing) and non-expenditure (covers health care organisation - facilities, staff, equipment and use of services)), Causes of Death, Health Interview Surveys (European Health Interview Surveys - EHIS, Statistics on Income and Living Conditions - SILC), Morbidity and Disability.
• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Preparatory work for the implementing Commission regulation on health care (mapping exercise for expenditure in in-depth comparability assessment for non-expenditure).
• Preparatory work for the second round of EHIS (first draft of implementing Commission regulation; technical and methodological documents including questionnaire).
• Finalisation and adoption of the Commission regulation on the LFS 2013 module on accidents and work-related health problems; development of corresponding questionnaire and methodological guidelines.
• Development of technical and methodological guidelines (including questionnaire) for a survey on disability.
• Adoption of Commission Regulations on Causes of Death and on European Statistics of Accidents of Work.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection, validation and dissemination of 2009 data (and associated metadata) on health care (expenditure and non-expenditure) based on Joint Questionnaire with OECD and WHO; improvement of data quality; dissemination of short analysis in the form of SiFs (Statistics in Focus).
• Collection, validation and dissemination of the 2009 data (and associated metadata) on causes of death; dissemination of short analysis in the form of a SiF.
• Validation and dissemination (on the Eurostat website and in the form of anonymised microdata to the research community) of EHIS 2008 round data for all participating countries.
• Development of corresponding methodological and technical guidelines for a survey on health and social integration to be implemented in 2012.
• Evaluation of all pilot data collections and development of the methodology for data collection on morbidity.
• Collection, validation and dissemination of the 2009 data (and associated metadata) on Accidents at Work (ESAW) and on Occupational Diseases (EODS); improvement of the coverage in line with implementing Commission regulation for ESAW and consolidation of EODS in new Member States and candidate countries.
• Collaboration with the Washington Group and the Budapest Initiative.
• Implementation in Member States of the 2011 LFS ad hoc module on employment of disabled people.
• SILC: 2009/2010 data on health status, health care and healthy Life Years Structural indicator.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• For some areas in the field of public health, data such as injuries and regional health statistics are collected directly by DG Health and Consumers (DG SANCO), 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 for the follow-up of these projects, such as by examining the possibility to launch an ESSnet.
• The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) will continue developing an observatory of working conditions in Europe. Eurofound will also launch its 5th European Survey on Working Conditions.
• The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) will continue to develop its Risk Observatory on new and emerging risks.
• The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) coordinates collections of data on communicable diseases at EU level.
• Data on key indicators on drugs are collected by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), and work is coordinated with Eurostat.


1.5 Income and consumption (Eurostat)
Theme 1.09 Food safety

Eurostat involvement is limited and mainly concerns the collection and dissemination of data on 'control and monitoring activities' in order to meet data needs for the Commission Report to the European Parliament and to the Council in accordance with Article 44 of Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council No. 882/2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Control and monitoring of food safety data;
• Data on food consumption;
• Food domain of the Eurostat website.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Continue updating the controls database for food safety and improve the quality of the data, including documentation on definitions and sampling strategies used by the countries.
• Define at EU level with the support of a task force the content (variables) to be collected in the area of organic production and farming.
• Update the FOOD domain of New Cronos with up-to-date data and also examine the possibility of including data on food-borne diseases collected by the ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control).

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Give priority to the use of available data such as the Household Budget Survey.
• Continue developing the common terminology (definitions, classifications) used to collect data on control and monitoring activities in order to help countries develop their own data management systems (administrative sources) for collecting and storing data on control and monitoring activities.
• Continue cooperating with other collectors of data in the field (DG SANCO, in particular the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO), and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)).

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 pesticide residues, zoonoses, etc. are currently collected by DG SANCO and/or the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and sent to Eurostat.


1.6 Social protection (Eurostat)
Theme 1.07 Social protection

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.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Collection (on a voluntary basis) of 2007 and 2008 data on net social benefits;
• Launching of 2009 data on net social benefits.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect and validate the 2009 ESSPROS data (quantitative and qualitative data of the core system, data on pension beneficiaries) in accordance with EP and Council Regulation No 458/2007.
• Disseminate the 2009 ESSPROS data (quantitative and qualitative data of the core system, data on pension beneficiaries) in accordance with EP and Council Regulation No 458/2007.
• Publish the ESSPROS data in the form of two Statistics in Focus on selected ESSPROS topics.
• Prepare two EU quality reports on the core system and on pension beneficiaries.
• Commission Regulations (implementing Regulation No 458/2007) on net social benefits.

Theme 1.11 Discrimination

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.
Priorities in 2011 will include i) discussing the introduction of country of birth of parents in main social surveys (LFS, SILC) in coordination with migration statistics, as a proxy measurement to the classification on ethnic origin and ii) supporting DG EMPL in preparatory work for the implementation of a social survey on experienced discrimination.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• As a proxy measurement to the classification on ethnic origin, discuss introduction of country of birth of parents in main social surveys (LFS, SILC) in coordination with migration statistics;
• Support DG EMPL in preparatory work for the implementation of a social survey on experienced discrimination.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Outcome difference indicators on equality: update the data of the dedicated section.


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

The need to provide information on the development of crime in the EU arises from the Hague programme adopted by the European Council in 2004 and Commission Communication COM/2006/437, 'Developing a comprehensive and coherent EU strategy to measure crime and criminal justice: an EU action plan 2006-2010'.
Priorities in 2011 will include i) the development of a security survey to be implemented in 2013, and ii), development of methodologies for providing required indicators following the work of the DG HOME Expert Group on data needs.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Safety survey to be implemented in 2013: development of Commission regulation and technical and methodological aspects;
• Follow up work by the DG HOME Expert Group on data needs, develop methodologies for providing required indicators and implement where possible;
• Draft EP and Council regulation for an EU Safety Survey to be implemented in 2013: discussion in EP and Council.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Launch jointly with UN a collection of data on police-recorded crime, number of police officers in the Member States and prison population, up to reference year 2009.
• Extend the collection of data on money-laundering, up to reference year 2009.
• Restructure available metadata relating to crime and criminal justice systems corresponding to latest information obtained from Member States.

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

2.1 NEW WORK

• Launching of a joint data collection with the UN - DG HOME is involved.

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection of cash control statistics from Member States by DG TAXUD.


1.9 Culture (Eurostat)
Theme 1.04 Culture

Official statistics on culture are requested within the development of the "European agenda for the culture" endorsed by the Council on 16 November 2007. Eurostat involvement is limited and mainly concerns the set up and monitoring of an ESSnet running from September 2009 to September 2011.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Statistics on the cultural/creative sector;
• Statistics on expenditure on culture;
• Statistics on cultural participation and the social impact of culture.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Assess the results of ESSnet-culture.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Follow-up of ESSnet-culture.


1.10 Political and other community activities (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, including a possible (MEETS-like) programme;
• Youth statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implementation of the strategy for modernisation of social statistics;
• Collaboration with DG Education and Culture DG in preparing the " 2012 Youth report" to the Council.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Process and disseminate the results of the 2010 LFS ad hoc module on reconciliation between work and family life;
• Continue improving the dissemination of gender-related information across all domains;
• Methodological development of indicators on youth;
• Improve dissemination of data on young people;
• Continue implementation of the core variables in social surveys.



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.
In 2011, the population and housing censuses will be carried out in the Member States. Eurostat will accompany this effort and encourage the georeferencing of the resulting census data. 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 migrants will play an important role in enhancing the possibilities of linking and integrating data from different sources.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Evaluation and review of migration statistics collected under Regulation 862/2007;
• Development and improvement of existing data sources for migration statistics;
• Migration statistics mainstreaming: new data sources; data exchanges; data integration;
• Quality and accuracy of migration statistics.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect, analyse and disseminate demographic and migration statistics;
• Data for the allocation of the "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows" funds;
• Implement the programme for the quality assurance of data used for the allocation of the "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows" funds;
• Population projections;
• Improve the level of quality (in particular as regards the relevance, comparability and timeliness) of the existing demographic data collection;
• Census Hub;
• Implement the strategy for the production of statistics on life expectancy by socio-economic group.


1.2 Labour (Eurostat)
Theme 1.02 Labour market

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.

Fields of 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Launch the revision of the regulation on the LFS;
• Launch a task force to work on comparable measurement of the dynamics of the labour market (longitudinal dimension of the LFS);
• Review working time concepts in the LFS with a view to implementing the 2008 ICLS (International Conference of Labour Statisticians) resolution on the measurement of working time;
• Work in the context of the reform of the production system for EU statistics (in the area of labour market statistics);
• Launch work on seasonal adjustment of quarterly employment and activity rates.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect, process and disseminate short-term and structural labour statistics (employment, unemployment, labour costs, earnings, job vacancies, labour market policies) within the deadlines specified in regulations and gentlemen's agreements; disseminate TUS data.
• Continue actions in the context of the implementation plans following the agreed improvement recommendations for the LFS.
• Implement the conclusions of the work on indicators to supplement the ILO (International Labour Organisation) unemployment rate.
• Fieldwork in the context of the data collection for the Structure of Earnings Survey 2010.


1.3 Education (Eurostat)
Theme 1.03 Education and lifelong learning

Official statistics on education and lifelong learning are vital in order to monitor progress towards the achievement of policy goals at national and EU levels.
Statistics developed under this theme are crucial for the monitoring and benchmark exercise of the Europe 2020 strategy, the "Education and Training 2020" policy (including new indicators related to employability and students mobility), and the renewed integrated guidelines, social agenda and sustainable development framework.

Fields of 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, human capital, education and social inclusion of transition from school to work.
• Dissemination of indicators for the monitoring of EU policies and benchmarking exercises like structural indicators, "Education and Training 2010", "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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Further development of indicators and related production processes as regards the monitoring and benchmarking exercise of the Commission strategy Europe 2020, "Education and Training 2020" (including new indicators related to employability and students mobility), the renewed integrated guidelines, social agenda and sustainable development framework.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Regular production of indicators for the monitoring and benchmarking exercise of the Lisbon strategy, "Education and Training 2010", the integrated guidelines, the social agenda and the sustainable development framework.
• Regular production and dissemination of UOE (UNESCO Institute for Statistics, the OECD and EUROSTAT) data on education systems and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Continued work towards the adoption of the Commission Regulation on statistics on education and training systems act covering the "UOE" data collection.
• Finalisation of the preparation of the CVTS4 survey (Continuing Vocational Training Survey)*.
• Finalisation of the preparation of the AES survey (Adult Education Survey) and continued work on the improvement of the LFS data on participation in education and training.
• Continued consolidation of the methodology and the production process of data on educational attainment coming from the LFS, SILC and other European social surveys in coordination with the OECD (in relation to the core social variables implementation referred to in theme 1.12).
• Continued contribution to the revision of the International Standard Classification for Education (ISCED) in cooperation with OECD and UNESCO (ISCED revision under the responsibility of the UNESCO Institute of Statistics).
• Finalisation of the dissemination of the data on entry of young people into the labour market (coming from the EU LFS ad hoc module 2009).
• Modernisation of UOE finance methodology and tables (ongoing ESSnet).

* A review of the survey will start in early 2012 following the EP/Council 2010 report.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Several data collections are initiated or promoted by DG EAC, DG EMPL and CEDEFOP in the field of skills measurements: language skills measure, learning to learn skills measure, civic skills, adult skills; innovation and creativity skills.
• DG EAC executive agency (Eurydice) collects qualitative information and data on education and training systems.


1.4 Health (Eurostat)
Theme 1.05 Health and safety

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" provides the policy framework.
Priorities in 2011 will include i) preparatory work for the implementing Commission regulation on health care and for the second round of EHIS (European Health Interview Survey) and ii) finalisation and adoption of the Commission regulation on the LFS 2013 module on accidents and work-related health problems.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Public Health including Health care (expenditure (covers health care financing) and non-expenditure (covers health care organisation - facilities, staff, equipment and use of services)), Causes of Death, Health Interview Surveys (European Health Interview Surveys - EHIS, Statistics on Income and Living Conditions - SILC), Morbidity and Disability.
• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Preparatory work for the implementing Commission regulation on health care (mapping exercise for expenditure in in-depth comparability assessment for non-expenditure).
• Preparatory work for the second round of EHIS (first draft of implementing Commission regulation; technical and methodological documents including questionnaire).
• Finalisation and adoption of the Commission regulation on the LFS 2013 module on accidents and work-related health problems; development of corresponding questionnaire and methodological guidelines.
• Development of technical and methodological guidelines (including questionnaire) for a survey on disability.
• Adoption of Commission Regulations on Causes of Death and on European Statistics of Accidents of Work.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection, validation and dissemination of 2009 data (and associated metadata) on health care (expenditure and non-expenditure) based on Joint Questionnaire with OECD and WHO; improvement of data quality; dissemination of short analysis in the form of SiFs (Statistics in Focus).
• Collection, validation and dissemination of the 2009 data (and associated metadata) on causes of death; dissemination of short analysis in the form of a SiF.
• Validation and dissemination (on the Eurostat website and in the form of anonymised microdata to the research community) of EHIS 2008 round data for all participating countries.
• Development of corresponding methodological and technical guidelines for a survey on health and social integration to be implemented in 2012.
• Evaluation of all pilot data collections and development of the methodology for data collection on morbidity.
• Collection, validation and dissemination of the 2009 data (and associated metadata) on Accidents at Work (ESAW) and on Occupational Diseases (EODS); improvement of the coverage in line with implementing Commission regulation for ESAW and consolidation of EODS in new Member States and candidate countries.
• Collaboration with the Washington Group and the Budapest Initiative.
• Implementation in Member States of the 2011 LFS ad hoc module on employment of disabled people.
• SILC: 2009/2010 data on health status, health care and healthy Life Years Structural indicator.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• For some areas in the field of public health, data such as injuries and regional health statistics are collected directly by DG Health and Consumers (DG SANCO), 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 for the follow-up of these projects, such as by examining the possibility to launch an ESSnet.
• The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) will continue developing an observatory of working conditions in Europe. Eurofound will also launch its 5th European Survey on Working Conditions.
• The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) will continue to develop its Risk Observatory on new and emerging risks.
• The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) coordinates collections of data on communicable diseases at EU level.
• Data on key indicators on drugs are collected by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), and work is coordinated with Eurostat.


1.5 Income and consumption (Eurostat)
Theme 1.09 Food safety

Eurostat involvement is limited and mainly concerns the collection and dissemination of data on 'control and monitoring activities' in order to meet data needs for the Commission Report to the European Parliament and to the Council in accordance with Article 44 of Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council No. 882/2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Control and monitoring of food safety data;
• Data on food consumption;
• Food domain of the Eurostat website.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Continue updating the controls database for food safety and improve the quality of the data, including documentation on definitions and sampling strategies used by the countries.
• Define at EU level with the support of a task force the content (variables) to be collected in the area of organic production and farming.
• Update the FOOD domain of New Cronos with up-to-date data and also examine the possibility of including data on food-borne diseases collected by the ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control).

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Give priority to the use of available data such as the Household Budget Survey.
• Continue developing the common terminology (definitions, classifications) used to collect data on control and monitoring activities in order to help countries develop their own data management systems (administrative sources) for collecting and storing data on control and monitoring activities.
• Continue cooperating with other collectors of data in the field (DG SANCO, in particular the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO), and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)).

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 pesticide residues, zoonoses, etc. are currently collected by DG SANCO and/or the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and sent to Eurostat.


1.6 Social protection (Eurostat)
Theme 1.07 Social protection

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.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Collection (on a voluntary basis) of 2007 and 2008 data on net social benefits;
• Launching of 2009 data on net social benefits.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect and validate the 2009 ESSPROS data (quantitative and qualitative data of the core system, data on pension beneficiaries) in accordance with EP and Council Regulation No 458/2007.
• Disseminate the 2009 ESSPROS data (quantitative and qualitative data of the core system, data on pension beneficiaries) in accordance with EP and Council Regulation No 458/2007.
• Publish the ESSPROS data in the form of two Statistics in Focus on selected ESSPROS topics.
• Prepare two EU quality reports on the core system and on pension beneficiaries.
• Commission Regulations (implementing Regulation No 458/2007) on net social benefits.

Theme 1.11 Discrimination

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.
Priorities in 2011 will include i) discussing the introduction of country of birth of parents in main social surveys (LFS, SILC) in coordination with migration statistics, as a proxy measurement to the classification on ethnic origin and ii) supporting DG EMPL in preparatory work for the implementation of a social survey on experienced discrimination.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• As a proxy measurement to the classification on ethnic origin, discuss introduction of country of birth of parents in main social surveys (LFS, SILC) in coordination with migration statistics;
• Support DG EMPL in preparatory work for the implementation of a social survey on experienced discrimination.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Outcome difference indicators on equality: update the data of the dedicated section.


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

The need to provide information on the development of crime in the EU arises from the Hague programme adopted by the European Council in 2004 and Commission Communication COM/2006/437, 'Developing a comprehensive and coherent EU strategy to measure crime and criminal justice: an EU action plan 2006-2010'.
Priorities in 2011 will include i) the development of a security survey to be implemented in 2013, and ii), development of methodologies for providing required indicators following the work of the DG HOME Expert Group on data needs.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Safety survey to be implemented in 2013: development of Commission regulation and technical and methodological aspects;
• Follow up work by the DG HOME Expert Group on data needs, develop methodologies for providing required indicators and implement where possible;
• Draft EP and Council regulation for an EU Safety Survey to be implemented in 2013: discussion in EP and Council.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Launch jointly with UN a collection of data on police-recorded crime, number of police officers in the Member States and prison population, up to reference year 2009.
• Extend the collection of data on money-laundering, up to reference year 2009.
• Restructure available metadata relating to crime and criminal justice systems corresponding to latest information obtained from Member States.

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

2.1 NEW WORK

• Launching of a joint data collection with the UN - DG HOME is involved.

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection of cash control statistics from Member States by DG TAXUD.


1.9 Culture (Eurostat)
Theme 1.04 Culture

Official statistics on culture are requested within the development of the "European agenda for the culture" endorsed by the Council on 16 November 2007. Eurostat involvement is limited and mainly concerns the set up and monitoring of an ESSnet running from September 2009 to September 2011.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Statistics on the cultural/creative sector;
• Statistics on expenditure on culture;
• Statistics on cultural participation and the social impact of culture.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Assess the results of ESSnet-culture.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Follow-up of ESSnet-culture.


1.10 Political and other community activities (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, including a possible (MEETS-like) programme;
• Youth statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implementation of the strategy for modernisation of social statistics;
• Collaboration with DG Education and Culture DG in preparing the " 2012 Youth report" to the Council.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Process and disseminate the results of the 2010 LFS ad hoc module on reconciliation between work and family life;
• Continue improving the dissemination of gender-related information across all domains;
• Methodological development of indicators on youth;
• Improve dissemination of data on young people;
• Continue implementation of the core variables in social surveys.



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.
In 2011, the population and housing censuses will be carried out in the Member States. Eurostat will accompany this effort and encourage the georeferencing of the resulting census data. 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 migrants will play an important role in enhancing the possibilities of linking and integrating data from different sources.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Evaluation and review of migration statistics collected under Regulation 862/2007;
• Development and improvement of existing data sources for migration statistics;
• Migration statistics mainstreaming: new data sources; data exchanges; data integration;
• Quality and accuracy of migration statistics.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect, analyse and disseminate demographic and migration statistics;
• Data for the allocation of the "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows" funds;
• Implement the programme for the quality assurance of data used for the allocation of the "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows" funds;
• Population projections;
• Improve the level of quality (in particular as regards the relevance, comparability and timeliness) of the existing demographic data collection;
• Census Hub;
• Implement the strategy for the production of statistics on life expectancy by socio-economic group.


1.2 Labour (Eurostat)
Theme 1.02 Labour market

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.

Fields of 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Launch the revision of the regulation on the LFS;
• Launch a task force to work on comparable measurement of the dynamics of the labour market (longitudinal dimension of the LFS);
• Review working time concepts in the LFS with a view to implementing the 2008 ICLS (International Conference of Labour Statisticians) resolution on the measurement of working time;
• Work in the context of the reform of the production system for EU statistics (in the area of labour market statistics);
• Launch work on seasonal adjustment of quarterly employment and activity rates.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect, process and disseminate short-term and structural labour statistics (employment, unemployment, labour costs, earnings, job vacancies, labour market policies) within the deadlines specified in regulations and gentlemen's agreements; disseminate TUS data.
• Continue actions in the context of the implementation plans following the agreed improvement recommendations for the LFS.
• Implement the conclusions of the work on indicators to supplement the ILO (International Labour Organisation) unemployment rate.
• Fieldwork in the context of the data collection for the Structure of Earnings Survey 2010.


1.3 Education (Eurostat)
Theme 1.03 Education and lifelong learning

Official statistics on education and lifelong learning are vital in order to monitor progress towards the achievement of policy goals at national and EU levels.
Statistics developed under this theme are crucial for the monitoring and benchmark exercise of the Europe 2020 strategy, the "Education and Training 2020" policy (including new indicators related to employability and students mobility), and the renewed integrated guidelines, social agenda and sustainable development framework.

Fields of 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, human capital, education and social inclusion of transition from school to work.
• Dissemination of indicators for the monitoring of EU policies and benchmarking exercises like structural indicators, "Education and Training 2010", "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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Further development of indicators and related production processes as regards the monitoring and benchmarking exercise of the Commission strategy Europe 2020, "Education and Training 2020" (including new indicators related to employability and students mobility), the renewed integrated guidelines, social agenda and sustainable development framework.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Regular production of indicators for the monitoring and benchmarking exercise of the Lisbon strategy, "Education and Training 2010", the integrated guidelines, the social agenda and the sustainable development framework.
• Regular production and dissemination of UOE (UNESCO Institute for Statistics, the OECD and EUROSTAT) data on education systems and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Continued work towards the adoption of the Commission Regulation on statistics on education and training systems act covering the "UOE" data collection.
• Finalisation of the preparation of the CVTS4 survey (Continuing Vocational Training Survey)*.
• Finalisation of the preparation of the AES survey (Adult Education Survey) and continued work on the improvement of the LFS data on participation in education and training.
• Continued consolidation of the methodology and the production process of data on educational attainment coming from the LFS, SILC and other European social surveys in coordination with the OECD (in relation to the core social variables implementation referred to in theme 1.12).
• Continued contribution to the revision of the International Standard Classification for Education (ISCED) in cooperation with OECD and UNESCO (ISCED revision under the responsibility of the UNESCO Institute of Statistics).
• Finalisation of the dissemination of the data on entry of young people into the labour market (coming from the EU LFS ad hoc module 2009).
• Modernisation of UOE finance methodology and tables (ongoing ESSnet).

* A review of the survey will start in early 2012 following the EP/Council 2010 report.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Several data collections are initiated or promoted by DG EAC, DG EMPL and CEDEFOP in the field of skills measurements: language skills measure, learning to learn skills measure, civic skills, adult skills; innovation and creativity skills.
• DG EAC executive agency (Eurydice) collects qualitative information and data on education and training systems.


1.4 Health (Eurostat)
Theme 1.05 Health and safety

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" provides the policy framework.
Priorities in 2011 will include i) preparatory work for the implementing Commission regulation on health care and for the second round of EHIS (European Health Interview Survey) and ii) finalisation and adoption of the Commission regulation on the LFS 2013 module on accidents and work-related health problems.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Public Health including Health care (expenditure (covers health care financing) and non-expenditure (covers health care organisation - facilities, staff, equipment and use of services)), Causes of Death, Health Interview Surveys (European Health Interview Surveys - EHIS, Statistics on Income and Living Conditions - SILC), Morbidity and Disability.
• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Preparatory work for the implementing Commission regulation on health care (mapping exercise for expenditure in in-depth comparability assessment for non-expenditure).
• Preparatory work for the second round of EHIS (first draft of implementing Commission regulation; technical and methodological documents including questionnaire).
• Finalisation and adoption of the Commission regulation on the LFS 2013 module on accidents and work-related health problems; development of corresponding questionnaire and methodological guidelines.
• Development of technical and methodological guidelines (including questionnaire) for a survey on disability.
• Adoption of Commission Regulations on Causes of Death and on European Statistics of Accidents of Work.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection, validation and dissemination of 2009 data (and associated metadata) on health care (expenditure and non-expenditure) based on Joint Questionnaire with OECD and WHO; improvement of data quality; dissemination of short analysis in the form of SiFs (Statistics in Focus).
• Collection, validation and dissemination of the 2009 data (and associated metadata) on causes of death; dissemination of short analysis in the form of a SiF.
• Validation and dissemination (on the Eurostat website and in the form of anonymised microdata to the research community) of EHIS 2008 round data for all participating countries.
• Development of corresponding methodological and technical guidelines for a survey on health and social integration to be implemented in 2012.
• Evaluation of all pilot data collections and development of the methodology for data collection on morbidity.
• Collection, validation and dissemination of the 2009 data (and associated metadata) on Accidents at Work (ESAW) and on Occupational Diseases (EODS); improvement of the coverage in line with implementing Commission regulation for ESAW and consolidation of EODS in new Member States and candidate countries.
• Collaboration with the Washington Group and the Budapest Initiative.
• Implementation in Member States of the 2011 LFS ad hoc module on employment of disabled people.
• SILC: 2009/2010 data on health status, health care and healthy Life Years Structural indicator.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• For some areas in the field of public health, data such as injuries and regional health statistics are collected directly by DG Health and Consumers (DG SANCO), 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 for the follow-up of these projects, such as by examining the possibility to launch an ESSnet.
• The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) will continue developing an observatory of working conditions in Europe. Eurofound will also launch its 5th European Survey on Working Conditions.
• The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) will continue to develop its Risk Observatory on new and emerging risks.
• The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) coordinates collections of data on communicable diseases at EU level.
• Data on key indicators on drugs are collected by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), and work is coordinated with Eurostat.


1.5 Income and consumption (Eurostat)
Theme 1.09 Food safety

Eurostat involvement is limited and mainly concerns the collection and dissemination of data on 'control and monitoring activities' in order to meet data needs for the Commission Report to the European Parliament and to the Council in accordance with Article 44 of Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council No. 882/2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Control and monitoring of food safety data;
• Data on food consumption;
• Food domain of the Eurostat website.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Continue updating the controls database for food safety and improve the quality of the data, including documentation on definitions and sampling strategies used by the countries.
• Define at EU level with the support of a task force the content (variables) to be collected in the area of organic production and farming.
• Update the FOOD domain of New Cronos with up-to-date data and also examine the possibility of including data on food-borne diseases collected by the ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control).

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Give priority to the use of available data such as the Household Budget Survey.
• Continue developing the common terminology (definitions, classifications) used to collect data on control and monitoring activities in order to help countries develop their own data management systems (administrative sources) for collecting and storing data on control and monitoring activities.
• Continue cooperating with other collectors of data in the field (DG SANCO, in particular the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO), and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)).

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 pesticide residues, zoonoses, etc. are currently collected by DG SANCO and/or the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and sent to Eurostat.


1.6 Social protection (Eurostat)
Theme 1.07 Social protection

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.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Collection (on a voluntary basis) of 2007 and 2008 data on net social benefits;
• Launching of 2009 data on net social benefits.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect and validate the 2009 ESSPROS data (quantitative and qualitative data of the core system, data on pension beneficiaries) in accordance with EP and Council Regulation No 458/2007.
• Disseminate the 2009 ESSPROS data (quantitative and qualitative data of the core system, data on pension beneficiaries) in accordance with EP and Council Regulation No 458/2007.
• Publish the ESSPROS data in the form of two Statistics in Focus on selected ESSPROS topics.
• Prepare two EU quality reports on the core system and on pension beneficiaries.
• Commission Regulations (implementing Regulation No 458/2007) on net social benefits.

Theme 1.11 Discrimination

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.
Priorities in 2011 will include i) discussing the introduction of country of birth of parents in main social surveys (LFS, SILC) in coordination with migration statistics, as a proxy measurement to the classification on ethnic origin and ii) supporting DG EMPL in preparatory work for the implementation of a social survey on experienced discrimination.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• As a proxy measurement to the classification on ethnic origin, discuss introduction of country of birth of parents in main social surveys (LFS, SILC) in coordination with migration statistics;
• Support DG EMPL in preparatory work for the implementation of a social survey on experienced discrimination.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Outcome difference indicators on equality: update the data of the dedicated section.


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

The need to provide information on the development of crime in the EU arises from the Hague programme adopted by the European Council in 2004 and Commission Communication COM/2006/437, 'Developing a comprehensive and coherent EU strategy to measure crime and criminal justice: an EU action plan 2006-2010'.
Priorities in 2011 will include i) the development of a security survey to be implemented in 2013, and ii), development of methodologies for providing required indicators following the work of the DG HOME Expert Group on data needs.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Safety survey to be implemented in 2013: development of Commission regulation and technical and methodological aspects;
• Follow up work by the DG HOME Expert Group on data needs, develop methodologies for providing required indicators and implement where possible;
• Draft EP and Council regulation for an EU Safety Survey to be implemented in 2013: discussion in EP and Council.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Launch jointly with UN a collection of data on police-recorded crime, number of police officers in the Member States and prison population, up to reference year 2009.
• Extend the collection of data on money-laundering, up to reference year 2009.
• Restructure available metadata relating to crime and criminal justice systems corresponding to latest information obtained from Member States.

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

2.1 NEW WORK

• Launching of a joint data collection with the UN - DG HOME is involved.

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection of cash control statistics from Member States by DG TAXUD.


1.9 Culture (Eurostat)
Theme 1.04 Culture

Official statistics on culture are requested within the development of the "European agenda for the culture" endorsed by the Council on 16 November 2007. Eurostat involvement is limited and mainly concerns the set up and monitoring of an ESSnet running from September 2009 to September 2011.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Statistics on the cultural/creative sector;
• Statistics on expenditure on culture;
• Statistics on cultural participation and the social impact of culture.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Assess the results of ESSnet-culture.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Follow-up of ESSnet-culture.


1.10 Political and other community activities (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, including a possible (MEETS-like) programme;
• Youth statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implementation of the strategy for modernisation of social statistics;
• Collaboration with DG Education and Culture DG in preparing the " 2012 Youth report" to the Council.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Process and disseminate the results of the 2010 LFS ad hoc module on reconciliation between work and family life;
• Continue improving the dissemination of gender-related information across all domains;
• Methodological development of indicators on youth;
• Improve dissemination of data on young people;
• Continue implementation of the core variables in social surveys.




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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Finalise the ESS guidelines on revisions and prepare an implementation plan within the ESS.
• Finalise and disseminate handbooks on best practices on revisions analysis and seasonal adjustment.
• Develop a first set of tools for the rationalisation of the use of statistical and econometric techniques to improve PEEIs coverage and to analyse them.
• Investigate new statistical areas relevant for production improvement and analysis.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Finalise and follow up the implementation of common policies within the ESS for the compilation of Principal European Economic Indicators in key areas such as seasonal adjustment, estimation and back calculation. The priority will be monitoring the implementation of the already endorsed ESS seasonal adjustment guidelines.
• Improve Euroindicators/PEEIs website: online analysis and comparative tables, Statistics Explained pages, online bibliographies and publications (Newsletter, Selected Readings, State of Affairs, PEEIs Quarterly quality report), including the official monthly publication Eurostatistics.
• Monitor EuroIND and PEEIs quality: regular updating of the Euroindicators real-time database for revision analysis and real-time simulation, monitoring Euro-IND quality (with particular attention to Principal European Economic Indicators), developing new quality measures for time series and database (synthetic quality indicator), dissemination of results.
• Improve structure, coverage and visibility (enhanced visualisation tools) of the selected PEEIs page, also in line with the development of the Principal Global Indicators activities.
• Finalise the testing exercise of nowcasting, back calculation and monthly indicator of the economic activity (Euromind) as well as coincident turning points indicators by means of sophisticated statistical and econometric techniques (whenever possible in collaboration with production units, DG ECFIN and the ECB) and decisions on their dissemination.
• Support Eurostat sectoral units, Commission Directorates General, and Member States in their activity to improve and analyse Principal European Economic Indicators, including training activities and tools development.
• Contribute to international meetings, seminars and conferences aiming to promote the use of statistical and econometric techniques for data production and analysis and to develop and consolidate a early monitoring system for the global economy.
• Follow-up the 6th Eurostat Colloquium on Modern Tools for Business Cycle Analysis.

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implement NACE Rev 2;
• GDP flash estimates at T+30 days - feasibility study and testing period;
• Implement the revised ESA and the revised ESA transmission programme;
• Compile a QSA flash estimate based on Member States transmissions at t+90 days to be available well ahead of the final publication at t+120 days;
• Extend the content and relevance of statistics derived from quarterly sector accounts;
• Improve quality aspects of quarterly national accounts.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Ensure complete and timely availability of quarterly national accounts data, ensure production and dissemination of EU/EA quarterly accounts data.
• Quarterly compilation and publication of euro area and EU sector accounts including derived charts, tables, news releases and the publication of key indicators by country.
• Eight news releases published: one for the household sector and one for non-financial corporations every quarter. About 30 charts and tables, covering all sectors of the economy, updated and loaded on ESTAT website. Harmonisation of quarterly non-financial sector accounts data: cross-country comparisons of key variables, documentation of sources and methods and selection of best practices.
• Continue work to improve timeliness and availability of key short-term national accounts indicators for monitoring the statistical consequences of the financial and economic crisis - in particular flash estimates of GDP and employment.

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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Finalise assessment reports on new EU-15 inventories of sources and methods for compiling GNI;
• Finalise assessment reports on EU-10 inventories of sources and methods for compiling GNI;
• Finalise analysis and assessment reports on EU-2 inventories of sources and methods for compiling GNI;
• Carry out GNI missions in the Member States including direct verification as required;
• Pursue work on the development of guidelines on supervisory and control systems for national accounts in the Member States;
• Verify declarations for VAT-based resources for about 12 countries (chosen by DG BUDG).

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Amendment to BoP Regulation 184/2005, as required for implementing new reference manuals;
• Implementation of the revised BoP Quality Report;
• Survey of Balance Of Payments/Rest Of The World Differences;
• Projects targeted at increasing consistency between BoP and other statistical domains (travel, transport, goods);
• Investigate possibilities for alignment/integration of the data collections goods and services;
• Preparatory work related to the implementation of the new Balance of Payments Manual (BPM6) and the new Benchmark Definition of Foreign Direct Investment (BD4).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection and validation of data related to Balance of Payments, International Trade in Services, Remittances, Foreign Direct Investment;
• Dissemination of data and maintenance of metadata;
• Treatment of the EU Institutions accounting data for the production of BoP of the EU Institutions;
• Regular dissemination of BoP data of EU institutions (EUI) and maintenance of metadata;
• Pre-filling of the quality reports and assessment of the quality of national BoP data;
• Methodological assistance and guidance to the Member States;
• Guarantee the functioning of the BoP Committee including all necessary comitology procedures;
• Organise Working Groups and Task Force meetings;
• Guarantee smooth functioning of the FDI Network that allows for the exchange of FDI microdata (Joint initiative -Eurostat/ECB DG Statistics);
• Define the new reporting requirements for BoP and FDI, necessary for implementing BPM6 and BD4. Consultations with the Member States and the ECB.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

New BoP Quality Report.


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implementation of NACE Rev 2;
• Implementation of the revised ESA Transmission Programme;
• Matching sector accounts with household survey data (linked to recommendation 16 of the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission);
• Harmonised revision policy - national accounts and balance of payments;
• EU productions systems in national accounts - exploratory analysis.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Ensure complete and timely availability of national accounts data, ensure production and dissemination of EU/EA accounts data.
• Ensure complete and timely availability of supply, use and symmetric input-output tables; improve quality of data with a view to consistency among the tables and with corresponding national accounts data.
• Ensure complete and timely availability of regional accounts data.
• Validate publish, in European System of Accounts (ESA) format:
  - the annual non-financial sector accounts of the Member States;
  - the annual financial sector accounts and balance sheets of the Member States.
• Harmonise annual non-financial sector accounts data: cross-country comparisons of key indicators and documentation of Member States' practices in the field of household sector delineation.
• Pursue work on the revision of ESA 95 in relation to discussion, finalisation and adoption of the new ESA Regulation by the Council and the European Parliament.
• Assess quality of implementation of ESA 95, including, in particular, improved price and volume measures in national accounts, development of satellite accounts and supplementary tables, assessment of FISIM (Financial Intermediation Services Indirectly Measured), preparing the implementation of the new ESA methodology etc. and drawing conclusions for future work.
• Prepare and test revised ESA pensions recording (through the Pensions Contact Group).
• Productivity and growth accounting (EU KLEMS - EU level analysis of capital (K), labour (L), energy (E), materials (M) and service (S) inputs on a detailed activity level).
• National accounts production system (NAPS).
• Pursue discussions on the SNA at international level as required, including the research agenda and implementation aspects.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• NAPS;
• Explanatory analysis of NA production system.


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Launch a project to develop indicators on global value chains, as a follow-up of the international sourcing survey and related data linking (subject to approval by the business statistics directors/ESSC).
• Implement Council and EP Decision 1297/2008 (MEETS), implement the Commission Decision on the financing for 2011.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Implement Council and EP Decision 1297/2008 (MEETS), implement the Commission Decision on the financing for 2010.
• Ensure the implementation of Regulation No 295/2008 on SBS and Commission Regulation 97/2009 on the first implementation of the flexible module. Process and disseminate the collected data.
• Process and disseminate 2010 Prodcom data according to the Prodcom Regulation. Promote harmonisation of national methodologies for Prodcom.
• Ensure the implementation of Regulation No 716/2007 on FATS. Process and disseminate the collected data.
• Set up the 2012 Prodcom list.
• Ensure continued quality improvement of Prodcom, SBS and FATS data.
• Analyse the results of the pilot actions in the framework of the SBS Regulation and the FATS Regulation and plan the further application of the flexible module of the SBS Regulation. If pilot actions prove the feasibility of the data collection, proceed with the necessary measures for the implementation.
• Contribute to the entrepreneurship indicator programme. Ensure adoption of Commission Regulations implementing Regulation (EC) 295/2008 and amending Commission Regulations 250/2009 and 251/2009 to integrate employer business demography statistics and high growth enterprises.
• Prepare the report to the European Parliament and Council on the implementation of Regulation 295/2008 on SBS.
• Finalise the project on linking of microdata on international sourcing.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Implement Council and EP Decision 1297/2008 (MEETS).

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 2011

• Assess the short-term statistics compiled, in particular their relevance and quality as well as the revision of indicators; specifically address the cost of the statistical system and the burden on business in relation to its benefits; report on best practices for lessening the burden on business and indicate ways of reducing the burden and costs.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Timely production of existing indicators and their publication;
• Investigatie and improve the reliability, accuracy and comparability of STS indicators.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• STS is an active participant in the MEETS programme (see theme 3.01).


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.
In 2011, the population and housing censuses will be carried out in the Member States. Eurostat will accompany this effort and encourage the georeferencing of the resulting census data. 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 migrants will play an important role in enhancing the possibilities of linking and integrating data from different sources.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Evaluation and review of migration statistics collected under Regulation 862/2007;
• Development and improvement of existing data sources for migration statistics;
• Migration statistics mainstreaming: new data sources; data exchanges; data integration;
• Quality and accuracy of migration statistics.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect, analyse and disseminate demographic and migration statistics;
• Data for the allocation of the "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows" funds;
• Implement the programme for the quality assurance of data used for the allocation of the "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows" funds;
• Population projections;
• Improve the level of quality (in particular as regards the relevance, comparability and timeliness) of the existing demographic data collection;
• Census Hub;
• Implement the strategy for the production of statistics on life expectancy by socio-economic group.1.2 Labour (Eurostat)
Theme 1.02 Labour market

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.

Fields of 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Launch the revision of the regulation on the LFS;
• Launch a task force to work on comparable measurement of the dynamics of the labour market (longitudinal dimension of the LFS);
• Review working time concepts in the LFS with a view to implementing the 2008 ICLS (International Conference of Labour Statisticians) resolution on the measurement of working time;
• Work in the context of the reform of the production system for EU statistics (in the area of labour market statistics);
• Launch work on seasonal adjustment of quarterly employment and activity rates.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect, process and disseminate short-term and structural labour statistics (employment, unemployment, labour costs, earnings, job vacancies, labour market policies) within the deadlines specified in regulations and gentlemen's agreements; disseminate TUS data.
• Continue actions in the context of the implementation plans following the agreed improvement recommendations for the LFS.
• Implement the conclusions of the work on indicators to supplement the ILO (International Labour Organisation) unemployment rate.
• Fieldwork in the context of the data collection for the Structure of Earnings Survey 2010.1.3 Education (Eurostat)
Theme 1.03 Education and lifelong learning

Official statistics on education and lifelong learning are vital in order to monitor progress towards the achievement of policy goals at national and EU levels.
Statistics developed under this theme are crucial for the monitoring and benchmark exercise of the Europe 2020 strategy, the "Education and Training 2020" policy (including new indicators related to employability and students mobility), and the renewed integrated guidelines, social agenda and sustainable development framework.

Fields of 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, human capital, education and social inclusion of transition from school to work.
• Dissemination of indicators for the monitoring of EU policies and benchmarking exercises like structural indicators, "Education and Training 2010", "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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Further development of indicators and related production processes as regards the monitoring and benchmarking exercise of the Commission strategy Europe 2020, "Education and Training 2020" (including new indicators related to employability and students mobility), the renewed integrated guidelines, social agenda and sustainable development framework.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Regular production of indicators for the monitoring and benchmarking exercise of the Lisbon strategy, "Education and Training 2010", the integrated guidelines, the social agenda and the sustainable development framework.
• Regular production and dissemination of UOE (UNESCO Institute for Statistics, the OECD and EUROSTAT) data on education systems and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Continued work towards the adoption of the Commission Regulation on statistics on education and training systems act covering the "UOE" data collection.
• Finalisation of the preparation of the CVTS4 survey (Continuing Vocational Training Survey)*.
• Finalisation of the preparation of the AES survey (Adult Education Survey) and continued work on the improvement of the LFS data on participation in education and training.
• Continued consolidation of the methodology and the production process of data on educational attainment coming from the LFS, SILC and other European social surveys in coordination with the OECD (in relation to the core social variables implementation referred to in theme 1.12).
• Continued contribution to the revision of the International Standard Classification for Education (ISCED) in cooperation with OECD and UNESCO (ISCED revision under the responsibility of the UNESCO Institute of Statistics).
• Finalisation of the dissemination of the data on entry of young people into the labour market (coming from the EU LFS ad hoc module 2009).
• Modernisation of UOE finance methodology and tables (ongoing ESSnet).

* A review of the survey will start in early 2012 following the EP/Council 2010 report.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Several data collections are initiated or promoted by DG EAC, DG EMPL and CEDEFOP in the field of skills measurements: language skills measure, learning to learn skills measure, civic skills, adult skills; innovation and creativity skills.
• DG EAC executive agency (Eurydice) collects qualitative information and data on education and training systems.1.4 Health (Eurostat)
Theme 1.05 Health and safety

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" provides the policy framework.
Priorities in 2011 will include i) preparatory work for the implementing Commission regulation on health care and for the second round of EHIS (European Health Interview Survey) and ii) finalisation and adoption of the Commission regulation on the LFS 2013 module on accidents and work-related health problems.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Public Health including Health care (expenditure (covers health care financing) and non-expenditure (covers health care organisation - facilities, staff, equipment and use of services)), Causes of Death, Health Interview Surveys (European Health Interview Surveys - EHIS, Statistics on Income and Living Conditions - SILC), Morbidity and Disability.
• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Preparatory work for the implementing Commission regulation on health care (mapping exercise for expenditure in in-depth comparability assessment for non-expenditure).
• Preparatory work for the second round of EHIS (first draft of implementing Commission regulation; technical and methodological documents including questionnaire).
• Finalisation and adoption of the Commission regulation on the LFS 2013 module on accidents and work-related health problems; development of corresponding questionnaire and methodological guidelines.
• Development of technical and methodological guidelines (including questionnaire) for a survey on disability.
• Adoption of Commission Regulations on Causes of Death and on European Statistics of Accidents of Work.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection, validation and dissemination of 2009 data (and associated metadata) on health care (expenditure and non-expenditure) based on Joint Questionnaire with OECD and WHO; improvement of data quality; dissemination of short analysis in the form of SiFs (Statistics in Focus).
• Collection, validation and dissemination of the 2009 data (and associated metadata) on causes of death; dissemination of short analysis in the form of a SiF.
• Validation and dissemination (on the Eurostat website and in the form of anonymised microdata to the research community) of EHIS 2008 round data for all participating countries.
• Development of corresponding methodological and technical guidelines for a survey on health and social integration to be implemented in 2012.
• Evaluation of all pilot data collections and development of the methodology for data collection on morbidity.
• Collection, validation and dissemination of the 2009 data (and associated metadata) on Accidents at Work (ESAW) and on Occupational Diseases (EODS); improvement of the coverage in line with implementing Commission regulation for ESAW and consolidation of EODS in new Member States and candidate countries.
• Collaboration with the Washington Group and the Budapest Initiative.
• Implementation in Member States of the 2011 LFS ad hoc module on employment of disabled people.
• SILC: 2009/2010 data on health status, health care and healthy Life Years Structural indicator.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• For some areas in the field of public health, data such as injuries and regional health statistics are collected directly by DG Health and Consumers (DG SANCO), 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 for the follow-up of these projects, such as by examining the possibility to launch an ESSnet.
• The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) will continue developing an observatory of working conditions in Europe. Eurofound will also launch its 5th European Survey on Working Conditions.
• The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) will continue to develop its Risk Observatory on new and emerging risks.
• The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) coordinates collections of data on communicable diseases at EU level.
• Data on key indicators on drugs are collected by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), and work is coordinated with Eurostat.1.5 Income and consumption (Eurostat)
Theme 1.09 Food safety

Eurostat involvement is limited and mainly concerns the collection and dissemination of data on 'control and monitoring activities' in order to meet data needs for the Commission Report to the European Parliament and to the Council in accordance with Article 44 of Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council No. 882/2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Control and monitoring of food safety data;
• Data on food consumption;
• Food domain of the Eurostat website.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Continue updating the controls database for food safety and improve the quality of the data, including documentation on definitions and sampling strategies used by the countries.
• Define at EU level with the support of a task force the content (variables) to be collected in the area of organic production and farming.
• Update the FOOD domain of New Cronos with up-to-date data and also examine the possibility of including data on food-borne diseases collected by the ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control).

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Give priority to the use of available data such as the Household Budget Survey.
• Continue developing the common terminology (definitions, classifications) used to collect data on control and monitoring activities in order to help countries develop their own data management systems (administrative sources) for collecting and storing data on control and monitoring activities.
• Continue cooperating with other collectors of data in the field (DG SANCO, in particular the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO), and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)).

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 pesticide residues, zoonoses, etc. are currently collected by DG SANCO and/or the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and sent to Eurostat.1.6 Social protection (Eurostat)
Theme 1.07 Social protection

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.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Collection (on a voluntary basis) of 2007 and 2008 data on net social benefits;
• Launching of 2009 data on net social benefits.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect and validate the 2009 ESSPROS data (quantitative and qualitative data of the core system, data on pension beneficiaries) in accordance with EP and Council Regulation No 458/2007.
• Disseminate the 2009 ESSPROS data (quantitative and qualitative data of the core system, data on pension beneficiaries) in accordance with EP and Council Regulation No 458/2007.
• Publish the ESSPROS data in the form of two Statistics in Focus on selected ESSPROS topics.
• Prepare two EU quality reports on the core system and on pension beneficiaries.
• Commission Regulations (implementing Regulation No 458/2007) on net social benefits.

Theme 1.11 Discrimination

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.
Priorities in 2011 will include i) discussing the introduction of country of birth of parents in main social surveys (LFS, SILC) in coordination with migration statistics, as a proxy measurement to the classification on ethnic origin and ii) supporting DG EMPL in preparatory work for the implementation of a social survey on experienced discrimination.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• As a proxy measurement to the classification on ethnic origin, discuss introduction of country of birth of parents in main social surveys (LFS, SILC) in coordination with migration statistics;
• Support DG EMPL in preparatory work for the implementation of a social survey on experienced discrimination.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Outcome difference indicators on equality: update the data of the dedicated section.1.8 Justice and crime (Eurostat)
Theme 1.10 Crime and criminal justice

The need to provide information on the development of crime in the EU arises from the Hague programme adopted by the European Council in 2004 and Commission Communication COM/2006/437, 'Developing a comprehensive and coherent EU strategy to measure crime and criminal justice: an EU action plan 2006-2010'.
Priorities in 2011 will include i) the development of a security survey to be implemented in 2013, and ii), development of methodologies for providing required indicators following the work of the DG HOME Expert Group on data needs.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Safety survey to be implemented in 2013: development of Commission regulation and technical and methodological aspects;
• Follow up work by the DG HOME Expert Group on data needs, develop methodologies for providing required indicators and implement where possible;
• Draft EP and Council regulation for an EU Safety Survey to be implemented in 2013: discussion in EP and Council.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Launch jointly with UN a collection of data on police-recorded crime, number of police officers in the Member States and prison population, up to reference year 2009.
• Extend the collection of data on money-laundering, up to reference year 2009.
• Restructure available metadata relating to crime and criminal justice systems corresponding to latest information obtained from Member States.

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

2.1 NEW WORK

• Launching of a joint data collection with the UN - DG HOME is involved.

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection of cash control statistics from Member States by DG TAXUD.1.9 Culture (Eurostat)
Theme 1.04 Culture

Official statistics on culture are requested within the development of the "European agenda for the culture" endorsed by the Council on 16 November 2007. Eurostat involvement is limited and mainly concerns the set up and monitoring of an ESSnet running from September 2009 to September 2011.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Statistics on the cultural/creative sector;
• Statistics on expenditure on culture;
• Statistics on cultural participation and the social impact of culture.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Assess the results of ESSnet-culture.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Follow-up of ESSnet-culture.1.10 Political and other community activities (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, including a possible (MEETS-like) programme;
• Youth statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implementation of the strategy for modernisation of social statistics;
• Collaboration with DG Education and Culture DG in preparing the " 2012 Youth report" to the Council.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Process and disseminate the results of the 2010 LFS ad hoc module on reconciliation between work and family life;
• Continue improving the dissemination of gender-related information across all domains;
• Methodological development of indicators on youth;
• Improve dissemination of data on young people;
• Continue implementation of the core variables in social surveys.


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Revised Commission Regulation 479/2009;
• Extend geographical coverage of data collection for annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV) to include candidate countries;
• Develop metadata and quality indicators for annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV);
• Possible increase of derived indicators for annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV) in order to improve the meaningfulness of source data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Carry out bi-annual assessment of debt and deficit data of Member States, and provide these data.
• Discuss selected methodological issues with Member States and provide bilateral advice.
• Carry out statistical assessment of Candidate Countries.
• Develop inventories of sources and methods for deficit and debt statistics.
• Carry out regular EDP dialogue missions to Member States.
• Complete the production and publication of detailed (COFOG -Classification of the Functions of Government - level II) data for government expenditure by function.
• Compilation, validation and final publication of annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV) of the Member States plus Norway, Iceland and Switzerland.
• Data are received in the framework of the ESA95 Transmission Programme under:
  - table 2: Main aggregates of general government;
  - table 9: Detailed tax and social contribution receipts by type of tax and social contribution and receiving sub-sector + detailed list of taxes and social contributions according to national classification of taxes and social contributions (National Tax List/ NTL);
  - table 11: General government expenditure by COFOG functions.
• Quarterly compilation and publication of quarterly government finance statistics data (QGOV: quarterly financial and non-financial accounts and quarterly debt data of government - ESA tables 25, 27 and 28).
• Assess the actual data reported by Member States as regards compliance with accounting roles, completeness, reliability, timeliness and consistency of the data.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Development of tools to aid Member States' validation before data transmission.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• DG TAXUD classifies tax revenues by economic function and calculates 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;
• Co-ordination, drafting, adjustment and maintenance of legislation in the field of statistics on trade in goods with Member States (Intrastat) and non-Member States (Extrastat);
• Co-ordination of initiatives on burden reduction in the field of external trade statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Further analysis concerning the consistency between trade in goods statistics and balance of payments statistics in order to move closer to more integrated statistical systems.
• Implementation of the new Intrastat and Extrastat legal requirements and provision of methodological support. Assessment of the impact of the implementation of the amended Intrastat regulation on the statistical response burden.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Publish each month the main Intra and Extra EU and euro area aggregates via the Press releases (on average 46 days after the month of reference) and more detailed Intra and Extra trade statistics via Bulletins. Publish the Annual Yearbook and at least four Statistics in Focus during the year.
• Make available in the Comext database monthly detailed data and metadata (raw data, seasonally adjusted data, unit value indices, qualitative information, classifications and relations among them, methodological comments) from the 27 Member States, EFTA, from co-operation programmes and data from third countries and international organisations. Recent evolution of nomenclatures (SITC -Standard Industrial Trade Classification, BEC - Broad Economic Categories, CPA - Statistical Classification of Products by Activity in the European Economic Union, NSTR - Standard Goods Classification for Transport Statistics) and new related data derivation will be taken into account. An expanded range of services to data users (simplified/advanced and on-line/Web unified interfaces; new functionalities and improved support for users) will be provided in Comext.
• Consolidate and improve the data process according to the new Extrastat and amended Intrastat regulations adopted in 2009.
• Update methodological documentation. Further develop the implementation guidelines for the new pieces of legislation. Participate in the revision of concepts and definitions of external trade statistics at the level of the United Nations.
• Develop proposals in the framework of cooperation programmes. Follow-up the implementation of the current programmes (e.g. the Instrument of Pre-accession Activities - IPA).
• Modernise validation tools and methods at Eurostat and in Member States
• Collect and disseminate first annual data on trade by enterprise characteristics, required by the revised Regulations. Further develop methodological guidelines.
• Prepare individual assessment reports on each Member State and an annual summary quality report. Further develop guidelines for methods and practices affecting quality. Continue actions to decrease asymmetries in intra-EU trade statistics . Analyse and report on the quality of detailed data with the help of various monitoring reports.
• Ensure the maintenance of the Eurotrace package, organisation of course.
• In the framework of the MEETS programme which runs until 2013, continue financing studies on the simplification of Intrastat, on linking trade and other business statistics and on the implementation of new Extrastat legislation in the Member States.
• Consolidate the use and further implementation of XT-NET ASSIST application by Member States and possibly by main providers of statistical information (PSIs).


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Develop the Health output approach for PPP for all EU Member States;
• Update PPP Manual.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Produce, quality-check and further develop HICP monthly data and HICP flash estimates including the production and necessary further development of HICP at constant tax rates and HICP administered prices;
• Owner Occupied Housing (OOH) and dwelling price indices;
• Development of detailed information on prices;
• Develop and follow up the implementation of standards on quality; adjustment and sampling and weighting;
• Extend HICP communications to promote the HICP;
• Monitor the compliance of national indices with HICP standards with follow-up as required;
• Carry out PPP surveys and compute 2010 PPP;
• Compute Correction Coefficients and annual adjustment for Staff;
• Develop and produce information on pension contribution rate, pension expenditure forecast, pension liability and health liability;
• Implementing Regulation for PPP and PPP Inventories of Member States' methods.


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

Official statistics on STI are vital in order to measure and understand growth based on knowledge, as well as to monitor progress towards the achievement of policy goals at national and EU levels.
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).

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production, dissemination and development of the Community Innovation Survey 2006-2010 (and beyond);
• Production, dissemination and development of the Research and Development statistics 2008-2010;
• Production and dissemination of the survey on Careers of Doctorate Holders (CDH) 2009 and decision on its follow-up;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Patent statistics based on PATSTAT data source from European Patent Office;
• Production and dissemination of the High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors statistics with their extensions;
• Conduction of feasibility studies and pilot data collections in the Science, Technology and Innovation statistics area including the rationalisation of the related surveys where adequate and possible;
• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• 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 European Union Innovation surveys re-design and search for synergies.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Maintain and improve Eurostat's set of ERA indicators; coordinate actions, metadata, quality evaluation and communication towards Commission;
• Ensure the wide dissemination of CIS 2008 data and the related metadata;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of R&D and GBAORD (government budget appropriations or outlays on research and development) data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Initiation of the revision of the Commission regulation (EC) No 753/2004 on Science and Technology;
• Process, validate and disseminate the CDH 2009 data with the related metadata;
• Evaluate of the CDH 2009 survey, its outcome and the follow-up actions drawn;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of patent data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors' data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Review of the classification of the High-Tech and Knowledge Intensive activities;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of Human Resources in Science and Technology data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Initiate the development of the CIS 2012 with a project developing a harmonised survey questionnaire with all the supporting methodological documentation;
• Ensure the CIS 2010 conduct at the Member States with possible all the desired extensions.

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

2.1 NEW WORK

• DG Research has initiated 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.
• DG Research has initiated several other projects to obtain 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.
• DG Research will renew its contract to maintain, update and further develop its integrated STI database.



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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Finalise the ESS guidelines on revisions and prepare an implementation plan within the ESS.
• Finalise and disseminate handbooks on best practices on revisions analysis and seasonal adjustment.
• Develop a first set of tools for the rationalisation of the use of statistical and econometric techniques to improve PEEIs coverage and to analyse them.
• Investigate new statistical areas relevant for production improvement and analysis.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Finalise and follow up the implementation of common policies within the ESS for the compilation of Principal European Economic Indicators in key areas such as seasonal adjustment, estimation and back calculation. The priority will be monitoring the implementation of the already endorsed ESS seasonal adjustment guidelines.
• Improve Euroindicators/PEEIs website: online analysis and comparative tables, Statistics Explained pages, online bibliographies and publications (Newsletter, Selected Readings, State of Affairs, PEEIs Quarterly quality report), including the official monthly publication Eurostatistics.
• Monitor EuroIND and PEEIs quality: regular updating of the Euroindicators real-time database for revision analysis and real-time simulation, monitoring Euro-IND quality (with particular attention to Principal European Economic Indicators), developing new quality measures for time series and database (synthetic quality indicator), dissemination of results.
• Improve structure, coverage and visibility (enhanced visualisation tools) of the selected PEEIs page, also in line with the development of the Principal Global Indicators activities.
• Finalise the testing exercise of nowcasting, back calculation and monthly indicator of the economic activity (Euromind) as well as coincident turning points indicators by means of sophisticated statistical and econometric techniques (whenever possible in collaboration with production units, DG ECFIN and the ECB) and decisions on their dissemination.
• Support Eurostat sectoral units, Commission Directorates General, and Member States in their activity to improve and analyse Principal European Economic Indicators, including training activities and tools development.
• Contribute to international meetings, seminars and conferences aiming to promote the use of statistical and econometric techniques for data production and analysis and to develop and consolidate a early monitoring system for the global economy.
• Follow-up the 6th Eurostat Colloquium on Modern Tools for Business Cycle Analysis.

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implement NACE Rev 2;
• GDP flash estimates at T+30 days - feasibility study and testing period;
• Implement the revised ESA and the revised ESA transmission programme;
• Compile a QSA flash estimate based on Member States transmissions at t+90 days to be available well ahead of the final publication at t+120 days;
• Extend the content and relevance of statistics derived from quarterly sector accounts;
• Improve quality aspects of quarterly national accounts.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Ensure complete and timely availability of quarterly national accounts data, ensure production and dissemination of EU/EA quarterly accounts data.
• Quarterly compilation and publication of euro area and EU sector accounts including derived charts, tables, news releases and the publication of key indicators by country.
• Eight news releases published: one for the household sector and one for non-financial corporations every quarter. About 30 charts and tables, covering all sectors of the economy, updated and loaded on ESTAT website. Harmonisation of quarterly non-financial sector accounts data: cross-country comparisons of key variables, documentation of sources and methods and selection of best practices.
• Continue work to improve timeliness and availability of key short-term national accounts indicators for monitoring the statistical consequences of the financial and economic crisis - in particular flash estimates of GDP and employment.

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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Finalise assessment reports on new EU-15 inventories of sources and methods for compiling GNI;
• Finalise assessment reports on EU-10 inventories of sources and methods for compiling GNI;
• Finalise analysis and assessment reports on EU-2 inventories of sources and methods for compiling GNI;
• Carry out GNI missions in the Member States including direct verification as required;
• Pursue work on the development of guidelines on supervisory and control systems for national accounts in the Member States;
• Verify declarations for VAT-based resources for about 12 countries (chosen by DG BUDG).

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Amendment to BoP Regulation 184/2005, as required for implementing new reference manuals;
• Implementation of the revised BoP Quality Report;
• Survey of Balance Of Payments/Rest Of The World Differences;
• Projects targeted at increasing consistency between BoP and other statistical domains (travel, transport, goods);
• Investigate possibilities for alignment/integration of the data collections goods and services;
• Preparatory work related to the implementation of the new Balance of Payments Manual (BPM6) and the new Benchmark Definition of Foreign Direct Investment (BD4).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection and validation of data related to Balance of Payments, International Trade in Services, Remittances, Foreign Direct Investment;
• Dissemination of data and maintenance of metadata;
• Treatment of the EU Institutions accounting data for the production of BoP of the EU Institutions;
• Regular dissemination of BoP data of EU institutions (EUI) and maintenance of metadata;
• Pre-filling of the quality reports and assessment of the quality of national BoP data;
• Methodological assistance and guidance to the Member States;
• Guarantee the functioning of the BoP Committee including all necessary comitology procedures;
• Organise Working Groups and Task Force meetings;
• Guarantee smooth functioning of the FDI Network that allows for the exchange of FDI microdata (Joint initiative -Eurostat/ECB DG Statistics);
• Define the new reporting requirements for BoP and FDI, necessary for implementing BPM6 and BD4. Consultations with the Member States and the ECB.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

New BoP Quality Report.


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implementation of NACE Rev 2;
• Implementation of the revised ESA Transmission Programme;
• Matching sector accounts with household survey data (linked to recommendation 16 of the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission);
• Harmonised revision policy - national accounts and balance of payments;
• EU productions systems in national accounts - exploratory analysis.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Ensure complete and timely availability of national accounts data, ensure production and dissemination of EU/EA accounts data.
• Ensure complete and timely availability of supply, use and symmetric input-output tables; improve quality of data with a view to consistency among the tables and with corresponding national accounts data.
• Ensure complete and timely availability of regional accounts data.
• Validate publish, in European System of Accounts (ESA) format:
  - the annual non-financial sector accounts of the Member States;
  - the annual financial sector accounts and balance sheets of the Member States.
• Harmonise annual non-financial sector accounts data: cross-country comparisons of key indicators and documentation of Member States' practices in the field of household sector delineation.
• Pursue work on the revision of ESA 95 in relation to discussion, finalisation and adoption of the new ESA Regulation by the Council and the European Parliament.
• Assess quality of implementation of ESA 95, including, in particular, improved price and volume measures in national accounts, development of satellite accounts and supplementary tables, assessment of FISIM (Financial Intermediation Services Indirectly Measured), preparing the implementation of the new ESA methodology etc. and drawing conclusions for future work.
• Prepare and test revised ESA pensions recording (through the Pensions Contact Group).
• Productivity and growth accounting (EU KLEMS - EU level analysis of capital (K), labour (L), energy (E), materials (M) and service (S) inputs on a detailed activity level).
• National accounts production system (NAPS).
• Pursue discussions on the SNA at international level as required, including the research agenda and implementation aspects.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• NAPS;
• Explanatory analysis of NA production system.


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Launch a project to develop indicators on global value chains, as a follow-up of the international sourcing survey and related data linking (subject to approval by the business statistics directors/ESSC).
• Implement Council and EP Decision 1297/2008 (MEETS), implement the Commission Decision on the financing for 2011.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Implement Council and EP Decision 1297/2008 (MEETS), implement the Commission Decision on the financing for 2010.
• Ensure the implementation of Regulation No 295/2008 on SBS and Commission Regulation 97/2009 on the first implementation of the flexible module. Process and disseminate the collected data.
• Process and disseminate 2010 Prodcom data according to the Prodcom Regulation. Promote harmonisation of national methodologies for Prodcom.
• Ensure the implementation of Regulation No 716/2007 on FATS. Process and disseminate the collected data.
• Set up the 2012 Prodcom list.
• Ensure continued quality improvement of Prodcom, SBS and FATS data.
• Analyse the results of the pilot actions in the framework of the SBS Regulation and the FATS Regulation and plan the further application of the flexible module of the SBS Regulation. If pilot actions prove the feasibility of the data collection, proceed with the necessary measures for the implementation.
• Contribute to the entrepreneurship indicator programme. Ensure adoption of Commission Regulations implementing Regulation (EC) 295/2008 and amending Commission Regulations 250/2009 and 251/2009 to integrate employer business demography statistics and high growth enterprises.
• Prepare the report to the European Parliament and Council on the implementation of Regulation 295/2008 on SBS.
• Finalise the project on linking of microdata on international sourcing.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Implement Council and EP Decision 1297/2008 (MEETS).

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 2011

• Assess the short-term statistics compiled, in particular their relevance and quality as well as the revision of indicators; specifically address the cost of the statistical system and the burden on business in relation to its benefits; report on best practices for lessening the burden on business and indicate ways of reducing the burden and costs.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Timely production of existing indicators and their publication;
• Investigatie and improve the reliability, accuracy and comparability of STS indicators.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• STS is an active participant in the MEETS programme (see theme 3.01).


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Finalise the ESS guidelines on revisions and prepare an implementation plan within the ESS.
• Finalise and disseminate handbooks on best practices on revisions analysis and seasonal adjustment.
• Develop a first set of tools for the rationalisation of the use of statistical and econometric techniques to improve PEEIs coverage and to analyse them.
• Investigate new statistical areas relevant for production improvement and analysis.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Finalise and follow up the implementation of common policies within the ESS for the compilation of Principal European Economic Indicators in key areas such as seasonal adjustment, estimation and back calculation. The priority will be monitoring the implementation of the already endorsed ESS seasonal adjustment guidelines.
• Improve Euroindicators/PEEIs website: online analysis and comparative tables, Statistics Explained pages, online bibliographies and publications (Newsletter, Selected Readings, State of Affairs, PEEIs Quarterly quality report), including the official monthly publication Eurostatistics.
• Monitor EuroIND and PEEIs quality: regular updating of the Euroindicators real-time database for revision analysis and real-time simulation, monitoring Euro-IND quality (with particular attention to Principal European Economic Indicators), developing new quality measures for time series and database (synthetic quality indicator), dissemination of results.
• Improve structure, coverage and visibility (enhanced visualisation tools) of the selected PEEIs page, also in line with the development of the Principal Global Indicators activities.
• Finalise the testing exercise of nowcasting, back calculation and monthly indicator of the economic activity (Euromind) as well as coincident turning points indicators by means of sophisticated statistical and econometric techniques (whenever possible in collaboration with production units, DG ECFIN and the ECB) and decisions on their dissemination.
• Support Eurostat sectoral units, Commission Directorates General, and Member States in their activity to improve and analyse Principal European Economic Indicators, including training activities and tools development.
• Contribute to international meetings, seminars and conferences aiming to promote the use of statistical and econometric techniques for data production and analysis and to develop and consolidate a early monitoring system for the global economy.
• Follow-up the 6th Eurostat Colloquium on Modern Tools for Business Cycle Analysis.

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implement NACE Rev 2;
• GDP flash estimates at T+30 days - feasibility study and testing period;
• Implement the revised ESA and the revised ESA transmission programme;
• Compile a QSA flash estimate based on Member States transmissions at t+90 days to be available well ahead of the final publication at t+120 days;
• Extend the content and relevance of statistics derived from quarterly sector accounts;
• Improve quality aspects of quarterly national accounts.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Ensure complete and timely availability of quarterly national accounts data, ensure production and dissemination of EU/EA quarterly accounts data.
• Quarterly compilation and publication of euro area and EU sector accounts including derived charts, tables, news releases and the publication of key indicators by country.
• Eight news releases published: one for the household sector and one for non-financial corporations every quarter. About 30 charts and tables, covering all sectors of the economy, updated and loaded on ESTAT website. Harmonisation of quarterly non-financial sector accounts data: cross-country comparisons of key variables, documentation of sources and methods and selection of best practices.
• Continue work to improve timeliness and availability of key short-term national accounts indicators for monitoring the statistical consequences of the financial and economic crisis - in particular flash estimates of GDP and employment.

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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Finalise assessment reports on new EU-15 inventories of sources and methods for compiling GNI;
• Finalise assessment reports on EU-10 inventories of sources and methods for compiling GNI;
• Finalise analysis and assessment reports on EU-2 inventories of sources and methods for compiling GNI;
• Carry out GNI missions in the Member States including direct verification as required;
• Pursue work on the development of guidelines on supervisory and control systems for national accounts in the Member States;
• Verify declarations for VAT-based resources for about 12 countries (chosen by DG BUDG).

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Amendment to BoP Regulation 184/2005, as required for implementing new reference manuals;
• Implementation of the revised BoP Quality Report;
• Survey of Balance Of Payments/Rest Of The World Differences;
• Projects targeted at increasing consistency between BoP and other statistical domains (travel, transport, goods);
• Investigate possibilities for alignment/integration of the data collections goods and services;
• Preparatory work related to the implementation of the new Balance of Payments Manual (BPM6) and the new Benchmark Definition of Foreign Direct Investment (BD4).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection and validation of data related to Balance of Payments, International Trade in Services, Remittances, Foreign Direct Investment;
• Dissemination of data and maintenance of metadata;
• Treatment of the EU Institutions accounting data for the production of BoP of the EU Institutions;
• Regular dissemination of BoP data of EU institutions (EUI) and maintenance of metadata;
• Pre-filling of the quality reports and assessment of the quality of national BoP data;
• Methodological assistance and guidance to the Member States;
• Guarantee the functioning of the BoP Committee including all necessary comitology procedures;
• Organise Working Groups and Task Force meetings;
• Guarantee smooth functioning of the FDI Network that allows for the exchange of FDI microdata (Joint initiative -Eurostat/ECB DG Statistics);
• Define the new reporting requirements for BoP and FDI, necessary for implementing BPM6 and BD4. Consultations with the Member States and the ECB.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

New BoP Quality Report.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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implementation of NACE Rev 2;
• Implementation of the revised ESA Transmission Programme;
• Matching sector accounts with household survey data (linked to recommendation 16 of the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission);
• Harmonised revision policy - national accounts and balance of payments;
• EU productions systems in national accounts - exploratory analysis.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Ensure complete and timely availability of national accounts data, ensure production and dissemination of EU/EA accounts data.
• Ensure complete and timely availability of supply, use and symmetric input-output tables; improve quality of data with a view to consistency among the tables and with corresponding national accounts data.
• Ensure complete and timely availability of regional accounts data.
• Validate publish, in European System of Accounts (ESA) format:
  - the annual non-financial sector accounts of the Member States;
  - the annual financial sector accounts and balance sheets of the Member States.
• Harmonise annual non-financial sector accounts data: cross-country comparisons of key indicators and documentation of Member States' practices in the field of household sector delineation.
• Pursue work on the revision of ESA 95 in relation to discussion, finalisation and adoption of the new ESA Regulation by the Council and the European Parliament.
• Assess quality of implementation of ESA 95, including, in particular, improved price and volume measures in national accounts, development of satellite accounts and supplementary tables, assessment of FISIM (Financial Intermediation Services Indirectly Measured), preparing the implementation of the new ESA methodology etc. and drawing conclusions for future work.
• Prepare and test revised ESA pensions recording (through the Pensions Contact Group).
• Productivity and growth accounting (EU KLEMS - EU level analysis of capital (K), labour (L), energy (E), materials (M) and service (S) inputs on a detailed activity level).
• National accounts production system (NAPS).
• Pursue discussions on the SNA at international level as required, including the research agenda and implementation aspects.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• NAPS;
• Explanatory analysis of NA production system.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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Launch a project to develop indicators on global value chains, as a follow-up of the international sourcing survey and related data linking (subject to approval by the business statistics directors/ESSC).
• Implement Council and EP Decision 1297/2008 (MEETS), implement the Commission Decision on the financing for 2011.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Implement Council and EP Decision 1297/2008 (MEETS), implement the Commission Decision on the financing for 2010.
• Ensure the implementation of Regulation No 295/2008 on SBS and Commission Regulation 97/2009 on the first implementation of the flexible module. Process and disseminate the collected data.
• Process and disseminate 2010 Prodcom data according to the Prodcom Regulation. Promote harmonisation of national methodologies for Prodcom.
• Ensure the implementation of Regulation No 716/2007 on FATS. Process and disseminate the collected data.
• Set up the 2012 Prodcom list.
• Ensure continued quality improvement of Prodcom, SBS and FATS data.
• Analyse the results of the pilot actions in the framework of the SBS Regulation and the FATS Regulation and plan the further application of the flexible module of the SBS Regulation. If pilot actions prove the feasibility of the data collection, proceed with the necessary measures for the implementation.
• Contribute to the entrepreneurship indicator programme. Ensure adoption of Commission Regulations implementing Regulation (EC) 295/2008 and amending Commission Regulations 250/2009 and 251/2009 to integrate employer business demography statistics and high growth enterprises.
• Prepare the report to the European Parliament and Council on the implementation of Regulation 295/2008 on SBS.
• Finalise the project on linking of microdata on international sourcing.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Implement Council and EP Decision 1297/2008 (MEETS).

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 2011

• Assess the short-term statistics compiled, in particular their relevance and quality as well as the revision of indicators; specifically address the cost of the statistical system and the burden on business in relation to its benefits; report on best practices for lessening the burden on business and indicate ways of reducing the burden and costs.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Timely production of existing indicators and their publication;
• Investigatie and improve the reliability, accuracy and comparability of STS indicators.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• STS is an active participant in the MEETS programme (see theme 3.01).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;
• Milk and dairy product statistics;
• Supply balance sheets;
• Vineyard statistics;
• Fruit tree statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Approval and/or implementation of the new regulation on permanent crops;
• Implementation of Regulation 543/2009;
• Implementation of Regulation (EC) No 1165/2008.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Processing and validation of agricultural production statistics with public dissemination of the data within one month after the agreed transmission deadline.
• Improvement of the quality and harmonisation of the data, collection and evaluation of methodological inventories.
• Preparation of publications (i.e. Pocketbook, Data in Focus (DiFs) and Statistics in Focus (SiFs)).
• Development of IT tools for crop and animal data handling taking into account the new regulations.
• Achievement of the implementation of the new eDAMIS web form system for data collection and pre-validation, taking into account the Member States' contributions.
• Bilateral cooperation with DG AGRI, following established partnership agreements.
• Bilateral and multilateral cooperation under the auspices of the Working Groups on Crop and Animal Production Statistics and cooperation with other international organisations.
• Achievement of the implementation of the new Agromet nowcasting system for data on "early estimates".

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• With a view to reducing the burden on respondents and at the same time ensuring data quality, under the new Regulations for crop and for livestock and meat statistics, Member States may decide to use administrative sources for the compilation of this data.
• In 2011, the data collection, validation and dissemination system is expected to be further streamlined through automation of clerical operations such as data validation and the possible replacement of FAME (production database) by a more efficient system.
• The launch of a reflection on the simplification of agricultural statistics has been proposed to the Standing Committee on Agricultural Statistics in November 2010. This work will be carried out with Member States during 2011.

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).
• The Farm Structure Survey (FSS) is covered by a basic Regulation (EC) N° 1166/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council
• Farm Structure Surveys - censuses every ten years (i.e. 2009/2010) and at least two intermediate sample surveys in between (i.e. 2013 and 2016) - are the backbone of the agricultural statistical system.
• 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 processed on the FSS is the key used in the farm accountancy data network.
• The Common Agricultural Policy has evolved significantly over the last years, but further changes are necessary in order to respond to 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 strengthening of territorial and social cohesion. By responding to these challenges, the CAP will contribute to the Europa 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Validate Standard Output 2007 coefficients from the countries;
• Disseminate the results of the Farm Structure Surveys and respond to specific information requests from Commission departments and other interested parties;
• Set up of discussions with stakeholders on new approaches for further (post 2013) farm structure surveys.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Agricultural Census carried out in all Member States in 2010 except ES, EL, PT (launched in 2009);
• Survey on Agricultural Production Methods (SAPM);
• Preparation of the Data Processing System for treatment of the data from the Agricultural Census and from the SAPM;
• Redesign of the tables to be published in the Eurostat;
• Reference database;
• Validation in 2011 of the Agricultural Census and Survey on Agricultural Production Methods carried out in several countries (EL, ES, PT, HU, DE, MT, NL, UK);
• Participate within the Pre-Accession Assistance Programme (IPA) to the set-up of the Farm Structure Surveys in the respective countries.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• In the decade 2000-2010, three sample surveys have been launched, while in the decade 2010- 2020, two FSS sample surveys are so far planned.
• New sources of data can be used by Member States for providing the characteristics of the Farm Structure Survey and of the Survey on Agricultural Production Methods.
• The launch of a reflection on simplification of agricultural statistics has been proposed to the Standing Committee on Agricultural Statistics in November 2010. This work will be carried out with Member States during 2011.

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 UseThe cost of launching LUCAS survey in 2012 is estimated at € 10.9 million, 4 million of which come from Eurostat's appropriations. Implementation of the action is critically dependent on the availability of subdelegated appropriations for an amount € 6.9 million from DG ENV, DG ENTR and DG CLIMA.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Launch calls for tender to prepare the next LUCAS survey 2012;
• Preparing a solid framework for future LUCAS;
• Further investigations on the implementation of an integrated ESS data network started in 2010;
• Discussion of the user needs in land cover and land use statistics, identifying the best approaches for setting up a system of harmonised land cover/use statistics integrating the main national sources already available. In this context the role of the EU LUCAS survey should also be addressed and defined. Results of the advisory group will be reported at DIMESA and SCAS.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Prepare the next LUCAS survey;
• Disseminate and promote LUCAS data 2008/2009;
• Follow up of the study on LUCAS 2009 orthophotos and data;
• Analyse Land Cover/Use data.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

Set up of an integrated ESS Lucas data network; existing sources will be integrated as far as possible in the overall Area frame statistical survey.

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Collection and validation of agricultural land prices and rents data;
• Dissemination of agricultural land prices and new data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Economic accounts for agriculture including agricultural labour input data collection and validation (annual data);
• Unit values statistics and regional accounts for agriculture input data collection and validation;
• Agricultural price statistics data collection and validation (price indices annual and quarterly data and annual absolute prices);
• Improve quality and harmonisation of the concepts and definitions used by the Member States for agri-monetary statistics;
• Continue to support user requests and dissemination units' requests.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• In 2011, the data collection, validation and dissemination system is expected to be further streamlined through automation of clerical operations such as data validation and the possible replacement of FAME (production database) by a more efficient system.
• The launch of a reflection on the simplification of agricultural statistics has been proposed to the Standing Committee on Agricultural Statistics in November 2010. This work will be carried out with Member States during 2011.

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

Estimate carbon in harvested wood products using JFSQ data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect data on production of and trade in wood and wood-derived products (reference year 2010) by 30 October 2011;
• Disseminate statistics for 2010 in different media, comparing with other large producers;
• Collect 2009 economic data for forestry and logging;
• Disseminate IEEAF data;
• Provide data for projects under the EU Forest Action Plan 2007-2011 (lead: DG Agriculture).

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implementation of new legislation for the format of fisheries data reports from Member States;
• Assess the statistics compiled pursuant to Regulation (EC) 762/2008 on aquaculture production, in particular on their relevance and quality. Make a cost-effectiveness analysis of the system introduced to collect and draw up statistics and indicate best practices to lessen the workload for Member States and enhance the usefulness and quality of the data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Processing of submissions of catch, landings and aquaculture statistics regulated under specific EU legislation;
• Updating of the Statistical Register of fishing vessels (April);
• Cooperation in developing of sustainability indicators for fisheries;
• Preparation of publications (i.e. Pocketbook, DiFs and SiFs) on fisheries statistics;
• Bilateral cooperation with DG MARE following the Memorandum of Understanding;
• Bilateral and multilateral cooperation in the framework of the Working Group on Fisheries Statistics and cooperation with other international organisations;
• Continued reorganisation of the FISH database processing system - Fleet collection;
• Improvement of the quality and harmonisation of the data, collection and evaluation of methodological inventories.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Reorganisation of fish data collection and processing;
• In 2011, the data collection, validation and dissemination system is expected to be further streamlined through automation of clerical operations such as data validation and the possible replacement of FAME (production database) by a more efficient system.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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Update the Energy Statistics Regulation (ESR) to respond to the reporting requirements of the Council Directive on "Oil Stocks".
• Methodology and collection of statistics on ambient energy according to the Energy Statistics Regulation and Renewable Energies Directive.
• Methodology and collection of statistics on sustainable biofuels according to the Energy Statistics Regulation and Renewable Energies Directive.
• Develop a manual on EU best practices in Energy Consumption in Households - ESSnet activity.
• Energy Consumption in Services; develop an approach for reviewing present data collection systems across the EU and a methodology for the compilation of relevant statistics (as stipulated in the Energy Statistics Regulation).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Implement the Energy Statistics Regulation (ESR) 1099/2008; collect and disseminate annual and monthly statistics on energy commodities.
• Implement the Price Transparency Directive 2008/92; collect and disseminate electricity and gas prices.
• Monitoring and reporting on specific EU energy policies (Renewable Energy Sources, Energy Dependency, Energy Efficiency, Combined Heat and Power, Competition in network energy industries).
• Upgrade of the informatics infrastructure, enhancing integration with national production systems.
• Use of short term statistics collected under the Energy Statistics Regulation and other short term information available at national level, to provide early estimates of Carbon Dioxide emissions inventory.
• Implementation of pilot surveys on "energy consumption in households", in response to energy efficiency/ renewable energy policies and ESR requirement.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Methodology and collection of statistics on ambient energy according to the Energy Statistics Regulation and Renewable Energies Directive.
• Update the Energy Statistics Regulation to respond to the reporting requirements of the Council Directive on "Oil Stocks".

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 of DG for Energy, 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 of DG for Energy, 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• New data collection, compilation and dissemination of transport safety data from DG MOVE and transport safety agencies.
• Feasibility study on new users' needs (for DG MOVE and EASA) in aviation statistics.
• Feasibility study on new users' needs (for DG MOVE and Trans European Network - Transport Agency) in rail transport statistics.
• Feasibility study on production of intermodal transport data and calculation of logistics performance indicators.
• According to the modes, more or less advanced feasibility studies on greenhouse gases emissions.
• Adapt a legal act (adopted in 2006) to the Lisbon Treaty.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Implementing the full "acquis" with a complete set of data for reference year 2010 available by December 2011, and adopting the necessary implementation measures under comitology procedure.
• Produce aggregated national data on transport infrastructure, means, enterprises, safety and other information complementary to the legal data collections, through the Common Questionnaire (shared with UNECE and the International Transport Forum) accessed via the Internet.
• Produce data on transport infrastructure, means and safety at regional level, based on the annual voluntary survey via the Internet and on the legal, modal data collections.
• Consolidate and further develop methodology and production for transport indicators (modal split indicators and others).
• Update the development of the data collection on road traffic measurement with a focus on greenhouse gas emissions.
• Improve the quality and diversifythe dissemination of EU transport statistics in accordance with Eurostat's publication programme.
• Continue implementation of the Transport Information System (TRIS) project and develop its interactions with the Member States.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• In order to minimise the burden on future respondents, early resort to Task Forces, involving the most experienced Member States, necessarily sensitive to the burden on their respondents and on themselves, to prepare new developments ; cases of: aviation statistics; rail transport statistics; road traffic measurement; intermodal transport statistics and calculation of logistics performance indicators.
• Maritime transport statistics: Task Force work on tuning and optimising the current legislation, as well as analysing opportunities offered by new technologies (e-Maritime project, centralised database on vessels).
• Implementation of the transport safety project.

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

2.1 NEW WORK

• DG MOVE intends to modernise and extend to non-inland modes Council Regulation 1108/70 on an accounting system for expenditure on infrastructure.

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• DG MOVE manages the CARE database on road accidents. The data are collected from the Member States in accordance with Council Decision 93/704 (see below).
• The Transport Safety Agencies (ERA - European Railways Agency, EMSA - European Maritime Safety Agency, and EASA - European Aviation Safety Agency) also 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).
• DG TAXUD collects data and estimates the tax revenues on mineral oils stemming from transport use. For countries which can not provide these data a methodology is developed to estimate the split based on other sources. DG TAXUD also collects data on tax rates and revenues on energy products stemming from transport, industrial/commercial and heating use.2.4.5 Tourism statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 3.04 Tourism

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. Priorities in 2011 will include i) realisation of the second phase of a Communication on the production method of EU statistics - engaging generic project on automated data collection, and ii) adoption of implementing measures for the forthcoming Regulation concerning European statistics on tourism.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• 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). Legal basis = Council Directive 95/57/EC (adoption of a Regulation revising and updating the Directive is expected in 2011).
• Collection and dissemination of statistics on tourism supply (accommodation statistics; typically through enterprise surveys ~ business statistics) based on Council Directive 95/57/EC.
• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• ESSnet on automated data collection and reporting on accommodation statistics.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Produce high quality publications.
• Regulation concerning European statistics on tourism (updating and revising Council Directive 95/57/EC).
• Delegated acts to implement the data transmission formats and the quality reporting for the forthcoming Regulation concerning European statistics on tourism.
• ESSnet on automated data collection and reporting on accommodation statistics.
• Drafting of a methodological manual for tourism statistics, in close cooperation with the Member States.
• Foster the implementation of TSAs in the Member States (outside the legal framework).
• Enrich the tourism statistics available through use of data from other Eurostat sources, especially as regards tourism employment or sustainability and competitiveness of tourism in Europe.
• Improve cooperation with the relevant international organisations as well as with candidate, neighbourhood and Mediterranean countries.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• ESSnet on automated data collection and reporting in accommodation statistics - see Actions 101 and 204.
• Regulation concerning European statistics on tourism (updating and revising Council Directive 95/57/EC) - see Action 202.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• DG ENTR (unit 11) is currently conducting Flash Eurobarometer surveys about tourism and might continue to do so in 2011.2.4.6 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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Receive, process, validate and publish monetary and financial indicators.
• Publish statistics in focus on selected topics and other publications.
• Discuss selected methodological issues with countries and other data providers.

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 state aid collected by DG Competition.
• Data on public procurement collected by DG Internal Market and Services.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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Revised Commission Regulation 479/2009;
• Extend geographical coverage of data collection for annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV) to include candidate countries;
• Develop metadata and quality indicators for annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV);
• Possible increase of derived indicators for annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV) in order to improve the meaningfulness of source data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Carry out bi-annual assessment of debt and deficit data of Member States, and provide these data.
• Discuss selected methodological issues with Member States and provide bilateral advice.
• Carry out statistical assessment of Candidate Countries.
• Develop inventories of sources and methods for deficit and debt statistics.
• Carry out regular EDP dialogue missions to Member States.
• Complete the production and publication of detailed (COFOG -Classification of the Functions of Government - level II) data for government expenditure by function.
• Compilation, validation and final publication of annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV) of the Member States plus Norway, Iceland and Switzerland.
• Data are received in the framework of the ESA95 Transmission Programme under:
  - table 2: Main aggregates of general government;
  - table 9: Detailed tax and social contribution receipts by type of tax and social contribution and receiving sub-sector + detailed list of taxes and social contributions according to national classification of taxes and social contributions (National Tax List/ NTL);
  - table 11: General government expenditure by COFOG functions.
• Quarterly compilation and publication of quarterly government finance statistics data (QGOV: quarterly financial and non-financial accounts and quarterly debt data of government - ESA tables 25, 27 and 28).
• Assess the actual data reported by Member States as regards compliance with accounting roles, completeness, reliability, timeliness and consistency of the data.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Development of tools to aid Member States' validation before data transmission.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• DG TAXUD classifies tax revenues by economic function and calculates 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;
• Co-ordination, drafting, adjustment and maintenance of legislation in the field of statistics on trade in goods with Member States (Intrastat) and non-Member States (Extrastat);
• Co-ordination of initiatives on burden reduction in the field of external trade statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Further analysis concerning the consistency between trade in goods statistics and balance of payments statistics in order to move closer to more integrated statistical systems.
• Implementation of the new Intrastat and Extrastat legal requirements and provision of methodological support. Assessment of the impact of the implementation of the amended Intrastat regulation on the statistical response burden.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Publish each month the main Intra and Extra EU and euro area aggregates via the Press releases (on average 46 days after the month of reference) and more detailed Intra and Extra trade statistics via Bulletins. Publish the Annual Yearbook and at least four Statistics in Focus during the year.
• Make available in the Comext database monthly detailed data and metadata (raw data, seasonally adjusted data, unit value indices, qualitative information, classifications and relations among them, methodological comments) from the 27 Member States, EFTA, from co-operation programmes and data from third countries and international organisations. Recent evolution of nomenclatures (SITC -Standard Industrial Trade Classification, BEC - Broad Economic Categories, CPA - Statistical Classification of Products by Activity in the European Economic Union, NSTR - Standard Goods Classification for Transport Statistics) and new related data derivation will be taken into account. An expanded range of services to data users (simplified/advanced and on-line/Web unified interfaces; new functionalities and improved support for users) will be provided in Comext.
• Consolidate and improve the data process according to the new Extrastat and amended Intrastat regulations adopted in 2009.
• Update methodological documentation. Further develop the implementation guidelines for the new pieces of legislation. Participate in the revision of concepts and definitions of external trade statistics at the level of the United Nations.
• Develop proposals in the framework of cooperation programmes. Follow-up the implementation of the current programmes (e.g. the Instrument of Pre-accession Activities - IPA).
• Modernise validation tools and methods at Eurostat and in Member States
• Collect and disseminate first annual data on trade by enterprise characteristics, required by the revised Regulations. Further develop methodological guidelines.
• Prepare individual assessment reports on each Member State and an annual summary quality report. Further develop guidelines for methods and practices affecting quality. Continue actions to decrease asymmetries in intra-EU trade statistics . Analyse and report on the quality of detailed data with the help of various monitoring reports.
• Ensure the maintenance of the Eurotrace package, organisation of course.
• In the framework of the MEETS programme which runs until 2013, continue financing studies on the simplification of Intrastat, on linking trade and other business statistics and on the implementation of new Extrastat legislation in the Member States.
• Consolidate the use and further implementation of XT-NET ASSIST application by Member States and possibly by main providers of statistical information (PSIs).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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Develop the Health output approach for PPP for all EU Member States;
• Update PPP Manual.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Produce, quality-check and further develop HICP monthly data and HICP flash estimates including the production and necessary further development of HICP at constant tax rates and HICP administered prices;
• Owner Occupied Housing (OOH) and dwelling price indices;
• Development of detailed information on prices;
• Develop and follow up the implementation of standards on quality; adjustment and sampling and weighting;
• Extend HICP communications to promote the HICP;
• Monitor the compliance of national indices with HICP standards with follow-up as required;
• Carry out PPP surveys and compute 2010 PPP;
• Compute Correction Coefficients and annual adjustment for Staff;
• Develop and produce information on pension contribution rate, pension expenditure forecast, pension liability and health liability;
• Implementing Regulation for PPP and PPP Inventories of Member States' methods.2.9 Science and technology (Eurostat)
Theme 5.06 Science, technology and innovation

Official statistics on STI are vital in order to measure and understand growth based on knowledge, as well as to monitor progress towards the achievement of policy goals at national and EU levels.
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).

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production, dissemination and development of the Community Innovation Survey 2006-2010 (and beyond);
• Production, dissemination and development of the Research and Development statistics 2008-2010;
• Production and dissemination of the survey on Careers of Doctorate Holders (CDH) 2009 and decision on its follow-up;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Patent statistics based on PATSTAT data source from European Patent Office;
• Production and dissemination of the High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors statistics with their extensions;
• Conduction of feasibility studies and pilot data collections in the Science, Technology and Innovation statistics area including the rationalisation of the related surveys where adequate and possible;
• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• 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 European Union Innovation surveys re-design and search for synergies.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Maintain and improve Eurostat's set of ERA indicators; coordinate actions, metadata, quality evaluation and communication towards Commission;
• Ensure the wide dissemination of CIS 2008 data and the related metadata;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of R&D and GBAORD (government budget appropriations or outlays on research and development) data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Initiation of the revision of the Commission regulation (EC) No 753/2004 on Science and Technology;
• Process, validate and disseminate the CDH 2009 data with the related metadata;
• Evaluate of the CDH 2009 survey, its outcome and the follow-up actions drawn;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of patent data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors' data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Review of the classification of the High-Tech and Knowledge Intensive activities;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of Human Resources in Science and Technology data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Initiate the development of the CIS 2012 with a project developing a harmonised survey questionnaire with all the supporting methodological documentation;
• Ensure the CIS 2010 conduct at the Member States with possible all the desired extensions.

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

2.1 NEW WORK

• DG Research has initiated 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.
• DG Research has initiated several other projects to obtain 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.
• DG Research will renew its contract to maintain, update and further develop its integrated STI database.


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Revised Commission Regulation 479/2009;
• Extend geographical coverage of data collection for annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV) to include candidate countries;
• Develop metadata and quality indicators for annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV);
• Possible increase of derived indicators for annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV) in order to improve the meaningfulness of source data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Carry out bi-annual assessment of debt and deficit data of Member States, and provide these data.
• Discuss selected methodological issues with Member States and provide bilateral advice.
• Carry out statistical assessment of Candidate Countries.
• Develop inventories of sources and methods for deficit and debt statistics.
• Carry out regular EDP dialogue missions to Member States.
• Complete the production and publication of detailed (COFOG -Classification of the Functions of Government - level II) data for government expenditure by function.
• Compilation, validation and final publication of annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV) of the Member States plus Norway, Iceland and Switzerland.
• Data are received in the framework of the ESA95 Transmission Programme under:
  - table 2: Main aggregates of general government;
  - table 9: Detailed tax and social contribution receipts by type of tax and social contribution and receiving sub-sector + detailed list of taxes and social contributions according to national classification of taxes and social contributions (National Tax List/ NTL);
  - table 11: General government expenditure by COFOG functions.
• Quarterly compilation and publication of quarterly government finance statistics data (QGOV: quarterly financial and non-financial accounts and quarterly debt data of government - ESA tables 25, 27 and 28).
• Assess the actual data reported by Member States as regards compliance with accounting roles, completeness, reliability, timeliness and consistency of the data.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Development of tools to aid Member States' validation before data transmission.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• DG TAXUD classifies tax revenues by economic function and calculates 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;
• Co-ordination, drafting, adjustment and maintenance of legislation in the field of statistics on trade in goods with Member States (Intrastat) and non-Member States (Extrastat);
• Co-ordination of initiatives on burden reduction in the field of external trade statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Further analysis concerning the consistency between trade in goods statistics and balance of payments statistics in order to move closer to more integrated statistical systems.
• Implementation of the new Intrastat and Extrastat legal requirements and provision of methodological support. Assessment of the impact of the implementation of the amended Intrastat regulation on the statistical response burden.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Publish each month the main Intra and Extra EU and euro area aggregates via the Press releases (on average 46 days after the month of reference) and more detailed Intra and Extra trade statistics via Bulletins. Publish the Annual Yearbook and at least four Statistics in Focus during the year.
• Make available in the Comext database monthly detailed data and metadata (raw data, seasonally adjusted data, unit value indices, qualitative information, classifications and relations among them, methodological comments) from the 27 Member States, EFTA, from co-operation programmes and data from third countries and international organisations. Recent evolution of nomenclatures (SITC -Standard Industrial Trade Classification, BEC - Broad Economic Categories, CPA - Statistical Classification of Products by Activity in the European Economic Union, NSTR - Standard Goods Classification for Transport Statistics) and new related data derivation will be taken into account. An expanded range of services to data users (simplified/advanced and on-line/Web unified interfaces; new functionalities and improved support for users) will be provided in Comext.
• Consolidate and improve the data process according to the new Extrastat and amended Intrastat regulations adopted in 2009.
• Update methodological documentation. Further develop the implementation guidelines for the new pieces of legislation. Participate in the revision of concepts and definitions of external trade statistics at the level of the United Nations.
• Develop proposals in the framework of cooperation programmes. Follow-up the implementation of the current programmes (e.g. the Instrument of Pre-accession Activities - IPA).
• Modernise validation tools and methods at Eurostat and in Member States
• Collect and disseminate first annual data on trade by enterprise characteristics, required by the revised Regulations. Further develop methodological guidelines.
• Prepare individual assessment reports on each Member State and an annual summary quality report. Further develop guidelines for methods and practices affecting quality. Continue actions to decrease asymmetries in intra-EU trade statistics . Analyse and report on the quality of detailed data with the help of various monitoring reports.
• Ensure the maintenance of the Eurotrace package, organisation of course.
• In the framework of the MEETS programme which runs until 2013, continue financing studies on the simplification of Intrastat, on linking trade and other business statistics and on the implementation of new Extrastat legislation in the Member States.
• Consolidate the use and further implementation of XT-NET ASSIST application by Member States and possibly by main providers of statistical information (PSIs).


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Develop the Health output approach for PPP for all EU Member States;
• Update PPP Manual.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Produce, quality-check and further develop HICP monthly data and HICP flash estimates including the production and necessary further development of HICP at constant tax rates and HICP administered prices;
• Owner Occupied Housing (OOH) and dwelling price indices;
• Development of detailed information on prices;
• Develop and follow up the implementation of standards on quality; adjustment and sampling and weighting;
• Extend HICP communications to promote the HICP;
• Monitor the compliance of national indices with HICP standards with follow-up as required;
• Carry out PPP surveys and compute 2010 PPP;
• Compute Correction Coefficients and annual adjustment for Staff;
• Develop and produce information on pension contribution rate, pension expenditure forecast, pension liability and health liability;
• Implementing Regulation for PPP and PPP Inventories of Member States' methods.


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

Official statistics on STI are vital in order to measure and understand growth based on knowledge, as well as to monitor progress towards the achievement of policy goals at national and EU levels.
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).

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production, dissemination and development of the Community Innovation Survey 2006-2010 (and beyond);
• Production, dissemination and development of the Research and Development statistics 2008-2010;
• Production and dissemination of the survey on Careers of Doctorate Holders (CDH) 2009 and decision on its follow-up;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Patent statistics based on PATSTAT data source from European Patent Office;
• Production and dissemination of the High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors statistics with their extensions;
• Conduction of feasibility studies and pilot data collections in the Science, Technology and Innovation statistics area including the rationalisation of the related surveys where adequate and possible;
• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• 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 European Union Innovation surveys re-design and search for synergies.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Maintain and improve Eurostat's set of ERA indicators; coordinate actions, metadata, quality evaluation and communication towards Commission;
• Ensure the wide dissemination of CIS 2008 data and the related metadata;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of R&D and GBAORD (government budget appropriations or outlays on research and development) data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Initiation of the revision of the Commission regulation (EC) No 753/2004 on Science and Technology;
• Process, validate and disseminate the CDH 2009 data with the related metadata;
• Evaluate of the CDH 2009 survey, its outcome and the follow-up actions drawn;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of patent data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors' data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Review of the classification of the High-Tech and Knowledge Intensive activities;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of Human Resources in Science and Technology data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Initiate the development of the CIS 2012 with a project developing a harmonised survey questionnaire with all the supporting methodological documentation;
• Ensure the CIS 2010 conduct at the Member States with possible all the desired extensions.

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

2.1 NEW WORK

• DG Research has initiated 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.
• DG Research has initiated several other projects to obtain 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.
• DG Research will renew its contract to maintain, update and further develop its integrated STI database.



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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Finalise the ESS guidelines on revisions and prepare an implementation plan within the ESS.
• Finalise and disseminate handbooks on best practices on revisions analysis and seasonal adjustment.
• Develop a first set of tools for the rationalisation of the use of statistical and econometric techniques to improve PEEIs coverage and to analyse them.
• Investigate new statistical areas relevant for production improvement and analysis.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Finalise and follow up the implementation of common policies within the ESS for the compilation of Principal European Economic Indicators in key areas such as seasonal adjustment, estimation and back calculation. The priority will be monitoring the implementation of the already endorsed ESS seasonal adjustment guidelines.
• Improve Euroindicators/PEEIs website: online analysis and comparative tables, Statistics Explained pages, online bibliographies and publications (Newsletter, Selected Readings, State of Affairs, PEEIs Quarterly quality report), including the official monthly publication Eurostatistics.
• Monitor EuroIND and PEEIs quality: regular updating of the Euroindicators real-time database for revision analysis and real-time simulation, monitoring Euro-IND quality (with particular attention to Principal European Economic Indicators), developing new quality measures for time series and database (synthetic quality indicator), dissemination of results.
• Improve structure, coverage and visibility (enhanced visualisation tools) of the selected PEEIs page, also in line with the development of the Principal Global Indicators activities.
• Finalise the testing exercise of nowcasting, back calculation and monthly indicator of the economic activity (Euromind) as well as coincident turning points indicators by means of sophisticated statistical and econometric techniques (whenever possible in collaboration with production units, DG ECFIN and the ECB) and decisions on their dissemination.
• Support Eurostat sectoral units, Commission Directorates General, and Member States in their activity to improve and analyse Principal European Economic Indicators, including training activities and tools development.
• Contribute to international meetings, seminars and conferences aiming to promote the use of statistical and econometric techniques for data production and analysis and to develop and consolidate a early monitoring system for the global economy.
• Follow-up the 6th Eurostat Colloquium on Modern Tools for Business Cycle Analysis.

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implement NACE Rev 2;
• GDP flash estimates at T+30 days - feasibility study and testing period;
• Implement the revised ESA and the revised ESA transmission programme;
• Compile a QSA flash estimate based on Member States transmissions at t+90 days to be available well ahead of the final publication at t+120 days;
• Extend the content and relevance of statistics derived from quarterly sector accounts;
• Improve quality aspects of quarterly national accounts.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Ensure complete and timely availability of quarterly national accounts data, ensure production and dissemination of EU/EA quarterly accounts data.
• Quarterly compilation and publication of euro area and EU sector accounts including derived charts, tables, news releases and the publication of key indicators by country.
• Eight news releases published: one for the household sector and one for non-financial corporations every quarter. About 30 charts and tables, covering all sectors of the economy, updated and loaded on ESTAT website. Harmonisation of quarterly non-financial sector accounts data: cross-country comparisons of key variables, documentation of sources and methods and selection of best practices.
• Continue work to improve timeliness and availability of key short-term national accounts indicators for monitoring the statistical consequences of the financial and economic crisis - in particular flash estimates of GDP and employment.

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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Finalise assessment reports on new EU-15 inventories of sources and methods for compiling GNI;
• Finalise assessment reports on EU-10 inventories of sources and methods for compiling GNI;
• Finalise analysis and assessment reports on EU-2 inventories of sources and methods for compiling GNI;
• Carry out GNI missions in the Member States including direct verification as required;
• Pursue work on the development of guidelines on supervisory and control systems for national accounts in the Member States;
• Verify declarations for VAT-based resources for about 12 countries (chosen by DG BUDG).

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Amendment to BoP Regulation 184/2005, as required for implementing new reference manuals;
• Implementation of the revised BoP Quality Report;
• Survey of Balance Of Payments/Rest Of The World Differences;
• Projects targeted at increasing consistency between BoP and other statistical domains (travel, transport, goods);
• Investigate possibilities for alignment/integration of the data collections goods and services;
• Preparatory work related to the implementation of the new Balance of Payments Manual (BPM6) and the new Benchmark Definition of Foreign Direct Investment (BD4).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection and validation of data related to Balance of Payments, International Trade in Services, Remittances, Foreign Direct Investment;
• Dissemination of data and maintenance of metadata;
• Treatment of the EU Institutions accounting data for the production of BoP of the EU Institutions;
• Regular dissemination of BoP data of EU institutions (EUI) and maintenance of metadata;
• Pre-filling of the quality reports and assessment of the quality of national BoP data;
• Methodological assistance and guidance to the Member States;
• Guarantee the functioning of the BoP Committee including all necessary comitology procedures;
• Organise Working Groups and Task Force meetings;
• Guarantee smooth functioning of the FDI Network that allows for the exchange of FDI microdata (Joint initiative -Eurostat/ECB DG Statistics);
• Define the new reporting requirements for BoP and FDI, necessary for implementing BPM6 and BD4. Consultations with the Member States and the ECB.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

New BoP Quality Report.


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implementation of NACE Rev 2;
• Implementation of the revised ESA Transmission Programme;
• Matching sector accounts with household survey data (linked to recommendation 16 of the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission);
• Harmonised revision policy - national accounts and balance of payments;
• EU productions systems in national accounts - exploratory analysis.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Ensure complete and timely availability of national accounts data, ensure production and dissemination of EU/EA accounts data.
• Ensure complete and timely availability of supply, use and symmetric input-output tables; improve quality of data with a view to consistency among the tables and with corresponding national accounts data.
• Ensure complete and timely availability of regional accounts data.
• Validate publish, in European System of Accounts (ESA) format:
  - the annual non-financial sector accounts of the Member States;
  - the annual financial sector accounts and balance sheets of the Member States.
• Harmonise annual non-financial sector accounts data: cross-country comparisons of key indicators and documentation of Member States' practices in the field of household sector delineation.
• Pursue work on the revision of ESA 95 in relation to discussion, finalisation and adoption of the new ESA Regulation by the Council and the European Parliament.
• Assess quality of implementation of ESA 95, including, in particular, improved price and volume measures in national accounts, development of satellite accounts and supplementary tables, assessment of FISIM (Financial Intermediation Services Indirectly Measured), preparing the implementation of the new ESA methodology etc. and drawing conclusions for future work.
• Prepare and test revised ESA pensions recording (through the Pensions Contact Group).
• Productivity and growth accounting (EU KLEMS - EU level analysis of capital (K), labour (L), energy (E), materials (M) and service (S) inputs on a detailed activity level).
• National accounts production system (NAPS).
• Pursue discussions on the SNA at international level as required, including the research agenda and implementation aspects.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• NAPS;
• Explanatory analysis of NA production system.


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Launch a project to develop indicators on global value chains, as a follow-up of the international sourcing survey and related data linking (subject to approval by the business statistics directors/ESSC).
• Implement Council and EP Decision 1297/2008 (MEETS), implement the Commission Decision on the financing for 2011.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Implement Council and EP Decision 1297/2008 (MEETS), implement the Commission Decision on the financing for 2010.
• Ensure the implementation of Regulation No 295/2008 on SBS and Commission Regulation 97/2009 on the first implementation of the flexible module. Process and disseminate the collected data.
• Process and disseminate 2010 Prodcom data according to the Prodcom Regulation. Promote harmonisation of national methodologies for Prodcom.
• Ensure the implementation of Regulation No 716/2007 on FATS. Process and disseminate the collected data.
• Set up the 2012 Prodcom list.
• Ensure continued quality improvement of Prodcom, SBS and FATS data.
• Analyse the results of the pilot actions in the framework of the SBS Regulation and the FATS Regulation and plan the further application of the flexible module of the SBS Regulation. If pilot actions prove the feasibility of the data collection, proceed with the necessary measures for the implementation.
• Contribute to the entrepreneurship indicator programme. Ensure adoption of Commission Regulations implementing Regulation (EC) 295/2008 and amending Commission Regulations 250/2009 and 251/2009 to integrate employer business demography statistics and high growth enterprises.
• Prepare the report to the European Parliament and Council on the implementation of Regulation 295/2008 on SBS.
• Finalise the project on linking of microdata on international sourcing.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Implement Council and EP Decision 1297/2008 (MEETS).

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 2011

• Assess the short-term statistics compiled, in particular their relevance and quality as well as the revision of indicators; specifically address the cost of the statistical system and the burden on business in relation to its benefits; report on best practices for lessening the burden on business and indicate ways of reducing the burden and costs.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Timely production of existing indicators and their publication;
• Investigatie and improve the reliability, accuracy and comparability of STS indicators.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• STS is an active participant in the MEETS programme (see theme 3.01).


2.4 Sectoral statistics (Eurostat)
3.1 Environment (Eurostat)
Theme 5.03 Environment statistics and accounts

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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Set up, operate and further develop the Environmental Data Centre (DC) on Waste and contribute to the DCs managed by other services;
• Improve official water statistics;
• Contribute to the implementation of the Communication on GDP and beyond;
• Manage the waste statistics regulation (WStatR);
• Maintain the chemical risk indicators set in the frame of the REACH baseline study;
• Further establish and maintain a "Clearing House" for environmental indicators (streamlining of existing and new indicators);
• Validate and disseminate of the regional environmental data received in 2010 and prepare of subsequent data collection activities;
• Maintain the biodiversity indicators (protected areas, birds, fish) produced by external partners.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Development of the Environmental Data Centre on Waste.

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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Analyse the direct and indirect data needs linked to the farms for setting up the agri-environmental indicators and the subsequent consequences for the agricultural statistics systems; follow-up the contract from 2009 on the issue;
• Collect data from available sources in the Commission, EU agencies, Member States, Eurostat and other (non-governmental) organisations;
• Prepare the implementation of the Regulation concerning statistics on pesticides (transmission file);
• Update the fact sheets on the agri-environmental indicators where Eurostat is in the lead for the indicators where new data are available;
• Follow up and continue the work on pesticides risk indicators;
• Support Member States in their work on agro-environmental indicators, collect and compile available data;
• Maintain and develop further the agro-environmental indicators' database;
• Coordinate the activities related to the preparation of the first assessment (1st progress report) of the work carried out in the context of the agri-environmental indicators, on the basis of an evaluation of the indicators by each of the partners of the Memorandum of Understanding.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Setting up of a coordinated system for collecting data based on available data in the countries, using and producing data related to the relation between agriculture and environment, including administration and research.

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.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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Carry out a 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 (grants);
• Test the use of data collected in the framework of European harmonised surveys (e.g. LFS, ICT usage);
• Building up a list of services and infrastructures on NUTS level 3;
• Elaboration of statistical publications devoted to Rural development and Maritime sectors and regions;
• Further improvement of the dedicated website for Rural Development and Maritime Policy statistics.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Coordination of data collection between regional and rural levels;
• Using 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 2011

• Create a database with (partly confidential) NUTS3 level data derived from microdata analysis as building blocks for specific aggregations;
• Revision of the technical tools for managing regional and urban data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Coordinate and edit the 2011 edition of the Eurostat Regional Yearbook;
• Collect, validate and process urban statistics and selected regional statistics;
• Update the Eurostat databases and metadata for regional and urban statistics;
• Improve the Eurostat dissemination system for regional and urban statistics;
• Prepare the NUTS 2010 implementation.

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

2.1 NEW WORK

• DG MOVE is undertaking a "Study on harmonised collection of European data and statistics in the field of urban transport and mobility" whose results are expected in spring 2012.3.3 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;
• Milk and dairy product statistics;
• Supply balance sheets;
• Vineyard statistics;
• Fruit tree statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Approval and/or implementation of the new regulation on permanent crops;
• Implementation of Regulation 543/2009;
• Implementation of Regulation (EC) No 1165/2008.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Processing and validation of agricultural production statistics with public dissemination of the data within one month after the agreed transmission deadline.
• Improvement of the quality and harmonisation of the data, collection and evaluation of methodological inventories.
• Preparation of publications (i.e. Pocketbook, Data in Focus (DiFs) and Statistics in Focus (SiFs)).
• Development of IT tools for crop and animal data handling taking into account the new regulations.
• Achievement of the implementation of the new eDAMIS web form system for data collection and pre-validation, taking into account the Member States' contributions.
• Bilateral cooperation with DG AGRI, following established partnership agreements.
• Bilateral and multilateral cooperation under the auspices of the Working Groups on Crop and Animal Production Statistics and cooperation with other international organisations.
• Achievement of the implementation of the new Agromet nowcasting system for data on "early estimates".

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• With a view to reducing the burden on respondents and at the same time ensuring data quality, under the new Regulations for crop and for livestock and meat statistics, Member States may decide to use administrative sources for the compilation of this data.
• In 2011, the data collection, validation and dissemination system is expected to be further streamlined through automation of clerical operations such as data validation and the possible replacement of FAME (production database) by a more efficient system.
• The launch of a reflection on the simplification of agricultural statistics has been proposed to the Standing Committee on Agricultural Statistics in November 2010. This work will be carried out with Member States during 2011.

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).
• The Farm Structure Survey (FSS) is covered by a basic Regulation (EC) N° 1166/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council
• Farm Structure Surveys - censuses every ten years (i.e. 2009/2010) and at least two intermediate sample surveys in between (i.e. 2013 and 2016) - are the backbone of the agricultural statistical system.
• 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 processed on the FSS is the key used in the farm accountancy data network.
• The Common Agricultural Policy has evolved significantly over the last years, but further changes are necessary in order to respond to 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 strengthening of territorial and social cohesion. By responding to these challenges, the CAP will contribute to the Europa 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Validate Standard Output 2007 coefficients from the countries;
• Disseminate the results of the Farm Structure Surveys and respond to specific information requests from Commission departments and other interested parties;
• Set up of discussions with stakeholders on new approaches for further (post 2013) farm structure surveys.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Agricultural Census carried out in all Member States in 2010 except ES, EL, PT (launched in 2009);
• Survey on Agricultural Production Methods (SAPM);
• Preparation of the Data Processing System for treatment of the data from the Agricultural Census and from the SAPM;
• Redesign of the tables to be published in the Eurostat;
• Reference database;
• Validation in 2011 of the Agricultural Census and Survey on Agricultural Production Methods carried out in several countries (EL, ES, PT, HU, DE, MT, NL, UK);
• Participate within the Pre-Accession Assistance Programme (IPA) to the set-up of the Farm Structure Surveys in the respective countries.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• In the decade 2000-2010, three sample surveys have been launched, while in the decade 2010- 2020, two FSS sample surveys are so far planned.
• New sources of data can be used by Member States for providing the characteristics of the Farm Structure Survey and of the Survey on Agricultural Production Methods.
• The launch of a reflection on simplification of agricultural statistics has been proposed to the Standing Committee on Agricultural Statistics in November 2010. This work will be carried out with Member States during 2011.

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 UseThe cost of launching LUCAS survey in 2012 is estimated at € 10.9 million, 4 million of which come from Eurostat's appropriations. Implementation of the action is critically dependent on the availability of subdelegated appropriations for an amount € 6.9 million from DG ENV, DG ENTR and DG CLIMA.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Launch calls for tender to prepare the next LUCAS survey 2012;
• Preparing a solid framework for future LUCAS;
• Further investigations on the implementation of an integrated ESS data network started in 2010;
• Discussion of the user needs in land cover and land use statistics, identifying the best approaches for setting up a system of harmonised land cover/use statistics integrating the main national sources already available. In this context the role of the EU LUCAS survey should also be addressed and defined. Results of the advisory group will be reported at DIMESA and SCAS.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Prepare the next LUCAS survey;
• Disseminate and promote LUCAS data 2008/2009;
• Follow up of the study on LUCAS 2009 orthophotos and data;
• Analyse Land Cover/Use data.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

Set up of an integrated ESS Lucas data network; existing sources will be integrated as far as possible in the overall Area frame statistical survey.

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Collection and validation of agricultural land prices and rents data;
• Dissemination of agricultural land prices and new data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Economic accounts for agriculture including agricultural labour input data collection and validation (annual data);
• Unit values statistics and regional accounts for agriculture input data collection and validation;
• Agricultural price statistics data collection and validation (price indices annual and quarterly data and annual absolute prices);
• Improve quality and harmonisation of the concepts and definitions used by the Member States for agri-monetary statistics;
• Continue to support user requests and dissemination units' requests.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• In 2011, the data collection, validation and dissemination system is expected to be further streamlined through automation of clerical operations such as data validation and the possible replacement of FAME (production database) by a more efficient system.
• The launch of a reflection on the simplification of agricultural statistics has been proposed to the Standing Committee on Agricultural Statistics in November 2010. This work will be carried out with Member States during 2011.

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

Estimate carbon in harvested wood products using JFSQ data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect data on production of and trade in wood and wood-derived products (reference year 2010) by 30 October 2011;
• Disseminate statistics for 2010 in different media, comparing with other large producers;
• Collect 2009 economic data for forestry and logging;
• Disseminate IEEAF data;
• Provide data for projects under the EU Forest Action Plan 2007-2011 (lead: DG Agriculture).

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implementation of new legislation for the format of fisheries data reports from Member States;
• Assess the statistics compiled pursuant to Regulation (EC) 762/2008 on aquaculture production, in particular on their relevance and quality. Make a cost-effectiveness analysis of the system introduced to collect and draw up statistics and indicate best practices to lessen the workload for Member States and enhance the usefulness and quality of the data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Processing of submissions of catch, landings and aquaculture statistics regulated under specific EU legislation;
• Updating of the Statistical Register of fishing vessels (April);
• Cooperation in developing of sustainability indicators for fisheries;
• Preparation of publications (i.e. Pocketbook, DiFs and SiFs) on fisheries statistics;
• Bilateral cooperation with DG MARE following the Memorandum of Understanding;
• Bilateral and multilateral cooperation in the framework of the Working Group on Fisheries Statistics and cooperation with other international organisations;
• Continued reorganisation of the FISH database processing system - Fleet collection;
• Improvement of the quality and harmonisation of the data, collection and evaluation of methodological inventories.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Reorganisation of fish data collection and processing;
• In 2011, the data collection, validation and dissemination system is expected to be further streamlined through automation of clerical operations such as data validation and the possible replacement of FAME (production database) by a more efficient system.


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Update the Energy Statistics Regulation (ESR) to respond to the reporting requirements of the Council Directive on "Oil Stocks".
• Methodology and collection of statistics on ambient energy according to the Energy Statistics Regulation and Renewable Energies Directive.
• Methodology and collection of statistics on sustainable biofuels according to the Energy Statistics Regulation and Renewable Energies Directive.
• Develop a manual on EU best practices in Energy Consumption in Households - ESSnet activity.
• Energy Consumption in Services; develop an approach for reviewing present data collection systems across the EU and a methodology for the compilation of relevant statistics (as stipulated in the Energy Statistics Regulation).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Implement the Energy Statistics Regulation (ESR) 1099/2008; collect and disseminate annual and monthly statistics on energy commodities.
• Implement the Price Transparency Directive 2008/92; collect and disseminate electricity and gas prices.
• Monitoring and reporting on specific EU energy policies (Renewable Energy Sources, Energy Dependency, Energy Efficiency, Combined Heat and Power, Competition in network energy industries).
• Upgrade of the informatics infrastructure, enhancing integration with national production systems.
• Use of short term statistics collected under the Energy Statistics Regulation and other short term information available at national level, to provide early estimates of Carbon Dioxide emissions inventory.
• Implementation of pilot surveys on "energy consumption in households", in response to energy efficiency/ renewable energy policies and ESR requirement.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Methodology and collection of statistics on ambient energy according to the Energy Statistics Regulation and Renewable Energies Directive.
• Update the Energy Statistics Regulation to respond to the reporting requirements of the Council Directive on "Oil Stocks".

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 of DG for Energy, 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 of DG for Energy, 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• New data collection, compilation and dissemination of transport safety data from DG MOVE and transport safety agencies.
• Feasibility study on new users' needs (for DG MOVE and EASA) in aviation statistics.
• Feasibility study on new users' needs (for DG MOVE and Trans European Network - Transport Agency) in rail transport statistics.
• Feasibility study on production of intermodal transport data and calculation of logistics performance indicators.
• According to the modes, more or less advanced feasibility studies on greenhouse gases emissions.
• Adapt a legal act (adopted in 2006) to the Lisbon Treaty.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Implementing the full "acquis" with a complete set of data for reference year 2010 available by December 2011, and adopting the necessary implementation measures under comitology procedure.
• Produce aggregated national data on transport infrastructure, means, enterprises, safety and other information complementary to the legal data collections, through the Common Questionnaire (shared with UNECE and the International Transport Forum) accessed via the Internet.
• Produce data on transport infrastructure, means and safety at regional level, based on the annual voluntary survey via the Internet and on the legal, modal data collections.
• Consolidate and further develop methodology and production for transport indicators (modal split indicators and others).
• Update the development of the data collection on road traffic measurement with a focus on greenhouse gas emissions.
• Improve the quality and diversifythe dissemination of EU transport statistics in accordance with Eurostat's publication programme.
• Continue implementation of the Transport Information System (TRIS) project and develop its interactions with the Member States.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• In order to minimise the burden on future respondents, early resort to Task Forces, involving the most experienced Member States, necessarily sensitive to the burden on their respondents and on themselves, to prepare new developments ; cases of: aviation statistics; rail transport statistics; road traffic measurement; intermodal transport statistics and calculation of logistics performance indicators.
• Maritime transport statistics: Task Force work on tuning and optimising the current legislation, as well as analysing opportunities offered by new technologies (e-Maritime project, centralised database on vessels).
• Implementation of the transport safety project.

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

2.1 NEW WORK

• DG MOVE intends to modernise and extend to non-inland modes Council Regulation 1108/70 on an accounting system for expenditure on infrastructure.

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• DG MOVE manages the CARE database on road accidents. The data are collected from the Member States in accordance with Council Decision 93/704 (see below).
• The Transport Safety Agencies (ERA - European Railways Agency, EMSA - European Maritime Safety Agency, and EASA - European Aviation Safety Agency) also 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).
• DG TAXUD collects data and estimates the tax revenues on mineral oils stemming from transport use. For countries which can not provide these data a methodology is developed to estimate the split based on other sources. DG TAXUD also collects data on tax rates and revenues on energy products stemming from transport, industrial/commercial and heating use.


2.4.5 Tourism statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 3.04 Tourism

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. Priorities in 2011 will include i) realisation of the second phase of a Communication on the production method of EU statistics - engaging generic project on automated data collection, and ii) adoption of implementing measures for the forthcoming Regulation concerning European statistics on tourism.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• 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). Legal basis = Council Directive 95/57/EC (adoption of a Regulation revising and updating the Directive is expected in 2011).
• Collection and dissemination of statistics on tourism supply (accommodation statistics; typically through enterprise surveys ~ business statistics) based on Council Directive 95/57/EC.
• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• ESSnet on automated data collection and reporting on accommodation statistics.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Produce high quality publications.
• Regulation concerning European statistics on tourism (updating and revising Council Directive 95/57/EC).
• Delegated acts to implement the data transmission formats and the quality reporting for the forthcoming Regulation concerning European statistics on tourism.
• ESSnet on automated data collection and reporting on accommodation statistics.
• Drafting of a methodological manual for tourism statistics, in close cooperation with the Member States.
• Foster the implementation of TSAs in the Member States (outside the legal framework).
• Enrich the tourism statistics available through use of data from other Eurostat sources, especially as regards tourism employment or sustainability and competitiveness of tourism in Europe.
• Improve cooperation with the relevant international organisations as well as with candidate, neighbourhood and Mediterranean countries.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• ESSnet on automated data collection and reporting in accommodation statistics - see Actions 101 and 204.
• Regulation concerning European statistics on tourism (updating and revising Council Directive 95/57/EC) - see Action 202.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• DG ENTR (unit 11) is currently conducting Flash Eurobarometer surveys about tourism and might continue to do so in 2011.


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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Receive, process, validate and publish monetary and financial indicators.
• Publish statistics in focus on selected topics and other publications.
• Discuss selected methodological issues with countries and other data providers.

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 state aid collected by DG Competition.
• Data on public procurement collected by DG Internal Market and Services.


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Improved user orientation on dissemination products and services;
• Enhance reusability;
• Increase multilingualism;
• Disseminate European results from the 2011 Census;
• Improve the visibility and raise awareness of European statistics and the European Statistical System.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Maintain and further develop the Eurostat website;
• Produce electronic and paper publications and related added-value products on European statistics;
• Support external users of European statistics via a network of support centres covering all Member States and languages;
• Promote and market Eurostat and European statistics;
• Disseminate microdata;
• Coordinate dissemination in the European Statistical System.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Enhanced reusability and common tools.


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Revised Commission Regulation 479/2009;
• Extend geographical coverage of data collection for annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV) to include candidate countries;
• Develop metadata and quality indicators for annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV);
• Possible increase of derived indicators for annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV) in order to improve the meaningfulness of source data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Carry out bi-annual assessment of debt and deficit data of Member States, and provide these data.
• Discuss selected methodological issues with Member States and provide bilateral advice.
• Carry out statistical assessment of Candidate Countries.
• Develop inventories of sources and methods for deficit and debt statistics.
• Carry out regular EDP dialogue missions to Member States.
• Complete the production and publication of detailed (COFOG -Classification of the Functions of Government - level II) data for government expenditure by function.
• Compilation, validation and final publication of annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV) of the Member States plus Norway, Iceland and Switzerland.
• Data are received in the framework of the ESA95 Transmission Programme under:
  - table 2: Main aggregates of general government;
  - table 9: Detailed tax and social contribution receipts by type of tax and social contribution and receiving sub-sector + detailed list of taxes and social contributions according to national classification of taxes and social contributions (National Tax List/ NTL);
  - table 11: General government expenditure by COFOG functions.
• Quarterly compilation and publication of quarterly government finance statistics data (QGOV: quarterly financial and non-financial accounts and quarterly debt data of government - ESA tables 25, 27 and 28).
• Assess the actual data reported by Member States as regards compliance with accounting roles, completeness, reliability, timeliness and consistency of the data.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Development of tools to aid Member States' validation before data transmission.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• DG TAXUD classifies tax revenues by economic function and calculates 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;
• Co-ordination, drafting, adjustment and maintenance of legislation in the field of statistics on trade in goods with Member States (Intrastat) and non-Member States (Extrastat);
• Co-ordination of initiatives on burden reduction in the field of external trade statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Further analysis concerning the consistency between trade in goods statistics and balance of payments statistics in order to move closer to more integrated statistical systems.
• Implementation of the new Intrastat and Extrastat legal requirements and provision of methodological support. Assessment of the impact of the implementation of the amended Intrastat regulation on the statistical response burden.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Publish each month the main Intra and Extra EU and euro area aggregates via the Press releases (on average 46 days after the month of reference) and more detailed Intra and Extra trade statistics via Bulletins. Publish the Annual Yearbook and at least four Statistics in Focus during the year.
• Make available in the Comext database monthly detailed data and metadata (raw data, seasonally adjusted data, unit value indices, qualitative information, classifications and relations among them, methodological comments) from the 27 Member States, EFTA, from co-operation programmes and data from third countries and international organisations. Recent evolution of nomenclatures (SITC -Standard Industrial Trade Classification, BEC - Broad Economic Categories, CPA - Statistical Classification of Products by Activity in the European Economic Union, NSTR - Standard Goods Classification for Transport Statistics) and new related data derivation will be taken into account. An expanded range of services to data users (simplified/advanced and on-line/Web unified interfaces; new functionalities and improved support for users) will be provided in Comext.
• Consolidate and improve the data process according to the new Extrastat and amended Intrastat regulations adopted in 2009.
• Update methodological documentation. Further develop the implementation guidelines for the new pieces of legislation. Participate in the revision of concepts and definitions of external trade statistics at the level of the United Nations.
• Develop proposals in the framework of cooperation programmes. Follow-up the implementation of the current programmes (e.g. the Instrument of Pre-accession Activities - IPA).
• Modernise validation tools and methods at Eurostat and in Member States
• Collect and disseminate first annual data on trade by enterprise characteristics, required by the revised Regulations. Further develop methodological guidelines.
• Prepare individual assessment reports on each Member State and an annual summary quality report. Further develop guidelines for methods and practices affecting quality. Continue actions to decrease asymmetries in intra-EU trade statistics . Analyse and report on the quality of detailed data with the help of various monitoring reports.
• Ensure the maintenance of the Eurotrace package, organisation of course.
• In the framework of the MEETS programme which runs until 2013, continue financing studies on the simplification of Intrastat, on linking trade and other business statistics and on the implementation of new Extrastat legislation in the Member States.
• Consolidate the use and further implementation of XT-NET ASSIST application by Member States and possibly by main providers of statistical information (PSIs).


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Develop the Health output approach for PPP for all EU Member States;
• Update PPP Manual.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Produce, quality-check and further develop HICP monthly data and HICP flash estimates including the production and necessary further development of HICP at constant tax rates and HICP administered prices;
• Owner Occupied Housing (OOH) and dwelling price indices;
• Development of detailed information on prices;
• Develop and follow up the implementation of standards on quality; adjustment and sampling and weighting;
• Extend HICP communications to promote the HICP;
• Monitor the compliance of national indices with HICP standards with follow-up as required;
• Carry out PPP surveys and compute 2010 PPP;
• Compute Correction Coefficients and annual adjustment for Staff;
• Develop and produce information on pension contribution rate, pension expenditure forecast, pension liability and health liability;
• Implementing Regulation for PPP and PPP Inventories of Member States' methods.


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

Official statistics on STI are vital in order to measure and understand growth based on knowledge, as well as to monitor progress towards the achievement of policy goals at national and EU levels.
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).

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production, dissemination and development of the Community Innovation Survey 2006-2010 (and beyond);
• Production, dissemination and development of the Research and Development statistics 2008-2010;
• Production and dissemination of the survey on Careers of Doctorate Holders (CDH) 2009 and decision on its follow-up;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Patent statistics based on PATSTAT data source from European Patent Office;
• Production and dissemination of the High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors statistics with their extensions;
• Conduction of feasibility studies and pilot data collections in the Science, Technology and Innovation statistics area including the rationalisation of the related surveys where adequate and possible;
• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• 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 European Union Innovation surveys re-design and search for synergies.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Maintain and improve Eurostat's set of ERA indicators; coordinate actions, metadata, quality evaluation and communication towards Commission;
• Ensure the wide dissemination of CIS 2008 data and the related metadata;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of R&D and GBAORD (government budget appropriations or outlays on research and development) data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Initiation of the revision of the Commission regulation (EC) No 753/2004 on Science and Technology;
• Process, validate and disseminate the CDH 2009 data with the related metadata;
• Evaluate of the CDH 2009 survey, its outcome and the follow-up actions drawn;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of patent data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors' data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Review of the classification of the High-Tech and Knowledge Intensive activities;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of Human Resources in Science and Technology data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Initiate the development of the CIS 2012 with a project developing a harmonised survey questionnaire with all the supporting methodological documentation;
• Ensure the CIS 2010 conduct at the Member States with possible all the desired extensions.

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

2.1 NEW WORK

• DG Research has initiated 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.
• DG Research has initiated several other projects to obtain 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.
• DG Research will renew its contract to maintain, update and further develop its integrated STI database.



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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Finalise the ESS guidelines on revisions and prepare an implementation plan within the ESS.
• Finalise and disseminate handbooks on best practices on revisions analysis and seasonal adjustment.
• Develop a first set of tools for the rationalisation of the use of statistical and econometric techniques to improve PEEIs coverage and to analyse them.
• Investigate new statistical areas relevant for production improvement and analysis.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Finalise and follow up the implementation of common policies within the ESS for the compilation of Principal European Economic Indicators in key areas such as seasonal adjustment, estimation and back calculation. The priority will be monitoring the implementation of the already endorsed ESS seasonal adjustment guidelines.
• Improve Euroindicators/PEEIs website: online analysis and comparative tables, Statistics Explained pages, online bibliographies and publications (Newsletter, Selected Readings, State of Affairs, PEEIs Quarterly quality report), including the official monthly publication Eurostatistics.
• Monitor EuroIND and PEEIs quality: regular updating of the Euroindicators real-time database for revision analysis and real-time simulation, monitoring Euro-IND quality (with particular attention to Principal European Economic Indicators), developing new quality measures for time series and database (synthetic quality indicator), dissemination of results.
• Improve structure, coverage and visibility (enhanced visualisation tools) of the selected PEEIs page, also in line with the development of the Principal Global Indicators activities.
• Finalise the testing exercise of nowcasting, back calculation and monthly indicator of the economic activity (Euromind) as well as coincident turning points indicators by means of sophisticated statistical and econometric techniques (whenever possible in collaboration with production units, DG ECFIN and the ECB) and decisions on their dissemination.
• Support Eurostat sectoral units, Commission Directorates General, and Member States in their activity to improve and analyse Principal European Economic Indicators, including training activities and tools development.
• Contribute to international meetings, seminars and conferences aiming to promote the use of statistical and econometric techniques for data production and analysis and to develop and consolidate a early monitoring system for the global economy.
• Follow-up the 6th Eurostat Colloquium on Modern Tools for Business Cycle Analysis.

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implement NACE Rev 2;
• GDP flash estimates at T+30 days - feasibility study and testing period;
• Implement the revised ESA and the revised ESA transmission programme;
• Compile a QSA flash estimate based on Member States transmissions at t+90 days to be available well ahead of the final publication at t+120 days;
• Extend the content and relevance of statistics derived from quarterly sector accounts;
• Improve quality aspects of quarterly national accounts.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Ensure complete and timely availability of quarterly national accounts data, ensure production and dissemination of EU/EA quarterly accounts data.
• Quarterly compilation and publication of euro area and EU sector accounts including derived charts, tables, news releases and the publication of key indicators by country.
• Eight news releases published: one for the household sector and one for non-financial corporations every quarter. About 30 charts and tables, covering all sectors of the economy, updated and loaded on ESTAT website. Harmonisation of quarterly non-financial sector accounts data: cross-country comparisons of key variables, documentation of sources and methods and selection of best practices.
• Continue work to improve timeliness and availability of key short-term national accounts indicators for monitoring the statistical consequences of the financial and economic crisis - in particular flash estimates of GDP and employment.

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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Finalise assessment reports on new EU-15 inventories of sources and methods for compiling GNI;
• Finalise assessment reports on EU-10 inventories of sources and methods for compiling GNI;
• Finalise analysis and assessment reports on EU-2 inventories of sources and methods for compiling GNI;
• Carry out GNI missions in the Member States including direct verification as required;
• Pursue work on the development of guidelines on supervisory and control systems for national accounts in the Member States;
• Verify declarations for VAT-based resources for about 12 countries (chosen by DG BUDG).

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Amendment to BoP Regulation 184/2005, as required for implementing new reference manuals;
• Implementation of the revised BoP Quality Report;
• Survey of Balance Of Payments/Rest Of The World Differences;
• Projects targeted at increasing consistency between BoP and other statistical domains (travel, transport, goods);
• Investigate possibilities for alignment/integration of the data collections goods and services;
• Preparatory work related to the implementation of the new Balance of Payments Manual (BPM6) and the new Benchmark Definition of Foreign Direct Investment (BD4).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection and validation of data related to Balance of Payments, International Trade in Services, Remittances, Foreign Direct Investment;
• Dissemination of data and maintenance of metadata;
• Treatment of the EU Institutions accounting data for the production of BoP of the EU Institutions;
• Regular dissemination of BoP data of EU institutions (EUI) and maintenance of metadata;
• Pre-filling of the quality reports and assessment of the quality of national BoP data;
• Methodological assistance and guidance to the Member States;
• Guarantee the functioning of the BoP Committee including all necessary comitology procedures;
• Organise Working Groups and Task Force meetings;
• Guarantee smooth functioning of the FDI Network that allows for the exchange of FDI microdata (Joint initiative -Eurostat/ECB DG Statistics);
• Define the new reporting requirements for BoP and FDI, necessary for implementing BPM6 and BD4. Consultations with the Member States and the ECB.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

New BoP Quality Report.


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implementation of NACE Rev 2;
• Implementation of the revised ESA Transmission Programme;
• Matching sector accounts with household survey data (linked to recommendation 16 of the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission);
• Harmonised revision policy - national accounts and balance of payments;
• EU productions systems in national accounts - exploratory analysis.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Ensure complete and timely availability of national accounts data, ensure production and dissemination of EU/EA accounts data.
• Ensure complete and timely availability of supply, use and symmetric input-output tables; improve quality of data with a view to consistency among the tables and with corresponding national accounts data.
• Ensure complete and timely availability of regional accounts data.
• Validate publish, in European System of Accounts (ESA) format:
  - the annual non-financial sector accounts of the Member States;
  - the annual financial sector accounts and balance sheets of the Member States.
• Harmonise annual non-financial sector accounts data: cross-country comparisons of key indicators and documentation of Member States' practices in the field of household sector delineation.
• Pursue work on the revision of ESA 95 in relation to discussion, finalisation and adoption of the new ESA Regulation by the Council and the European Parliament.
• Assess quality of implementation of ESA 95, including, in particular, improved price and volume measures in national accounts, development of satellite accounts and supplementary tables, assessment of FISIM (Financial Intermediation Services Indirectly Measured), preparing the implementation of the new ESA methodology etc. and drawing conclusions for future work.
• Prepare and test revised ESA pensions recording (through the Pensions Contact Group).
• Productivity and growth accounting (EU KLEMS - EU level analysis of capital (K), labour (L), energy (E), materials (M) and service (S) inputs on a detailed activity level).
• National accounts production system (NAPS).
• Pursue discussions on the SNA at international level as required, including the research agenda and implementation aspects.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• NAPS;
• Explanatory analysis of NA production system.


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Launch a project to develop indicators on global value chains, as a follow-up of the international sourcing survey and related data linking (subject to approval by the business statistics directors/ESSC).
• Implement Council and EP Decision 1297/2008 (MEETS), implement the Commission Decision on the financing for 2011.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Implement Council and EP Decision 1297/2008 (MEETS), implement the Commission Decision on the financing for 2010.
• Ensure the implementation of Regulation No 295/2008 on SBS and Commission Regulation 97/2009 on the first implementation of the flexible module. Process and disseminate the collected data.
• Process and disseminate 2010 Prodcom data according to the Prodcom Regulation. Promote harmonisation of national methodologies for Prodcom.
• Ensure the implementation of Regulation No 716/2007 on FATS. Process and disseminate the collected data.
• Set up the 2012 Prodcom list.
• Ensure continued quality improvement of Prodcom, SBS and FATS data.
• Analyse the results of the pilot actions in the framework of the SBS Regulation and the FATS Regulation and plan the further application of the flexible module of the SBS Regulation. If pilot actions prove the feasibility of the data collection, proceed with the necessary measures for the implementation.
• Contribute to the entrepreneurship indicator programme. Ensure adoption of Commission Regulations implementing Regulation (EC) 295/2008 and amending Commission Regulations 250/2009 and 251/2009 to integrate employer business demography statistics and high growth enterprises.
• Prepare the report to the European Parliament and Council on the implementation of Regulation 295/2008 on SBS.
• Finalise the project on linking of microdata on international sourcing.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Implement Council and EP Decision 1297/2008 (MEETS).

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 2011

• Assess the short-term statistics compiled, in particular their relevance and quality as well as the revision of indicators; specifically address the cost of the statistical system and the burden on business in relation to its benefits; report on best practices for lessening the burden on business and indicate ways of reducing the burden and costs.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Timely production of existing indicators and their publication;
• Investigatie and improve the reliability, accuracy and comparability of STS indicators.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• STS is an active participant in the MEETS programme (see theme 3.01).


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

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Management, standardisation and improvement of structural and reference metadata;
• Use and improvement of the new Eurostat reference database Eurobase (including the management of the Eurostat data dissemination tree);
• Use and improvement of the Eurostat Metadata Handler;
• Improvement and implementation of the SDMX statistical standards and guidelines for the exchange of data and metadata;
• Dissemination of external data other than the data produced by Eurostat and
• Further improvement and integration of the Eurostat and national metadata systems.

This work contributes substantially to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics. Through increasing standardisation and harmonisation the processes and projects described above also 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 should be improved. Most of the activities listed will also improve the vertical and horizontal integration (i.e. the integration between Eurostat and Member states and the integration between statistical domains) within the European Statistical System.
The main priorities for 2011 are the further standardisation and use of harmonised structural metadata (produced within the ESS and at the level of SDMX) and the broad implementation of the Euro SDMX Metadata Structure (ESMS) and the ESS Standard for Quality Report Structure (ESQRS). Particular attention will also be given to the better use of the new reference database Eurobase (including increasing data quality checks) and the increasing use of the Eurostat Metadata Handler for metadata standardisation within the ESS.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Produce additional EU legislation related to metadata;
• Get international agreements related to metadata exchange;
• Create additional metadata structure definitions for further metadata harmonisation.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Harmonise and maintain structural metadata (code lists) within Eurostat, the European Statistical System and SDMX and release this harmonised structural metadata;
• Implement further the European standards for reference metadata (Euro SDMX Metadata Structure - ESMS - and ESS Standard for Quality Reports Structure - ESQRS) at Eurostat and within the European Statistical System;
• Further implement the harmonised structural metadata (code lists) in statistical domains in data structure definitions;
• Manage and improve the new reference database Eurobase with additional functionalities;
• Stimulate the improvement of the national metadata systems via regular monitoring of these systems;
• Improve the SDMX statistical standards and guidelines and contribute all over to the further SDMX progress;
• Assure the proper functioning and delivery of the ESSnet on SDMX;
• Provide the Commission internal users with access to databases containing data produced outside of the ESS;
• Improve the data dissemination tree used by Eurostat;
• Fully implement the Eurostat Metadata Handler in terms of contents and functionalities for use within the ESS.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Actions 101, 104, 201, 202, 203, 206, 210: all these actions are related to metadata standardisation with the aim to simplify and improve statistical businesses processes within the ESS;
• Actions 103: international exchange of metadata;
• Actions 102, 207: additional SDMX standards and IT applications available.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;
• Milk and dairy product statistics;
• Supply balance sheets;
• Vineyard statistics;
• Fruit tree statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Approval and/or implementation of the new regulation on permanent crops;
• Implementation of Regulation 543/2009;
• Implementation of Regulation (EC) No 1165/2008.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Processing and validation of agricultural production statistics with public dissemination of the data within one month after the agreed transmission deadline.
• Improvement of the quality and harmonisation of the data, collection and evaluation of methodological inventories.
• Preparation of publications (i.e. Pocketbook, Data in Focus (DiFs) and Statistics in Focus (SiFs)).
• Development of IT tools for crop and animal data handling taking into account the new regulations.
• Achievement of the implementation of the new eDAMIS web form system for data collection and pre-validation, taking into account the Member States' contributions.
• Bilateral cooperation with DG AGRI, following established partnership agreements.
• Bilateral and multilateral cooperation under the auspices of the Working Groups on Crop and Animal Production Statistics and cooperation with other international organisations.
• Achievement of the implementation of the new Agromet nowcasting system for data on "early estimates".

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• With a view to reducing the burden on respondents and at the same time ensuring data quality, under the new Regulations for crop and for livestock and meat statistics, Member States may decide to use administrative sources for the compilation of this data.
• In 2011, the data collection, validation and dissemination system is expected to be further streamlined through automation of clerical operations such as data validation and the possible replacement of FAME (production database) by a more efficient system.
• The launch of a reflection on the simplification of agricultural statistics has been proposed to the Standing Committee on Agricultural Statistics in November 2010. This work will be carried out with Member States during 2011.

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).
• The Farm Structure Survey (FSS) is covered by a basic Regulation (EC) N° 1166/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council
• Farm Structure Surveys - censuses every ten years (i.e. 2009/2010) and at least two intermediate sample surveys in between (i.e. 2013 and 2016) - are the backbone of the agricultural statistical system.
• 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 processed on the FSS is the key used in the farm accountancy data network.
• The Common Agricultural Policy has evolved significantly over the last years, but further changes are necessary in order to respond to 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 strengthening of territorial and social cohesion. By responding to these challenges, the CAP will contribute to the Europa 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Validate Standard Output 2007 coefficients from the countries;
• Disseminate the results of the Farm Structure Surveys and respond to specific information requests from Commission departments and other interested parties;
• Set up of discussions with stakeholders on new approaches for further (post 2013) farm structure surveys.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Agricultural Census carried out in all Member States in 2010 except ES, EL, PT (launched in 2009);
• Survey on Agricultural Production Methods (SAPM);
• Preparation of the Data Processing System for treatment of the data from the Agricultural Census and from the SAPM;
• Redesign of the tables to be published in the Eurostat;
• Reference database;
• Validation in 2011 of the Agricultural Census and Survey on Agricultural Production Methods carried out in several countries (EL, ES, PT, HU, DE, MT, NL, UK);
• Participate within the Pre-Accession Assistance Programme (IPA) to the set-up of the Farm Structure Surveys in the respective countries.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• In the decade 2000-2010, three sample surveys have been launched, while in the decade 2010- 2020, two FSS sample surveys are so far planned.
• New sources of data can be used by Member States for providing the characteristics of the Farm Structure Survey and of the Survey on Agricultural Production Methods.
• The launch of a reflection on simplification of agricultural statistics has been proposed to the Standing Committee on Agricultural Statistics in November 2010. This work will be carried out with Member States during 2011.

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 UseThe cost of launching LUCAS survey in 2012 is estimated at € 10.9 million, 4 million of which come from Eurostat's appropriations. Implementation of the action is critically dependent on the availability of subdelegated appropriations for an amount € 6.9 million from DG ENV, DG ENTR and DG CLIMA.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Launch calls for tender to prepare the next LUCAS survey 2012;
• Preparing a solid framework for future LUCAS;
• Further investigations on the implementation of an integrated ESS data network started in 2010;
• Discussion of the user needs in land cover and land use statistics, identifying the best approaches for setting up a system of harmonised land cover/use statistics integrating the main national sources already available. In this context the role of the EU LUCAS survey should also be addressed and defined. Results of the advisory group will be reported at DIMESA and SCAS.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Prepare the next LUCAS survey;
• Disseminate and promote LUCAS data 2008/2009;
• Follow up of the study on LUCAS 2009 orthophotos and data;
• Analyse Land Cover/Use data.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

Set up of an integrated ESS Lucas data network; existing sources will be integrated as far as possible in the overall Area frame statistical survey.

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Collection and validation of agricultural land prices and rents data;
• Dissemination of agricultural land prices and new data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Economic accounts for agriculture including agricultural labour input data collection and validation (annual data);
• Unit values statistics and regional accounts for agriculture input data collection and validation;
• Agricultural price statistics data collection and validation (price indices annual and quarterly data and annual absolute prices);
• Improve quality and harmonisation of the concepts and definitions used by the Member States for agri-monetary statistics;
• Continue to support user requests and dissemination units' requests.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• In 2011, the data collection, validation and dissemination system is expected to be further streamlined through automation of clerical operations such as data validation and the possible replacement of FAME (production database) by a more efficient system.
• The launch of a reflection on the simplification of agricultural statistics has been proposed to the Standing Committee on Agricultural Statistics in November 2010. This work will be carried out with Member States during 2011.

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

Estimate carbon in harvested wood products using JFSQ data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect data on production of and trade in wood and wood-derived products (reference year 2010) by 30 October 2011;
• Disseminate statistics for 2010 in different media, comparing with other large producers;
• Collect 2009 economic data for forestry and logging;
• Disseminate IEEAF data;
• Provide data for projects under the EU Forest Action Plan 2007-2011 (lead: DG Agriculture).

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implementation of new legislation for the format of fisheries data reports from Member States;
• Assess the statistics compiled pursuant to Regulation (EC) 762/2008 on aquaculture production, in particular on their relevance and quality. Make a cost-effectiveness analysis of the system introduced to collect and draw up statistics and indicate best practices to lessen the workload for Member States and enhance the usefulness and quality of the data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Processing of submissions of catch, landings and aquaculture statistics regulated under specific EU legislation;
• Updating of the Statistical Register of fishing vessels (April);
• Cooperation in developing of sustainability indicators for fisheries;
• Preparation of publications (i.e. Pocketbook, DiFs and SiFs) on fisheries statistics;
• Bilateral cooperation with DG MARE following the Memorandum of Understanding;
• Bilateral and multilateral cooperation in the framework of the Working Group on Fisheries Statistics and cooperation with other international organisations;
• Continued reorganisation of the FISH database processing system - Fleet collection;
• Improvement of the quality and harmonisation of the data, collection and evaluation of methodological inventories.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Reorganisation of fish data collection and processing;
• In 2011, the data collection, validation and dissemination system is expected to be further streamlined through automation of clerical operations such as data validation and the possible replacement of FAME (production database) by a more efficient system.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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Update the Energy Statistics Regulation (ESR) to respond to the reporting requirements of the Council Directive on "Oil Stocks".
• Methodology and collection of statistics on ambient energy according to the Energy Statistics Regulation and Renewable Energies Directive.
• Methodology and collection of statistics on sustainable biofuels according to the Energy Statistics Regulation and Renewable Energies Directive.
• Develop a manual on EU best practices in Energy Consumption in Households - ESSnet activity.
• Energy Consumption in Services; develop an approach for reviewing present data collection systems across the EU and a methodology for the compilation of relevant statistics (as stipulated in the Energy Statistics Regulation).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Implement the Energy Statistics Regulation (ESR) 1099/2008; collect and disseminate annual and monthly statistics on energy commodities.
• Implement the Price Transparency Directive 2008/92; collect and disseminate electricity and gas prices.
• Monitoring and reporting on specific EU energy policies (Renewable Energy Sources, Energy Dependency, Energy Efficiency, Combined Heat and Power, Competition in network energy industries).
• Upgrade of the informatics infrastructure, enhancing integration with national production systems.
• Use of short term statistics collected under the Energy Statistics Regulation and other short term information available at national level, to provide early estimates of Carbon Dioxide emissions inventory.
• Implementation of pilot surveys on "energy consumption in households", in response to energy efficiency/ renewable energy policies and ESR requirement.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Methodology and collection of statistics on ambient energy according to the Energy Statistics Regulation and Renewable Energies Directive.
• Update the Energy Statistics Regulation to respond to the reporting requirements of the Council Directive on "Oil Stocks".

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 of DG for Energy, 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 of DG for Energy, 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• New data collection, compilation and dissemination of transport safety data from DG MOVE and transport safety agencies.
• Feasibility study on new users' needs (for DG MOVE and EASA) in aviation statistics.
• Feasibility study on new users' needs (for DG MOVE and Trans European Network - Transport Agency) in rail transport statistics.
• Feasibility study on production of intermodal transport data and calculation of logistics performance indicators.
• According to the modes, more or less advanced feasibility studies on greenhouse gases emissions.
• Adapt a legal act (adopted in 2006) to the Lisbon Treaty.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Implementing the full "acquis" with a complete set of data for reference year 2010 available by December 2011, and adopting the necessary implementation measures under comitology procedure.
• Produce aggregated national data on transport infrastructure, means, enterprises, safety and other information complementary to the legal data collections, through the Common Questionnaire (shared with UNECE and the International Transport Forum) accessed via the Internet.
• Produce data on transport infrastructure, means and safety at regional level, based on the annual voluntary survey via the Internet and on the legal, modal data collections.
• Consolidate and further develop methodology and production for transport indicators (modal split indicators and others).
• Update the development of the data collection on road traffic measurement with a focus on greenhouse gas emissions.
• Improve the quality and diversifythe dissemination of EU transport statistics in accordance with Eurostat's publication programme.
• Continue implementation of the Transport Information System (TRIS) project and develop its interactions with the Member States.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• In order to minimise the burden on future respondents, early resort to Task Forces, involving the most experienced Member States, necessarily sensitive to the burden on their respondents and on themselves, to prepare new developments ; cases of: aviation statistics; rail transport statistics; road traffic measurement; intermodal transport statistics and calculation of logistics performance indicators.
• Maritime transport statistics: Task Force work on tuning and optimising the current legislation, as well as analysing opportunities offered by new technologies (e-Maritime project, centralised database on vessels).
• Implementation of the transport safety project.

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

2.1 NEW WORK

• DG MOVE intends to modernise and extend to non-inland modes Council Regulation 1108/70 on an accounting system for expenditure on infrastructure.

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• DG MOVE manages the CARE database on road accidents. The data are collected from the Member States in accordance with Council Decision 93/704 (see below).
• The Transport Safety Agencies (ERA - European Railways Agency, EMSA - European Maritime Safety Agency, and EASA - European Aviation Safety Agency) also 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).
• DG TAXUD collects data and estimates the tax revenues on mineral oils stemming from transport use. For countries which can not provide these data a methodology is developed to estimate the split based on other sources. DG TAXUD also collects data on tax rates and revenues on energy products stemming from transport, industrial/commercial and heating use.2.4.5 Tourism statistics (Eurostat)
Theme 3.04 Tourism

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. Priorities in 2011 will include i) realisation of the second phase of a Communication on the production method of EU statistics - engaging generic project on automated data collection, and ii) adoption of implementing measures for the forthcoming Regulation concerning European statistics on tourism.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• 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). Legal basis = Council Directive 95/57/EC (adoption of a Regulation revising and updating the Directive is expected in 2011).
• Collection and dissemination of statistics on tourism supply (accommodation statistics; typically through enterprise surveys ~ business statistics) based on Council Directive 95/57/EC.
• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• ESSnet on automated data collection and reporting on accommodation statistics.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Produce high quality publications.
• Regulation concerning European statistics on tourism (updating and revising Council Directive 95/57/EC).
• Delegated acts to implement the data transmission formats and the quality reporting for the forthcoming Regulation concerning European statistics on tourism.
• ESSnet on automated data collection and reporting on accommodation statistics.
• Drafting of a methodological manual for tourism statistics, in close cooperation with the Member States.
• Foster the implementation of TSAs in the Member States (outside the legal framework).
• Enrich the tourism statistics available through use of data from other Eurostat sources, especially as regards tourism employment or sustainability and competitiveness of tourism in Europe.
• Improve cooperation with the relevant international organisations as well as with candidate, neighbourhood and Mediterranean countries.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• ESSnet on automated data collection and reporting in accommodation statistics - see Actions 101 and 204.
• Regulation concerning European statistics on tourism (updating and revising Council Directive 95/57/EC) - see Action 202.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• DG ENTR (unit 11) is currently conducting Flash Eurobarometer surveys about tourism and might continue to do so in 2011.2.4.6 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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Receive, process, validate and publish monetary and financial indicators.
• Publish statistics in focus on selected topics and other publications.
• Discuss selected methodological issues with countries and other data providers.

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 state aid collected by DG Competition.
• Data on public procurement collected by DG Internal Market and Services.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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Enhance the role of the Eurostat Spokesperson in order to increase Eurostat's visibility in the media;
• Advise Eurostat management on the ways of communicating the Communication on the production method of EU statistics in the ESS and implement the decisions;
• Create an informal network of press officers in the EU.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Draft news releases on key statistics;
• Improve the targeting of Eurostat news releases with particular reference to important international events;
• Develop contacts with the media by providing tailor-made extraction and organising training courses for journalists;
• Support the implementation of Eurostat strategy through communication to staff;
• Extend the number of written and video interviews on Eurostat'sintranet;
• Regularly publish Eurostat newsletter and magazine;
• Organise specific information events, such as the General Assembly and informal staff meetings;
• Enhance the exchange of information between the ESS members through INSite.4.6 Statistical confidentiality and disclosure protection (Eurostat)
Theme 6.11 Data security and statistical confidentiality

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Ensuring the physical and logical protection of confidential data (statistical disclosure control - SDC);
• Harmonisation of principles and guidelines in SDC;
• Design infrastructure (IT and procedure) for releasing confidential data (tabular or micro data) to ESS partners and Research community;
• Coordination of sectoral initiatives in the domain of protection and release of confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Methodological and tool development in the domain SDC;
• Ensuring and promoting the correct and coherent application of rules and provisions for the release of confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Methodological support in SDC;
• Ensuring adequate governance of statistical confidentiality in the ESS
This work contributes to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics through;
• the design of cross-cutting infrastructure for the release of data for scientific purposes and for the protection of confidential data disseminated to user;
• the improvement of vertical integration of processes defining Member States a framework for the standardisation and harmonisation of processes related to the SDC.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Develop a solution for accessing confidential data online;
• Setting up of new procedures and an implementation framework for the new regulation on access to confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Define an ESS strategy for a distributed infrastructure for access to confidential data including various actors;
• Specify and develop building blocks for tabular data protection;

• Develop a solution for accessing confidential data online;
• Setting up of new procedures and an implementation framework for the new regulation on access to confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Define an ESS strategy for a distributed infrastructure for access to confidential data including various actors;
• Specify and develop building blocks for tabular data protection.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Streamline the procedures for access to micro data for scientific purposes;
• Ensure the processing of the admissibility requests;
• Support Eurostat units on methodological (statistical disclosure control methods and tools) and legal issues;
• Disseminate SDC ESSnets results in Eurostat and ESS;
• Develop a new implementing regulation on access to confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Develop remote access to confidential data;
• Continue developing step by step an infrastructure/processes adapted to the need of fostering the release of EU micro data in an integrated ESS (remote access, remote execution, documentation, Public Use File (PUF), safe centre, cooperation with data archive networks).4.7 Data analysis (Eurostat)
Theme 6.10 Statistical research and methodology

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Statistical process architecture and integration;
• Statistical research and methodological innovation;
• Standardisation and knowledge management;
• Core methodologies: data integration, data analysis, time series processing and seasonal adjustment, data collection design, data validation and model based estimation, EU approaches;
• Methodological support, advice, guidance and assessment;
• Methodological cooperation in the ESS and with universities;
• Training and methodological competence management.
This work contributes substantially to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics through;
• The conceptual analysis of most relevant cross-cutting issues tracking efficiency gains with the identification of commonalities in different related processes, the identification of generic specification for common process steps and the development of associated guidelines and tools;
• The improvement of vertical integration of processes by launching with Member States collaborative projects aiming at designing global ESS process, streamline their implementation by the identification and documentation of good practices following the Generic Statistical Business Process Model;
• The development and implement a multi dimensional programme of research and innovation through the elaboration of a research programme for Official Statistics to be included in FP8; the intensification the link with research community; the setting up transfer mechanism involving Member States (ESSnets);the launching specific ESSnets and research projects under the umbrella of the ESS Directors of Methodology (DIME) and the Network of Methodologists in Eurostat;
• The improvement of the methodological competences with the development of Master of Science in Official Statistics with universities and a strategic reflection on the mechanism for their management;
• To the optimisation of interaction with partners with the emergence and fast consolidation of methodology for collaboration building upon virtual platforms (web 2.0) to support cooperative projects and to reinforce cooperation among ESS partners and with academia.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Set up an ESS governance structure for the integration of ESS statistical production processes;
• Improve research on official statistics in collaboration with Member States;
• ESSnets on cooperative methodological developments.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide guidance and support for and assess methodological developments for ESTAT reengineering production system;
• Generate and organise knowledge in key methodological issues for an integrated architecture for the production of official statistics: new modes of data collection, data analysis, data validation, survey methodology and sampling, data integration, model based estimation;
• Explore, set up and maintain new modes and tools of collaboration for the community of ESS Methodologists, Researchers (CROS - Cooperation between Researchers and Official Statisticians) and Partners (Joint Research Centre, etc);
• Identify priorities for research, methodological developments and innovation analysing main challenges for future statistics in a global, competitive, technology driven information world, with a particular focuses on challenges raised by the integration of production processes in the ESS;
• Contribute to the emergence, optimisation and standardisation of integrated ESS processes and harmonised methodologies;
• Facilitate and promote innovation in the ESS through a streamline infrastructure for ESSnet projects;
• Development and maintain ESS standard tool for seasonal adjustment (SA) and related time series processing for official statistics;
• Monitor and support the implementation of ESS guidelines on seasonal adjustment and best practices for time series processing in coordination with the Steering Group on SA, high level group bringing together ESCB and ESS bodies;
• EMOS (European Masters in Official Statistics) and methodological competence management.


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Revised Commission Regulation 479/2009;
• Extend geographical coverage of data collection for annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV) to include candidate countries;
• Develop metadata and quality indicators for annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV);
• Possible increase of derived indicators for annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV) in order to improve the meaningfulness of source data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Carry out bi-annual assessment of debt and deficit data of Member States, and provide these data.
• Discuss selected methodological issues with Member States and provide bilateral advice.
• Carry out statistical assessment of Candidate Countries.
• Develop inventories of sources and methods for deficit and debt statistics.
• Carry out regular EDP dialogue missions to Member States.
• Complete the production and publication of detailed (COFOG -Classification of the Functions of Government - level II) data for government expenditure by function.
• Compilation, validation and final publication of annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV) of the Member States plus Norway, Iceland and Switzerland.
• Data are received in the framework of the ESA95 Transmission Programme under:
  - table 2: Main aggregates of general government;
  - table 9: Detailed tax and social contribution receipts by type of tax and social contribution and receiving sub-sector + detailed list of taxes and social contributions according to national classification of taxes and social contributions (National Tax List/ NTL);
  - table 11: General government expenditure by COFOG functions.
• Quarterly compilation and publication of quarterly government finance statistics data (QGOV: quarterly financial and non-financial accounts and quarterly debt data of government - ESA tables 25, 27 and 28).
• Assess the actual data reported by Member States as regards compliance with accounting roles, completeness, reliability, timeliness and consistency of the data.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Development of tools to aid Member States' validation before data transmission.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• DG TAXUD classifies tax revenues by economic function and calculates 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;
• Co-ordination, drafting, adjustment and maintenance of legislation in the field of statistics on trade in goods with Member States (Intrastat) and non-Member States (Extrastat);
• Co-ordination of initiatives on burden reduction in the field of external trade statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Further analysis concerning the consistency between trade in goods statistics and balance of payments statistics in order to move closer to more integrated statistical systems.
• Implementation of the new Intrastat and Extrastat legal requirements and provision of methodological support. Assessment of the impact of the implementation of the amended Intrastat regulation on the statistical response burden.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Publish each month the main Intra and Extra EU and euro area aggregates via the Press releases (on average 46 days after the month of reference) and more detailed Intra and Extra trade statistics via Bulletins. Publish the Annual Yearbook and at least four Statistics in Focus during the year.
• Make available in the Comext database monthly detailed data and metadata (raw data, seasonally adjusted data, unit value indices, qualitative information, classifications and relations among them, methodological comments) from the 27 Member States, EFTA, from co-operation programmes and data from third countries and international organisations. Recent evolution of nomenclatures (SITC -Standard Industrial Trade Classification, BEC - Broad Economic Categories, CPA - Statistical Classification of Products by Activity in the European Economic Union, NSTR - Standard Goods Classification for Transport Statistics) and new related data derivation will be taken into account. An expanded range of services to data users (simplified/advanced and on-line/Web unified interfaces; new functionalities and improved support for users) will be provided in Comext.
• Consolidate and improve the data process according to the new Extrastat and amended Intrastat regulations adopted in 2009.
• Update methodological documentation. Further develop the implementation guidelines for the new pieces of legislation. Participate in the revision of concepts and definitions of external trade statistics at the level of the United Nations.
• Develop proposals in the framework of cooperation programmes. Follow-up the implementation of the current programmes (e.g. the Instrument of Pre-accession Activities - IPA).
• Modernise validation tools and methods at Eurostat and in Member States
• Collect and disseminate first annual data on trade by enterprise characteristics, required by the revised Regulations. Further develop methodological guidelines.
• Prepare individual assessment reports on each Member State and an annual summary quality report. Further develop guidelines for methods and practices affecting quality. Continue actions to decrease asymmetries in intra-EU trade statistics . Analyse and report on the quality of detailed data with the help of various monitoring reports.
• Ensure the maintenance of the Eurotrace package, organisation of course.
• In the framework of the MEETS programme which runs until 2013, continue financing studies on the simplification of Intrastat, on linking trade and other business statistics and on the implementation of new Extrastat legislation in the Member States.
• Consolidate the use and further implementation of XT-NET ASSIST application by Member States and possibly by main providers of statistical information (PSIs).


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Develop the Health output approach for PPP for all EU Member States;
• Update PPP Manual.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Produce, quality-check and further develop HICP monthly data and HICP flash estimates including the production and necessary further development of HICP at constant tax rates and HICP administered prices;
• Owner Occupied Housing (OOH) and dwelling price indices;
• Development of detailed information on prices;
• Develop and follow up the implementation of standards on quality; adjustment and sampling and weighting;
• Extend HICP communications to promote the HICP;
• Monitor the compliance of national indices with HICP standards with follow-up as required;
• Carry out PPP surveys and compute 2010 PPP;
• Compute Correction Coefficients and annual adjustment for Staff;
• Develop and produce information on pension contribution rate, pension expenditure forecast, pension liability and health liability;
• Implementing Regulation for PPP and PPP Inventories of Member States' methods.


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

Official statistics on STI are vital in order to measure and understand growth based on knowledge, as well as to monitor progress towards the achievement of policy goals at national and EU levels.
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).

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production, dissemination and development of the Community Innovation Survey 2006-2010 (and beyond);
• Production, dissemination and development of the Research and Development statistics 2008-2010;
• Production and dissemination of the survey on Careers of Doctorate Holders (CDH) 2009 and decision on its follow-up;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Patent statistics based on PATSTAT data source from European Patent Office;
• Production and dissemination of the High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors statistics with their extensions;
• Conduction of feasibility studies and pilot data collections in the Science, Technology and Innovation statistics area including the rationalisation of the related surveys where adequate and possible;
• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• 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 European Union Innovation surveys re-design and search for synergies.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Maintain and improve Eurostat's set of ERA indicators; coordinate actions, metadata, quality evaluation and communication towards Commission;
• Ensure the wide dissemination of CIS 2008 data and the related metadata;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of R&D and GBAORD (government budget appropriations or outlays on research and development) data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Initiation of the revision of the Commission regulation (EC) No 753/2004 on Science and Technology;
• Process, validate and disseminate the CDH 2009 data with the related metadata;
• Evaluate of the CDH 2009 survey, its outcome and the follow-up actions drawn;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of patent data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors' data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Review of the classification of the High-Tech and Knowledge Intensive activities;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of Human Resources in Science and Technology data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Initiate the development of the CIS 2012 with a project developing a harmonised survey questionnaire with all the supporting methodological documentation;
• Ensure the CIS 2010 conduct at the Member States with possible all the desired extensions.

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

2.1 NEW WORK

• DG Research has initiated 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.
• DG Research has initiated several other projects to obtain 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.
• DG Research will renew its contract to maintain, update and further develop its integrated STI database.



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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Finalise the ESS guidelines on revisions and prepare an implementation plan within the ESS.
• Finalise and disseminate handbooks on best practices on revisions analysis and seasonal adjustment.
• Develop a first set of tools for the rationalisation of the use of statistical and econometric techniques to improve PEEIs coverage and to analyse them.
• Investigate new statistical areas relevant for production improvement and analysis.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Finalise and follow up the implementation of common policies within the ESS for the compilation of Principal European Economic Indicators in key areas such as seasonal adjustment, estimation and back calculation. The priority will be monitoring the implementation of the already endorsed ESS seasonal adjustment guidelines.
• Improve Euroindicators/PEEIs website: online analysis and comparative tables, Statistics Explained pages, online bibliographies and publications (Newsletter, Selected Readings, State of Affairs, PEEIs Quarterly quality report), including the official monthly publication Eurostatistics.
• Monitor EuroIND and PEEIs quality: regular updating of the Euroindicators real-time database for revision analysis and real-time simulation, monitoring Euro-IND quality (with particular attention to Principal European Economic Indicators), developing new quality measures for time series and database (synthetic quality indicator), dissemination of results.
• Improve structure, coverage and visibility (enhanced visualisation tools) of the selected PEEIs page, also in line with the development of the Principal Global Indicators activities.
• Finalise the testing exercise of nowcasting, back calculation and monthly indicator of the economic activity (Euromind) as well as coincident turning points indicators by means of sophisticated statistical and econometric techniques (whenever possible in collaboration with production units, DG ECFIN and the ECB) and decisions on their dissemination.
• Support Eurostat sectoral units, Commission Directorates General, and Member States in their activity to improve and analyse Principal European Economic Indicators, including training activities and tools development.
• Contribute to international meetings, seminars and conferences aiming to promote the use of statistical and econometric techniques for data production and analysis and to develop and consolidate a early monitoring system for the global economy.
• Follow-up the 6th Eurostat Colloquium on Modern Tools for Business Cycle Analysis.

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implement NACE Rev 2;
• GDP flash estimates at T+30 days - feasibility study and testing period;
• Implement the revised ESA and the revised ESA transmission programme;
• Compile a QSA flash estimate based on Member States transmissions at t+90 days to be available well ahead of the final publication at t+120 days;
• Extend the content and relevance of statistics derived from quarterly sector accounts;
• Improve quality aspects of quarterly national accounts.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Ensure complete and timely availability of quarterly national accounts data, ensure production and dissemination of EU/EA quarterly accounts data.
• Quarterly compilation and publication of euro area and EU sector accounts including derived charts, tables, news releases and the publication of key indicators by country.
• Eight news releases published: one for the household sector and one for non-financial corporations every quarter. About 30 charts and tables, covering all sectors of the economy, updated and loaded on ESTAT website. Harmonisation of quarterly non-financial sector accounts data: cross-country comparisons of key variables, documentation of sources and methods and selection of best practices.
• Continue work to improve timeliness and availability of key short-term national accounts indicators for monitoring the statistical consequences of the financial and economic crisis - in particular flash estimates of GDP and employment.

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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Finalise assessment reports on new EU-15 inventories of sources and methods for compiling GNI;
• Finalise assessment reports on EU-10 inventories of sources and methods for compiling GNI;
• Finalise analysis and assessment reports on EU-2 inventories of sources and methods for compiling GNI;
• Carry out GNI missions in the Member States including direct verification as required;
• Pursue work on the development of guidelines on supervisory and control systems for national accounts in the Member States;
• Verify declarations for VAT-based resources for about 12 countries (chosen by DG BUDG).

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Amendment to BoP Regulation 184/2005, as required for implementing new reference manuals;
• Implementation of the revised BoP Quality Report;
• Survey of Balance Of Payments/Rest Of The World Differences;
• Projects targeted at increasing consistency between BoP and other statistical domains (travel, transport, goods);
• Investigate possibilities for alignment/integration of the data collections goods and services;
• Preparatory work related to the implementation of the new Balance of Payments Manual (BPM6) and the new Benchmark Definition of Foreign Direct Investment (BD4).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection and validation of data related to Balance of Payments, International Trade in Services, Remittances, Foreign Direct Investment;
• Dissemination of data and maintenance of metadata;
• Treatment of the EU Institutions accounting data for the production of BoP of the EU Institutions;
• Regular dissemination of BoP data of EU institutions (EUI) and maintenance of metadata;
• Pre-filling of the quality reports and assessment of the quality of national BoP data;
• Methodological assistance and guidance to the Member States;
• Guarantee the functioning of the BoP Committee including all necessary comitology procedures;
• Organise Working Groups and Task Force meetings;
• Guarantee smooth functioning of the FDI Network that allows for the exchange of FDI microdata (Joint initiative -Eurostat/ECB DG Statistics);
• Define the new reporting requirements for BoP and FDI, necessary for implementing BPM6 and BD4. Consultations with the Member States and the ECB.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

New BoP Quality Report.


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implementation of NACE Rev 2;
• Implementation of the revised ESA Transmission Programme;
• Matching sector accounts with household survey data (linked to recommendation 16 of the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission);
• Harmonised revision policy - national accounts and balance of payments;
• EU productions systems in national accounts - exploratory analysis.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Ensure complete and timely availability of national accounts data, ensure production and dissemination of EU/EA accounts data.
• Ensure complete and timely availability of supply, use and symmetric input-output tables; improve quality of data with a view to consistency among the tables and with corresponding national accounts data.
• Ensure complete and timely availability of regional accounts data.
• Validate publish, in European System of Accounts (ESA) format:
  - the annual non-financial sector accounts of the Member States;
  - the annual financial sector accounts and balance sheets of the Member States.
• Harmonise annual non-financial sector accounts data: cross-country comparisons of key indicators and documentation of Member States' practices in the field of household sector delineation.
• Pursue work on the revision of ESA 95 in relation to discussion, finalisation and adoption of the new ESA Regulation by the Council and the European Parliament.
• Assess quality of implementation of ESA 95, including, in particular, improved price and volume measures in national accounts, development of satellite accounts and supplementary tables, assessment of FISIM (Financial Intermediation Services Indirectly Measured), preparing the implementation of the new ESA methodology etc. and drawing conclusions for future work.
• Prepare and test revised ESA pensions recording (through the Pensions Contact Group).
• Productivity and growth accounting (EU KLEMS - EU level analysis of capital (K), labour (L), energy (E), materials (M) and service (S) inputs on a detailed activity level).
• National accounts production system (NAPS).
• Pursue discussions on the SNA at international level as required, including the research agenda and implementation aspects.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• NAPS;
• Explanatory analysis of NA production system.


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Launch a project to develop indicators on global value chains, as a follow-up of the international sourcing survey and related data linking (subject to approval by the business statistics directors/ESSC).
• Implement Council and EP Decision 1297/2008 (MEETS), implement the Commission Decision on the financing for 2011.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Implement Council and EP Decision 1297/2008 (MEETS), implement the Commission Decision on the financing for 2010.
• Ensure the implementation of Regulation No 295/2008 on SBS and Commission Regulation 97/2009 on the first implementation of the flexible module. Process and disseminate the collected data.
• Process and disseminate 2010 Prodcom data according to the Prodcom Regulation. Promote harmonisation of national methodologies for Prodcom.
• Ensure the implementation of Regulation No 716/2007 on FATS. Process and disseminate the collected data.
• Set up the 2012 Prodcom list.
• Ensure continued quality improvement of Prodcom, SBS and FATS data.
• Analyse the results of the pilot actions in the framework of the SBS Regulation and the FATS Regulation and plan the further application of the flexible module of the SBS Regulation. If pilot actions prove the feasibility of the data collection, proceed with the necessary measures for the implementation.
• Contribute to the entrepreneurship indicator programme. Ensure adoption of Commission Regulations implementing Regulation (EC) 295/2008 and amending Commission Regulations 250/2009 and 251/2009 to integrate employer business demography statistics and high growth enterprises.
• Prepare the report to the European Parliament and Council on the implementation of Regulation 295/2008 on SBS.
• Finalise the project on linking of microdata on international sourcing.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Implement Council and EP Decision 1297/2008 (MEETS).

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 2011

• Assess the short-term statistics compiled, in particular their relevance and quality as well as the revision of indicators; specifically address the cost of the statistical system and the burden on business in relation to its benefits; report on best practices for lessening the burden on business and indicate ways of reducing the burden and costs.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Timely production of existing indicators and their publication;
• Investigatie and improve the reliability, accuracy and comparability of STS indicators.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• STS is an active participant in the MEETS programme (see theme 3.01).


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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Promote the smooth implementation of the Regulation on European statistics;
• Monitor legislative processes;
• Maintain agenda planning for statistical legislation;
• Manage and follow up EP questions and answers provided to the EP;
• Monitor committee activities;
• Monitor compliance with statistical legislation.5.2 Statistical programmes, coordination within statistical systems (Eurostat)
Theme 6.01 Quality management, evaluation, statistical coordination and classifications

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Monitoring and promoting the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice (CoP);
• Coordination of quality aspects within the production of European statistics;
• Implementation of the quality assurance framework for statistical processes and outputs in Eurostat;
• Activities of the Sponsorship on Quality.
These activities for 2011, particularly the work conducted by the Sponsorship Quality, 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.

In addition the evaluations included in the programme, provide instruments for better interact with users and partners:
• Evaluation of the Community Statistical Programme;
• Implementation of rolling reviews and user and partner surveys in particular.

The following activities refer to statistical coordination and classifications.

• Update and maintenance of RAMON, the new version of Eurostat's metadata server, 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.
• Coordinate changes in legislation with a view to adopt accounting definitions if feasible.
• Follow-up of changes in accounting standards with a view to assess their impact on statistics.
• 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) and the International Standard Classification on Occupations (ISCO), the Combined Nomenclature (CN) of commodities and the Geonomenclature of countries for the European Statistical System.
These activities are oriented to enhance the interaction with users by providing them with updated concepts definitions and classification used in the statistics disseminated by Eurostat. In addition promoting the use of accounting data is in line with the requirements of Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics and should contribute to a better use of the existing data leading to efficiency gains.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Extension of ESS quality frameworks in line with Sponsorship on Quality Recommendation;
• Preparatory work for launching the ex-post evaluation of the CSP 2008-2012;
• ESS-net on the harmonisation and implementation of a European Socio-economic classification (ESeC).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Monitoring of Member States' implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice;
• Activities related to the promotion of the implementation of the Code of Practice and of quality assurance in the ESS;
• Quality assessments of Eurostat statistical processes;
• Activities of the Sponsorship on Quality;
• Implementation of evaluations ( rolling reviews) for the assessment of statistical processes and outputs;
• Integrate and improve the Eurostat metadata system using the CVD (Cycle de vie des données) Metadata Handler (comprising the SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange) registry, Ramon, etc.) and based on international standards (such as the Neuchâtel Model);
• Coordinate the work of the task force on accounting and statistics including the follow-up of developments in accounting and appropriate reporting;
• Monitor implementation of the Statistical Classification Of Economic Activities (NACE Rev.2) and the classification of products by activity (CPA 2008);
• Ensure the adoption of the Combined Nomenclature (CN) 2012, incorporating the concluding results of the CN modernisation project and the transposition of Harmonised System (HS) 2012;
• Monitor the implementation of the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO-08).

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• In the context of rolling reviews implementation of user and partner surveys;
• Better use of accounting data for statistical purposes;
• CN modernisation project;
• Actions to facilitate commodity classification (CN) for reporting companies.

Theme 8.03 Management and statistical programmes

Fields of activities covered by the theme

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

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Support to implement the Communication on the production method of EU statistics: Be a home for the "Balance Scorecard";
• Promote and develop creativity and innovation;
• Build up an integrated management process (Strategic Planning & Programming Cycle of the Commission) (subject to the new Commission guidelines).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Coordinate the preparation of the annual statistical work programme;
• Prepare Eurostat´s contribution to the Strategic Planning and Programming Cycle of the Commission;
• Prepare the next Multiannual Programme;
• Conduct the annual risk management exercise;
• Monitor the implementation of the " Communication on the production method of EU statistics ";
• Assess the compliance and effectiveness of the implementation of the Internal Control Standards (self-assessment);
• Increase the efficiency of the planning and programming process;
• Develop and promote process and project management techniques within Eurostat;
• Monitor and report on progress on audit recommendations at Eurostat level;
• Monitor and coordinate Eurostat's contributions relating to administrative simplification and burden reduction.5.3 Quality frameworks and measurement of performance of statistical systems and offices (Eurostat)
Theme 7.03 Management of financial resources

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Financial verification of commitment and payment operations;
• Planning and monitoring of budgetary implementation;
• Contribution to simplification of financial tools and sound financial management;
• Support to Financial Management (Training, Helpdesk);
• Support for implementation of Eurostat's strategic priorities (financial management dimension).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Finalise the project on implementing revised financial circuits;
• Contribute to work on the evaluation of long term expenditure needs, taking into account the priorities linked to the re-engineering of the statistical production system and the upcoming negotiation of the Regulation on Financial perspectives 2014-2020;
• Streamline the grant award process;
• Develop possible options to implement Art. 15 of the Regulation on European statistics stipulating that 'an adequate financial structure shall be developed' to support sharing of experience and results within the ESS through collaborative networks.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide ex-ante financial verification of financial transactions (financial instruments: grants, procurement, joint management; type of appropriation: operation and administrative; source: own budget appropriations and budget appropriations subdelegated to Eurostat by other DGs);
• Review and develop Financial Support Information products in close cooperation with users;
• Ensure continuous improvements in advice, assistance and training to clients;
• Prepare and monitoring the implementation of operational and administrative budget appropriations;
• Providing management information services to users;
• Defining and implementing the 2011 reinforced ex-ante and ex-post controls programmes and ensuring the follow-up of previous controls;
• Ensure follow-up of comments made during the annual discharge procedure and the recommendations issued following audit reports;
• Providie accounting services and related quality controls.

Theme 7.04 Audit

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Assurance and counselling engagements;
• Opinions on control systems in Eurostat;
• Follow-up of the implementation of audit recommendations.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Risk analyses;
• Audit engagements in conformity with International. Audit Standards;
• Counselling engagements;
• Follow up of the implementation of the audit recommendations;
• Opinion on the state of the control system in Eurostat in support to the Directorate-General AAR.

Theme 7.05 General administration

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Document management;
• Inter-service consultations;
• Mail delivery;
• Intermediate archives;
• Office space and furniture;
• Management of office space and furniture according to Eurostat's needs.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

• Document Management: user training and support;
• Document Management: monitoring;
• Registration of incoming mail;
• Management of the Filing Plan;
• Inter-Service Consultations: central co-ordination, user training and support, monitoring;
• Mail collection & delivery;
• Intermediate archives: allocation and supervision;
• Provide a timely and appropriate help desk service to all staff in matters relating to the building and its contents. (including telephone and office furniture);
• Implement Eurostat's office new needs in accordance with organisational changes.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 (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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Review learning and development offer for ESS in view of the implementation of the Communication on the production method of EU statistics.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Evaluate the training provided in 2010 in the framework of the European Statistical Training Programme;
• Successfully implement the ESTP core programme 2011, including internal and external courses based on a training needs analysis by the end of the year;
• Establish core ESTP 2012 catalogue publication;
• Prepare implementation of the DM decision by end of 2010 on the appropriate strategy for the European Master's in Official Statistics;
• Successfully coordinate all ESS LDF projects by the end of the year enhancing beyond-the-classroom learning methodologies aiming to foster exchange of best practices through amongst others benchlearning methodology and knowledge-sharing approach;
• Successfully provide guidelines for the use of Competence profiles of European Statisticians;
• Prepare and initiate implementation of ESS-LDF Portal;
• Organise successfully the 2011 Eurostat study visit (European Statistical Week);
• Define E-learning application for the ESS;
• Establish guidelines on Impact on Learning for ESS learning and development actions.

Theme 7.02 Management of human resources

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Conception and implementation of Eurostat's human resources strategy based on the Commission's administrative reform and human resources policy;
• Development and implementation of a personnel policy for permanent and external staff as regards succession planning, selection and recruitment ;
• Development and implementation of careers including staff appraisal and promotion
• Management of allocation, screening and reorganisation;
• Management of the mobility plan;
• Continued improvement of the integration of newcomers;
• Follow-up of the implementation of the equal opportunities action plan and the actions on diversity;
• Design and implementation of actions on well-being;
• Promotion and management of flexible working arrangements (part-time, flexitime, telework);
• Management of staff leave/absences;
• Conception and implementation of Eurostat's learning and development strategy based on the Commission's Learning and Development Framework and the requirements of the implementation of the Communication on the production method of EU statistics (reengineering of ESS statistical production system)
• Development and implementation of an tailored training programme for Eurostat staff covering also changing competences and skills
• Development, implementation and promotion of alternative learning and development opportunities with the aim of creating a learning organisation
• Organisation of big team/directorate away days and provision of consultancy services
• Organisation of annual management seminars (Heads of Unit Seminar and Directors Seminar)
• Establishment of synergies with the ESS Learning and Development Framework

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Have implementation of career development project fully planned by end 2010, including work on mobility management and the job information system / e-CV.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Manage and develop selection and recruitment for all categories of staff (officials, Seconded National Experts, contract staff, interim staff, trainees).
• Manage and improve allocation, clearing and screening exercises for human resources.
• Plan, implement and monitor the appraisal and promotion exercise in keeping with Commission deadlines, including a help desk for all actors.
• Establish and implement the 2011 Learning and Development Framework (LDF) for Eurostat and evaluate the 2010 LDF
• Establish framework contracts according to 2010 call for tender on statistical training for Eurostat staff for the period 2011-2014
• Manage leave/absence applications on a daily basis, including a help desk for staff.
• Promote flexible working arrangements, including flexitime and telework.
• Provide consultancy and design and implement special learning and development events (away day events for bigger groups, management seminars, etc.)
• Provide in 2011 alternative learning and development opportunities for Eurostat staff aiming to build up a learning organisation.
• Identify common projects for joint learning and development of Eurostat staff and European statisticians.
• Implement forward planning actions in order to ensure the availability of staff with the right skills for recruitment in Eurostat: organise specialised temporary agent selection, contribute to the work programme of EPSO and ensure the organisation of specific open competitions.
• Monitor implementation of the Equal Opportunities action plan and the achievement of its targets, as well as the actions in the diversity domain.
• Design and implement further actions to improve the well-being of staff.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 activities for existing systems;
• Harmonisation and reengineering of existing applications;
• Improvement and development of Generic Applications;
• Advancement of the CVD initiative;
• Dissemination and reference systems development;
• Interfacing various various CVD components into existing applications;
• Participation in the implementation of the Communication on the production method of EU statistics by developing components usable by Eurostat and Member States.
The main actions are directly linked to the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics as follows:
• The CVD systems improvements target the data integration and data warehouses' creation permitting the creation of cross domain statistics and cost minimisation. The same reasoning applies to the reference and dissemination systems improvements.
• The data editing and imputation facilities to be deployed for the use of the ESS members reduce drastically the burden of the Member States and Eurostat, and at the same time increase quality through harmonisation of the procedures and use of the same metadata.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Apply the CVD principles to macroeconomic statistics (inter-domain integration activity);
• Centralisation of editing activities using a common system in Eurostat and Member States (Activity related to Communication on the production method of EU statistics).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Continue application of CVD systems to Eurostat. This action includes the use of MDT (MultiDimensional Table), Gsast (Generic SAS Tool), Comext (Eurostat reference database for external trade statistics production and dissemination);
• Improve the dissemination chain (Eurobase / Comext);
• Transition of VB (Visual Basic) applications to Windows 7;
• Produce a version of Editing building block offering imputation facilities;
• Functionality enhancement of all building blocks.

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

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Harmonisation through the use of common tools within the ESS, together with process harmonisation through the promotion of methodologies based on common tools. This is required for the development of more integrated systems; it also allows fully exploit synergies and economies of scale. The result will be better interaction with ESS partners and better integration of ESS partners and Eurostat.
• Optimisation of Eurostat interaction with users and partners in the area of data and metadata transfer 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. This includes metadata standards.
- Data collection tools and methods and standardisation for European Statistical System raw data collections.
- Data collection tools and methods and standardisation for Eurostat data collection from European Statistical System.
Better integration of the statistical work done in the ESS with the one done in Eurostat in order 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.
- Developing and sponsoring development of a common IT infrastructure, the creation of a shared production and or dissemination environment within ESS, e.g., hub architecture.
- Exchange of common IT tools, mostly open source, e.g., SDMX tools.
- Providing standard (web) services available on Internet for Statistical production process components.
- Standards and IT software for Eurostat data collection from European Statistical System
- Development of standard tools for raw data collections within ESS.
- Re-engineering of the current production processes under way: this concerns the rationalisation of the IT architecture via the Data Life Cycle (CVD) project, the introduction of a more interactive production chain on the basis of a "data at the source" solution via the Census hub project, and the re-engineering of raw data collection of business and trade statistics via the MEETS programme.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Exploit XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) and other technologies in national reporting standard frameworks for business statistics (actions within the MEETS programme, following up the XBRL Pilot Project).

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 - General Statistical MESsage, SDMX) where appropriate;
• Maintain and improve the IT applications used for the Single Entry Point;
• Implement the SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange) standards and guidelines for data and metadata exchange, sharing and dissemination between the ESS members;
• Develop IT infrastructure for SDMX implementation allowing the sharing of common IT tools and easier data exchange;
• Implement a single IT environment and services for structural and reference metadata allowing standard access for ESS partner s and within Eurostat;
• Develop the Census Hub to support the transmission and dissemination of statistics from the 2011 census round;
• Provide open-source software for statistics - developed tools to be in the form of open software to allow easier sharing;
• Support exchange of information among Member States on raw data collection technologies and best practices. Foster standards development;
• Support the Eurostat CIRCA site, including the introduction of the new version - CIRCABC.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Exploit XBRL and other technologies in national reporting frameworks for business statistics;
• Data-sharing using SDMX standards, guidelines and architecture;
• Exchange of information among Member States on raw data collection technologies and best practices, and shared development of software according to the common reference architecture for the ESS.

Theme 6.10 Statistical research and methodology

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Statistical process architecture and integration.
• Statistical research and methodological innovation.
• Standardisation and knowledge management.
• Core methodologies: data integration, data analysis, time series processing and seasonal adjustment, data collection design, data validation and model based estimation, EU approaches.
• Methodological support, advice, guidance and assessment.
• Methodological cooperation in the ESS and with universities.
• Training and methodological competence management.
This work contributes substantially to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics through.
• The conceptual analysis of most relevant cross-cutting issues tracking efficiency gains with the identification of commonalities in different related processes, the identification of generic specification for common process steps and the development of associated guidelines and tools.
• The improvement of vertical integration of processes by launching with Member States collaborative projects aiming at designing global ESS process, streamline their implementation by the identification and documentation of good practices following the Generic Statistical Business Process Model.
• The development and implement a multi dimensional programme of research and innovation through the elaboration of a research programme for Official Statistics to be included in FP8; the intensification the link with research community; the setting up transfer mechanism involving Member States (ESSnets);the launching specific ESSnets and research projects under the umbrella of the ESS Directors of Methodology (DIME) and the Network of Methodologists in Eurostat.
• The improvement of the methodological competences with the development of Master of Science in Official Statistics with universities and a strategic reflection on the mechanism for their management.
• To the optimisation of interaction with partners with the emergence and fast consolidation of methodology for collaboration building upon virtual platforms (web 2.0) to support cooperative projects and to reinforce cooperation among ESS partners and with academia.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Set up an ESS governance structure for the integration of ESS statistical production processes;
• Improve research on official statistics in collaboration with Member States;
• ESSnets on cooperative methodological developments.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide guidance and support for and assess methodological developments for ESTAT reengineering production system;
• Generate and organise knowledge in key methodological issues for an integrated architecture for the production of official statistics: new modes of data collection, data analysis, data validation, survey methodology and sampling, data integration, model based estimation;
• Explore, set up and maintain new modes and tools of collaboration for the community of ESS Methodologists, Researchers (CROS - Cooperation between Researchers and Official Statisticians) and Partners (Joint Research Centre, etc);
• Identify priorities for research, methodological developments and innovation analysing main challenges for future statistics in a global, competitive, technology driven information world, with a particular focuses on challenges raised by the integration of production processes in the ESS;
• Contribute to the emergence, optimisation and standardisation of integrated ESS processes and harmonised methodologies;
• Facilitate and promote innovation in the ESS through a streamline infrastructure for ESSnet projects;
• Development and maintain ESS standard tool for seasonal adjustment (SA) and related time series processing for official statistics;
• Monitor and support the implementation of ESS guidelines on seasonal adjustment and best practices for time series processing in coordination with the Steering Group on SA, high level group bringing together ESCB and ESS bodies;
• EMOS (European Masters in Official Statistics) and methodological competence management.

Theme 7.01 Management of IT infrastructure

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• IT user support;
• Local IT systems Administration;
• Development and maintenance of administrative IT applications;
• IT governance;
• Relations and cooperation with DIGIT.

The action 207 (Ensure evolutive maintenance of programming and reporting system) will be an important contribution to the activity of the Eurostat's project of the Management of the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics "Make priority setting system linked to the resource allocation". The same holds for 210 (Enhance IT governance) as far as IT architecture is concerned.
The action 101 (Creation of a shared secure environment) gives added value to the potential users of confidential data. In the mid term the creation of the shared secure environment is an important step to a distributed IT environment, one aim of the activity of Eurostat's project of the Management of the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics "Improve vertical integration".

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Create of a shared secure environment.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide IT User support;
• Provide desktop hardware and software;
• Coordinate IT training;
• Ensure a high level of availability of local servers;
• Provide technical support to IT security;
• Ensure evolutive maintenance of financial applications;
• Ensure evolutive maintenance of programming and reporting system;
• Ensure evolutive maintenance of document management systems;
• Ensure evolutive maintenance of Eurostat's configuration management database;
• Enhance IT governance.5.6 Co-ordination of international statistical work (Eurostat)
Theme 6.08 Statistical cooperation with countries covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP)

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Providing technical (statistical) advice to the EU's external action service (EAS), including EU Delegations in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries;
• Coordinating EU efforts to build statistical capacity within the framework of the MEDSTAT programme of statistical cooperation in the Mediterranean region, and ENP financing instrument (ENPI);
• Assisting the Southern ENP countries in implementing 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Assist EuropeAid in monitoring the implementation of the new project on Energy Statistics in the ENP-East and Central Asian countries.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Work closely with the EuropeAid, the External Action Service, and beneficiaries on the implementation of funding mechanisms for technical assistance (e.g. ENPI);
• Assist ENP countries in the development and review of their national action plans;
• Monitor the progress achieved by ENP countries regarding the adoption of EU statistical methods, classifications and standards;
• Collect and publish statistics on ENP countries;
• Assist EuropeAid in monitoring the implementation of the MEDSTAT III programme;
• Organise international events covering statistical cooperation (relevant to senior managers in national statistical offices) and specific technical themes (relevant to subject matter experts in national statistical offices);
• Promote EU statistical standards, classifications and methodologies through the provision of reference material in relevant languages.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• In 2010 the European Environment Agency was contracted by DG EuropeAid to take the first steps towards a Shared Environmental Information System for the ENP region. This contract included a requirement to assist the ENP countries in capacity building for environment statistics. Eurostat's involvement is linked to promoting the project and its institutional building component in the ENP countries as well as to monitoring and follow-up.

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Add elements of the "Eurostat vision" to the existing activities conc. non-European countries. Incorporate new production method (Eurostat "vision") and "GDP and beyond" elements in the encouragement of best practices in non EU countries. Learn from best practices from countries and organisation outside the EU (e.g. Canada, USA, OECD, etc.). Ensure outreach of "Eurostat vision" to higher income countries and international organisations (including mutual information). Strengthen links between OECD Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies and the "GDP and beyond".
• Take a more proactive stance with respect to international relations following the coming into force of the Lisbon Treaty.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide advisory service for other Commission services (external relations family, including delegations) and beneficiaries on cooperation programmes with ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States), ALA (Asia and Latin America), Central Asia aiming at building statistical capacity and gradual harmonisation of the statistical systems with international methods, standards and classifications.
• Make an effective contribution to advocacy for statistics and international coordination of statistical cooperation activities and the implementation of the Marrakech Action Plan for Statistics and the Dakar Declaration on the Development of Statistics through active participation within Paris21 and other international fora.
• Develop and improve thematic areas of international statistical cooperation (guide to international statistical cooperation, MDG/development indicators work, statistical training, etc.): growth and employment will be considered as area of special attention.
• Continue transfer of know-how regarding statistical tools (ERETES, Eurotrace) to subregional organisations and user groups.
• Provide updated non-EU country statistics and improve information services on international statistical cooperation (publications, Eurostat's web site, knowledge base). Continue the development of a knowledge base of the current state of play for all regions covered by the unit's responsibility showing the level of statistical capacity in the countries in those regions and European Commission aid provided/planned in the field of statistics.
• Implement the action plan for raising the profile of the Commission and the ESS in international statistical fora through the effective participation in major international meetings.
• Co-ordinate effectively relations with Higher Income Countries, including EFTA countries, USA, Canada, Russia etc.
• Coordinate statistical cooperation activities at EU level.
• Maintain constant contacts, to exchange information and to participate in main meetings of international, regional and sub-regional organisations.
• Provide advice to Eurostat and ESS services on their relations with international organisations and countries outside Europe.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• International Relations Working Group;
• A knowledge base on the statistical development of non-EU countries (DISC) and Partners' Report on Support for Statistics (PRESS).

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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide the Secretariat for the ESSC;
• Organise the DGINS Conference;
• Provide the Secretariat for the ESAC;
• Provide the Secretariat for the ESGAB;
• Participation and contribution to EP Committees discussing statistical legislative proposals;
• Coordination with Council Presidencies;
• Follow-up of Statis working group in the Council;
• Advice and follow-up of legislation;
• Cooperation with the ESCB.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 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.
• Accession negotiations 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)
• Complete the management of assistance to Member States that jointed in 2007 (Phare/Multi-Beneficiary Statistical Cooperation programmes).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Contract new technical assistance for implementing the statistical acquis in the candidate and potential candidate countries (2011 IPA programme).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Implement the ongoing technical assistance programmes for the candidate and potential candidate countries (IPA 2008 and IPA 2009 programmes);
• Complete implementation and close the files relating to the technical assistance programmes MBP 2005 and MBP 2006;
• Contribute to the accession negotiations and the structures set up under the Stabilisation and Association Agreements;
• Contribute to the Commission opinions and reports and to the monitoring procedures on the compliance of candidate and potential candidate countries with the statistical acquis;
• Support implementation of national cooperation programmes in the candidate and potential candidate countries;
• Conduct full assessments of the statistical systems of candidate and potential candidate countries.


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Revised Commission Regulation 479/2009;
• Extend geographical coverage of data collection for annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV) to include candidate countries;
• Develop metadata and quality indicators for annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV);
• Possible increase of derived indicators for annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV) in order to improve the meaningfulness of source data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Carry out bi-annual assessment of debt and deficit data of Member States, and provide these data.
• Discuss selected methodological issues with Member States and provide bilateral advice.
• Carry out statistical assessment of Candidate Countries.
• Develop inventories of sources and methods for deficit and debt statistics.
• Carry out regular EDP dialogue missions to Member States.
• Complete the production and publication of detailed (COFOG -Classification of the Functions of Government - level II) data for government expenditure by function.
• Compilation, validation and final publication of annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV) of the Member States plus Norway, Iceland and Switzerland.
• Data are received in the framework of the ESA95 Transmission Programme under:
  - table 2: Main aggregates of general government;
  - table 9: Detailed tax and social contribution receipts by type of tax and social contribution and receiving sub-sector + detailed list of taxes and social contributions according to national classification of taxes and social contributions (National Tax List/ NTL);
  - table 11: General government expenditure by COFOG functions.
• Quarterly compilation and publication of quarterly government finance statistics data (QGOV: quarterly financial and non-financial accounts and quarterly debt data of government - ESA tables 25, 27 and 28).
• Assess the actual data reported by Member States as regards compliance with accounting roles, completeness, reliability, timeliness and consistency of the data.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Development of tools to aid Member States' validation before data transmission.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• DG TAXUD classifies tax revenues by economic function and calculates 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;
• Co-ordination, drafting, adjustment and maintenance of legislation in the field of statistics on trade in goods with Member States (Intrastat) and non-Member States (Extrastat);
• Co-ordination of initiatives on burden reduction in the field of external trade statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Further analysis concerning the consistency between trade in goods statistics and balance of payments statistics in order to move closer to more integrated statistical systems.
• Implementation of the new Intrastat and Extrastat legal requirements and provision of methodological support. Assessment of the impact of the implementation of the amended Intrastat regulation on the statistical response burden.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Publish each month the main Intra and Extra EU and euro area aggregates via the Press releases (on average 46 days after the month of reference) and more detailed Intra and Extra trade statistics via Bulletins. Publish the Annual Yearbook and at least four Statistics in Focus during the year.
• Make available in the Comext database monthly detailed data and metadata (raw data, seasonally adjusted data, unit value indices, qualitative information, classifications and relations among them, methodological comments) from the 27 Member States, EFTA, from co-operation programmes and data from third countries and international organisations. Recent evolution of nomenclatures (SITC -Standard Industrial Trade Classification, BEC - Broad Economic Categories, CPA - Statistical Classification of Products by Activity in the European Economic Union, NSTR - Standard Goods Classification for Transport Statistics) and new related data derivation will be taken into account. An expanded range of services to data users (simplified/advanced and on-line/Web unified interfaces; new functionalities and improved support for users) will be provided in Comext.
• Consolidate and improve the data process according to the new Extrastat and amended Intrastat regulations adopted in 2009.
• Update methodological documentation. Further develop the implementation guidelines for the new pieces of legislation. Participate in the revision of concepts and definitions of external trade statistics at the level of the United Nations.
• Develop proposals in the framework of cooperation programmes. Follow-up the implementation of the current programmes (e.g. the Instrument of Pre-accession Activities - IPA).
• Modernise validation tools and methods at Eurostat and in Member States
• Collect and disseminate first annual data on trade by enterprise characteristics, required by the revised Regulations. Further develop methodological guidelines.
• Prepare individual assessment reports on each Member State and an annual summary quality report. Further develop guidelines for methods and practices affecting quality. Continue actions to decrease asymmetries in intra-EU trade statistics . Analyse and report on the quality of detailed data with the help of various monitoring reports.
• Ensure the maintenance of the Eurotrace package, organisation of course.
• In the framework of the MEETS programme which runs until 2013, continue financing studies on the simplification of Intrastat, on linking trade and other business statistics and on the implementation of new Extrastat legislation in the Member States.
• Consolidate the use and further implementation of XT-NET ASSIST application by Member States and possibly by main providers of statistical information (PSIs).


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Develop the Health output approach for PPP for all EU Member States;
• Update PPP Manual.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Produce, quality-check and further develop HICP monthly data and HICP flash estimates including the production and necessary further development of HICP at constant tax rates and HICP administered prices;
• Owner Occupied Housing (OOH) and dwelling price indices;
• Development of detailed information on prices;
• Develop and follow up the implementation of standards on quality; adjustment and sampling and weighting;
• Extend HICP communications to promote the HICP;
• Monitor the compliance of national indices with HICP standards with follow-up as required;
• Carry out PPP surveys and compute 2010 PPP;
• Compute Correction Coefficients and annual adjustment for Staff;
• Develop and produce information on pension contribution rate, pension expenditure forecast, pension liability and health liability;
• Implementing Regulation for PPP and PPP Inventories of Member States' methods.


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

Official statistics on STI are vital in order to measure and understand growth based on knowledge, as well as to monitor progress towards the achievement of policy goals at national and EU levels.
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).

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production, dissemination and development of the Community Innovation Survey 2006-2010 (and beyond);
• Production, dissemination and development of the Research and Development statistics 2008-2010;
• Production and dissemination of the survey on Careers of Doctorate Holders (CDH) 2009 and decision on its follow-up;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Patent statistics based on PATSTAT data source from European Patent Office;
• Production and dissemination of the High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors statistics with their extensions;
• Conduction of feasibility studies and pilot data collections in the Science, Technology and Innovation statistics area including the rationalisation of the related surveys where adequate and possible;
• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• 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 European Union Innovation surveys re-design and search for synergies.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Maintain and improve Eurostat's set of ERA indicators; coordinate actions, metadata, quality evaluation and communication towards Commission;
• Ensure the wide dissemination of CIS 2008 data and the related metadata;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of R&D and GBAORD (government budget appropriations or outlays on research and development) data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Initiation of the revision of the Commission regulation (EC) No 753/2004 on Science and Technology;
• Process, validate and disseminate the CDH 2009 data with the related metadata;
• Evaluate of the CDH 2009 survey, its outcome and the follow-up actions drawn;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of patent data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors' data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Review of the classification of the High-Tech and Knowledge Intensive activities;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of Human Resources in Science and Technology data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Initiate the development of the CIS 2012 with a project developing a harmonised survey questionnaire with all the supporting methodological documentation;
• Ensure the CIS 2010 conduct at the Member States with possible all the desired extensions.

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

2.1 NEW WORK

• DG Research has initiated 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.
• DG Research has initiated several other projects to obtain 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.
• DG Research will renew its contract to maintain, update and further develop its integrated STI database.




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

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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Set up, operate and further develop the Environmental Data Centre (DC) on Waste and contribute to the DCs managed by other services;
• Improve official water statistics;
• Contribute to the implementation of the Communication on GDP and beyond;
• Manage the waste statistics regulation (WStatR);
• Maintain the chemical risk indicators set in the frame of the REACH baseline study;
• Further establish and maintain a "Clearing House" for environmental indicators (streamlining of existing and new indicators);
• Validate and disseminate of the regional environmental data received in 2010 and prepare of subsequent data collection activities;
• Maintain the biodiversity indicators (protected areas, birds, fish) produced by external partners.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Development of the Environmental Data Centre on Waste.

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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Analyse the direct and indirect data needs linked to the farms for setting up the agri-environmental indicators and the subsequent consequences for the agricultural statistics systems; follow-up the contract from 2009 on the issue;
• Collect data from available sources in the Commission, EU agencies, Member States, Eurostat and other (non-governmental) organisations;
• Prepare the implementation of the Regulation concerning statistics on pesticides (transmission file);
• Update the fact sheets on the agri-environmental indicators where Eurostat is in the lead for the indicators where new data are available;
• Follow up and continue the work on pesticides risk indicators;
• Support Member States in their work on agro-environmental indicators, collect and compile available data;
• Maintain and develop further the agro-environmental indicators' database;
• Coordinate the activities related to the preparation of the first assessment (1st progress report) of the work carried out in the context of the agri-environmental indicators, on the basis of an evaluation of the indicators by each of the partners of the Memorandum of Understanding.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Setting up of a coordinated system for collecting data based on available data in the countries, using and producing data related to the relation between agriculture and environment, including administration and research.

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.


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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Carry out a 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 (grants);
• Test the use of data collected in the framework of European harmonised surveys (e.g. LFS, ICT usage);
• Building up a list of services and infrastructures on NUTS level 3;
• Elaboration of statistical publications devoted to Rural development and Maritime sectors and regions;
• Further improvement of the dedicated website for Rural Development and Maritime Policy statistics.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Coordination of data collection between regional and rural levels;
• Using 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 2011

• Create a database with (partly confidential) NUTS3 level data derived from microdata analysis as building blocks for specific aggregations;
• Revision of the technical tools for managing regional and urban data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Coordinate and edit the 2011 edition of the Eurostat Regional Yearbook;
• Collect, validate and process urban statistics and selected regional statistics;
• Update the Eurostat databases and metadata for regional and urban statistics;
• Improve the Eurostat dissemination system for regional and urban statistics;
• Prepare the NUTS 2010 implementation.

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

2.1 NEW WORK

• DG MOVE is undertaking a "Study on harmonised collection of European data and statistics in the field of urban transport and mobility" whose results are expected in spring 2012.


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.
In 2011, the population and housing censuses will be carried out in the Member States. Eurostat will accompany this effort and encourage the georeferencing of the resulting census data. 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 migrants will play an important role in enhancing the possibilities of linking and integrating data from different sources.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Evaluation and review of migration statistics collected under Regulation 862/2007;
• Development and improvement of existing data sources for migration statistics;
• Migration statistics mainstreaming: new data sources; data exchanges; data integration;
• Quality and accuracy of migration statistics.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect, analyse and disseminate demographic and migration statistics;
• Data for the allocation of the "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows" funds;
• Implement the programme for the quality assurance of data used for the allocation of the "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows" funds;
• Population projections;
• Improve the level of quality (in particular as regards the relevance, comparability and timeliness) of the existing demographic data collection;
• Census Hub;
• Implement the strategy for the production of statistics on life expectancy by socio-economic group.


1.2 Labour (Eurostat)
Theme 1.02 Labour market

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.

Fields of 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Launch the revision of the regulation on the LFS;
• Launch a task force to work on comparable measurement of the dynamics of the labour market (longitudinal dimension of the LFS);
• Review working time concepts in the LFS with a view to implementing the 2008 ICLS (International Conference of Labour Statisticians) resolution on the measurement of working time;
• Work in the context of the reform of the production system for EU statistics (in the area of labour market statistics);
• Launch work on seasonal adjustment of quarterly employment and activity rates.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect, process and disseminate short-term and structural labour statistics (employment, unemployment, labour costs, earnings, job vacancies, labour market policies) within the deadlines specified in regulations and gentlemen's agreements; disseminate TUS data.
• Continue actions in the context of the implementation plans following the agreed improvement recommendations for the LFS.
• Implement the conclusions of the work on indicators to supplement the ILO (International Labour Organisation) unemployment rate.
• Fieldwork in the context of the data collection for the Structure of Earnings Survey 2010.


1.3 Education (Eurostat)
Theme 1.03 Education and lifelong learning

Official statistics on education and lifelong learning are vital in order to monitor progress towards the achievement of policy goals at national and EU levels.
Statistics developed under this theme are crucial for the monitoring and benchmark exercise of the Europe 2020 strategy, the "Education and Training 2020" policy (including new indicators related to employability and students mobility), and the renewed integrated guidelines, social agenda and sustainable development framework.

Fields of 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, human capital, education and social inclusion of transition from school to work.
• Dissemination of indicators for the monitoring of EU policies and benchmarking exercises like structural indicators, "Education and Training 2010", "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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Further development of indicators and related production processes as regards the monitoring and benchmarking exercise of the Commission strategy Europe 2020, "Education and Training 2020" (including new indicators related to employability and students mobility), the renewed integrated guidelines, social agenda and sustainable development framework.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Regular production of indicators for the monitoring and benchmarking exercise of the Lisbon strategy, "Education and Training 2010", the integrated guidelines, the social agenda and the sustainable development framework.
• Regular production and dissemination of UOE (UNESCO Institute for Statistics, the OECD and EUROSTAT) data on education systems and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Continued work towards the adoption of the Commission Regulation on statistics on education and training systems act covering the "UOE" data collection.
• Finalisation of the preparation of the CVTS4 survey (Continuing Vocational Training Survey)*.
• Finalisation of the preparation of the AES survey (Adult Education Survey) and continued work on the improvement of the LFS data on participation in education and training.
• Continued consolidation of the methodology and the production process of data on educational attainment coming from the LFS, SILC and other European social surveys in coordination with the OECD (in relation to the core social variables implementation referred to in theme 1.12).
• Continued contribution to the revision of the International Standard Classification for Education (ISCED) in cooperation with OECD and UNESCO (ISCED revision under the responsibility of the UNESCO Institute of Statistics).
• Finalisation of the dissemination of the data on entry of young people into the labour market (coming from the EU LFS ad hoc module 2009).
• Modernisation of UOE finance methodology and tables (ongoing ESSnet).

* A review of the survey will start in early 2012 following the EP/Council 2010 report.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Several data collections are initiated or promoted by DG EAC, DG EMPL and CEDEFOP in the field of skills measurements: language skills measure, learning to learn skills measure, civic skills, adult skills; innovation and creativity skills.
• DG EAC executive agency (Eurydice) collects qualitative information and data on education and training systems.


1.4 Health (Eurostat)
Theme 1.05 Health and safety

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" provides the policy framework.
Priorities in 2011 will include i) preparatory work for the implementing Commission regulation on health care and for the second round of EHIS (European Health Interview Survey) and ii) finalisation and adoption of the Commission regulation on the LFS 2013 module on accidents and work-related health problems.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Public Health including Health care (expenditure (covers health care financing) and non-expenditure (covers health care organisation - facilities, staff, equipment and use of services)), Causes of Death, Health Interview Surveys (European Health Interview Surveys - EHIS, Statistics on Income and Living Conditions - SILC), Morbidity and Disability.
• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Preparatory work for the implementing Commission regulation on health care (mapping exercise for expenditure in in-depth comparability assessment for non-expenditure).
• Preparatory work for the second round of EHIS (first draft of implementing Commission regulation; technical and methodological documents including questionnaire).
• Finalisation and adoption of the Commission regulation on the LFS 2013 module on accidents and work-related health problems; development of corresponding questionnaire and methodological guidelines.
• Development of technical and methodological guidelines (including questionnaire) for a survey on disability.
• Adoption of Commission Regulations on Causes of Death and on European Statistics of Accidents of Work.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection, validation and dissemination of 2009 data (and associated metadata) on health care (expenditure and non-expenditure) based on Joint Questionnaire with OECD and WHO; improvement of data quality; dissemination of short analysis in the form of SiFs (Statistics in Focus).
• Collection, validation and dissemination of the 2009 data (and associated metadata) on causes of death; dissemination of short analysis in the form of a SiF.
• Validation and dissemination (on the Eurostat website and in the form of anonymised microdata to the research community) of EHIS 2008 round data for all participating countries.
• Development of corresponding methodological and technical guidelines for a survey on health and social integration to be implemented in 2012.
• Evaluation of all pilot data collections and development of the methodology for data collection on morbidity.
• Collection, validation and dissemination of the 2009 data (and associated metadata) on Accidents at Work (ESAW) and on Occupational Diseases (EODS); improvement of the coverage in line with implementing Commission regulation for ESAW and consolidation of EODS in new Member States and candidate countries.
• Collaboration with the Washington Group and the Budapest Initiative.
• Implementation in Member States of the 2011 LFS ad hoc module on employment of disabled people.
• SILC: 2009/2010 data on health status, health care and healthy Life Years Structural indicator.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• For some areas in the field of public health, data such as injuries and regional health statistics are collected directly by DG Health and Consumers (DG SANCO), 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 for the follow-up of these projects, such as by examining the possibility to launch an ESSnet.
• The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) will continue developing an observatory of working conditions in Europe. Eurofound will also launch its 5th European Survey on Working Conditions.
• The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) will continue to develop its Risk Observatory on new and emerging risks.
• The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) coordinates collections of data on communicable diseases at EU level.
• Data on key indicators on drugs are collected by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), and work is coordinated with Eurostat.


1.5 Income and consumption (Eurostat)
Theme 1.09 Food safety

Eurostat involvement is limited and mainly concerns the collection and dissemination of data on 'control and monitoring activities' in order to meet data needs for the Commission Report to the European Parliament and to the Council in accordance with Article 44 of Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council No. 882/2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Control and monitoring of food safety data;
• Data on food consumption;
• Food domain of the Eurostat website.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Continue updating the controls database for food safety and improve the quality of the data, including documentation on definitions and sampling strategies used by the countries.
• Define at EU level with the support of a task force the content (variables) to be collected in the area of organic production and farming.
• Update the FOOD domain of New Cronos with up-to-date data and also examine the possibility of including data on food-borne diseases collected by the ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control).

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Give priority to the use of available data such as the Household Budget Survey.
• Continue developing the common terminology (definitions, classifications) used to collect data on control and monitoring activities in order to help countries develop their own data management systems (administrative sources) for collecting and storing data on control and monitoring activities.
• Continue cooperating with other collectors of data in the field (DG SANCO, in particular the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO), and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)).

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 pesticide residues, zoonoses, etc. are currently collected by DG SANCO and/or the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and sent to Eurostat.


1.6 Social protection (Eurostat)
Theme 1.07 Social protection

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.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Collection (on a voluntary basis) of 2007 and 2008 data on net social benefits;
• Launching of 2009 data on net social benefits.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect and validate the 2009 ESSPROS data (quantitative and qualitative data of the core system, data on pension beneficiaries) in accordance with EP and Council Regulation No 458/2007.
• Disseminate the 2009 ESSPROS data (quantitative and qualitative data of the core system, data on pension beneficiaries) in accordance with EP and Council Regulation No 458/2007.
• Publish the ESSPROS data in the form of two Statistics in Focus on selected ESSPROS topics.
• Prepare two EU quality reports on the core system and on pension beneficiaries.
• Commission Regulations (implementing Regulation No 458/2007) on net social benefits.

Theme 1.11 Discrimination

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.
Priorities in 2011 will include i) discussing the introduction of country of birth of parents in main social surveys (LFS, SILC) in coordination with migration statistics, as a proxy measurement to the classification on ethnic origin and ii) supporting DG EMPL in preparatory work for the implementation of a social survey on experienced discrimination.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• As a proxy measurement to the classification on ethnic origin, discuss introduction of country of birth of parents in main social surveys (LFS, SILC) in coordination with migration statistics;
• Support DG EMPL in preparatory work for the implementation of a social survey on experienced discrimination.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Outcome difference indicators on equality: update the data of the dedicated section.


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

The need to provide information on the development of crime in the EU arises from the Hague programme adopted by the European Council in 2004 and Commission Communication COM/2006/437, 'Developing a comprehensive and coherent EU strategy to measure crime and criminal justice: an EU action plan 2006-2010'.
Priorities in 2011 will include i) the development of a security survey to be implemented in 2013, and ii), development of methodologies for providing required indicators following the work of the DG HOME Expert Group on data needs.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Safety survey to be implemented in 2013: development of Commission regulation and technical and methodological aspects;
• Follow up work by the DG HOME Expert Group on data needs, develop methodologies for providing required indicators and implement where possible;
• Draft EP and Council regulation for an EU Safety Survey to be implemented in 2013: discussion in EP and Council.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Launch jointly with UN a collection of data on police-recorded crime, number of police officers in the Member States and prison population, up to reference year 2009.
• Extend the collection of data on money-laundering, up to reference year 2009.
• Restructure available metadata relating to crime and criminal justice systems corresponding to latest information obtained from Member States.

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

2.1 NEW WORK

• Launching of a joint data collection with the UN - DG HOME is involved.

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection of cash control statistics from Member States by DG TAXUD.


1.9 Culture (Eurostat)
Theme 1.04 Culture

Official statistics on culture are requested within the development of the "European agenda for the culture" endorsed by the Council on 16 November 2007. Eurostat involvement is limited and mainly concerns the set up and monitoring of an ESSnet running from September 2009 to September 2011.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Statistics on the cultural/creative sector;
• Statistics on expenditure on culture;
• Statistics on cultural participation and the social impact of culture.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Assess the results of ESSnet-culture.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Follow-up of ESSnet-culture.


1.10 Political and other community activities (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, including a possible (MEETS-like) programme;
• Youth statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implementation of the strategy for modernisation of social statistics;
• Collaboration with DG Education and Culture DG in preparing the " 2012 Youth report" to the Council.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Process and disseminate the results of the 2010 LFS ad hoc module on reconciliation between work and family life;
• Continue improving the dissemination of gender-related information across all domains;
• Methodological development of indicators on youth;
• Improve dissemination of data on young people;
• Continue implementation of the core variables in social surveys.



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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Improved user orientation on dissemination products and services;
• Enhance reusability;
• Increase multilingualism;
• Disseminate European results from the 2011 Census;
• Improve the visibility and raise awareness of European statistics and the European Statistical System.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Maintain and further develop the Eurostat website;
• Produce electronic and paper publications and related added-value products on European statistics;
• Support external users of European statistics via a network of support centres covering all Member States and languages;
• Promote and market Eurostat and European statistics;
• Disseminate microdata;
• Coordinate dissemination in the European Statistical System.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Enhanced reusability and common tools.



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

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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Set up, operate and further develop the Environmental Data Centre (DC) on Waste and contribute to the DCs managed by other services;
• Improve official water statistics;
• Contribute to the implementation of the Communication on GDP and beyond;
• Manage the waste statistics regulation (WStatR);
• Maintain the chemical risk indicators set in the frame of the REACH baseline study;
• Further establish and maintain a "Clearing House" for environmental indicators (streamlining of existing and new indicators);
• Validate and disseminate of the regional environmental data received in 2010 and prepare of subsequent data collection activities;
• Maintain the biodiversity indicators (protected areas, birds, fish) produced by external partners.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Development of the Environmental Data Centre on Waste.

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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Analyse the direct and indirect data needs linked to the farms for setting up the agri-environmental indicators and the subsequent consequences for the agricultural statistics systems; follow-up the contract from 2009 on the issue;
• Collect data from available sources in the Commission, EU agencies, Member States, Eurostat and other (non-governmental) organisations;
• Prepare the implementation of the Regulation concerning statistics on pesticides (transmission file);
• Update the fact sheets on the agri-environmental indicators where Eurostat is in the lead for the indicators where new data are available;
• Follow up and continue the work on pesticides risk indicators;
• Support Member States in their work on agro-environmental indicators, collect and compile available data;
• Maintain and develop further the agro-environmental indicators' database;
• Coordinate the activities related to the preparation of the first assessment (1st progress report) of the work carried out in the context of the agri-environmental indicators, on the basis of an evaluation of the indicators by each of the partners of the Memorandum of Understanding.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Setting up of a coordinated system for collecting data based on available data in the countries, using and producing data related to the relation between agriculture and environment, including administration and research.

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.


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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Carry out a 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 (grants);
• Test the use of data collected in the framework of European harmonised surveys (e.g. LFS, ICT usage);
• Building up a list of services and infrastructures on NUTS level 3;
• Elaboration of statistical publications devoted to Rural development and Maritime sectors and regions;
• Further improvement of the dedicated website for Rural Development and Maritime Policy statistics.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Coordination of data collection between regional and rural levels;
• Using 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 2011

• Create a database with (partly confidential) NUTS3 level data derived from microdata analysis as building blocks for specific aggregations;
• Revision of the technical tools for managing regional and urban data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Coordinate and edit the 2011 edition of the Eurostat Regional Yearbook;
• Collect, validate and process urban statistics and selected regional statistics;
• Update the Eurostat databases and metadata for regional and urban statistics;
• Improve the Eurostat dissemination system for regional and urban statistics;
• Prepare the NUTS 2010 implementation.

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

2.1 NEW WORK

• DG MOVE is undertaking a "Study on harmonised collection of European data and statistics in the field of urban transport and mobility" whose results are expected in spring 2012.


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Finalise the ESS guidelines on revisions and prepare an implementation plan within the ESS.
• Finalise and disseminate handbooks on best practices on revisions analysis and seasonal adjustment.
• Develop a first set of tools for the rationalisation of the use of statistical and econometric techniques to improve PEEIs coverage and to analyse them.
• Investigate new statistical areas relevant for production improvement and analysis.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Finalise and follow up the implementation of common policies within the ESS for the compilation of Principal European Economic Indicators in key areas such as seasonal adjustment, estimation and back calculation. The priority will be monitoring the implementation of the already endorsed ESS seasonal adjustment guidelines.
• Improve Euroindicators/PEEIs website: online analysis and comparative tables, Statistics Explained pages, online bibliographies and publications (Newsletter, Selected Readings, State of Affairs, PEEIs Quarterly quality report), including the official monthly publication Eurostatistics.
• Monitor EuroIND and PEEIs quality: regular updating of the Euroindicators real-time database for revision analysis and real-time simulation, monitoring Euro-IND quality (with particular attention to Principal European Economic Indicators), developing new quality measures for time series and database (synthetic quality indicator), dissemination of results.
• Improve structure, coverage and visibility (enhanced visualisation tools) of the selected PEEIs page, also in line with the development of the Principal Global Indicators activities.
• Finalise the testing exercise of nowcasting, back calculation and monthly indicator of the economic activity (Euromind) as well as coincident turning points indicators by means of sophisticated statistical and econometric techniques (whenever possible in collaboration with production units, DG ECFIN and the ECB) and decisions on their dissemination.
• Support Eurostat sectoral units, Commission Directorates General, and Member States in their activity to improve and analyse Principal European Economic Indicators, including training activities and tools development.
• Contribute to international meetings, seminars and conferences aiming to promote the use of statistical and econometric techniques for data production and analysis and to develop and consolidate a early monitoring system for the global economy.
• Follow-up the 6th Eurostat Colloquium on Modern Tools for Business Cycle Analysis.

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implement NACE Rev 2;
• GDP flash estimates at T+30 days - feasibility study and testing period;
• Implement the revised ESA and the revised ESA transmission programme;
• Compile a QSA flash estimate based on Member States transmissions at t+90 days to be available well ahead of the final publication at t+120 days;
• Extend the content and relevance of statistics derived from quarterly sector accounts;
• Improve quality aspects of quarterly national accounts.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Ensure complete and timely availability of quarterly national accounts data, ensure production and dissemination of EU/EA quarterly accounts data.
• Quarterly compilation and publication of euro area and EU sector accounts including derived charts, tables, news releases and the publication of key indicators by country.
• Eight news releases published: one for the household sector and one for non-financial corporations every quarter. About 30 charts and tables, covering all sectors of the economy, updated and loaded on ESTAT website. Harmonisation of quarterly non-financial sector accounts data: cross-country comparisons of key variables, documentation of sources and methods and selection of best practices.
• Continue work to improve timeliness and availability of key short-term national accounts indicators for monitoring the statistical consequences of the financial and economic crisis - in particular flash estimates of GDP and employment.

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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Finalise assessment reports on new EU-15 inventories of sources and methods for compiling GNI;
• Finalise assessment reports on EU-10 inventories of sources and methods for compiling GNI;
• Finalise analysis and assessment reports on EU-2 inventories of sources and methods for compiling GNI;
• Carry out GNI missions in the Member States including direct verification as required;
• Pursue work on the development of guidelines on supervisory and control systems for national accounts in the Member States;
• Verify declarations for VAT-based resources for about 12 countries (chosen by DG BUDG).

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Amendment to BoP Regulation 184/2005, as required for implementing new reference manuals;
• Implementation of the revised BoP Quality Report;
• Survey of Balance Of Payments/Rest Of The World Differences;
• Projects targeted at increasing consistency between BoP and other statistical domains (travel, transport, goods);
• Investigate possibilities for alignment/integration of the data collections goods and services;
• Preparatory work related to the implementation of the new Balance of Payments Manual (BPM6) and the new Benchmark Definition of Foreign Direct Investment (BD4).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection and validation of data related to Balance of Payments, International Trade in Services, Remittances, Foreign Direct Investment;
• Dissemination of data and maintenance of metadata;
• Treatment of the EU Institutions accounting data for the production of BoP of the EU Institutions;
• Regular dissemination of BoP data of EU institutions (EUI) and maintenance of metadata;
• Pre-filling of the quality reports and assessment of the quality of national BoP data;
• Methodological assistance and guidance to the Member States;
• Guarantee the functioning of the BoP Committee including all necessary comitology procedures;
• Organise Working Groups and Task Force meetings;
• Guarantee smooth functioning of the FDI Network that allows for the exchange of FDI microdata (Joint initiative -Eurostat/ECB DG Statistics);
• Define the new reporting requirements for BoP and FDI, necessary for implementing BPM6 and BD4. Consultations with the Member States and the ECB.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

New BoP Quality Report.


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implementation of NACE Rev 2;
• Implementation of the revised ESA Transmission Programme;
• Matching sector accounts with household survey data (linked to recommendation 16 of the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission);
• Harmonised revision policy - national accounts and balance of payments;
• EU productions systems in national accounts - exploratory analysis.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Ensure complete and timely availability of national accounts data, ensure production and dissemination of EU/EA accounts data.
• Ensure complete and timely availability of supply, use and symmetric input-output tables; improve quality of data with a view to consistency among the tables and with corresponding national accounts data.
• Ensure complete and timely availability of regional accounts data.
• Validate publish, in European System of Accounts (ESA) format:
  - the annual non-financial sector accounts of the Member States;
  - the annual financial sector accounts and balance sheets of the Member States.
• Harmonise annual non-financial sector accounts data: cross-country comparisons of key indicators and documentation of Member States' practices in the field of household sector delineation.
• Pursue work on the revision of ESA 95 in relation to discussion, finalisation and adoption of the new ESA Regulation by the Council and the European Parliament.
• Assess quality of implementation of ESA 95, including, in particular, improved price and volume measures in national accounts, development of satellite accounts and supplementary tables, assessment of FISIM (Financial Intermediation Services Indirectly Measured), preparing the implementation of the new ESA methodology etc. and drawing conclusions for future work.
• Prepare and test revised ESA pensions recording (through the Pensions Contact Group).
• Productivity and growth accounting (EU KLEMS - EU level analysis of capital (K), labour (L), energy (E), materials (M) and service (S) inputs on a detailed activity level).
• National accounts production system (NAPS).
• Pursue discussions on the SNA at international level as required, including the research agenda and implementation aspects.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• NAPS;
• Explanatory analysis of NA production system.


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Launch a project to develop indicators on global value chains, as a follow-up of the international sourcing survey and related data linking (subject to approval by the business statistics directors/ESSC).
• Implement Council and EP Decision 1297/2008 (MEETS), implement the Commission Decision on the financing for 2011.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Implement Council and EP Decision 1297/2008 (MEETS), implement the Commission Decision on the financing for 2010.
• Ensure the implementation of Regulation No 295/2008 on SBS and Commission Regulation 97/2009 on the first implementation of the flexible module. Process and disseminate the collected data.
• Process and disseminate 2010 Prodcom data according to the Prodcom Regulation. Promote harmonisation of national methodologies for Prodcom.
• Ensure the implementation of Regulation No 716/2007 on FATS. Process and disseminate the collected data.
• Set up the 2012 Prodcom list.
• Ensure continued quality improvement of Prodcom, SBS and FATS data.
• Analyse the results of the pilot actions in the framework of the SBS Regulation and the FATS Regulation and plan the further application of the flexible module of the SBS Regulation. If pilot actions prove the feasibility of the data collection, proceed with the necessary measures for the implementation.
• Contribute to the entrepreneurship indicator programme. Ensure adoption of Commission Regulations implementing Regulation (EC) 295/2008 and amending Commission Regulations 250/2009 and 251/2009 to integrate employer business demography statistics and high growth enterprises.
• Prepare the report to the European Parliament and Council on the implementation of Regulation 295/2008 on SBS.
• Finalise the project on linking of microdata on international sourcing.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Implement Council and EP Decision 1297/2008 (MEETS).

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 2011

• Assess the short-term statistics compiled, in particular their relevance and quality as well as the revision of indicators; specifically address the cost of the statistical system and the burden on business in relation to its benefits; report on best practices for lessening the burden on business and indicate ways of reducing the burden and costs.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Timely production of existing indicators and their publication;
• Investigatie and improve the reliability, accuracy and comparability of STS indicators.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• STS is an active participant in the MEETS programme (see theme 3.01).


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 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 og indicators and statistical tables on poverty and social exclusion
• Fostering analysis and developing publications on poverty and social exclusion
• Collection of microdata on household budget surveys (HBS) every five years

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Conceptual work on measuring progress of societies in the context of various cross-cutting initiatives (Commission strategy Europe 2020, Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi report, Communication on GDP and beyond). Development of analytical capacities, in particular with respect to distributional aspects of income, wealth and consumption, and links with national accounts.
• Development of pilot approaches in the field of multidimensional measurement of quality of life, including linkage of different data sources.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect and validate the 2010 SILC cross-sectional and the 2009 longitudinal microdata;
• Disseminate user microdata bases to researchers;
• Prepare the 2013 ad hoc SILC module;
• Finalise quality reports: final 2008 report and intermediate 2009 reports;
• Improve dissemination on living conditions and update and improve the contents and coverage of the Eurostat website;
• Review of the EU-SILC legal basis;
• EU Expertise Network on Income and Living Conditions Statistics;
• Start collecting and validating the microdata files for the 2010 HBS wave;
• Work to improve knowledge of the non-response bias in the HBS.

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Coordinate Eurostat contribution to the consumer scoreboard.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Support on statistical methodology.3.3.3 Information society (Eurostat)
Theme 5.07 Information society

Official statistics on ICT are vital in order to measure and understand the socioeconomic impacts of ICT adoption and use, as well as to monitor progress towards the achievement of policy goals at national and EU levels. Priorities in 2011 include i) provision of indicators for the post Lisbon strategy Europe 2020 and the Digital Agenda 2011-2015, and ii) implementing 2 Communication on the production method of EU statistics - engaging projects in the field of ICT statistics, namely 'exploring the potential of the internet as a data source' and 'linking micro-data from different sources to analyse ICT impacts on productivity'.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Feasibility study on exploring new ways of data collection for information society statistics exploiting internet traffic flows.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Make available the results of the two European Union surveys 2010 on the usage of information and communication technologies (ICT) in enterprises and in households on the free dissemination database of Eurostat (bulk of results until February 2012) and in a series of paper publications until December 2011.
• Follow-up the execution of the two EU surveys 2011 on ICT usage in enterprises and in households with a view to making available data for post i2010 benchmarking indicators and structural indicators by November 2011.
• Finalise the set of implementation modules for the 2012 surveys by March 2011 as requested by the Regulation (EC) No. 808/2004, Article 8 and to update the Methodological Manual concerning information society statistics by September 2011 (Article 5).
• Provide timely data on the performance and the competitiveness of the ICT sector from existing sources.
• Provide data on postal services from existing sources and from a specific data collection via National Regulatory Authorities (in close co-operation with DG MARKT).
• Collect a set of indicators for measuring ICT expenditure and investment.
• Provide timely data on telecommunication statistics.
• Project: assessment of ICT impact on enterpriseproductivity by linking data from different sources (MEETS project).
• Produce anonymised microdata sets on ICT households/individuals survey from 2011 survey for scientific use.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Project ICT impact on productivity of enterprises via data linking (MEETS project);
• Drop of financial sector as mandatory breakdown in enterprise ICT use survey, reduction of breakdowns in transmission of aggregate data.

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 by Information Society and Media DG.

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Develop an EU Geoportal as a central hub in a European wide INSPIRE compliant architecture of Geoportals in cooperation with the JRC;
• Conduct specific spatial analysis projects (2 to 4) in cooperation with Eurostat thematic statistics units.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Purchase of geographic datasets and integrate them into the GISCO database according to Geographical Information System requirements of Commission services.
• Provision of support to Eurostat, other European Commission services and related organisations (Global Monitoring of Environment and Security, Shared Environmental Information System, Water Information System for Europe) in geographic information system work and spatial analysis projects.
• Operate an internal Commission governance structure for GISCO (Interservice Group (Interservice Committee for Geographical Information) and user groups).
• Cooperate with DG Environment and JRC on the development of the INSPIRE framework.
• Operation, technical maintenance and functional evolution of INSPIRE@EC as the Commission internal Geoportal.
• Geostat 2 ESSnet: consolidation of the Geostat 1 project based on reactions of stakeholders, refinement of the model and methodology used, development of use cases and an access and communication concept.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);
• Well-being indicators (WBI);
• Quality profiles (QP).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Produce the 2011 EU Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) monitoring report;
• Prepare the Statistical Annex to the first Commission progress report for the Commission strategy Europe 2020;
• Update of the list of SDI in line with the expected new version of the EU SDS;
• Produce 3 Statistics in Focus;
• Set up the indicator system for the Europe 2020 indicators.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Maintain and improve the SI, SDI, WBI and GI sets in terms of data availability and timeliness (quality profiles), in line with policy developments;
• Improve the user-friendliness of the SI, SDI and GI dedicated sections on the Eurostat website and respond to users requests, including further documentation of data quality;
• Foster and follow actively technical and research projects connected to SI, SDI, GI and WBI.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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Identify new modules and define contents for the Regulation on Environmental Accounts
• Methodological developments in the area of Environmental Subsidies and Resource Use and Management Expenditure Accounts (RUMEA)
• Pilot compilation of energy accounts from existing energy statistics

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Set up, operate and further develop the Environmental Data Centres (DCs) on Natural Resources and Products and contribute to the DCs managed by other services;
• Collect and/or disseminate data for Air Emission Accounts, Material Flow Accounts, Environmental Taxes, Environmental Goods and Services Sector and develop estimation methods based on now casting techniques for the main EU-27 aggregates in different modules of environmental accounts;
• Ensure the adoption by the EP and the Council of a legal basis on European Environmental Accounts and develop implementing acts;
• System of Environmental and Economic Accounting (SEEA) 2003 revision;
• Climate change related statistics;
• Produce environmental indicators: Structural indicators (SI), Sustainable development indicators (SDI) and Europe 2020.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Development of the Environmental Data Centres.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• DG TAXUD classifies tax revenues by function, among which environmetal taxes, and breakes them down to energy, transport and pollution 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Revised Commission Regulation 479/2009;
• Extend geographical coverage of data collection for annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV) to include candidate countries;
• Develop metadata and quality indicators for annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV);
• Possible increase of derived indicators for annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV) in order to improve the meaningfulness of source data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Carry out bi-annual assessment of debt and deficit data of Member States, and provide these data.
• Discuss selected methodological issues with Member States and provide bilateral advice.
• Carry out statistical assessment of Candidate Countries.
• Develop inventories of sources and methods for deficit and debt statistics.
• Carry out regular EDP dialogue missions to Member States.
• Complete the production and publication of detailed (COFOG -Classification of the Functions of Government - level II) data for government expenditure by function.
• Compilation, validation and final publication of annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV) of the Member States plus Norway, Iceland and Switzerland.
• Data are received in the framework of the ESA95 Transmission Programme under:
  - table 2: Main aggregates of general government;
  - table 9: Detailed tax and social contribution receipts by type of tax and social contribution and receiving sub-sector + detailed list of taxes and social contributions according to national classification of taxes and social contributions (National Tax List/ NTL);
  - table 11: General government expenditure by COFOG functions.
• Quarterly compilation and publication of quarterly government finance statistics data (QGOV: quarterly financial and non-financial accounts and quarterly debt data of government - ESA tables 25, 27 and 28).
• Assess the actual data reported by Member States as regards compliance with accounting roles, completeness, reliability, timeliness and consistency of the data.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Development of tools to aid Member States' validation before data transmission.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• DG TAXUD classifies tax revenues by economic function and calculates 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;
• Co-ordination, drafting, adjustment and maintenance of legislation in the field of statistics on trade in goods with Member States (Intrastat) and non-Member States (Extrastat);
• Co-ordination of initiatives on burden reduction in the field of external trade statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Further analysis concerning the consistency between trade in goods statistics and balance of payments statistics in order to move closer to more integrated statistical systems.
• Implementation of the new Intrastat and Extrastat legal requirements and provision of methodological support. Assessment of the impact of the implementation of the amended Intrastat regulation on the statistical response burden.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Publish each month the main Intra and Extra EU and euro area aggregates via the Press releases (on average 46 days after the month of reference) and more detailed Intra and Extra trade statistics via Bulletins. Publish the Annual Yearbook and at least four Statistics in Focus during the year.
• Make available in the Comext database monthly detailed data and metadata (raw data, seasonally adjusted data, unit value indices, qualitative information, classifications and relations among them, methodological comments) from the 27 Member States, EFTA, from co-operation programmes and data from third countries and international organisations. Recent evolution of nomenclatures (SITC -Standard Industrial Trade Classification, BEC - Broad Economic Categories, CPA - Statistical Classification of Products by Activity in the European Economic Union, NSTR - Standard Goods Classification for Transport Statistics) and new related data derivation will be taken into account. An expanded range of services to data users (simplified/advanced and on-line/Web unified interfaces; new functionalities and improved support for users) will be provided in Comext.
• Consolidate and improve the data process according to the new Extrastat and amended Intrastat regulations adopted in 2009.
• Update methodological documentation. Further develop the implementation guidelines for the new pieces of legislation. Participate in the revision of concepts and definitions of external trade statistics at the level of the United Nations.
• Develop proposals in the framework of cooperation programmes. Follow-up the implementation of the current programmes (e.g. the Instrument of Pre-accession Activities - IPA).
• Modernise validation tools and methods at Eurostat and in Member States
• Collect and disseminate first annual data on trade by enterprise characteristics, required by the revised Regulations. Further develop methodological guidelines.
• Prepare individual assessment reports on each Member State and an annual summary quality report. Further develop guidelines for methods and practices affecting quality. Continue actions to decrease asymmetries in intra-EU trade statistics . Analyse and report on the quality of detailed data with the help of various monitoring reports.
• Ensure the maintenance of the Eurotrace package, organisation of course.
• In the framework of the MEETS programme which runs until 2013, continue financing studies on the simplification of Intrastat, on linking trade and other business statistics and on the implementation of new Extrastat legislation in the Member States.
• Consolidate the use and further implementation of XT-NET ASSIST application by Member States and possibly by main providers of statistical information (PSIs).


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Develop the Health output approach for PPP for all EU Member States;
• Update PPP Manual.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Produce, quality-check and further develop HICP monthly data and HICP flash estimates including the production and necessary further development of HICP at constant tax rates and HICP administered prices;
• Owner Occupied Housing (OOH) and dwelling price indices;
• Development of detailed information on prices;
• Develop and follow up the implementation of standards on quality; adjustment and sampling and weighting;
• Extend HICP communications to promote the HICP;
• Monitor the compliance of national indices with HICP standards with follow-up as required;
• Carry out PPP surveys and compute 2010 PPP;
• Compute Correction Coefficients and annual adjustment for Staff;
• Develop and produce information on pension contribution rate, pension expenditure forecast, pension liability and health liability;
• Implementing Regulation for PPP and PPP Inventories of Member States' methods.


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

Official statistics on STI are vital in order to measure and understand growth based on knowledge, as well as to monitor progress towards the achievement of policy goals at national and EU levels.
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).

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production, dissemination and development of the Community Innovation Survey 2006-2010 (and beyond);
• Production, dissemination and development of the Research and Development statistics 2008-2010;
• Production and dissemination of the survey on Careers of Doctorate Holders (CDH) 2009 and decision on its follow-up;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Patent statistics based on PATSTAT data source from European Patent Office;
• Production and dissemination of the High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors statistics with their extensions;
• Conduction of feasibility studies and pilot data collections in the Science, Technology and Innovation statistics area including the rationalisation of the related surveys where adequate and possible;
• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• 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 European Union Innovation surveys re-design and search for synergies.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Maintain and improve Eurostat's set of ERA indicators; coordinate actions, metadata, quality evaluation and communication towards Commission;
• Ensure the wide dissemination of CIS 2008 data and the related metadata;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of R&D and GBAORD (government budget appropriations or outlays on research and development) data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Initiation of the revision of the Commission regulation (EC) No 753/2004 on Science and Technology;
• Process, validate and disseminate the CDH 2009 data with the related metadata;
• Evaluate of the CDH 2009 survey, its outcome and the follow-up actions drawn;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of patent data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors' data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Review of the classification of the High-Tech and Knowledge Intensive activities;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of Human Resources in Science and Technology data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Initiate the development of the CIS 2012 with a project developing a harmonised survey questionnaire with all the supporting methodological documentation;
• Ensure the CIS 2010 conduct at the Member States with possible all the desired extensions.

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

2.1 NEW WORK

• DG Research has initiated 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.
• DG Research has initiated several other projects to obtain 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.
• DG Research will renew its contract to maintain, update and further develop its integrated STI database.



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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Improved user orientation on dissemination products and services;
• Enhance reusability;
• Increase multilingualism;
• Disseminate European results from the 2011 Census;
• Improve the visibility and raise awareness of European statistics and the European Statistical System.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Maintain and further develop the Eurostat website;
• Produce electronic and paper publications and related added-value products on European statistics;
• Support external users of European statistics via a network of support centres covering all Member States and languages;
• Promote and market Eurostat and European statistics;
• Disseminate microdata;
• Coordinate dissemination in the European Statistical System.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Enhanced reusability and common tools.



3. Environment and multi-domain statistics (Eurostat)
3.1 Environment (Eurostat)
Theme 5.03 Environment statistics and accounts

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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Set up, operate and further develop the Environmental Data Centre (DC) on Waste and contribute to the DCs managed by other services;
• Improve official water statistics;
• Contribute to the implementation of the Communication on GDP and beyond;
• Manage the waste statistics regulation (WStatR);
• Maintain the chemical risk indicators set in the frame of the REACH baseline study;
• Further establish and maintain a "Clearing House" for environmental indicators (streamlining of existing and new indicators);
• Validate and disseminate of the regional environmental data received in 2010 and prepare of subsequent data collection activities;
• Maintain the biodiversity indicators (protected areas, birds, fish) produced by external partners.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Development of the Environmental Data Centre on Waste.

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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Analyse the direct and indirect data needs linked to the farms for setting up the agri-environmental indicators and the subsequent consequences for the agricultural statistics systems; follow-up the contract from 2009 on the issue;
• Collect data from available sources in the Commission, EU agencies, Member States, Eurostat and other (non-governmental) organisations;
• Prepare the implementation of the Regulation concerning statistics on pesticides (transmission file);
• Update the fact sheets on the agri-environmental indicators where Eurostat is in the lead for the indicators where new data are available;
• Follow up and continue the work on pesticides risk indicators;
• Support Member States in their work on agro-environmental indicators, collect and compile available data;
• Maintain and develop further the agro-environmental indicators' database;
• Coordinate the activities related to the preparation of the first assessment (1st progress report) of the work carried out in the context of the agri-environmental indicators, on the basis of an evaluation of the indicators by each of the partners of the Memorandum of Understanding.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Setting up of a coordinated system for collecting data based on available data in the countries, using and producing data related to the relation between agriculture and environment, including administration and research.

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.


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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Carry out a 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 (grants);
• Test the use of data collected in the framework of European harmonised surveys (e.g. LFS, ICT usage);
• Building up a list of services and infrastructures on NUTS level 3;
• Elaboration of statistical publications devoted to Rural development and Maritime sectors and regions;
• Further improvement of the dedicated website for Rural Development and Maritime Policy statistics.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Coordination of data collection between regional and rural levels;
• Using 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 2011

• Create a database with (partly confidential) NUTS3 level data derived from microdata analysis as building blocks for specific aggregations;
• Revision of the technical tools for managing regional and urban data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Coordinate and edit the 2011 edition of the Eurostat Regional Yearbook;
• Collect, validate and process urban statistics and selected regional statistics;
• Update the Eurostat databases and metadata for regional and urban statistics;
• Improve the Eurostat dissemination system for regional and urban statistics;
• Prepare the NUTS 2010 implementation.

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

2.1 NEW WORK

• DG MOVE is undertaking a "Study on harmonised collection of European data and statistics in the field of urban transport and mobility" whose results are expected in spring 2012.


3.3 Multi-domain statistics and indicators (Eurostat)
3.1 Environment (Eurostat)
Theme 5.03 Environment statistics and accounts

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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Set up, operate and further develop the Environmental Data Centre (DC) on Waste and contribute to the DCs managed by other services;
• Improve official water statistics;
• Contribute to the implementation of the Communication on GDP and beyond;
• Manage the waste statistics regulation (WStatR);
• Maintain the chemical risk indicators set in the frame of the REACH baseline study;
• Further establish and maintain a "Clearing House" for environmental indicators (streamlining of existing and new indicators);
• Validate and disseminate of the regional environmental data received in 2010 and prepare of subsequent data collection activities;
• Maintain the biodiversity indicators (protected areas, birds, fish) produced by external partners.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Development of the Environmental Data Centre on Waste.

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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Analyse the direct and indirect data needs linked to the farms for setting up the agri-environmental indicators and the subsequent consequences for the agricultural statistics systems; follow-up the contract from 2009 on the issue;
• Collect data from available sources in the Commission, EU agencies, Member States, Eurostat and other (non-governmental) organisations;
• Prepare the implementation of the Regulation concerning statistics on pesticides (transmission file);
• Update the fact sheets on the agri-environmental indicators where Eurostat is in the lead for the indicators where new data are available;
• Follow up and continue the work on pesticides risk indicators;
• Support Member States in their work on agro-environmental indicators, collect and compile available data;
• Maintain and develop further the agro-environmental indicators' database;
• Coordinate the activities related to the preparation of the first assessment (1st progress report) of the work carried out in the context of the agri-environmental indicators, on the basis of an evaluation of the indicators by each of the partners of the Memorandum of Understanding.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Setting up of a coordinated system for collecting data based on available data in the countries, using and producing data related to the relation between agriculture and environment, including administration and research.

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.


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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Carry out a 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 (grants);
• Test the use of data collected in the framework of European harmonised surveys (e.g. LFS, ICT usage);
• Building up a list of services and infrastructures on NUTS level 3;
• Elaboration of statistical publications devoted to Rural development and Maritime sectors and regions;
• Further improvement of the dedicated website for Rural Development and Maritime Policy statistics.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Coordination of data collection between regional and rural levels;
• Using 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 2011

• Create a database with (partly confidential) NUTS3 level data derived from microdata analysis as building blocks for specific aggregations;
• Revision of the technical tools for managing regional and urban data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Coordinate and edit the 2011 edition of the Eurostat Regional Yearbook;
• Collect, validate and process urban statistics and selected regional statistics;
• Update the Eurostat databases and metadata for regional and urban statistics;
• Improve the Eurostat dissemination system for regional and urban statistics;
• Prepare the NUTS 2010 implementation.

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

2.1 NEW WORK

• DG MOVE is undertaking a "Study on harmonised collection of European data and statistics in the field of urban transport and mobility" whose results are expected in spring 2012.


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 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 og indicators and statistical tables on poverty and social exclusion
• Fostering analysis and developing publications on poverty and social exclusion
• Collection of microdata on household budget surveys (HBS) every five years

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Conceptual work on measuring progress of societies in the context of various cross-cutting initiatives (Commission strategy Europe 2020, Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi report, Communication on GDP and beyond). Development of analytical capacities, in particular with respect to distributional aspects of income, wealth and consumption, and links with national accounts.
• Development of pilot approaches in the field of multidimensional measurement of quality of life, including linkage of different data sources.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect and validate the 2010 SILC cross-sectional and the 2009 longitudinal microdata;
• Disseminate user microdata bases to researchers;
• Prepare the 2013 ad hoc SILC module;
• Finalise quality reports: final 2008 report and intermediate 2009 reports;
• Improve dissemination on living conditions and update and improve the contents and coverage of the Eurostat website;
• Review of the EU-SILC legal basis;
• EU Expertise Network on Income and Living Conditions Statistics;
• Start collecting and validating the microdata files for the 2010 HBS wave;
• Work to improve knowledge of the non-response bias in the HBS.

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Coordinate Eurostat contribution to the consumer scoreboard.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Support on statistical methodology.


3.3.3 Information society (Eurostat)
Theme 5.07 Information society

Official statistics on ICT are vital in order to measure and understand the socioeconomic impacts of ICT adoption and use, as well as to monitor progress towards the achievement of policy goals at national and EU levels. Priorities in 2011 include i) provision of indicators for the post Lisbon strategy Europe 2020 and the Digital Agenda 2011-2015, and ii) implementing 2 Communication on the production method of EU statistics - engaging projects in the field of ICT statistics, namely 'exploring the potential of the internet as a data source' and 'linking micro-data from different sources to analyse ICT impacts on productivity'.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Feasibility study on exploring new ways of data collection for information society statistics exploiting internet traffic flows.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Make available the results of the two European Union surveys 2010 on the usage of information and communication technologies (ICT) in enterprises and in households on the free dissemination database of Eurostat (bulk of results until February 2012) and in a series of paper publications until December 2011.
• Follow-up the execution of the two EU surveys 2011 on ICT usage in enterprises and in households with a view to making available data for post i2010 benchmarking indicators and structural indicators by November 2011.
• Finalise the set of implementation modules for the 2012 surveys by March 2011 as requested by the Regulation (EC) No. 808/2004, Article 8 and to update the Methodological Manual concerning information society statistics by September 2011 (Article 5).
• Provide timely data on the performance and the competitiveness of the ICT sector from existing sources.
• Provide data on postal services from existing sources and from a specific data collection via National Regulatory Authorities (in close co-operation with DG MARKT).
• Collect a set of indicators for measuring ICT expenditure and investment.
• Provide timely data on telecommunication statistics.
• Project: assessment of ICT impact on enterpriseproductivity by linking data from different sources (MEETS project).
• Produce anonymised microdata sets on ICT households/individuals survey from 2011 survey for scientific use.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Project ICT impact on productivity of enterprises via data linking (MEETS project);
• Drop of financial sector as mandatory breakdown in enterprise ICT use survey, reduction of breakdowns in transmission of aggregate data.

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 by Information Society and Media DG.

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Develop an EU Geoportal as a central hub in a European wide INSPIRE compliant architecture of Geoportals in cooperation with the JRC;
• Conduct specific spatial analysis projects (2 to 4) in cooperation with Eurostat thematic statistics units.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Purchase of geographic datasets and integrate them into the GISCO database according to Geographical Information System requirements of Commission services.
• Provision of support to Eurostat, other European Commission services and related organisations (Global Monitoring of Environment and Security, Shared Environmental Information System, Water Information System for Europe) in geographic information system work and spatial analysis projects.
• Operate an internal Commission governance structure for GISCO (Interservice Group (Interservice Committee for Geographical Information) and user groups).
• Cooperate with DG Environment and JRC on the development of the INSPIRE framework.
• Operation, technical maintenance and functional evolution of INSPIRE@EC as the Commission internal Geoportal.
• Geostat 2 ESSnet: consolidation of the Geostat 1 project based on reactions of stakeholders, refinement of the model and methodology used, development of use cases and an access and communication concept.


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);
• Well-being indicators (WBI);
• Quality profiles (QP).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Produce the 2011 EU Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) monitoring report;
• Prepare the Statistical Annex to the first Commission progress report for the Commission strategy Europe 2020;
• Update of the list of SDI in line with the expected new version of the EU SDS;
• Produce 3 Statistics in Focus;
• Set up the indicator system for the Europe 2020 indicators.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Maintain and improve the SI, SDI, WBI and GI sets in terms of data availability and timeliness (quality profiles), in line with policy developments;
• Improve the user-friendliness of the SI, SDI and GI dedicated sections on the Eurostat website and respond to users requests, including further documentation of data quality;
• Foster and follow actively technical and research projects connected to SI, SDI, GI and WBI.


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Identify new modules and define contents for the Regulation on Environmental Accounts
• Methodological developments in the area of Environmental Subsidies and Resource Use and Management Expenditure Accounts (RUMEA)
• Pilot compilation of energy accounts from existing energy statistics

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Set up, operate and further develop the Environmental Data Centres (DCs) on Natural Resources and Products and contribute to the DCs managed by other services;
• Collect and/or disseminate data for Air Emission Accounts, Material Flow Accounts, Environmental Taxes, Environmental Goods and Services Sector and develop estimation methods based on now casting techniques for the main EU-27 aggregates in different modules of environmental accounts;
• Ensure the adoption by the EP and the Council of a legal basis on European Environmental Accounts and develop implementing acts;
• System of Environmental and Economic Accounting (SEEA) 2003 revision;
• Climate change related statistics;
• Produce environmental indicators: Structural indicators (SI), Sustainable development indicators (SDI) and Europe 2020.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Development of the Environmental Data Centres.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• DG TAXUD classifies tax revenues by function, among which environmetal taxes, and breakes them down to energy, transport and pollution 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Improved user orientation on dissemination products and services;
• Enhance reusability;
• Increase multilingualism;
• Disseminate European results from the 2011 Census;
• Improve the visibility and raise awareness of European statistics and the European Statistical System.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Maintain and further develop the Eurostat website;
• Produce electronic and paper publications and related added-value products on European statistics;
• Support external users of European statistics via a network of support centres covering all Member States and languages;
• Promote and market Eurostat and European statistics;
• Disseminate microdata;
• Coordinate dissemination in the European Statistical System.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Enhanced reusability and common tools.



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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Improved user orientation on dissemination products and services;
• Enhance reusability;
• Increase multilingualism;
• Disseminate European results from the 2011 Census;
• Improve the visibility and raise awareness of European statistics and the European Statistical System.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Maintain and further develop the Eurostat website;
• Produce electronic and paper publications and related added-value products on European statistics;
• Support external users of European statistics via a network of support centres covering all Member States and languages;
• Promote and market Eurostat and European statistics;
• Disseminate microdata;
• Coordinate dissemination in the European Statistical System.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Enhanced reusability and common tools.



4. Methodology of data collection, processing, dissemination and analysis (Eurostat)
3.1 Environment (Eurostat)
Theme 5.03 Environment statistics and accounts

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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Set up, operate and further develop the Environmental Data Centre (DC) on Waste and contribute to the DCs managed by other services;
• Improve official water statistics;
• Contribute to the implementation of the Communication on GDP and beyond;
• Manage the waste statistics regulation (WStatR);
• Maintain the chemical risk indicators set in the frame of the REACH baseline study;
• Further establish and maintain a "Clearing House" for environmental indicators (streamlining of existing and new indicators);
• Validate and disseminate of the regional environmental data received in 2010 and prepare of subsequent data collection activities;
• Maintain the biodiversity indicators (protected areas, birds, fish) produced by external partners.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Development of the Environmental Data Centre on Waste.

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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Analyse the direct and indirect data needs linked to the farms for setting up the agri-environmental indicators and the subsequent consequences for the agricultural statistics systems; follow-up the contract from 2009 on the issue;
• Collect data from available sources in the Commission, EU agencies, Member States, Eurostat and other (non-governmental) organisations;
• Prepare the implementation of the Regulation concerning statistics on pesticides (transmission file);
• Update the fact sheets on the agri-environmental indicators where Eurostat is in the lead for the indicators where new data are available;
• Follow up and continue the work on pesticides risk indicators;
• Support Member States in their work on agro-environmental indicators, collect and compile available data;
• Maintain and develop further the agro-environmental indicators' database;
• Coordinate the activities related to the preparation of the first assessment (1st progress report) of the work carried out in the context of the agri-environmental indicators, on the basis of an evaluation of the indicators by each of the partners of the Memorandum of Understanding.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Setting up of a coordinated system for collecting data based on available data in the countries, using and producing data related to the relation between agriculture and environment, including administration and research.

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.


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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Carry out a 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 (grants);
• Test the use of data collected in the framework of European harmonised surveys (e.g. LFS, ICT usage);
• Building up a list of services and infrastructures on NUTS level 3;
• Elaboration of statistical publications devoted to Rural development and Maritime sectors and regions;
• Further improvement of the dedicated website for Rural Development and Maritime Policy statistics.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Coordination of data collection between regional and rural levels;
• Using 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 2011

• Create a database with (partly confidential) NUTS3 level data derived from microdata analysis as building blocks for specific aggregations;
• Revision of the technical tools for managing regional and urban data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Coordinate and edit the 2011 edition of the Eurostat Regional Yearbook;
• Collect, validate and process urban statistics and selected regional statistics;
• Update the Eurostat databases and metadata for regional and urban statistics;
• Improve the Eurostat dissemination system for regional and urban statistics;
• Prepare the NUTS 2010 implementation.

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

2.1 NEW WORK

• DG MOVE is undertaking a "Study on harmonised collection of European data and statistics in the field of urban transport and mobility" whose results are expected in spring 2012.


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

• Management, standardisation and improvement of structural and reference metadata;
• Use and improvement of the new Eurostat reference database Eurobase (including the management of the Eurostat data dissemination tree);
• Use and improvement of the Eurostat Metadata Handler;
• Improvement and implementation of the SDMX statistical standards and guidelines for the exchange of data and metadata;
• Dissemination of external data other than the data produced by Eurostat and
• Further improvement and integration of the Eurostat and national metadata systems.

This work contributes substantially to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics. Through increasing standardisation and harmonisation the processes and projects described above also 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 should be improved. Most of the activities listed will also improve the vertical and horizontal integration (i.e. the integration between Eurostat and Member states and the integration between statistical domains) within the European Statistical System.
The main priorities for 2011 are the further standardisation and use of harmonised structural metadata (produced within the ESS and at the level of SDMX) and the broad implementation of the Euro SDMX Metadata Structure (ESMS) and the ESS Standard for Quality Report Structure (ESQRS). Particular attention will also be given to the better use of the new reference database Eurobase (including increasing data quality checks) and the increasing use of the Eurostat Metadata Handler for metadata standardisation within the ESS.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Produce additional EU legislation related to metadata;
• Get international agreements related to metadata exchange;
• Create additional metadata structure definitions for further metadata harmonisation.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Harmonise and maintain structural metadata (code lists) within Eurostat, the European Statistical System and SDMX and release this harmonised structural metadata;
• Implement further the European standards for reference metadata (Euro SDMX Metadata Structure - ESMS - and ESS Standard for Quality Reports Structure - ESQRS) at Eurostat and within the European Statistical System;
• Further implement the harmonised structural metadata (code lists) in statistical domains in data structure definitions;
• Manage and improve the new reference database Eurobase with additional functionalities;
• Stimulate the improvement of the national metadata systems via regular monitoring of these systems;
• Improve the SDMX statistical standards and guidelines and contribute all over to the further SDMX progress;
• Assure the proper functioning and delivery of the ESSnet on SDMX;
• Provide the Commission internal users with access to databases containing data produced outside of the ESS;
• Improve the data dissemination tree used by Eurostat;
• Fully implement the Eurostat Metadata Handler in terms of contents and functionalities for use within the ESS.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Actions 101, 104, 201, 202, 203, 206, 210: all these actions are related to metadata standardisation with the aim to simplify and improve statistical businesses processes within the ESS;
• Actions 103: international exchange of metadata;
• Actions 102, 207: additional SDMX standards and IT applications available.


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 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 og indicators and statistical tables on poverty and social exclusion
• Fostering analysis and developing publications on poverty and social exclusion
• Collection of microdata on household budget surveys (HBS) every five years

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Conceptual work on measuring progress of societies in the context of various cross-cutting initiatives (Commission strategy Europe 2020, Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi report, Communication on GDP and beyond). Development of analytical capacities, in particular with respect to distributional aspects of income, wealth and consumption, and links with national accounts.
• Development of pilot approaches in the field of multidimensional measurement of quality of life, including linkage of different data sources.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect and validate the 2010 SILC cross-sectional and the 2009 longitudinal microdata;
• Disseminate user microdata bases to researchers;
• Prepare the 2013 ad hoc SILC module;
• Finalise quality reports: final 2008 report and intermediate 2009 reports;
• Improve dissemination on living conditions and update and improve the contents and coverage of the Eurostat website;
• Review of the EU-SILC legal basis;
• EU Expertise Network on Income and Living Conditions Statistics;
• Start collecting and validating the microdata files for the 2010 HBS wave;
• Work to improve knowledge of the non-response bias in the HBS.

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Coordinate Eurostat contribution to the consumer scoreboard.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Support on statistical methodology.3.3.3 Information society (Eurostat)
Theme 5.07 Information society

Official statistics on ICT are vital in order to measure and understand the socioeconomic impacts of ICT adoption and use, as well as to monitor progress towards the achievement of policy goals at national and EU levels. Priorities in 2011 include i) provision of indicators for the post Lisbon strategy Europe 2020 and the Digital Agenda 2011-2015, and ii) implementing 2 Communication on the production method of EU statistics - engaging projects in the field of ICT statistics, namely 'exploring the potential of the internet as a data source' and 'linking micro-data from different sources to analyse ICT impacts on productivity'.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Feasibility study on exploring new ways of data collection for information society statistics exploiting internet traffic flows.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Make available the results of the two European Union surveys 2010 on the usage of information and communication technologies (ICT) in enterprises and in households on the free dissemination database of Eurostat (bulk of results until February 2012) and in a series of paper publications until December 2011.
• Follow-up the execution of the two EU surveys 2011 on ICT usage in enterprises and in households with a view to making available data for post i2010 benchmarking indicators and structural indicators by November 2011.
• Finalise the set of implementation modules for the 2012 surveys by March 2011 as requested by the Regulation (EC) No. 808/2004, Article 8 and to update the Methodological Manual concerning information society statistics by September 2011 (Article 5).
• Provide timely data on the performance and the competitiveness of the ICT sector from existing sources.
• Provide data on postal services from existing sources and from a specific data collection via National Regulatory Authorities (in close co-operation with DG MARKT).
• Collect a set of indicators for measuring ICT expenditure and investment.
• Provide timely data on telecommunication statistics.
• Project: assessment of ICT impact on enterpriseproductivity by linking data from different sources (MEETS project).
• Produce anonymised microdata sets on ICT households/individuals survey from 2011 survey for scientific use.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Project ICT impact on productivity of enterprises via data linking (MEETS project);
• Drop of financial sector as mandatory breakdown in enterprise ICT use survey, reduction of breakdowns in transmission of aggregate data.

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 by Information Society and Media DG.

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Develop an EU Geoportal as a central hub in a European wide INSPIRE compliant architecture of Geoportals in cooperation with the JRC;
• Conduct specific spatial analysis projects (2 to 4) in cooperation with Eurostat thematic statistics units.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Purchase of geographic datasets and integrate them into the GISCO database according to Geographical Information System requirements of Commission services.
• Provision of support to Eurostat, other European Commission services and related organisations (Global Monitoring of Environment and Security, Shared Environmental Information System, Water Information System for Europe) in geographic information system work and spatial analysis projects.
• Operate an internal Commission governance structure for GISCO (Interservice Group (Interservice Committee for Geographical Information) and user groups).
• Cooperate with DG Environment and JRC on the development of the INSPIRE framework.
• Operation, technical maintenance and functional evolution of INSPIRE@EC as the Commission internal Geoportal.
• Geostat 2 ESSnet: consolidation of the Geostat 1 project based on reactions of stakeholders, refinement of the model and methodology used, development of use cases and an access and communication concept.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);
• Well-being indicators (WBI);
• Quality profiles (QP).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Produce the 2011 EU Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) monitoring report;
• Prepare the Statistical Annex to the first Commission progress report for the Commission strategy Europe 2020;
• Update of the list of SDI in line with the expected new version of the EU SDS;
• Produce 3 Statistics in Focus;
• Set up the indicator system for the Europe 2020 indicators.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Maintain and improve the SI, SDI, WBI and GI sets in terms of data availability and timeliness (quality profiles), in line with policy developments;
• Improve the user-friendliness of the SI, SDI and GI dedicated sections on the Eurostat website and respond to users requests, including further documentation of data quality;
• Foster and follow actively technical and research projects connected to SI, SDI, GI and WBI.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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Identify new modules and define contents for the Regulation on Environmental Accounts
• Methodological developments in the area of Environmental Subsidies and Resource Use and Management Expenditure Accounts (RUMEA)
• Pilot compilation of energy accounts from existing energy statistics

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Set up, operate and further develop the Environmental Data Centres (DCs) on Natural Resources and Products and contribute to the DCs managed by other services;
• Collect and/or disseminate data for Air Emission Accounts, Material Flow Accounts, Environmental Taxes, Environmental Goods and Services Sector and develop estimation methods based on now casting techniques for the main EU-27 aggregates in different modules of environmental accounts;
• Ensure the adoption by the EP and the Council of a legal basis on European Environmental Accounts and develop implementing acts;
• System of Environmental and Economic Accounting (SEEA) 2003 revision;
• Climate change related statistics;
• Produce environmental indicators: Structural indicators (SI), Sustainable development indicators (SDI) and Europe 2020.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Development of the Environmental Data Centres.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• DG TAXUD classifies tax revenues by function, among which environmetal taxes, and breakes them down to energy, transport and pollution 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Enhance the role of the Eurostat Spokesperson in order to increase Eurostat's visibility in the media;
• Advise Eurostat management on the ways of communicating the Communication on the production method of EU statistics in the ESS and implement the decisions;
• Create an informal network of press officers in the EU.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Draft news releases on key statistics;
• Improve the targeting of Eurostat news releases with particular reference to important international events;
• Develop contacts with the media by providing tailor-made extraction and organising training courses for journalists;
• Support the implementation of Eurostat strategy through communication to staff;
• Extend the number of written and video interviews on Eurostat'sintranet;
• Regularly publish Eurostat newsletter and magazine;
• Organise specific information events, such as the General Assembly and informal staff meetings;
• Enhance the exchange of information between the ESS members through INSite.


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

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Ensuring the physical and logical protection of confidential data (statistical disclosure control - SDC);
• Harmonisation of principles and guidelines in SDC;
• Design infrastructure (IT and procedure) for releasing confidential data (tabular or micro data) to ESS partners and Research community;
• Coordination of sectoral initiatives in the domain of protection and release of confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Methodological and tool development in the domain SDC;
• Ensuring and promoting the correct and coherent application of rules and provisions for the release of confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Methodological support in SDC;
• Ensuring adequate governance of statistical confidentiality in the ESS
This work contributes to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics through;
• the design of cross-cutting infrastructure for the release of data for scientific purposes and for the protection of confidential data disseminated to user;
• the improvement of vertical integration of processes defining Member States a framework for the standardisation and harmonisation of processes related to the SDC.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Develop a solution for accessing confidential data online;
• Setting up of new procedures and an implementation framework for the new regulation on access to confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Define an ESS strategy for a distributed infrastructure for access to confidential data including various actors;
• Specify and develop building blocks for tabular data protection;

• Develop a solution for accessing confidential data online;
• Setting up of new procedures and an implementation framework for the new regulation on access to confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Define an ESS strategy for a distributed infrastructure for access to confidential data including various actors;
• Specify and develop building blocks for tabular data protection.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Streamline the procedures for access to micro data for scientific purposes;
• Ensure the processing of the admissibility requests;
• Support Eurostat units on methodological (statistical disclosure control methods and tools) and legal issues;
• Disseminate SDC ESSnets results in Eurostat and ESS;
• Develop a new implementing regulation on access to confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Develop remote access to confidential data;
• Continue developing step by step an infrastructure/processes adapted to the need of fostering the release of EU micro data in an integrated ESS (remote access, remote execution, documentation, Public Use File (PUF), safe centre, cooperation with data archive networks).


4.7 Data analysis (Eurostat)
Theme 6.10 Statistical research and methodology

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Statistical process architecture and integration;
• Statistical research and methodological innovation;
• Standardisation and knowledge management;
• Core methodologies: data integration, data analysis, time series processing and seasonal adjustment, data collection design, data validation and model based estimation, EU approaches;
• Methodological support, advice, guidance and assessment;
• Methodological cooperation in the ESS and with universities;
• Training and methodological competence management.
This work contributes substantially to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics through;
• The conceptual analysis of most relevant cross-cutting issues tracking efficiency gains with the identification of commonalities in different related processes, the identification of generic specification for common process steps and the development of associated guidelines and tools;
• The improvement of vertical integration of processes by launching with Member States collaborative projects aiming at designing global ESS process, streamline their implementation by the identification and documentation of good practices following the Generic Statistical Business Process Model;
• The development and implement a multi dimensional programme of research and innovation through the elaboration of a research programme for Official Statistics to be included in FP8; the intensification the link with research community; the setting up transfer mechanism involving Member States (ESSnets);the launching specific ESSnets and research projects under the umbrella of the ESS Directors of Methodology (DIME) and the Network of Methodologists in Eurostat;
• The improvement of the methodological competences with the development of Master of Science in Official Statistics with universities and a strategic reflection on the mechanism for their management;
• To the optimisation of interaction with partners with the emergence and fast consolidation of methodology for collaboration building upon virtual platforms (web 2.0) to support cooperative projects and to reinforce cooperation among ESS partners and with academia.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Set up an ESS governance structure for the integration of ESS statistical production processes;
• Improve research on official statistics in collaboration with Member States;
• ESSnets on cooperative methodological developments.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide guidance and support for and assess methodological developments for ESTAT reengineering production system;
• Generate and organise knowledge in key methodological issues for an integrated architecture for the production of official statistics: new modes of data collection, data analysis, data validation, survey methodology and sampling, data integration, model based estimation;
• Explore, set up and maintain new modes and tools of collaboration for the community of ESS Methodologists, Researchers (CROS - Cooperation between Researchers and Official Statisticians) and Partners (Joint Research Centre, etc);
• Identify priorities for research, methodological developments and innovation analysing main challenges for future statistics in a global, competitive, technology driven information world, with a particular focuses on challenges raised by the integration of production processes in the ESS;
• Contribute to the emergence, optimisation and standardisation of integrated ESS processes and harmonised methodologies;
• Facilitate and promote innovation in the ESS through a streamline infrastructure for ESSnet projects;
• Development and maintain ESS standard tool for seasonal adjustment (SA) and related time series processing for official statistics;
• Monitor and support the implementation of ESS guidelines on seasonal adjustment and best practices for time series processing in coordination with the Steering Group on SA, high level group bringing together ESCB and ESS bodies;
• EMOS (European Masters in Official Statistics) and methodological competence management.



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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Improved user orientation on dissemination products and services;
• Enhance reusability;
• Increase multilingualism;
• Disseminate European results from the 2011 Census;
• Improve the visibility and raise awareness of European statistics and the European Statistical System.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Maintain and further develop the Eurostat website;
• Produce electronic and paper publications and related added-value products on European statistics;
• Support external users of European statistics via a network of support centres covering all Member States and languages;
• Promote and market Eurostat and European statistics;
• Disseminate microdata;
• Coordinate dissemination in the European Statistical System.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Enhanced reusability and common tools.



5. Strategic and managerial issues of official statistics (Eurostat)
3.1 Environment (Eurostat)
Theme 5.03 Environment statistics and accounts

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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Set up, operate and further develop the Environmental Data Centre (DC) on Waste and contribute to the DCs managed by other services;
• Improve official water statistics;
• Contribute to the implementation of the Communication on GDP and beyond;
• Manage the waste statistics regulation (WStatR);
• Maintain the chemical risk indicators set in the frame of the REACH baseline study;
• Further establish and maintain a "Clearing House" for environmental indicators (streamlining of existing and new indicators);
• Validate and disseminate of the regional environmental data received in 2010 and prepare of subsequent data collection activities;
• Maintain the biodiversity indicators (protected areas, birds, fish) produced by external partners.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Development of the Environmental Data Centre on Waste.

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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Analyse the direct and indirect data needs linked to the farms for setting up the agri-environmental indicators and the subsequent consequences for the agricultural statistics systems; follow-up the contract from 2009 on the issue;
• Collect data from available sources in the Commission, EU agencies, Member States, Eurostat and other (non-governmental) organisations;
• Prepare the implementation of the Regulation concerning statistics on pesticides (transmission file);
• Update the fact sheets on the agri-environmental indicators where Eurostat is in the lead for the indicators where new data are available;
• Follow up and continue the work on pesticides risk indicators;
• Support Member States in their work on agro-environmental indicators, collect and compile available data;
• Maintain and develop further the agro-environmental indicators' database;
• Coordinate the activities related to the preparation of the first assessment (1st progress report) of the work carried out in the context of the agri-environmental indicators, on the basis of an evaluation of the indicators by each of the partners of the Memorandum of Understanding.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Setting up of a coordinated system for collecting data based on available data in the countries, using and producing data related to the relation between agriculture and environment, including administration and research.

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.


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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Carry out a 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 (grants);
• Test the use of data collected in the framework of European harmonised surveys (e.g. LFS, ICT usage);
• Building up a list of services and infrastructures on NUTS level 3;
• Elaboration of statistical publications devoted to Rural development and Maritime sectors and regions;
• Further improvement of the dedicated website for Rural Development and Maritime Policy statistics.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Coordination of data collection between regional and rural levels;
• Using 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 2011

• Create a database with (partly confidential) NUTS3 level data derived from microdata analysis as building blocks for specific aggregations;
• Revision of the technical tools for managing regional and urban data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Coordinate and edit the 2011 edition of the Eurostat Regional Yearbook;
• Collect, validate and process urban statistics and selected regional statistics;
• Update the Eurostat databases and metadata for regional and urban statistics;
• Improve the Eurostat dissemination system for regional and urban statistics;
• Prepare the NUTS 2010 implementation.

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

2.1 NEW WORK

• DG MOVE is undertaking a "Study on harmonised collection of European data and statistics in the field of urban transport and mobility" whose results are expected in spring 2012.


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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Promote the smooth implementation of the Regulation on European statistics;
• Monitor legislative processes;
• Maintain agenda planning for statistical legislation;
• Manage and follow up EP questions and answers provided to the EP;
• Monitor committee activities;
• Monitor compliance with statistical legislation.


5.2 Statistical programmes, coordination within statistical systems (Eurostat)
Theme 6.01 Quality management, evaluation, statistical coordination and classifications

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Monitoring and promoting the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice (CoP);
• Coordination of quality aspects within the production of European statistics;
• Implementation of the quality assurance framework for statistical processes and outputs in Eurostat;
• Activities of the Sponsorship on Quality.
These activities for 2011, particularly the work conducted by the Sponsorship Quality, 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.

In addition the evaluations included in the programme, provide instruments for better interact with users and partners:
• Evaluation of the Community Statistical Programme;
• Implementation of rolling reviews and user and partner surveys in particular.

The following activities refer to statistical coordination and classifications.

• Update and maintenance of RAMON, the new version of Eurostat's metadata server, 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.
• Coordinate changes in legislation with a view to adopt accounting definitions if feasible.
• Follow-up of changes in accounting standards with a view to assess their impact on statistics.
• 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) and the International Standard Classification on Occupations (ISCO), the Combined Nomenclature (CN) of commodities and the Geonomenclature of countries for the European Statistical System.
These activities are oriented to enhance the interaction with users by providing them with updated concepts definitions and classification used in the statistics disseminated by Eurostat. In addition promoting the use of accounting data is in line with the requirements of Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics and should contribute to a better use of the existing data leading to efficiency gains.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Extension of ESS quality frameworks in line with Sponsorship on Quality Recommendation;
• Preparatory work for launching the ex-post evaluation of the CSP 2008-2012;
• ESS-net on the harmonisation and implementation of a European Socio-economic classification (ESeC).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Monitoring of Member States' implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice;
• Activities related to the promotion of the implementation of the Code of Practice and of quality assurance in the ESS;
• Quality assessments of Eurostat statistical processes;
• Activities of the Sponsorship on Quality;
• Implementation of evaluations ( rolling reviews) for the assessment of statistical processes and outputs;
• Integrate and improve the Eurostat metadata system using the CVD (Cycle de vie des données) Metadata Handler (comprising the SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange) registry, Ramon, etc.) and based on international standards (such as the Neuchâtel Model);
• Coordinate the work of the task force on accounting and statistics including the follow-up of developments in accounting and appropriate reporting;
• Monitor implementation of the Statistical Classification Of Economic Activities (NACE Rev.2) and the classification of products by activity (CPA 2008);
• Ensure the adoption of the Combined Nomenclature (CN) 2012, incorporating the concluding results of the CN modernisation project and the transposition of Harmonised System (HS) 2012;
• Monitor the implementation of the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO-08).

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• In the context of rolling reviews implementation of user and partner surveys;
• Better use of accounting data for statistical purposes;
• CN modernisation project;
• Actions to facilitate commodity classification (CN) for reporting companies.

Theme 8.03 Management and statistical programmes

Fields of activities covered by the theme

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

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Support to implement the Communication on the production method of EU statistics: Be a home for the "Balance Scorecard";
• Promote and develop creativity and innovation;
• Build up an integrated management process (Strategic Planning & Programming Cycle of the Commission) (subject to the new Commission guidelines).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Coordinate the preparation of the annual statistical work programme;
• Prepare Eurostat´s contribution to the Strategic Planning and Programming Cycle of the Commission;
• Prepare the next Multiannual Programme;
• Conduct the annual risk management exercise;
• Monitor the implementation of the " Communication on the production method of EU statistics ";
• Assess the compliance and effectiveness of the implementation of the Internal Control Standards (self-assessment);
• Increase the efficiency of the planning and programming process;
• Develop and promote process and project management techniques within Eurostat;
• Monitor and report on progress on audit recommendations at Eurostat level;
• Monitor and coordinate Eurostat's contributions relating to administrative simplification and burden reduction.


5.3 Quality frameworks and measurement of performance of statistical systems and offices (Eurostat)
Theme 7.03 Management of financial resources

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Financial verification of commitment and payment operations;
• Planning and monitoring of budgetary implementation;
• Contribution to simplification of financial tools and sound financial management;
• Support to Financial Management (Training, Helpdesk);
• Support for implementation of Eurostat's strategic priorities (financial management dimension).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Finalise the project on implementing revised financial circuits;
• Contribute to work on the evaluation of long term expenditure needs, taking into account the priorities linked to the re-engineering of the statistical production system and the upcoming negotiation of the Regulation on Financial perspectives 2014-2020;
• Streamline the grant award process;
• Develop possible options to implement Art. 15 of the Regulation on European statistics stipulating that 'an adequate financial structure shall be developed' to support sharing of experience and results within the ESS through collaborative networks.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide ex-ante financial verification of financial transactions (financial instruments: grants, procurement, joint management; type of appropriation: operation and administrative; source: own budget appropriations and budget appropriations subdelegated to Eurostat by other DGs);
• Review and develop Financial Support Information products in close cooperation with users;
• Ensure continuous improvements in advice, assistance and training to clients;
• Prepare and monitoring the implementation of operational and administrative budget appropriations;
• Providing management information services to users;
• Defining and implementing the 2011 reinforced ex-ante and ex-post controls programmes and ensuring the follow-up of previous controls;
• Ensure follow-up of comments made during the annual discharge procedure and the recommendations issued following audit reports;
• Providie accounting services and related quality controls.

Theme 7.04 Audit

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Assurance and counselling engagements;
• Opinions on control systems in Eurostat;
• Follow-up of the implementation of audit recommendations.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Risk analyses;
• Audit engagements in conformity with International. Audit Standards;
• Counselling engagements;
• Follow up of the implementation of the audit recommendations;
• Opinion on the state of the control system in Eurostat in support to the Directorate-General AAR.

Theme 7.05 General administration

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Document management;
• Inter-service consultations;
• Mail delivery;
• Intermediate archives;
• Office space and furniture;
• Management of office space and furniture according to Eurostat's needs.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

• Document Management: user training and support;
• Document Management: monitoring;
• Registration of incoming mail;
• Management of the Filing Plan;
• Inter-Service Consultations: central co-ordination, user training and support, monitoring;
• Mail collection & delivery;
• Intermediate archives: allocation and supervision;
• Provide a timely and appropriate help desk service to all staff in matters relating to the building and its contents. (including telephone and office furniture);
• Implement Eurostat's office new needs in accordance with organisational changes.


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 (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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Review learning and development offer for ESS in view of the implementation of the Communication on the production method of EU statistics.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Evaluate the training provided in 2010 in the framework of the European Statistical Training Programme;
• Successfully implement the ESTP core programme 2011, including internal and external courses based on a training needs analysis by the end of the year;
• Establish core ESTP 2012 catalogue publication;
• Prepare implementation of the DM decision by end of 2010 on the appropriate strategy for the European Master's in Official Statistics;
• Successfully coordinate all ESS LDF projects by the end of the year enhancing beyond-the-classroom learning methodologies aiming to foster exchange of best practices through amongst others benchlearning methodology and knowledge-sharing approach;
• Successfully provide guidelines for the use of Competence profiles of European Statisticians;
• Prepare and initiate implementation of ESS-LDF Portal;
• Organise successfully the 2011 Eurostat study visit (European Statistical Week);
• Define E-learning application for the ESS;
• Establish guidelines on Impact on Learning for ESS learning and development actions.

Theme 7.02 Management of human resources

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Conception and implementation of Eurostat's human resources strategy based on the Commission's administrative reform and human resources policy;
• Development and implementation of a personnel policy for permanent and external staff as regards succession planning, selection and recruitment ;
• Development and implementation of careers including staff appraisal and promotion
• Management of allocation, screening and reorganisation;
• Management of the mobility plan;
• Continued improvement of the integration of newcomers;
• Follow-up of the implementation of the equal opportunities action plan and the actions on diversity;
• Design and implementation of actions on well-being;
• Promotion and management of flexible working arrangements (part-time, flexitime, telework);
• Management of staff leave/absences;
• Conception and implementation of Eurostat's learning and development strategy based on the Commission's Learning and Development Framework and the requirements of the implementation of the Communication on the production method of EU statistics (reengineering of ESS statistical production system)
• Development and implementation of an tailored training programme for Eurostat staff covering also changing competences and skills
• Development, implementation and promotion of alternative learning and development opportunities with the aim of creating a learning organisation
• Organisation of big team/directorate away days and provision of consultancy services
• Organisation of annual management seminars (Heads of Unit Seminar and Directors Seminar)
• Establishment of synergies with the ESS Learning and Development Framework

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Have implementation of career development project fully planned by end 2010, including work on mobility management and the job information system / e-CV.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Manage and develop selection and recruitment for all categories of staff (officials, Seconded National Experts, contract staff, interim staff, trainees).
• Manage and improve allocation, clearing and screening exercises for human resources.
• Plan, implement and monitor the appraisal and promotion exercise in keeping with Commission deadlines, including a help desk for all actors.
• Establish and implement the 2011 Learning and Development Framework (LDF) for Eurostat and evaluate the 2010 LDF
• Establish framework contracts according to 2010 call for tender on statistical training for Eurostat staff for the period 2011-2014
• Manage leave/absence applications on a daily basis, including a help desk for staff.
• Promote flexible working arrangements, including flexitime and telework.
• Provide consultancy and design and implement special learning and development events (away day events for bigger groups, management seminars, etc.)
• Provide in 2011 alternative learning and development opportunities for Eurostat staff aiming to build up a learning organisation.
• Identify common projects for joint learning and development of Eurostat staff and European statisticians.
• Implement forward planning actions in order to ensure the availability of staff with the right skills for recruitment in Eurostat: organise specialised temporary agent selection, contribute to the work programme of EPSO and ensure the organisation of specific open competitions.
• Monitor implementation of the Equal Opportunities action plan and the achievement of its targets, as well as the actions in the diversity domain.
• Design and implement further actions to improve the well-being of staff.


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 activities for existing systems;
• Harmonisation and reengineering of existing applications;
• Improvement and development of Generic Applications;
• Advancement of the CVD initiative;
• Dissemination and reference systems development;
• Interfacing various various CVD components into existing applications;
• Participation in the implementation of the Communication on the production method of EU statistics by developing components usable by Eurostat and Member States.
The main actions are directly linked to the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics as follows:
• The CVD systems improvements target the data integration and data warehouses' creation permitting the creation of cross domain statistics and cost minimisation. The same reasoning applies to the reference and dissemination systems improvements.
• The data editing and imputation facilities to be deployed for the use of the ESS members reduce drastically the burden of the Member States and Eurostat, and at the same time increase quality through harmonisation of the procedures and use of the same metadata.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Apply the CVD principles to macroeconomic statistics (inter-domain integration activity);
• Centralisation of editing activities using a common system in Eurostat and Member States (Activity related to Communication on the production method of EU statistics).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Continue application of CVD systems to Eurostat. This action includes the use of MDT (MultiDimensional Table), Gsast (Generic SAS Tool), Comext (Eurostat reference database for external trade statistics production and dissemination);
• Improve the dissemination chain (Eurobase / Comext);
• Transition of VB (Visual Basic) applications to Windows 7;
• Produce a version of Editing building block offering imputation facilities;
• Functionality enhancement of all building blocks.

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

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Harmonisation through the use of common tools within the ESS, together with process harmonisation through the promotion of methodologies based on common tools. This is required for the development of more integrated systems; it also allows fully exploit synergies and economies of scale. The result will be better interaction with ESS partners and better integration of ESS partners and Eurostat.
• Optimisation of Eurostat interaction with users and partners in the area of data and metadata transfer 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. This includes metadata standards.
- Data collection tools and methods and standardisation for European Statistical System raw data collections.
- Data collection tools and methods and standardisation for Eurostat data collection from European Statistical System.
Better integration of the statistical work done in the ESS with the one done in Eurostat in order 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.
- Developing and sponsoring development of a common IT infrastructure, the creation of a shared production and or dissemination environment within ESS, e.g., hub architecture.
- Exchange of common IT tools, mostly open source, e.g., SDMX tools.
- Providing standard (web) services available on Internet for Statistical production process components.
- Standards and IT software for Eurostat data collection from European Statistical System
- Development of standard tools for raw data collections within ESS.
- Re-engineering of the current production processes under way: this concerns the rationalisation of the IT architecture via the Data Life Cycle (CVD) project, the introduction of a more interactive production chain on the basis of a "data at the source" solution via the Census hub project, and the re-engineering of raw data collection of business and trade statistics via the MEETS programme.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Exploit XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) and other technologies in national reporting standard frameworks for business statistics (actions within the MEETS programme, following up the XBRL Pilot Project).

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 - General Statistical MESsage, SDMX) where appropriate;
• Maintain and improve the IT applications used for the Single Entry Point;
• Implement the SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange) standards and guidelines for data and metadata exchange, sharing and dissemination between the ESS members;
• Develop IT infrastructure for SDMX implementation allowing the sharing of common IT tools and easier data exchange;
• Implement a single IT environment and services for structural and reference metadata allowing standard access for ESS partner s and within Eurostat;
• Develop the Census Hub to support the transmission and dissemination of statistics from the 2011 census round;
• Provide open-source software for statistics - developed tools to be in the form of open software to allow easier sharing;
• Support exchange of information among Member States on raw data collection technologies and best practices. Foster standards development;
• Support the Eurostat CIRCA site, including the introduction of the new version - CIRCABC.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Exploit XBRL and other technologies in national reporting frameworks for business statistics;
• Data-sharing using SDMX standards, guidelines and architecture;
• Exchange of information among Member States on raw data collection technologies and best practices, and shared development of software according to the common reference architecture for the ESS.

Theme 6.10 Statistical research and methodology

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Statistical process architecture and integration.
• Statistical research and methodological innovation.
• Standardisation and knowledge management.
• Core methodologies: data integration, data analysis, time series processing and seasonal adjustment, data collection design, data validation and model based estimation, EU approaches.
• Methodological support, advice, guidance and assessment.
• Methodological cooperation in the ESS and with universities.
• Training and methodological competence management.
This work contributes substantially to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics through.
• The conceptual analysis of most relevant cross-cutting issues tracking efficiency gains with the identification of commonalities in different related processes, the identification of generic specification for common process steps and the development of associated guidelines and tools.
• The improvement of vertical integration of processes by launching with Member States collaborative projects aiming at designing global ESS process, streamline their implementation by the identification and documentation of good practices following the Generic Statistical Business Process Model.
• The development and implement a multi dimensional programme of research and innovation through the elaboration of a research programme for Official Statistics to be included in FP8; the intensification the link with research community; the setting up transfer mechanism involving Member States (ESSnets);the launching specific ESSnets and research projects under the umbrella of the ESS Directors of Methodology (DIME) and the Network of Methodologists in Eurostat.
• The improvement of the methodological competences with the development of Master of Science in Official Statistics with universities and a strategic reflection on the mechanism for their management.
• To the optimisation of interaction with partners with the emergence and fast consolidation of methodology for collaboration building upon virtual platforms (web 2.0) to support cooperative projects and to reinforce cooperation among ESS partners and with academia.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Set up an ESS governance structure for the integration of ESS statistical production processes;
• Improve research on official statistics in collaboration with Member States;
• ESSnets on cooperative methodological developments.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide guidance and support for and assess methodological developments for ESTAT reengineering production system;
• Generate and organise knowledge in key methodological issues for an integrated architecture for the production of official statistics: new modes of data collection, data analysis, data validation, survey methodology and sampling, data integration, model based estimation;
• Explore, set up and maintain new modes and tools of collaboration for the community of ESS Methodologists, Researchers (CROS - Cooperation between Researchers and Official Statisticians) and Partners (Joint Research Centre, etc);
• Identify priorities for research, methodological developments and innovation analysing main challenges for future statistics in a global, competitive, technology driven information world, with a particular focuses on challenges raised by the integration of production processes in the ESS;
• Contribute to the emergence, optimisation and standardisation of integrated ESS processes and harmonised methodologies;
• Facilitate and promote innovation in the ESS through a streamline infrastructure for ESSnet projects;
• Development and maintain ESS standard tool for seasonal adjustment (SA) and related time series processing for official statistics;
• Monitor and support the implementation of ESS guidelines on seasonal adjustment and best practices for time series processing in coordination with the Steering Group on SA, high level group bringing together ESCB and ESS bodies;
• EMOS (European Masters in Official Statistics) and methodological competence management.

Theme 7.01 Management of IT infrastructure

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• IT user support;
• Local IT systems Administration;
• Development and maintenance of administrative IT applications;
• IT governance;
• Relations and cooperation with DIGIT.

The action 207 (Ensure evolutive maintenance of programming and reporting system) will be an important contribution to the activity of the Eurostat's project of the Management of the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics "Make priority setting system linked to the resource allocation". The same holds for 210 (Enhance IT governance) as far as IT architecture is concerned.
The action 101 (Creation of a shared secure environment) gives added value to the potential users of confidential data. In the mid term the creation of the shared secure environment is an important step to a distributed IT environment, one aim of the activity of Eurostat's project of the Management of the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics "Improve vertical integration".

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Create of a shared secure environment.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide IT User support;
• Provide desktop hardware and software;
• Coordinate IT training;
• Ensure a high level of availability of local servers;
• Provide technical support to IT security;
• Ensure evolutive maintenance of financial applications;
• Ensure evolutive maintenance of programming and reporting system;
• Ensure evolutive maintenance of document management systems;
• Ensure evolutive maintenance of Eurostat's configuration management database;
• Enhance IT governance.


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

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Providing technical (statistical) advice to the EU's external action service (EAS), including EU Delegations in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries;
• Coordinating EU efforts to build statistical capacity within the framework of the MEDSTAT programme of statistical cooperation in the Mediterranean region, and ENP financing instrument (ENPI);
• Assisting the Southern ENP countries in implementing 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Assist EuropeAid in monitoring the implementation of the new project on Energy Statistics in the ENP-East and Central Asian countries.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Work closely with the EuropeAid, the External Action Service, and beneficiaries on the implementation of funding mechanisms for technical assistance (e.g. ENPI);
• Assist ENP countries in the development and review of their national action plans;
• Monitor the progress achieved by ENP countries regarding the adoption of EU statistical methods, classifications and standards;
• Collect and publish statistics on ENP countries;
• Assist EuropeAid in monitoring the implementation of the MEDSTAT III programme;
• Organise international events covering statistical cooperation (relevant to senior managers in national statistical offices) and specific technical themes (relevant to subject matter experts in national statistical offices);
• Promote EU statistical standards, classifications and methodologies through the provision of reference material in relevant languages.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• In 2010 the European Environment Agency was contracted by DG EuropeAid to take the first steps towards a Shared Environmental Information System for the ENP region. This contract included a requirement to assist the ENP countries in capacity building for environment statistics. Eurostat's involvement is linked to promoting the project and its institutional building component in the ENP countries as well as to monitoring and follow-up.

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Add elements of the "Eurostat vision" to the existing activities conc. non-European countries. Incorporate new production method (Eurostat "vision") and "GDP and beyond" elements in the encouragement of best practices in non EU countries. Learn from best practices from countries and organisation outside the EU (e.g. Canada, USA, OECD, etc.). Ensure outreach of "Eurostat vision" to higher income countries and international organisations (including mutual information). Strengthen links between OECD Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies and the "GDP and beyond".
• Take a more proactive stance with respect to international relations following the coming into force of the Lisbon Treaty.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide advisory service for other Commission services (external relations family, including delegations) and beneficiaries on cooperation programmes with ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States), ALA (Asia and Latin America), Central Asia aiming at building statistical capacity and gradual harmonisation of the statistical systems with international methods, standards and classifications.
• Make an effective contribution to advocacy for statistics and international coordination of statistical cooperation activities and the implementation of the Marrakech Action Plan for Statistics and the Dakar Declaration on the Development of Statistics through active participation within Paris21 and other international fora.
• Develop and improve thematic areas of international statistical cooperation (guide to international statistical cooperation, MDG/development indicators work, statistical training, etc.): growth and employment will be considered as area of special attention.
• Continue transfer of know-how regarding statistical tools (ERETES, Eurotrace) to subregional organisations and user groups.
• Provide updated non-EU country statistics and improve information services on international statistical cooperation (publications, Eurostat's web site, knowledge base). Continue the development of a knowledge base of the current state of play for all regions covered by the unit's responsibility showing the level of statistical capacity in the countries in those regions and European Commission aid provided/planned in the field of statistics.
• Implement the action plan for raising the profile of the Commission and the ESS in international statistical fora through the effective participation in major international meetings.
• Co-ordinate effectively relations with Higher Income Countries, including EFTA countries, USA, Canada, Russia etc.
• Coordinate statistical cooperation activities at EU level.
• Maintain constant contacts, to exchange information and to participate in main meetings of international, regional and sub-regional organisations.
• Provide advice to Eurostat and ESS services on their relations with international organisations and countries outside Europe.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• International Relations Working Group;
• A knowledge base on the statistical development of non-EU countries (DISC) and Partners' Report on Support for Statistics (PRESS).

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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide the Secretariat for the ESSC;
• Organise the DGINS Conference;
• Provide the Secretariat for the ESAC;
• Provide the Secretariat for the ESGAB;
• Participation and contribution to EP Committees discussing statistical legislative proposals;
• Coordination with Council Presidencies;
• Follow-up of Statis working group in the Council;
• Advice and follow-up of legislation;
• Cooperation with the ESCB.


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 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.
• Accession negotiations 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)
• Complete the management of assistance to Member States that jointed in 2007 (Phare/Multi-Beneficiary Statistical Cooperation programmes).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Contract new technical assistance for implementing the statistical acquis in the candidate and potential candidate countries (2011 IPA programme).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Implement the ongoing technical assistance programmes for the candidate and potential candidate countries (IPA 2008 and IPA 2009 programmes);
• Complete implementation and close the files relating to the technical assistance programmes MBP 2005 and MBP 2006;
• Contribute to the accession negotiations and the structures set up under the Stabilisation and Association Agreements;
• Contribute to the Commission opinions and reports and to the monitoring procedures on the compliance of candidate and potential candidate countries with the statistical acquis;
• Support implementation of national cooperation programmes in the candidate and potential candidate countries;
• Conduct full assessments of the statistical systems of candidate and potential candidate countries.



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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Improved user orientation on dissemination products and services;
• Enhance reusability;
• Increase multilingualism;
• Disseminate European results from the 2011 Census;
• Improve the visibility and raise awareness of European statistics and the European Statistical System.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Maintain and further develop the Eurostat website;
• Produce electronic and paper publications and related added-value products on European statistics;
• Support external users of European statistics via a network of support centres covering all Member States and languages;
• Promote and market Eurostat and European statistics;
• Disseminate microdata;
• Coordinate dissemination in the European Statistical System.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Enhanced reusability and common tools.




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

• Management, standardisation and improvement of structural and reference metadata;
• Use and improvement of the new Eurostat reference database Eurobase (including the management of the Eurostat data dissemination tree);
• Use and improvement of the Eurostat Metadata Handler;
• Improvement and implementation of the SDMX statistical standards and guidelines for the exchange of data and metadata;
• Dissemination of external data other than the data produced by Eurostat and
• Further improvement and integration of the Eurostat and national metadata systems.

This work contributes substantially to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics. Through increasing standardisation and harmonisation the processes and projects described above also 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 should be improved. Most of the activities listed will also improve the vertical and horizontal integration (i.e. the integration between Eurostat and Member states and the integration between statistical domains) within the European Statistical System.
The main priorities for 2011 are the further standardisation and use of harmonised structural metadata (produced within the ESS and at the level of SDMX) and the broad implementation of the Euro SDMX Metadata Structure (ESMS) and the ESS Standard for Quality Report Structure (ESQRS). Particular attention will also be given to the better use of the new reference database Eurobase (including increasing data quality checks) and the increasing use of the Eurostat Metadata Handler for metadata standardisation within the ESS.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Produce additional EU legislation related to metadata;
• Get international agreements related to metadata exchange;
• Create additional metadata structure definitions for further metadata harmonisation.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Harmonise and maintain structural metadata (code lists) within Eurostat, the European Statistical System and SDMX and release this harmonised structural metadata;
• Implement further the European standards for reference metadata (Euro SDMX Metadata Structure - ESMS - and ESS Standard for Quality Reports Structure - ESQRS) at Eurostat and within the European Statistical System;
• Further implement the harmonised structural metadata (code lists) in statistical domains in data structure definitions;
• Manage and improve the new reference database Eurobase with additional functionalities;
• Stimulate the improvement of the national metadata systems via regular monitoring of these systems;
• Improve the SDMX statistical standards and guidelines and contribute all over to the further SDMX progress;
• Assure the proper functioning and delivery of the ESSnet on SDMX;
• Provide the Commission internal users with access to databases containing data produced outside of the ESS;
• Improve the data dissemination tree used by Eurostat;
• Fully implement the Eurostat Metadata Handler in terms of contents and functionalities for use within the ESS.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Actions 101, 104, 201, 202, 203, 206, 210: all these actions are related to metadata standardisation with the aim to simplify and improve statistical businesses processes within the ESS;
• Actions 103: international exchange of metadata;
• Actions 102, 207: additional SDMX standards and IT applications available.


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.
In 2011, the population and housing censuses will be carried out in the Member States. Eurostat will accompany this effort and encourage the georeferencing of the resulting census data. 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 migrants will play an important role in enhancing the possibilities of linking and integrating data from different sources.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Evaluation and review of migration statistics collected under Regulation 862/2007;
• Development and improvement of existing data sources for migration statistics;
• Migration statistics mainstreaming: new data sources; data exchanges; data integration;
• Quality and accuracy of migration statistics.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect, analyse and disseminate demographic and migration statistics;
• Data for the allocation of the "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows" funds;
• Implement the programme for the quality assurance of data used for the allocation of the "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows" funds;
• Population projections;
• Improve the level of quality (in particular as regards the relevance, comparability and timeliness) of the existing demographic data collection;
• Census Hub;
• Implement the strategy for the production of statistics on life expectancy by socio-economic group.1.2 Labour (Eurostat)
Theme 1.02 Labour market

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.

Fields of 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Launch the revision of the regulation on the LFS;
• Launch a task force to work on comparable measurement of the dynamics of the labour market (longitudinal dimension of the LFS);
• Review working time concepts in the LFS with a view to implementing the 2008 ICLS (International Conference of Labour Statisticians) resolution on the measurement of working time;
• Work in the context of the reform of the production system for EU statistics (in the area of labour market statistics);
• Launch work on seasonal adjustment of quarterly employment and activity rates.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect, process and disseminate short-term and structural labour statistics (employment, unemployment, labour costs, earnings, job vacancies, labour market policies) within the deadlines specified in regulations and gentlemen's agreements; disseminate TUS data.
• Continue actions in the context of the implementation plans following the agreed improvement recommendations for the LFS.
• Implement the conclusions of the work on indicators to supplement the ILO (International Labour Organisation) unemployment rate.
• Fieldwork in the context of the data collection for the Structure of Earnings Survey 2010.1.3 Education (Eurostat)
Theme 1.03 Education and lifelong learning

Official statistics on education and lifelong learning are vital in order to monitor progress towards the achievement of policy goals at national and EU levels.
Statistics developed under this theme are crucial for the monitoring and benchmark exercise of the Europe 2020 strategy, the "Education and Training 2020" policy (including new indicators related to employability and students mobility), and the renewed integrated guidelines, social agenda and sustainable development framework.

Fields of 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, human capital, education and social inclusion of transition from school to work.
• Dissemination of indicators for the monitoring of EU policies and benchmarking exercises like structural indicators, "Education and Training 2010", "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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Further development of indicators and related production processes as regards the monitoring and benchmarking exercise of the Commission strategy Europe 2020, "Education and Training 2020" (including new indicators related to employability and students mobility), the renewed integrated guidelines, social agenda and sustainable development framework.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Regular production of indicators for the monitoring and benchmarking exercise of the Lisbon strategy, "Education and Training 2010", the integrated guidelines, the social agenda and the sustainable development framework.
• Regular production and dissemination of UOE (UNESCO Institute for Statistics, the OECD and EUROSTAT) data on education systems and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions.
• Continued work towards the adoption of the Commission Regulation on statistics on education and training systems act covering the "UOE" data collection.
• Finalisation of the preparation of the CVTS4 survey (Continuing Vocational Training Survey)*.
• Finalisation of the preparation of the AES survey (Adult Education Survey) and continued work on the improvement of the LFS data on participation in education and training.
• Continued consolidation of the methodology and the production process of data on educational attainment coming from the LFS, SILC and other European social surveys in coordination with the OECD (in relation to the core social variables implementation referred to in theme 1.12).
• Continued contribution to the revision of the International Standard Classification for Education (ISCED) in cooperation with OECD and UNESCO (ISCED revision under the responsibility of the UNESCO Institute of Statistics).
• Finalisation of the dissemination of the data on entry of young people into the labour market (coming from the EU LFS ad hoc module 2009).
• Modernisation of UOE finance methodology and tables (ongoing ESSnet).

* A review of the survey will start in early 2012 following the EP/Council 2010 report.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Several data collections are initiated or promoted by DG EAC, DG EMPL and CEDEFOP in the field of skills measurements: language skills measure, learning to learn skills measure, civic skills, adult skills; innovation and creativity skills.
• DG EAC executive agency (Eurydice) collects qualitative information and data on education and training systems.1.4 Health (Eurostat)
Theme 1.05 Health and safety

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" provides the policy framework.
Priorities in 2011 will include i) preparatory work for the implementing Commission regulation on health care and for the second round of EHIS (European Health Interview Survey) and ii) finalisation and adoption of the Commission regulation on the LFS 2013 module on accidents and work-related health problems.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Public Health including Health care (expenditure (covers health care financing) and non-expenditure (covers health care organisation - facilities, staff, equipment and use of services)), Causes of Death, Health Interview Surveys (European Health Interview Surveys - EHIS, Statistics on Income and Living Conditions - SILC), Morbidity and Disability.
• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Preparatory work for the implementing Commission regulation on health care (mapping exercise for expenditure in in-depth comparability assessment for non-expenditure).
• Preparatory work for the second round of EHIS (first draft of implementing Commission regulation; technical and methodological documents including questionnaire).
• Finalisation and adoption of the Commission regulation on the LFS 2013 module on accidents and work-related health problems; development of corresponding questionnaire and methodological guidelines.
• Development of technical and methodological guidelines (including questionnaire) for a survey on disability.
• Adoption of Commission Regulations on Causes of Death and on European Statistics of Accidents of Work.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection, validation and dissemination of 2009 data (and associated metadata) on health care (expenditure and non-expenditure) based on Joint Questionnaire with OECD and WHO; improvement of data quality; dissemination of short analysis in the form of SiFs (Statistics in Focus).
• Collection, validation and dissemination of the 2009 data (and associated metadata) on causes of death; dissemination of short analysis in the form of a SiF.
• Validation and dissemination (on the Eurostat website and in the form of anonymised microdata to the research community) of EHIS 2008 round data for all participating countries.
• Development of corresponding methodological and technical guidelines for a survey on health and social integration to be implemented in 2012.
• Evaluation of all pilot data collections and development of the methodology for data collection on morbidity.
• Collection, validation and dissemination of the 2009 data (and associated metadata) on Accidents at Work (ESAW) and on Occupational Diseases (EODS); improvement of the coverage in line with implementing Commission regulation for ESAW and consolidation of EODS in new Member States and candidate countries.
• Collaboration with the Washington Group and the Budapest Initiative.
• Implementation in Member States of the 2011 LFS ad hoc module on employment of disabled people.
• SILC: 2009/2010 data on health status, health care and healthy Life Years Structural indicator.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• For some areas in the field of public health, data such as injuries and regional health statistics are collected directly by DG Health and Consumers (DG SANCO), 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 for the follow-up of these projects, such as by examining the possibility to launch an ESSnet.
• The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) will continue developing an observatory of working conditions in Europe. Eurofound will also launch its 5th European Survey on Working Conditions.
• The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) will continue to develop its Risk Observatory on new and emerging risks.
• The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) coordinates collections of data on communicable diseases at EU level.
• Data on key indicators on drugs are collected by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), and work is coordinated with Eurostat.1.5 Income and consumption (Eurostat)
Theme 1.09 Food safety

Eurostat involvement is limited and mainly concerns the collection and dissemination of data on 'control and monitoring activities' in order to meet data needs for the Commission Report to the European Parliament and to the Council in accordance with Article 44 of Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council No. 882/2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Control and monitoring of food safety data;
• Data on food consumption;
• Food domain of the Eurostat website.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Continue updating the controls database for food safety and improve the quality of the data, including documentation on definitions and sampling strategies used by the countries.
• Define at EU level with the support of a task force the content (variables) to be collected in the area of organic production and farming.
• Update the FOOD domain of New Cronos with up-to-date data and also examine the possibility of including data on food-borne diseases collected by the ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control).

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Give priority to the use of available data such as the Household Budget Survey.
• Continue developing the common terminology (definitions, classifications) used to collect data on control and monitoring activities in order to help countries develop their own data management systems (administrative sources) for collecting and storing data on control and monitoring activities.
• Continue cooperating with other collectors of data in the field (DG SANCO, in particular the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO), and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)).

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 pesticide residues, zoonoses, etc. are currently collected by DG SANCO and/or the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and sent to Eurostat.1.6 Social protection (Eurostat)
Theme 1.07 Social protection

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.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Collection (on a voluntary basis) of 2007 and 2008 data on net social benefits;
• Launching of 2009 data on net social benefits.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collect and validate the 2009 ESSPROS data (quantitative and qualitative data of the core system, data on pension beneficiaries) in accordance with EP and Council Regulation No 458/2007.
• Disseminate the 2009 ESSPROS data (quantitative and qualitative data of the core system, data on pension beneficiaries) in accordance with EP and Council Regulation No 458/2007.
• Publish the ESSPROS data in the form of two Statistics in Focus on selected ESSPROS topics.
• Prepare two EU quality reports on the core system and on pension beneficiaries.
• Commission Regulations (implementing Regulation No 458/2007) on net social benefits.

Theme 1.11 Discrimination

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.
Priorities in 2011 will include i) discussing the introduction of country of birth of parents in main social surveys (LFS, SILC) in coordination with migration statistics, as a proxy measurement to the classification on ethnic origin and ii) supporting DG EMPL in preparatory work for the implementation of a social survey on experienced discrimination.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• As a proxy measurement to the classification on ethnic origin, discuss introduction of country of birth of parents in main social surveys (LFS, SILC) in coordination with migration statistics;
• Support DG EMPL in preparatory work for the implementation of a social survey on experienced discrimination.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Outcome difference indicators on equality: update the data of the dedicated section.1.8 Justice and crime (Eurostat)
Theme 1.10 Crime and criminal justice

The need to provide information on the development of crime in the EU arises from the Hague programme adopted by the European Council in 2004 and Commission Communication COM/2006/437, 'Developing a comprehensive and coherent EU strategy to measure crime and criminal justice: an EU action plan 2006-2010'.
Priorities in 2011 will include i) the development of a security survey to be implemented in 2013, and ii), development of methodologies for providing required indicators following the work of the DG HOME Expert Group on data needs.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Safety survey to be implemented in 2013: development of Commission regulation and technical and methodological aspects;
• Follow up work by the DG HOME Expert Group on data needs, develop methodologies for providing required indicators and implement where possible;
• Draft EP and Council regulation for an EU Safety Survey to be implemented in 2013: discussion in EP and Council.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Launch jointly with UN a collection of data on police-recorded crime, number of police officers in the Member States and prison population, up to reference year 2009.
• Extend the collection of data on money-laundering, up to reference year 2009.
• Restructure available metadata relating to crime and criminal justice systems corresponding to latest information obtained from Member States.

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

2.1 NEW WORK

• Launching of a joint data collection with the UN - DG HOME is involved.

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection of cash control statistics from Member States by DG TAXUD.1.9 Culture (Eurostat)
Theme 1.04 Culture

Official statistics on culture are requested within the development of the "European agenda for the culture" endorsed by the Council on 16 November 2007. Eurostat involvement is limited and mainly concerns the set up and monitoring of an ESSnet running from September 2009 to September 2011.

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Statistics on the cultural/creative sector;
• Statistics on expenditure on culture;
• Statistics on cultural participation and the social impact of culture.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Assess the results of ESSnet-culture.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Follow-up of ESSnet-culture.1.10 Political and other community activities (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, including a possible (MEETS-like) programme;
• Youth statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implementation of the strategy for modernisation of social statistics;
• Collaboration with DG Education and Culture DG in preparing the " 2012 Youth report" to the Council.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Process and disseminate the results of the 2010 LFS ad hoc module on reconciliation between work and family life;
• Continue improving the dissemination of gender-related information across all domains;
• Methodological development of indicators on youth;
• Improve dissemination of data on young people;
• Continue implementation of the core variables in social surveys.


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Enhance the role of the Eurostat Spokesperson in order to increase Eurostat's visibility in the media;
• Advise Eurostat management on the ways of communicating the Communication on the production method of EU statistics in the ESS and implement the decisions;
• Create an informal network of press officers in the EU.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Draft news releases on key statistics;
• Improve the targeting of Eurostat news releases with particular reference to important international events;
• Develop contacts with the media by providing tailor-made extraction and organising training courses for journalists;
• Support the implementation of Eurostat strategy through communication to staff;
• Extend the number of written and video interviews on Eurostat'sintranet;
• Regularly publish Eurostat newsletter and magazine;
• Organise specific information events, such as the General Assembly and informal staff meetings;
• Enhance the exchange of information between the ESS members through INSite.


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

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Ensuring the physical and logical protection of confidential data (statistical disclosure control - SDC);
• Harmonisation of principles and guidelines in SDC;
• Design infrastructure (IT and procedure) for releasing confidential data (tabular or micro data) to ESS partners and Research community;
• Coordination of sectoral initiatives in the domain of protection and release of confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Methodological and tool development in the domain SDC;
• Ensuring and promoting the correct and coherent application of rules and provisions for the release of confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Methodological support in SDC;
• Ensuring adequate governance of statistical confidentiality in the ESS
This work contributes to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics through;
• the design of cross-cutting infrastructure for the release of data for scientific purposes and for the protection of confidential data disseminated to user;
• the improvement of vertical integration of processes defining Member States a framework for the standardisation and harmonisation of processes related to the SDC.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Develop a solution for accessing confidential data online;
• Setting up of new procedures and an implementation framework for the new regulation on access to confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Define an ESS strategy for a distributed infrastructure for access to confidential data including various actors;
• Specify and develop building blocks for tabular data protection;

• Develop a solution for accessing confidential data online;
• Setting up of new procedures and an implementation framework for the new regulation on access to confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Define an ESS strategy for a distributed infrastructure for access to confidential data including various actors;
• Specify and develop building blocks for tabular data protection.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Streamline the procedures for access to micro data for scientific purposes;
• Ensure the processing of the admissibility requests;
• Support Eurostat units on methodological (statistical disclosure control methods and tools) and legal issues;
• Disseminate SDC ESSnets results in Eurostat and ESS;
• Develop a new implementing regulation on access to confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Develop remote access to confidential data;
• Continue developing step by step an infrastructure/processes adapted to the need of fostering the release of EU micro data in an integrated ESS (remote access, remote execution, documentation, Public Use File (PUF), safe centre, cooperation with data archive networks).


4.7 Data analysis (Eurostat)
Theme 6.10 Statistical research and methodology

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Statistical process architecture and integration;
• Statistical research and methodological innovation;
• Standardisation and knowledge management;
• Core methodologies: data integration, data analysis, time series processing and seasonal adjustment, data collection design, data validation and model based estimation, EU approaches;
• Methodological support, advice, guidance and assessment;
• Methodological cooperation in the ESS and with universities;
• Training and methodological competence management.
This work contributes substantially to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics through;
• The conceptual analysis of most relevant cross-cutting issues tracking efficiency gains with the identification of commonalities in different related processes, the identification of generic specification for common process steps and the development of associated guidelines and tools;
• The improvement of vertical integration of processes by launching with Member States collaborative projects aiming at designing global ESS process, streamline their implementation by the identification and documentation of good practices following the Generic Statistical Business Process Model;
• The development and implement a multi dimensional programme of research and innovation through the elaboration of a research programme for Official Statistics to be included in FP8; the intensification the link with research community; the setting up transfer mechanism involving Member States (ESSnets);the launching specific ESSnets and research projects under the umbrella of the ESS Directors of Methodology (DIME) and the Network of Methodologists in Eurostat;
• The improvement of the methodological competences with the development of Master of Science in Official Statistics with universities and a strategic reflection on the mechanism for their management;
• To the optimisation of interaction with partners with the emergence and fast consolidation of methodology for collaboration building upon virtual platforms (web 2.0) to support cooperative projects and to reinforce cooperation among ESS partners and with academia.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Set up an ESS governance structure for the integration of ESS statistical production processes;
• Improve research on official statistics in collaboration with Member States;
• ESSnets on cooperative methodological developments.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide guidance and support for and assess methodological developments for ESTAT reengineering production system;
• Generate and organise knowledge in key methodological issues for an integrated architecture for the production of official statistics: new modes of data collection, data analysis, data validation, survey methodology and sampling, data integration, model based estimation;
• Explore, set up and maintain new modes and tools of collaboration for the community of ESS Methodologists, Researchers (CROS - Cooperation between Researchers and Official Statisticians) and Partners (Joint Research Centre, etc);
• Identify priorities for research, methodological developments and innovation analysing main challenges for future statistics in a global, competitive, technology driven information world, with a particular focuses on challenges raised by the integration of production processes in the ESS;
• Contribute to the emergence, optimisation and standardisation of integrated ESS processes and harmonised methodologies;
• Facilitate and promote innovation in the ESS through a streamline infrastructure for ESSnet projects;
• Development and maintain ESS standard tool for seasonal adjustment (SA) and related time series processing for official statistics;
• Monitor and support the implementation of ESS guidelines on seasonal adjustment and best practices for time series processing in coordination with the Steering Group on SA, high level group bringing together ESCB and ESS bodies;
• EMOS (European Masters in Official Statistics) and methodological competence management.



2. Economic Statistics (Eurostat)
4.1 Metadata (Eurostat)
Theme 6.05 Data and metadata structural definition

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Management, standardisation and improvement of structural and reference metadata;
• Use and improvement of the new Eurostat reference database Eurobase (including the management of the Eurostat data dissemination tree);
• Use and improvement of the Eurostat Metadata Handler;
• Improvement and implementation of the SDMX statistical standards and guidelines for the exchange of data and metadata;
• Dissemination of external data other than the data produced by Eurostat and
• Further improvement and integration of the Eurostat and national metadata systems.

This work contributes substantially to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics. Through increasing standardisation and harmonisation the processes and projects described above also 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 should be improved. Most of the activities listed will also improve the vertical and horizontal integration (i.e. the integration between Eurostat and Member states and the integration between statistical domains) within the European Statistical System.
The main priorities for 2011 are the further standardisation and use of harmonised structural metadata (produced within the ESS and at the level of SDMX) and the broad implementation of the Euro SDMX Metadata Structure (ESMS) and the ESS Standard for Quality Report Structure (ESQRS). Particular attention will also be given to the better use of the new reference database Eurobase (including increasing data quality checks) and the increasing use of the Eurostat Metadata Handler for metadata standardisation within the ESS.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Produce additional EU legislation related to metadata;
• Get international agreements related to metadata exchange;
• Create additional metadata structure definitions for further metadata harmonisation.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Harmonise and maintain structural metadata (code lists) within Eurostat, the European Statistical System and SDMX and release this harmonised structural metadata;
• Implement further the European standards for reference metadata (Euro SDMX Metadata Structure - ESMS - and ESS Standard for Quality Reports Structure - ESQRS) at Eurostat and within the European Statistical System;
• Further implement the harmonised structural metadata (code lists) in statistical domains in data structure definitions;
• Manage and improve the new reference database Eurobase with additional functionalities;
• Stimulate the improvement of the national metadata systems via regular monitoring of these systems;
• Improve the SDMX statistical standards and guidelines and contribute all over to the further SDMX progress;
• Assure the proper functioning and delivery of the ESSnet on SDMX;
• Provide the Commission internal users with access to databases containing data produced outside of the ESS;
• Improve the data dissemination tree used by Eurostat;
• Fully implement the Eurostat Metadata Handler in terms of contents and functionalities for use within the ESS.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Actions 101, 104, 201, 202, 203, 206, 210: all these actions are related to metadata standardisation with the aim to simplify and improve statistical businesses processes within the ESS;
• Actions 103: international exchange of metadata;
• Actions 102, 207: additional SDMX standards and IT applications available.


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Finalise the ESS guidelines on revisions and prepare an implementation plan within the ESS.
• Finalise and disseminate handbooks on best practices on revisions analysis and seasonal adjustment.
• Develop a first set of tools for the rationalisation of the use of statistical and econometric techniques to improve PEEIs coverage and to analyse them.
• Investigate new statistical areas relevant for production improvement and analysis.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Finalise and follow up the implementation of common policies within the ESS for the compilation of Principal European Economic Indicators in key areas such as seasonal adjustment, estimation and back calculation. The priority will be monitoring the implementation of the already endorsed ESS seasonal adjustment guidelines.
• Improve Euroindicators/PEEIs website: online analysis and comparative tables, Statistics Explained pages, online bibliographies and publications (Newsletter, Selected Readings, State of Affairs, PEEIs Quarterly quality report), including the official monthly publication Eurostatistics.
• Monitor EuroIND and PEEIs quality: regular updating of the Euroindicators real-time database for revision analysis and real-time simulation, monitoring Euro-IND quality (with particular attention to Principal European Economic Indicators), developing new quality measures for time series and database (synthetic quality indicator), dissemination of results.
• Improve structure, coverage and visibility (enhanced visualisation tools) of the selected PEEIs page, also in line with the development of the Principal Global Indicators activities.
• Finalise the testing exercise of nowcasting, back calculation and monthly indicator of the economic activity (Euromind) as well as coincident turning points indicators by means of sophisticated statistical and econometric techniques (whenever possible in collaboration with production units, DG ECFIN and the ECB) and decisions on their dissemination.
• Support Eurostat sectoral units, Commission Directorates General, and Member States in their activity to improve and analyse Principal European Economic Indicators, including training activities and tools development.
• Contribute to international meetings, seminars and conferences aiming to promote the use of statistical and econometric techniques for data production and analysis and to develop and consolidate a early monitoring system for the global economy.
• Follow-up the 6th Eurostat Colloquium on Modern Tools for Business Cycle Analysis.

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implement NACE Rev 2;
• GDP flash estimates at T+30 days - feasibility study and testing period;
• Implement the revised ESA and the revised ESA transmission programme;
• Compile a QSA flash estimate based on Member States transmissions at t+90 days to be available well ahead of the final publication at t+120 days;
• Extend the content and relevance of statistics derived from quarterly sector accounts;
• Improve quality aspects of quarterly national accounts.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Ensure complete and timely availability of quarterly national accounts data, ensure production and dissemination of EU/EA quarterly accounts data.
• Quarterly compilation and publication of euro area and EU sector accounts including derived charts, tables, news releases and the publication of key indicators by country.
• Eight news releases published: one for the household sector and one for non-financial corporations every quarter. About 30 charts and tables, covering all sectors of the economy, updated and loaded on ESTAT website. Harmonisation of quarterly non-financial sector accounts data: cross-country comparisons of key variables, documentation of sources and methods and selection of best practices.
• Continue work to improve timeliness and availability of key short-term national accounts indicators for monitoring the statistical consequences of the financial and economic crisis - in particular flash estimates of GDP and employment.

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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Finalise assessment reports on new EU-15 inventories of sources and methods for compiling GNI;
• Finalise assessment reports on EU-10 inventories of sources and methods for compiling GNI;
• Finalise analysis and assessment reports on EU-2 inventories of sources and methods for compiling GNI;
• Carry out GNI missions in the Member States including direct verification as required;
• Pursue work on the development of guidelines on supervisory and control systems for national accounts in the Member States;
• Verify declarations for VAT-based resources for about 12 countries (chosen by DG BUDG).

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Amendment to BoP Regulation 184/2005, as required for implementing new reference manuals;
• Implementation of the revised BoP Quality Report;
• Survey of Balance Of Payments/Rest Of The World Differences;
• Projects targeted at increasing consistency between BoP and other statistical domains (travel, transport, goods);
• Investigate possibilities for alignment/integration of the data collections goods and services;
• Preparatory work related to the implementation of the new Balance of Payments Manual (BPM6) and the new Benchmark Definition of Foreign Direct Investment (BD4).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Collection and validation of data related to Balance of Payments, International Trade in Services, Remittances, Foreign Direct Investment;
• Dissemination of data and maintenance of metadata;
• Treatment of the EU Institutions accounting data for the production of BoP of the EU Institutions;
• Regular dissemination of BoP data of EU institutions (EUI) and maintenance of metadata;
• Pre-filling of the quality reports and assessment of the quality of national BoP data;
• Methodological assistance and guidance to the Member States;
• Guarantee the functioning of the BoP Committee including all necessary comitology procedures;
• Organise Working Groups and Task Force meetings;
• Guarantee smooth functioning of the FDI Network that allows for the exchange of FDI microdata (Joint initiative -Eurostat/ECB DG Statistics);
• Define the new reporting requirements for BoP and FDI, necessary for implementing BPM6 and BD4. Consultations with the Member States and the ECB.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

New BoP Quality Report.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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Implementation of NACE Rev 2;
• Implementation of the revised ESA Transmission Programme;
• Matching sector accounts with household survey data (linked to recommendation 16 of the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission);
• Harmonised revision policy - national accounts and balance of payments;
• EU productions systems in national accounts - exploratory analysis.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Ensure complete and timely availability of national accounts data, ensure production and dissemination of EU/EA accounts data.
• Ensure complete and timely availability of supply, use and symmetric input-output tables; improve quality of data with a view to consistency among the tables and with corresponding national accounts data.
• Ensure complete and timely availability of regional accounts data.
• Validate publish, in European System of Accounts (ESA) format:
  - the annual non-financial sector accounts of the Member States;
  - the annual financial sector accounts and balance sheets of the Member States.
• Harmonise annual non-financial sector accounts data: cross-country comparisons of key indicators and documentation of Member States' practices in the field of household sector delineation.
• Pursue work on the revision of ESA 95 in relation to discussion, finalisation and adoption of the new ESA Regulation by the Council and the European Parliament.
• Assess quality of implementation of ESA 95, including, in particular, improved price and volume measures in national accounts, development of satellite accounts and supplementary tables, assessment of FISIM (Financial Intermediation Services Indirectly Measured), preparing the implementation of the new ESA methodology etc. and drawing conclusions for future work.
• Prepare and test revised ESA pensions recording (through the Pensions Contact Group).
• Productivity and growth accounting (EU KLEMS - EU level analysis of capital (K), labour (L), energy (E), materials (M) and service (S) inputs on a detailed activity level).
• National accounts production system (NAPS).
• Pursue discussions on the SNA at international level as required, including the research agenda and implementation aspects.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• NAPS;
• Explanatory analysis of NA production system.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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Launch a project to develop indicators on global value chains, as a follow-up of the international sourcing survey and related data linking (subject to approval by the business statistics directors/ESSC).
• Implement Council and EP Decision 1297/2008 (MEETS), implement the Commission Decision on the financing for 2011.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Implement Council and EP Decision 1297/2008 (MEETS), implement the Commission Decision on the financing for 2010.
• Ensure the implementation of Regulation No 295/2008 on SBS and Commission Regulation 97/2009 on the first implementation of the flexible module. Process and disseminate the collected data.
• Process and disseminate 2010 Prodcom data according to the Prodcom Regulation. Promote harmonisation of national methodologies for Prodcom.
• Ensure the implementation of Regulation No 716/2007 on FATS. Process and disseminate the collected data.
• Set up the 2012 Prodcom list.
• Ensure continued quality improvement of Prodcom, SBS and FATS data.
• Analyse the results of the pilot actions in the framework of the SBS Regulation and the FATS Regulation and plan the further application of the flexible module of the SBS Regulation. If pilot actions prove the feasibility of the data collection, proceed with the necessary measures for the implementation.
• Contribute to the entrepreneurship indicator programme. Ensure adoption of Commission Regulations implementing Regulation (EC) 295/2008 and amending Commission Regulations 250/2009 and 251/2009 to integrate employer business demography statistics and high growth enterprises.
• Prepare the report to the European Parliament and Council on the implementation of Regulation 295/2008 on SBS.
• Finalise the project on linking of microdata on international sourcing.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Implement Council and EP Decision 1297/2008 (MEETS).

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 2011

• Assess the short-term statistics compiled, in particular their relevance and quality as well as the revision of indicators; specifically address the cost of the statistical system and the burden on business in relation to its benefits; report on best practices for lessening the burden on business and indicate ways of reducing the burden and costs.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Timely production of existing indicators and their publication;
• Investigatie and improve the reliability, accuracy and comparability of STS indicators.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• STS is an active participant in the MEETS programme (see theme 3.01).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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Explore the possibilities for remote access of the EGR data;
• Testing of the profiling methodology by the ESSnet partners on large and complex enterprises.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Maintain and further develop the IT architecture to manage the (EGR) and implement additional IT technology to exchange data with the EGR;
• Maintain and further develop the EGR methodology;
• Acquire further commercial data necessary to manage the EGR and update it through exchanges;
• Ensure the adoption of legislation on the exchange of MNE data between Eurostat and central banks;
• Develop the business model of the EGR network including the requirements at central (Eurostat) and national level;
• Development of the Data Quality management of the EGR;
• Maintain the technical specifications in the Recommendations Manual on the basis of the Commission Regulation;
• Report on the implementation of the BR Regulation through the annual survey;
• Integrate national central banks and the ECB in the framework of the EGR;
• Continue to develop a methodology for profiling large and complex enterprises.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Creation of the EuroGroups Register;
• Maintaining national business registers;
• Developing a methodology for profiling large and complex enterprise groups.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Coordination with the ECB in order to achieve a common platform for multinational enterprise groups in the financial and non-financial sector.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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Revised Commission Regulation 479/2009;
• Extend geographical coverage of data collection for annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV) to include candidate countries;
• Develop metadata and quality indicators for annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV);
• Possible increase of derived indicators for annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV) in order to improve the meaningfulness of source data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Carry out bi-annual assessment of debt and deficit data of Member States, and provide these data.
• Discuss selected methodological issues with Member States and provide bilateral advice.
• Carry out statistical assessment of Candidate Countries.
• Develop inventories of sources and methods for deficit and debt statistics.
• Carry out regular EDP dialogue missions to Member States.
• Complete the production and publication of detailed (COFOG -Classification of the Functions of Government - level II) data for government expenditure by function.
• Compilation, validation and final publication of annual non-financial general government accounts (AGOV) of the Member States plus Norway, Iceland and Switzerland.
• Data are received in the framework of the ESA95 Transmission Programme under:
  - table 2: Main aggregates of general government;
  - table 9: Detailed tax and social contribution receipts by type of tax and social contribution and receiving sub-sector + detailed list of taxes and social contributions according to national classification of taxes and social contributions (National Tax List/ NTL);
  - table 11: General government expenditure by COFOG functions.
• Quarterly compilation and publication of quarterly government finance statistics data (QGOV: quarterly financial and non-financial accounts and quarterly debt data of government - ESA tables 25, 27 and 28).
• Assess the actual data reported by Member States as regards compliance with accounting roles, completeness, reliability, timeliness and consistency of the data.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Development of tools to aid Member States' validation before data transmission.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• DG TAXUD classifies tax revenues by economic function and calculates 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;
• Co-ordination, drafting, adjustment and maintenance of legislation in the field of statistics on trade in goods with Member States (Intrastat) and non-Member States (Extrastat);
• Co-ordination of initiatives on burden reduction in the field of external trade statistics.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Further analysis concerning the consistency between trade in goods statistics and balance of payments statistics in order to move closer to more integrated statistical systems.
• Implementation of the new Intrastat and Extrastat legal requirements and provision of methodological support. Assessment of the impact of the implementation of the amended Intrastat regulation on the statistical response burden.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Publish each month the main Intra and Extra EU and euro area aggregates via the Press releases (on average 46 days after the month of reference) and more detailed Intra and Extra trade statistics via Bulletins. Publish the Annual Yearbook and at least four Statistics in Focus during the year.
• Make available in the Comext database monthly detailed data and metadata (raw data, seasonally adjusted data, unit value indices, qualitative information, classifications and relations among them, methodological comments) from the 27 Member States, EFTA, from co-operation programmes and data from third countries and international organisations. Recent evolution of nomenclatures (SITC -Standard Industrial Trade Classification, BEC - Broad Economic Categories, CPA - Statistical Classification of Products by Activity in the European Economic Union, NSTR - Standard Goods Classification for Transport Statistics) and new related data derivation will be taken into account. An expanded range of services to data users (simplified/advanced and on-line/Web unified interfaces; new functionalities and improved support for users) will be provided in Comext.
• Consolidate and improve the data process according to the new Extrastat and amended Intrastat regulations adopted in 2009.
• Update methodological documentation. Further develop the implementation guidelines for the new pieces of legislation. Participate in the revision of concepts and definitions of external trade statistics at the level of the United Nations.
• Develop proposals in the framework of cooperation programmes. Follow-up the implementation of the current programmes (e.g. the Instrument of Pre-accession Activities - IPA).
• Modernise validation tools and methods at Eurostat and in Member States
• Collect and disseminate first annual data on trade by enterprise characteristics, required by the revised Regulations. Further develop methodological guidelines.
• Prepare individual assessment reports on each Member State and an annual summary quality report. Further develop guidelines for methods and practices affecting quality. Continue actions to decrease asymmetries in intra-EU trade statistics . Analyse and report on the quality of detailed data with the help of various monitoring reports.
• Ensure the maintenance of the Eurotrace package, organisation of course.
• In the framework of the MEETS programme which runs until 2013, continue financing studies on the simplification of Intrastat, on linking trade and other business statistics and on the implementation of new Extrastat legislation in the Member States.
• Consolidate the use and further implementation of XT-NET ASSIST application by Member States and possibly by main providers of statistical information (PSIs).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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Develop the Health output approach for PPP for all EU Member States;
• Update PPP Manual.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Produce, quality-check and further develop HICP monthly data and HICP flash estimates including the production and necessary further development of HICP at constant tax rates and HICP administered prices;
• Owner Occupied Housing (OOH) and dwelling price indices;
• Development of detailed information on prices;
• Develop and follow up the implementation of standards on quality; adjustment and sampling and weighting;
• Extend HICP communications to promote the HICP;
• Monitor the compliance of national indices with HICP standards with follow-up as required;
• Carry out PPP surveys and compute 2010 PPP;
• Compute Correction Coefficients and annual adjustment for Staff;
• Develop and produce information on pension contribution rate, pension expenditure forecast, pension liability and health liability;
• Implementing Regulation for PPP and PPP Inventories of Member States' methods.2.9 Science and technology (Eurostat)
Theme 5.06 Science, technology and innovation

Official statistics on STI are vital in order to measure and understand growth based on knowledge, as well as to monitor progress towards the achievement of policy goals at national and EU levels.
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).

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Production, dissemination and development of the Community Innovation Survey 2006-2010 (and beyond);
• Production, dissemination and development of the Research and Development statistics 2008-2010;
• Production and dissemination of the survey on Careers of Doctorate Holders (CDH) 2009 and decision on its follow-up;
• Production, dissemination and development of the Patent statistics based on PATSTAT data source from European Patent Office;
• Production and dissemination of the High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors statistics with their extensions;
• Conduction of feasibility studies and pilot data collections in the Science, Technology and Innovation statistics area including the rationalisation of the related surveys where adequate and possible;
• 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• 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 European Union Innovation surveys re-design and search for synergies.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Maintain and improve Eurostat's set of ERA indicators; coordinate actions, metadata, quality evaluation and communication towards Commission;
• Ensure the wide dissemination of CIS 2008 data and the related metadata;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of R&D and GBAORD (government budget appropriations or outlays on research and development) data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Initiation of the revision of the Commission regulation (EC) No 753/2004 on Science and Technology;
• Process, validate and disseminate the CDH 2009 data with the related metadata;
• Evaluate of the CDH 2009 survey, its outcome and the follow-up actions drawn;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of patent data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of High Tech and Knowledge Intensive sectors' data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Review of the classification of the High-Tech and Knowledge Intensive activities;
• Ensure the regular production and dissemination of Human Resources in Science and Technology data and the related metadata with their envisaged extensions;
• Initiate the development of the CIS 2012 with a project developing a harmonised survey questionnaire with all the supporting methodological documentation;
• Ensure the CIS 2010 conduct at the Member States with possible all the desired extensions.

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

2.1 NEW WORK

• DG Research has initiated 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.
• DG Research has initiated several other projects to obtain 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.
• DG Research will renew its contract to maintain, update and further develop its integrated STI database.


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Enhance the role of the Eurostat Spokesperson in order to increase Eurostat's visibility in the media;
• Advise Eurostat management on the ways of communicating the Communication on the production method of EU statistics in the ESS and implement the decisions;
• Create an informal network of press officers in the EU.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Draft news releases on key statistics;
• Improve the targeting of Eurostat news releases with particular reference to important international events;
• Develop contacts with the media by providing tailor-made extraction and organising training courses for journalists;
• Support the implementation of Eurostat strategy through communication to staff;
• Extend the number of written and video interviews on Eurostat'sintranet;
• Regularly publish Eurostat newsletter and magazine;
• Organise specific information events, such as the General Assembly and informal staff meetings;
• Enhance the exchange of information between the ESS members through INSite.


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

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Ensuring the physical and logical protection of confidential data (statistical disclosure control - SDC);
• Harmonisation of principles and guidelines in SDC;
• Design infrastructure (IT and procedure) for releasing confidential data (tabular or micro data) to ESS partners and Research community;
• Coordination of sectoral initiatives in the domain of protection and release of confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Methodological and tool development in the domain SDC;
• Ensuring and promoting the correct and coherent application of rules and provisions for the release of confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Methodological support in SDC;
• Ensuring adequate governance of statistical confidentiality in the ESS
This work contributes to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics through;
• the design of cross-cutting infrastructure for the release of data for scientific purposes and for the protection of confidential data disseminated to user;
• the improvement of vertical integration of processes defining Member States a framework for the standardisation and harmonisation of processes related to the SDC.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Develop a solution for accessing confidential data online;
• Setting up of new procedures and an implementation framework for the new regulation on access to confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Define an ESS strategy for a distributed infrastructure for access to confidential data including various actors;
• Specify and develop building blocks for tabular data protection;

• Develop a solution for accessing confidential data online;
• Setting up of new procedures and an implementation framework for the new regulation on access to confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Define an ESS strategy for a distributed infrastructure for access to confidential data including various actors;
• Specify and develop building blocks for tabular data protection.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Streamline the procedures for access to micro data for scientific purposes;
• Ensure the processing of the admissibility requests;
• Support Eurostat units on methodological (statistical disclosure control methods and tools) and legal issues;
• Disseminate SDC ESSnets results in Eurostat and ESS;
• Develop a new implementing regulation on access to confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Develop remote access to confidential data;
• Continue developing step by step an infrastructure/processes adapted to the need of fostering the release of EU micro data in an integrated ESS (remote access, remote execution, documentation, Public Use File (PUF), safe centre, cooperation with data archive networks).


4.7 Data analysis (Eurostat)
Theme 6.10 Statistical research and methodology

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Statistical process architecture and integration;
• Statistical research and methodological innovation;
• Standardisation and knowledge management;
• Core methodologies: data integration, data analysis, time series processing and seasonal adjustment, data collection design, data validation and model based estimation, EU approaches;
• Methodological support, advice, guidance and assessment;
• Methodological cooperation in the ESS and with universities;
• Training and methodological competence management.
This work contributes substantially to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics through;
• The conceptual analysis of most relevant cross-cutting issues tracking efficiency gains with the identification of commonalities in different related processes, the identification of generic specification for common process steps and the development of associated guidelines and tools;
• The improvement of vertical integration of processes by launching with Member States collaborative projects aiming at designing global ESS process, streamline their implementation by the identification and documentation of good practices following the Generic Statistical Business Process Model;
• The development and implement a multi dimensional programme of research and innovation through the elaboration of a research programme for Official Statistics to be included in FP8; the intensification the link with research community; the setting up transfer mechanism involving Member States (ESSnets);the launching specific ESSnets and research projects under the umbrella of the ESS Directors of Methodology (DIME) and the Network of Methodologists in Eurostat;
• The improvement of the methodological competences with the development of Master of Science in Official Statistics with universities and a strategic reflection on the mechanism for their management;
• To the optimisation of interaction with partners with the emergence and fast consolidation of methodology for collaboration building upon virtual platforms (web 2.0) to support cooperative projects and to reinforce cooperation among ESS partners and with academia.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Set up an ESS governance structure for the integration of ESS statistical production processes;
• Improve research on official statistics in collaboration with Member States;
• ESSnets on cooperative methodological developments.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide guidance and support for and assess methodological developments for ESTAT reengineering production system;
• Generate and organise knowledge in key methodological issues for an integrated architecture for the production of official statistics: new modes of data collection, data analysis, data validation, survey methodology and sampling, data integration, model based estimation;
• Explore, set up and maintain new modes and tools of collaboration for the community of ESS Methodologists, Researchers (CROS - Cooperation between Researchers and Official Statisticians) and Partners (Joint Research Centre, etc);
• Identify priorities for research, methodological developments and innovation analysing main challenges for future statistics in a global, competitive, technology driven information world, with a particular focuses on challenges raised by the integration of production processes in the ESS;
• Contribute to the emergence, optimisation and standardisation of integrated ESS processes and harmonised methodologies;
• Facilitate and promote innovation in the ESS through a streamline infrastructure for ESSnet projects;
• Development and maintain ESS standard tool for seasonal adjustment (SA) and related time series processing for official statistics;
• Monitor and support the implementation of ESS guidelines on seasonal adjustment and best practices for time series processing in coordination with the Steering Group on SA, high level group bringing together ESCB and ESS bodies;
• EMOS (European Masters in Official Statistics) and methodological competence management.



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

• Management, standardisation and improvement of structural and reference metadata;
• Use and improvement of the new Eurostat reference database Eurobase (including the management of the Eurostat data dissemination tree);
• Use and improvement of the Eurostat Metadata Handler;
• Improvement and implementation of the SDMX statistical standards and guidelines for the exchange of data and metadata;
• Dissemination of external data other than the data produced by Eurostat and
• Further improvement and integration of the Eurostat and national metadata systems.

This work contributes substantially to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics. Through increasing standardisation and harmonisation the processes and projects described above also 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 should be improved. Most of the activities listed will also improve the vertical and horizontal integration (i.e. the integration between Eurostat and Member states and the integration between statistical domains) within the European Statistical System.
The main priorities for 2011 are the further standardisation and use of harmonised structural metadata (produced within the ESS and at the level of SDMX) and the broad implementation of the Euro SDMX Metadata Structure (ESMS) and the ESS Standard for Quality Report Structure (ESQRS). Particular attention will also be given to the better use of the new reference database Eurobase (including increasing data quality checks) and the increasing use of the Eurostat Metadata Handler for metadata standardisation within the ESS.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Produce additional EU legislation related to metadata;
• Get international agreements related to metadata exchange;
• Create additional metadata structure definitions for further metadata harmonisation.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Harmonise and maintain structural metadata (code lists) within Eurostat, the European Statistical System and SDMX and release this harmonised structural metadata;
• Implement further the European standards for reference metadata (Euro SDMX Metadata Structure - ESMS - and ESS Standard for Quality Reports Structure - ESQRS) at Eurostat and within the European Statistical System;
• Further implement the harmonised structural metadata (code lists) in statistical domains in data structure definitions;
• Manage and improve the new reference database Eurobase with additional functionalities;
• Stimulate the improvement of the national metadata systems via regular monitoring of these systems;
• Improve the SDMX statistical standards and guidelines and contribute all over to the further SDMX progress;
• Assure the proper functioning and delivery of the ESSnet on SDMX;
• Provide the Commission internal users with access to databases containing data produced outside of the ESS;
• Improve the data dissemination tree used by Eurostat;
• Fully implement the Eurostat Metadata Handler in terms of contents and functionalities for use within the ESS.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Actions 101, 104, 201, 202, 203, 206, 210: all these actions are related to metadata standardisation with the aim to simplify and improve statistical businesses processes within the ESS;
• Actions 103: international exchange of metadata;
• Actions 102, 207: additional SDMX standards and IT applications available.


4.3 Data sources (Eurostat)
3.1 Environment (Eurostat)
Theme 5.03 Environment statistics and accounts

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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Set up, operate and further develop the Environmental Data Centre (DC) on Waste and contribute to the DCs managed by other services;
• Improve official water statistics;
• Contribute to the implementation of the Communication on GDP and beyond;
• Manage the waste statistics regulation (WStatR);
• Maintain the chemical risk indicators set in the frame of the REACH baseline study;
• Further establish and maintain a "Clearing House" for environmental indicators (streamlining of existing and new indicators);
• Validate and disseminate of the regional environmental data received in 2010 and prepare of subsequent data collection activities;
• Maintain the biodiversity indicators (protected areas, birds, fish) produced by external partners.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Development of the Environmental Data Centre on Waste.

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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Analyse the direct and indirect data needs linked to the farms for setting up the agri-environmental indicators and the subsequent consequences for the agricultural statistics systems; follow-up the contract from 2009 on the issue;
• Collect data from available sources in the Commission, EU agencies, Member States, Eurostat and other (non-governmental) organisations;
• Prepare the implementation of the Regulation concerning statistics on pesticides (transmission file);
• Update the fact sheets on the agri-environmental indicators where Eurostat is in the lead for the indicators where new data are available;
• Follow up and continue the work on pesticides risk indicators;
• Support Member States in their work on agro-environmental indicators, collect and compile available data;
• Maintain and develop further the agro-environmental indicators' database;
• Coordinate the activities related to the preparation of the first assessment (1st progress report) of the work carried out in the context of the agri-environmental indicators, on the basis of an evaluation of the indicators by each of the partners of the Memorandum of Understanding.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Setting up of a coordinated system for collecting data based on available data in the countries, using and producing data related to the relation between agriculture and environment, including administration and research.

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.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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Carry out a 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 (grants);
• Test the use of data collected in the framework of European harmonised surveys (e.g. LFS, ICT usage);
• Building up a list of services and infrastructures on NUTS level 3;
• Elaboration of statistical publications devoted to Rural development and Maritime sectors and regions;
• Further improvement of the dedicated website for Rural Development and Maritime Policy statistics.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Coordination of data collection between regional and rural levels;
• Using 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 2011

• Create a database with (partly confidential) NUTS3 level data derived from microdata analysis as building blocks for specific aggregations;
• Revision of the technical tools for managing regional and urban data.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Coordinate and edit the 2011 edition of the Eurostat Regional Yearbook;
• Collect, validate and process urban statistics and selected regional statistics;
• Update the Eurostat databases and metadata for regional and urban statistics;
• Improve the Eurostat dissemination system for regional and urban statistics;
• Prepare the NUTS 2010 implementation.

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

2.1 NEW WORK

• DG MOVE is undertaking a "Study on harmonised collection of European data and statistics in the field of urban transport and mobility" whose results are expected in spring 2012.3.3 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Explore the possibilities for remote access of the EGR data;
• Testing of the profiling methodology by the ESSnet partners on large and complex enterprises.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Maintain and further develop the IT architecture to manage the (EGR) and implement additional IT technology to exchange data with the EGR;
• Maintain and further develop the EGR methodology;
• Acquire further commercial data necessary to manage the EGR and update it through exchanges;
• Ensure the adoption of legislation on the exchange of MNE data between Eurostat and central banks;
• Develop the business model of the EGR network including the requirements at central (Eurostat) and national level;
• Development of the Data Quality management of the EGR;
• Maintain the technical specifications in the Recommendations Manual on the basis of the Commission Regulation;
• Report on the implementation of the BR Regulation through the annual survey;
• Integrate national central banks and the ECB in the framework of the EGR;
• Continue to develop a methodology for profiling large and complex enterprises.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Creation of the EuroGroups Register;
• Maintaining national business registers;
• Developing a methodology for profiling large and complex enterprise groups.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Coordination with the ECB in order to achieve a common platform for multinational enterprise groups in the financial and non-financial sector.


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Improved user orientation on dissemination products and services;
• Enhance reusability;
• Increase multilingualism;
• Disseminate European results from the 2011 Census;
• Improve the visibility and raise awareness of European statistics and the European Statistical System.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Maintain and further develop the Eurostat website;
• Produce electronic and paper publications and related added-value products on European statistics;
• Support external users of European statistics via a network of support centres covering all Member States and languages;
• Promote and market Eurostat and European statistics;
• Disseminate microdata;
• Coordinate dissemination in the European Statistical System.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Enhanced reusability and common tools.


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Enhance the role of the Eurostat Spokesperson in order to increase Eurostat's visibility in the media;
• Advise Eurostat management on the ways of communicating the Communication on the production method of EU statistics in the ESS and implement the decisions;
• Create an informal network of press officers in the EU.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Draft news releases on key statistics;
• Improve the targeting of Eurostat news releases with particular reference to important international events;
• Develop contacts with the media by providing tailor-made extraction and organising training courses for journalists;
• Support the implementation of Eurostat strategy through communication to staff;
• Extend the number of written and video interviews on Eurostat'sintranet;
• Regularly publish Eurostat newsletter and magazine;
• Organise specific information events, such as the General Assembly and informal staff meetings;
• Enhance the exchange of information between the ESS members through INSite.


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

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Ensuring the physical and logical protection of confidential data (statistical disclosure control - SDC);
• Harmonisation of principles and guidelines in SDC;
• Design infrastructure (IT and procedure) for releasing confidential data (tabular or micro data) to ESS partners and Research community;
• Coordination of sectoral initiatives in the domain of protection and release of confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Methodological and tool development in the domain SDC;
• Ensuring and promoting the correct and coherent application of rules and provisions for the release of confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Methodological support in SDC;
• Ensuring adequate governance of statistical confidentiality in the ESS
This work contributes to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics through;
• the design of cross-cutting infrastructure for the release of data for scientific purposes and for the protection of confidential data disseminated to user;
• the improvement of vertical integration of processes defining Member States a framework for the standardisation and harmonisation of processes related to the SDC.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Develop a solution for accessing confidential data online;
• Setting up of new procedures and an implementation framework for the new regulation on access to confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Define an ESS strategy for a distributed infrastructure for access to confidential data including various actors;
• Specify and develop building blocks for tabular data protection;

• Develop a solution for accessing confidential data online;
• Setting up of new procedures and an implementation framework for the new regulation on access to confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Define an ESS strategy for a distributed infrastructure for access to confidential data including various actors;
• Specify and develop building blocks for tabular data protection.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Streamline the procedures for access to micro data for scientific purposes;
• Ensure the processing of the admissibility requests;
• Support Eurostat units on methodological (statistical disclosure control methods and tools) and legal issues;
• Disseminate SDC ESSnets results in Eurostat and ESS;
• Develop a new implementing regulation on access to confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Develop remote access to confidential data;
• Continue developing step by step an infrastructure/processes adapted to the need of fostering the release of EU micro data in an integrated ESS (remote access, remote execution, documentation, Public Use File (PUF), safe centre, cooperation with data archive networks).


4.7 Data analysis (Eurostat)
Theme 6.10 Statistical research and methodology

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Statistical process architecture and integration;
• Statistical research and methodological innovation;
• Standardisation and knowledge management;
• Core methodologies: data integration, data analysis, time series processing and seasonal adjustment, data collection design, data validation and model based estimation, EU approaches;
• Methodological support, advice, guidance and assessment;
• Methodological cooperation in the ESS and with universities;
• Training and methodological competence management.
This work contributes substantially to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics through;
• The conceptual analysis of most relevant cross-cutting issues tracking efficiency gains with the identification of commonalities in different related processes, the identification of generic specification for common process steps and the development of associated guidelines and tools;
• The improvement of vertical integration of processes by launching with Member States collaborative projects aiming at designing global ESS process, streamline their implementation by the identification and documentation of good practices following the Generic Statistical Business Process Model;
• The development and implement a multi dimensional programme of research and innovation through the elaboration of a research programme for Official Statistics to be included in FP8; the intensification the link with research community; the setting up transfer mechanism involving Member States (ESSnets);the launching specific ESSnets and research projects under the umbrella of the ESS Directors of Methodology (DIME) and the Network of Methodologists in Eurostat;
• The improvement of the methodological competences with the development of Master of Science in Official Statistics with universities and a strategic reflection on the mechanism for their management;
• To the optimisation of interaction with partners with the emergence and fast consolidation of methodology for collaboration building upon virtual platforms (web 2.0) to support cooperative projects and to reinforce cooperation among ESS partners and with academia.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Set up an ESS governance structure for the integration of ESS statistical production processes;
• Improve research on official statistics in collaboration with Member States;
• ESSnets on cooperative methodological developments.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide guidance and support for and assess methodological developments for ESTAT reengineering production system;
• Generate and organise knowledge in key methodological issues for an integrated architecture for the production of official statistics: new modes of data collection, data analysis, data validation, survey methodology and sampling, data integration, model based estimation;
• Explore, set up and maintain new modes and tools of collaboration for the community of ESS Methodologists, Researchers (CROS - Cooperation between Researchers and Official Statisticians) and Partners (Joint Research Centre, etc);
• Identify priorities for research, methodological developments and innovation analysing main challenges for future statistics in a global, competitive, technology driven information world, with a particular focuses on challenges raised by the integration of production processes in the ESS;
• Contribute to the emergence, optimisation and standardisation of integrated ESS processes and harmonised methodologies;
• Facilitate and promote innovation in the ESS through a streamline infrastructure for ESSnet projects;
• Development and maintain ESS standard tool for seasonal adjustment (SA) and related time series processing for official statistics;
• Monitor and support the implementation of ESS guidelines on seasonal adjustment and best practices for time series processing in coordination with the Steering Group on SA, high level group bringing together ESCB and ESS bodies;
• EMOS (European Masters in Official Statistics) and methodological competence management.



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

• Management, standardisation and improvement of structural and reference metadata;
• Use and improvement of the new Eurostat reference database Eurobase (including the management of the Eurostat data dissemination tree);
• Use and improvement of the Eurostat Metadata Handler;
• Improvement and implementation of the SDMX statistical standards and guidelines for the exchange of data and metadata;
• Dissemination of external data other than the data produced by Eurostat and
• Further improvement and integration of the Eurostat and national metadata systems.

This work contributes substantially to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics. Through increasing standardisation and harmonisation the processes and projects described above also 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 should be improved. Most of the activities listed will also improve the vertical and horizontal integration (i.e. the integration between Eurostat and Member states and the integration between statistical domains) within the European Statistical System.
The main priorities for 2011 are the further standardisation and use of harmonised structural metadata (produced within the ESS and at the level of SDMX) and the broad implementation of the Euro SDMX Metadata Structure (ESMS) and the ESS Standard for Quality Report Structure (ESQRS). Particular attention will also be given to the better use of the new reference database Eurobase (including increasing data quality checks) and the increasing use of the Eurostat Metadata Handler for metadata standardisation within the ESS.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Produce additional EU legislation related to metadata;
• Get international agreements related to metadata exchange;
• Create additional metadata structure definitions for further metadata harmonisation.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Harmonise and maintain structural metadata (code lists) within Eurostat, the European Statistical System and SDMX and release this harmonised structural metadata;
• Implement further the European standards for reference metadata (Euro SDMX Metadata Structure - ESMS - and ESS Standard for Quality Reports Structure - ESQRS) at Eurostat and within the European Statistical System;
• Further implement the harmonised structural metadata (code lists) in statistical domains in data structure definitions;
• Manage and improve the new reference database Eurobase with additional functionalities;
• Stimulate the improvement of the national metadata systems via regular monitoring of these systems;
• Improve the SDMX statistical standards and guidelines and contribute all over to the further SDMX progress;
• Assure the proper functioning and delivery of the ESSnet on SDMX;
• Provide the Commission internal users with access to databases containing data produced outside of the ESS;
• Improve the data dissemination tree used by Eurostat;
• Fully implement the Eurostat Metadata Handler in terms of contents and functionalities for use within the ESS.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Actions 101, 104, 201, 202, 203, 206, 210: all these actions are related to metadata standardisation with the aim to simplify and improve statistical businesses processes within the ESS;
• Actions 103: international exchange of metadata;
• Actions 102, 207: additional SDMX standards and IT applications available.


4.3 Data sources (Eurostat)
4.1 Metadata (Eurostat)
Theme 6.05 Data and metadata structural definition

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Management, standardisation and improvement of structural and reference metadata;
• Use and improvement of the new Eurostat reference database Eurobase (including the management of the Eurostat data dissemination tree);
• Use and improvement of the Eurostat Metadata Handler;
• Improvement and implementation of the SDMX statistical standards and guidelines for the exchange of data and metadata;
• Dissemination of external data other than the data produced by Eurostat and
• Further improvement and integration of the Eurostat and national metadata systems.

This work contributes substantially to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics. Through increasing standardisation and harmonisation the processes and projects described above also 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 should be improved. Most of the activities listed will also improve the vertical and horizontal integration (i.e. the integration between Eurostat and Member states and the integration between statistical domains) within the European Statistical System.
The main priorities for 2011 are the further standardisation and use of harmonised structural metadata (produced within the ESS and at the level of SDMX) and the broad implementation of the Euro SDMX Metadata Structure (ESMS) and the ESS Standard for Quality Report Structure (ESQRS). Particular attention will also be given to the better use of the new reference database Eurobase (including increasing data quality checks) and the increasing use of the Eurostat Metadata Handler for metadata standardisation within the ESS.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Produce additional EU legislation related to metadata;
• Get international agreements related to metadata exchange;
• Create additional metadata structure definitions for further metadata harmonisation.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Harmonise and maintain structural metadata (code lists) within Eurostat, the European Statistical System and SDMX and release this harmonised structural metadata;
• Implement further the European standards for reference metadata (Euro SDMX Metadata Structure - ESMS - and ESS Standard for Quality Reports Structure - ESQRS) at Eurostat and within the European Statistical System;
• Further implement the harmonised structural metadata (code lists) in statistical domains in data structure definitions;
• Manage and improve the new reference database Eurobase with additional functionalities;
• Stimulate the improvement of the national metadata systems via regular monitoring of these systems;
• Improve the SDMX statistical standards and guidelines and contribute all over to the further SDMX progress;
• Assure the proper functioning and delivery of the ESSnet on SDMX;
• Provide the Commission internal users with access to databases containing data produced outside of the ESS;
• Improve the data dissemination tree used by Eurostat;
• Fully implement the Eurostat Metadata Handler in terms of contents and functionalities for use within the ESS.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Actions 101, 104, 201, 202, 203, 206, 210: all these actions are related to metadata standardisation with the aim to simplify and improve statistical businesses processes within the ESS;
• Actions 103: international exchange of metadata;
• Actions 102, 207: additional SDMX standards and IT applications available.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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Explore the possibilities for remote access of the EGR data;
• Testing of the profiling methodology by the ESSnet partners on large and complex enterprises.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Maintain and further develop the IT architecture to manage the (EGR) and implement additional IT technology to exchange data with the EGR;
• Maintain and further develop the EGR methodology;
• Acquire further commercial data necessary to manage the EGR and update it through exchanges;
• Ensure the adoption of legislation on the exchange of MNE data between Eurostat and central banks;
• Develop the business model of the EGR network including the requirements at central (Eurostat) and national level;
• Development of the Data Quality management of the EGR;
• Maintain the technical specifications in the Recommendations Manual on the basis of the Commission Regulation;
• Report on the implementation of the BR Regulation through the annual survey;
• Integrate national central banks and the ECB in the framework of the EGR;
• Continue to develop a methodology for profiling large and complex enterprises.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Creation of the EuroGroups Register;
• Maintaining national business registers;
• Developing a methodology for profiling large and complex enterprise groups.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• Coordination with the ECB in order to achieve a common platform for multinational enterprise groups in the financial and non-financial sector.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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Enhance the role of the Eurostat Spokesperson in order to increase Eurostat's visibility in the media;
• Advise Eurostat management on the ways of communicating the Communication on the production method of EU statistics in the ESS and implement the decisions;
• Create an informal network of press officers in the EU.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Draft news releases on key statistics;
• Improve the targeting of Eurostat news releases with particular reference to important international events;
• Develop contacts with the media by providing tailor-made extraction and organising training courses for journalists;
• Support the implementation of Eurostat strategy through communication to staff;
• Extend the number of written and video interviews on Eurostat'sintranet;
• Regularly publish Eurostat newsletter and magazine;
• Organise specific information events, such as the General Assembly and informal staff meetings;
• Enhance the exchange of information between the ESS members through INSite.4.6 Statistical confidentiality and disclosure protection (Eurostat)
Theme 6.11 Data security and statistical confidentiality

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Ensuring the physical and logical protection of confidential data (statistical disclosure control - SDC);
• Harmonisation of principles and guidelines in SDC;
• Design infrastructure (IT and procedure) for releasing confidential data (tabular or micro data) to ESS partners and Research community;
• Coordination of sectoral initiatives in the domain of protection and release of confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Methodological and tool development in the domain SDC;
• Ensuring and promoting the correct and coherent application of rules and provisions for the release of confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Methodological support in SDC;
• Ensuring adequate governance of statistical confidentiality in the ESS
This work contributes to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics through;
• the design of cross-cutting infrastructure for the release of data for scientific purposes and for the protection of confidential data disseminated to user;
• the improvement of vertical integration of processes defining Member States a framework for the standardisation and harmonisation of processes related to the SDC.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Develop a solution for accessing confidential data online;
• Setting up of new procedures and an implementation framework for the new regulation on access to confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Define an ESS strategy for a distributed infrastructure for access to confidential data including various actors;
• Specify and develop building blocks for tabular data protection;

• Develop a solution for accessing confidential data online;
• Setting up of new procedures and an implementation framework for the new regulation on access to confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Define an ESS strategy for a distributed infrastructure for access to confidential data including various actors;
• Specify and develop building blocks for tabular data protection.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Streamline the procedures for access to micro data for scientific purposes;
• Ensure the processing of the admissibility requests;
• Support Eurostat units on methodological (statistical disclosure control methods and tools) and legal issues;
• Disseminate SDC ESSnets results in Eurostat and ESS;
• Develop a new implementing regulation on access to confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Develop remote access to confidential data;
• Continue developing step by step an infrastructure/processes adapted to the need of fostering the release of EU micro data in an integrated ESS (remote access, remote execution, documentation, Public Use File (PUF), safe centre, cooperation with data archive networks).4.7 Data analysis (Eurostat)
Theme 6.10 Statistical research and methodology

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Statistical process architecture and integration;
• Statistical research and methodological innovation;
• Standardisation and knowledge management;
• Core methodologies: data integration, data analysis, time series processing and seasonal adjustment, data collection design, data validation and model based estimation, EU approaches;
• Methodological support, advice, guidance and assessment;
• Methodological cooperation in the ESS and with universities;
• Training and methodological competence management.
This work contributes substantially to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics through;
• The conceptual analysis of most relevant cross-cutting issues tracking efficiency gains with the identification of commonalities in different related processes, the identification of generic specification for common process steps and the development of associated guidelines and tools;
• The improvement of vertical integration of processes by launching with Member States collaborative projects aiming at designing global ESS process, streamline their implementation by the identification and documentation of good practices following the Generic Statistical Business Process Model;
• The development and implement a multi dimensional programme of research and innovation through the elaboration of a research programme for Official Statistics to be included in FP8; the intensification the link with research community; the setting up transfer mechanism involving Member States (ESSnets);the launching specific ESSnets and research projects under the umbrella of the ESS Directors of Methodology (DIME) and the Network of Methodologists in Eurostat;
• The improvement of the methodological competences with the development of Master of Science in Official Statistics with universities and a strategic reflection on the mechanism for their management;
• To the optimisation of interaction with partners with the emergence and fast consolidation of methodology for collaboration building upon virtual platforms (web 2.0) to support cooperative projects and to reinforce cooperation among ESS partners and with academia.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Set up an ESS governance structure for the integration of ESS statistical production processes;
• Improve research on official statistics in collaboration with Member States;
• ESSnets on cooperative methodological developments.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide guidance and support for and assess methodological developments for ESTAT reengineering production system;
• Generate and organise knowledge in key methodological issues for an integrated architecture for the production of official statistics: new modes of data collection, data analysis, data validation, survey methodology and sampling, data integration, model based estimation;
• Explore, set up and maintain new modes and tools of collaboration for the community of ESS Methodologists, Researchers (CROS - Cooperation between Researchers and Official Statisticians) and Partners (Joint Research Centre, etc);
• Identify priorities for research, methodological developments and innovation analysing main challenges for future statistics in a global, competitive, technology driven information world, with a particular focuses on challenges raised by the integration of production processes in the ESS;
• Contribute to the emergence, optimisation and standardisation of integrated ESS processes and harmonised methodologies;
• Facilitate and promote innovation in the ESS through a streamline infrastructure for ESSnet projects;
• Development and maintain ESS standard tool for seasonal adjustment (SA) and related time series processing for official statistics;
• Monitor and support the implementation of ESS guidelines on seasonal adjustment and best practices for time series processing in coordination with the Steering Group on SA, high level group bringing together ESCB and ESS bodies;
• EMOS (European Masters in Official Statistics) and methodological competence management.


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Enhance the role of the Eurostat Spokesperson in order to increase Eurostat's visibility in the media;
• Advise Eurostat management on the ways of communicating the Communication on the production method of EU statistics in the ESS and implement the decisions;
• Create an informal network of press officers in the EU.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Draft news releases on key statistics;
• Improve the targeting of Eurostat news releases with particular reference to important international events;
• Develop contacts with the media by providing tailor-made extraction and organising training courses for journalists;
• Support the implementation of Eurostat strategy through communication to staff;
• Extend the number of written and video interviews on Eurostat'sintranet;
• Regularly publish Eurostat newsletter and magazine;
• Organise specific information events, such as the General Assembly and informal staff meetings;
• Enhance the exchange of information between the ESS members through INSite.


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

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Ensuring the physical and logical protection of confidential data (statistical disclosure control - SDC);
• Harmonisation of principles and guidelines in SDC;
• Design infrastructure (IT and procedure) for releasing confidential data (tabular or micro data) to ESS partners and Research community;
• Coordination of sectoral initiatives in the domain of protection and release of confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Methodological and tool development in the domain SDC;
• Ensuring and promoting the correct and coherent application of rules and provisions for the release of confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Methodological support in SDC;
• Ensuring adequate governance of statistical confidentiality in the ESS
This work contributes to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics through;
• the design of cross-cutting infrastructure for the release of data for scientific purposes and for the protection of confidential data disseminated to user;
• the improvement of vertical integration of processes defining Member States a framework for the standardisation and harmonisation of processes related to the SDC.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Develop a solution for accessing confidential data online;
• Setting up of new procedures and an implementation framework for the new regulation on access to confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Define an ESS strategy for a distributed infrastructure for access to confidential data including various actors;
• Specify and develop building blocks for tabular data protection;

• Develop a solution for accessing confidential data online;
• Setting up of new procedures and an implementation framework for the new regulation on access to confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Define an ESS strategy for a distributed infrastructure for access to confidential data including various actors;
• Specify and develop building blocks for tabular data protection.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Streamline the procedures for access to micro data for scientific purposes;
• Ensure the processing of the admissibility requests;
• Support Eurostat units on methodological (statistical disclosure control methods and tools) and legal issues;
• Disseminate SDC ESSnets results in Eurostat and ESS;
• Develop a new implementing regulation on access to confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Develop remote access to confidential data;
• Continue developing step by step an infrastructure/processes adapted to the need of fostering the release of EU micro data in an integrated ESS (remote access, remote execution, documentation, Public Use File (PUF), safe centre, cooperation with data archive networks).


4.7 Data analysis (Eurostat)
Theme 6.10 Statistical research and methodology

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Statistical process architecture and integration;
• Statistical research and methodological innovation;
• Standardisation and knowledge management;
• Core methodologies: data integration, data analysis, time series processing and seasonal adjustment, data collection design, data validation and model based estimation, EU approaches;
• Methodological support, advice, guidance and assessment;
• Methodological cooperation in the ESS and with universities;
• Training and methodological competence management.
This work contributes substantially to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics through;
• The conceptual analysis of most relevant cross-cutting issues tracking efficiency gains with the identification of commonalities in different related processes, the identification of generic specification for common process steps and the development of associated guidelines and tools;
• The improvement of vertical integration of processes by launching with Member States collaborative projects aiming at designing global ESS process, streamline their implementation by the identification and documentation of good practices following the Generic Statistical Business Process Model;
• The development and implement a multi dimensional programme of research and innovation through the elaboration of a research programme for Official Statistics to be included in FP8; the intensification the link with research community; the setting up transfer mechanism involving Member States (ESSnets);the launching specific ESSnets and research projects under the umbrella of the ESS Directors of Methodology (DIME) and the Network of Methodologists in Eurostat;
• The improvement of the methodological competences with the development of Master of Science in Official Statistics with universities and a strategic reflection on the mechanism for their management;
• To the optimisation of interaction with partners with the emergence and fast consolidation of methodology for collaboration building upon virtual platforms (web 2.0) to support cooperative projects and to reinforce cooperation among ESS partners and with academia.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Set up an ESS governance structure for the integration of ESS statistical production processes;
• Improve research on official statistics in collaboration with Member States;
• ESSnets on cooperative methodological developments.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide guidance and support for and assess methodological developments for ESTAT reengineering production system;
• Generate and organise knowledge in key methodological issues for an integrated architecture for the production of official statistics: new modes of data collection, data analysis, data validation, survey methodology and sampling, data integration, model based estimation;
• Explore, set up and maintain new modes and tools of collaboration for the community of ESS Methodologists, Researchers (CROS - Cooperation between Researchers and Official Statisticians) and Partners (Joint Research Centre, etc);
• Identify priorities for research, methodological developments and innovation analysing main challenges for future statistics in a global, competitive, technology driven information world, with a particular focuses on challenges raised by the integration of production processes in the ESS;
• Contribute to the emergence, optimisation and standardisation of integrated ESS processes and harmonised methodologies;
• Facilitate and promote innovation in the ESS through a streamline infrastructure for ESSnet projects;
• Development and maintain ESS standard tool for seasonal adjustment (SA) and related time series processing for official statistics;
• Monitor and support the implementation of ESS guidelines on seasonal adjustment and best practices for time series processing in coordination with the Steering Group on SA, high level group bringing together ESCB and ESS bodies;
• EMOS (European Masters in Official Statistics) and methodological competence management.



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

• Management, standardisation and improvement of structural and reference metadata;
• Use and improvement of the new Eurostat reference database Eurobase (including the management of the Eurostat data dissemination tree);
• Use and improvement of the Eurostat Metadata Handler;
• Improvement and implementation of the SDMX statistical standards and guidelines for the exchange of data and metadata;
• Dissemination of external data other than the data produced by Eurostat and
• Further improvement and integration of the Eurostat and national metadata systems.

This work contributes substantially to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics. Through increasing standardisation and harmonisation the processes and projects described above also 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 should be improved. Most of the activities listed will also improve the vertical and horizontal integration (i.e. the integration between Eurostat and Member states and the integration between statistical domains) within the European Statistical System.
The main priorities for 2011 are the further standardisation and use of harmonised structural metadata (produced within the ESS and at the level of SDMX) and the broad implementation of the Euro SDMX Metadata Structure (ESMS) and the ESS Standard for Quality Report Structure (ESQRS). Particular attention will also be given to the better use of the new reference database Eurobase (including increasing data quality checks) and the increasing use of the Eurostat Metadata Handler for metadata standardisation within the ESS.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Produce additional EU legislation related to metadata;
• Get international agreements related to metadata exchange;
• Create additional metadata structure definitions for further metadata harmonisation.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Harmonise and maintain structural metadata (code lists) within Eurostat, the European Statistical System and SDMX and release this harmonised structural metadata;
• Implement further the European standards for reference metadata (Euro SDMX Metadata Structure - ESMS - and ESS Standard for Quality Reports Structure - ESQRS) at Eurostat and within the European Statistical System;
• Further implement the harmonised structural metadata (code lists) in statistical domains in data structure definitions;
• Manage and improve the new reference database Eurobase with additional functionalities;
• Stimulate the improvement of the national metadata systems via regular monitoring of these systems;
• Improve the SDMX statistical standards and guidelines and contribute all over to the further SDMX progress;
• Assure the proper functioning and delivery of the ESSnet on SDMX;
• Provide the Commission internal users with access to databases containing data produced outside of the ESS;
• Improve the data dissemination tree used by Eurostat;
• Fully implement the Eurostat Metadata Handler in terms of contents and functionalities for use within the ESS.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Actions 101, 104, 201, 202, 203, 206, 210: all these actions are related to metadata standardisation with the aim to simplify and improve statistical businesses processes within the ESS;
• Actions 103: international exchange of metadata;
• Actions 102, 207: additional SDMX standards and IT applications available.


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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Promote the smooth implementation of the Regulation on European statistics;
• Monitor legislative processes;
• Maintain agenda planning for statistical legislation;
• Manage and follow up EP questions and answers provided to the EP;
• Monitor committee activities;
• Monitor compliance with statistical legislation.5.2 Statistical programmes, coordination within statistical systems (Eurostat)
Theme 6.01 Quality management, evaluation, statistical coordination and classifications

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Monitoring and promoting the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice (CoP);
• Coordination of quality aspects within the production of European statistics;
• Implementation of the quality assurance framework for statistical processes and outputs in Eurostat;
• Activities of the Sponsorship on Quality.
These activities for 2011, particularly the work conducted by the Sponsorship Quality, 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.

In addition the evaluations included in the programme, provide instruments for better interact with users and partners:
• Evaluation of the Community Statistical Programme;
• Implementation of rolling reviews and user and partner surveys in particular.

The following activities refer to statistical coordination and classifications.

• Update and maintenance of RAMON, the new version of Eurostat's metadata server, 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.
• Coordinate changes in legislation with a view to adopt accounting definitions if feasible.
• Follow-up of changes in accounting standards with a view to assess their impact on statistics.
• 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) and the International Standard Classification on Occupations (ISCO), the Combined Nomenclature (CN) of commodities and the Geonomenclature of countries for the European Statistical System.
These activities are oriented to enhance the interaction with users by providing them with updated concepts definitions and classification used in the statistics disseminated by Eurostat. In addition promoting the use of accounting data is in line with the requirements of Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics and should contribute to a better use of the existing data leading to efficiency gains.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Extension of ESS quality frameworks in line with Sponsorship on Quality Recommendation;
• Preparatory work for launching the ex-post evaluation of the CSP 2008-2012;
• ESS-net on the harmonisation and implementation of a European Socio-economic classification (ESeC).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Monitoring of Member States' implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice;
• Activities related to the promotion of the implementation of the Code of Practice and of quality assurance in the ESS;
• Quality assessments of Eurostat statistical processes;
• Activities of the Sponsorship on Quality;
• Implementation of evaluations ( rolling reviews) for the assessment of statistical processes and outputs;
• Integrate and improve the Eurostat metadata system using the CVD (Cycle de vie des données) Metadata Handler (comprising the SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange) registry, Ramon, etc.) and based on international standards (such as the Neuchâtel Model);
• Coordinate the work of the task force on accounting and statistics including the follow-up of developments in accounting and appropriate reporting;
• Monitor implementation of the Statistical Classification Of Economic Activities (NACE Rev.2) and the classification of products by activity (CPA 2008);
• Ensure the adoption of the Combined Nomenclature (CN) 2012, incorporating the concluding results of the CN modernisation project and the transposition of Harmonised System (HS) 2012;
• Monitor the implementation of the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO-08).

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• In the context of rolling reviews implementation of user and partner surveys;
• Better use of accounting data for statistical purposes;
• CN modernisation project;
• Actions to facilitate commodity classification (CN) for reporting companies.

Theme 8.03 Management and statistical programmes

Fields of activities covered by the theme

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

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Support to implement the Communication on the production method of EU statistics: Be a home for the "Balance Scorecard";
• Promote and develop creativity and innovation;
• Build up an integrated management process (Strategic Planning & Programming Cycle of the Commission) (subject to the new Commission guidelines).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Coordinate the preparation of the annual statistical work programme;
• Prepare Eurostat´s contribution to the Strategic Planning and Programming Cycle of the Commission;
• Prepare the next Multiannual Programme;
• Conduct the annual risk management exercise;
• Monitor the implementation of the " Communication on the production method of EU statistics ";
• Assess the compliance and effectiveness of the implementation of the Internal Control Standards (self-assessment);
• Increase the efficiency of the planning and programming process;
• Develop and promote process and project management techniques within Eurostat;
• Monitor and report on progress on audit recommendations at Eurostat level;
• Monitor and coordinate Eurostat's contributions relating to administrative simplification and burden reduction.5.3 Quality frameworks and measurement of performance of statistical systems and offices (Eurostat)
Theme 7.03 Management of financial resources

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Financial verification of commitment and payment operations;
• Planning and monitoring of budgetary implementation;
• Contribution to simplification of financial tools and sound financial management;
• Support to Financial Management (Training, Helpdesk);
• Support for implementation of Eurostat's strategic priorities (financial management dimension).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Finalise the project on implementing revised financial circuits;
• Contribute to work on the evaluation of long term expenditure needs, taking into account the priorities linked to the re-engineering of the statistical production system and the upcoming negotiation of the Regulation on Financial perspectives 2014-2020;
• Streamline the grant award process;
• Develop possible options to implement Art. 15 of the Regulation on European statistics stipulating that 'an adequate financial structure shall be developed' to support sharing of experience and results within the ESS through collaborative networks.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide ex-ante financial verification of financial transactions (financial instruments: grants, procurement, joint management; type of appropriation: operation and administrative; source: own budget appropriations and budget appropriations subdelegated to Eurostat by other DGs);
• Review and develop Financial Support Information products in close cooperation with users;
• Ensure continuous improvements in advice, assistance and training to clients;
• Prepare and monitoring the implementation of operational and administrative budget appropriations;
• Providing management information services to users;
• Defining and implementing the 2011 reinforced ex-ante and ex-post controls programmes and ensuring the follow-up of previous controls;
• Ensure follow-up of comments made during the annual discharge procedure and the recommendations issued following audit reports;
• Providie accounting services and related quality controls.

Theme 7.04 Audit

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Assurance and counselling engagements;
• Opinions on control systems in Eurostat;
• Follow-up of the implementation of audit recommendations.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Risk analyses;
• Audit engagements in conformity with International. Audit Standards;
• Counselling engagements;
• Follow up of the implementation of the audit recommendations;
• Opinion on the state of the control system in Eurostat in support to the Directorate-General AAR.

Theme 7.05 General administration

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Document management;
• Inter-service consultations;
• Mail delivery;
• Intermediate archives;
• Office space and furniture;
• Management of office space and furniture according to Eurostat's needs.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

• Document Management: user training and support;
• Document Management: monitoring;
• Registration of incoming mail;
• Management of the Filing Plan;
• Inter-Service Consultations: central co-ordination, user training and support, monitoring;
• Mail collection & delivery;
• Intermediate archives: allocation and supervision;
• Provide a timely and appropriate help desk service to all staff in matters relating to the building and its contents. (including telephone and office furniture);
• Implement Eurostat's office new needs in accordance with organisational changes.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 (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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Review learning and development offer for ESS in view of the implementation of the Communication on the production method of EU statistics.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Evaluate the training provided in 2010 in the framework of the European Statistical Training Programme;
• Successfully implement the ESTP core programme 2011, including internal and external courses based on a training needs analysis by the end of the year;
• Establish core ESTP 2012 catalogue publication;
• Prepare implementation of the DM decision by end of 2010 on the appropriate strategy for the European Master's in Official Statistics;
• Successfully coordinate all ESS LDF projects by the end of the year enhancing beyond-the-classroom learning methodologies aiming to foster exchange of best practices through amongst others benchlearning methodology and knowledge-sharing approach;
• Successfully provide guidelines for the use of Competence profiles of European Statisticians;
• Prepare and initiate implementation of ESS-LDF Portal;
• Organise successfully the 2011 Eurostat study visit (European Statistical Week);
• Define E-learning application for the ESS;
• Establish guidelines on Impact on Learning for ESS learning and development actions.

Theme 7.02 Management of human resources

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Conception and implementation of Eurostat's human resources strategy based on the Commission's administrative reform and human resources policy;
• Development and implementation of a personnel policy for permanent and external staff as regards succession planning, selection and recruitment ;
• Development and implementation of careers including staff appraisal and promotion
• Management of allocation, screening and reorganisation;
• Management of the mobility plan;
• Continued improvement of the integration of newcomers;
• Follow-up of the implementation of the equal opportunities action plan and the actions on diversity;
• Design and implementation of actions on well-being;
• Promotion and management of flexible working arrangements (part-time, flexitime, telework);
• Management of staff leave/absences;
• Conception and implementation of Eurostat's learning and development strategy based on the Commission's Learning and Development Framework and the requirements of the implementation of the Communication on the production method of EU statistics (reengineering of ESS statistical production system)
• Development and implementation of an tailored training programme for Eurostat staff covering also changing competences and skills
• Development, implementation and promotion of alternative learning and development opportunities with the aim of creating a learning organisation
• Organisation of big team/directorate away days and provision of consultancy services
• Organisation of annual management seminars (Heads of Unit Seminar and Directors Seminar)
• Establishment of synergies with the ESS Learning and Development Framework

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Have implementation of career development project fully planned by end 2010, including work on mobility management and the job information system / e-CV.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Manage and develop selection and recruitment for all categories of staff (officials, Seconded National Experts, contract staff, interim staff, trainees).
• Manage and improve allocation, clearing and screening exercises for human resources.
• Plan, implement and monitor the appraisal and promotion exercise in keeping with Commission deadlines, including a help desk for all actors.
• Establish and implement the 2011 Learning and Development Framework (LDF) for Eurostat and evaluate the 2010 LDF
• Establish framework contracts according to 2010 call for tender on statistical training for Eurostat staff for the period 2011-2014
• Manage leave/absence applications on a daily basis, including a help desk for staff.
• Promote flexible working arrangements, including flexitime and telework.
• Provide consultancy and design and implement special learning and development events (away day events for bigger groups, management seminars, etc.)
• Provide in 2011 alternative learning and development opportunities for Eurostat staff aiming to build up a learning organisation.
• Identify common projects for joint learning and development of Eurostat staff and European statisticians.
• Implement forward planning actions in order to ensure the availability of staff with the right skills for recruitment in Eurostat: organise specialised temporary agent selection, contribute to the work programme of EPSO and ensure the organisation of specific open competitions.
• Monitor implementation of the Equal Opportunities action plan and the achievement of its targets, as well as the actions in the diversity domain.
• Design and implement further actions to improve the well-being of staff.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 activities for existing systems;
• Harmonisation and reengineering of existing applications;
• Improvement and development of Generic Applications;
• Advancement of the CVD initiative;
• Dissemination and reference systems development;
• Interfacing various various CVD components into existing applications;
• Participation in the implementation of the Communication on the production method of EU statistics by developing components usable by Eurostat and Member States.
The main actions are directly linked to the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics as follows:
• The CVD systems improvements target the data integration and data warehouses' creation permitting the creation of cross domain statistics and cost minimisation. The same reasoning applies to the reference and dissemination systems improvements.
• The data editing and imputation facilities to be deployed for the use of the ESS members reduce drastically the burden of the Member States and Eurostat, and at the same time increase quality through harmonisation of the procedures and use of the same metadata.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Apply the CVD principles to macroeconomic statistics (inter-domain integration activity);
• Centralisation of editing activities using a common system in Eurostat and Member States (Activity related to Communication on the production method of EU statistics).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Continue application of CVD systems to Eurostat. This action includes the use of MDT (MultiDimensional Table), Gsast (Generic SAS Tool), Comext (Eurostat reference database for external trade statistics production and dissemination);
• Improve the dissemination chain (Eurobase / Comext);
• Transition of VB (Visual Basic) applications to Windows 7;
• Produce a version of Editing building block offering imputation facilities;
• Functionality enhancement of all building blocks.

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

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Harmonisation through the use of common tools within the ESS, together with process harmonisation through the promotion of methodologies based on common tools. This is required for the development of more integrated systems; it also allows fully exploit synergies and economies of scale. The result will be better interaction with ESS partners and better integration of ESS partners and Eurostat.
• Optimisation of Eurostat interaction with users and partners in the area of data and metadata transfer 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. This includes metadata standards.
- Data collection tools and methods and standardisation for European Statistical System raw data collections.
- Data collection tools and methods and standardisation for Eurostat data collection from European Statistical System.
Better integration of the statistical work done in the ESS with the one done in Eurostat in order 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.
- Developing and sponsoring development of a common IT infrastructure, the creation of a shared production and or dissemination environment within ESS, e.g., hub architecture.
- Exchange of common IT tools, mostly open source, e.g., SDMX tools.
- Providing standard (web) services available on Internet for Statistical production process components.
- Standards and IT software for Eurostat data collection from European Statistical System
- Development of standard tools for raw data collections within ESS.
- Re-engineering of the current production processes under way: this concerns the rationalisation of the IT architecture via the Data Life Cycle (CVD) project, the introduction of a more interactive production chain on the basis of a "data at the source" solution via the Census hub project, and the re-engineering of raw data collection of business and trade statistics via the MEETS programme.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Exploit XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) and other technologies in national reporting standard frameworks for business statistics (actions within the MEETS programme, following up the XBRL Pilot Project).

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 - General Statistical MESsage, SDMX) where appropriate;
• Maintain and improve the IT applications used for the Single Entry Point;
• Implement the SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange) standards and guidelines for data and metadata exchange, sharing and dissemination between the ESS members;
• Develop IT infrastructure for SDMX implementation allowing the sharing of common IT tools and easier data exchange;
• Implement a single IT environment and services for structural and reference metadata allowing standard access for ESS partner s and within Eurostat;
• Develop the Census Hub to support the transmission and dissemination of statistics from the 2011 census round;
• Provide open-source software for statistics - developed tools to be in the form of open software to allow easier sharing;
• Support exchange of information among Member States on raw data collection technologies and best practices. Foster standards development;
• Support the Eurostat CIRCA site, including the introduction of the new version - CIRCABC.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Exploit XBRL and other technologies in national reporting frameworks for business statistics;
• Data-sharing using SDMX standards, guidelines and architecture;
• Exchange of information among Member States on raw data collection technologies and best practices, and shared development of software according to the common reference architecture for the ESS.

Theme 6.10 Statistical research and methodology

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Statistical process architecture and integration.
• Statistical research and methodological innovation.
• Standardisation and knowledge management.
• Core methodologies: data integration, data analysis, time series processing and seasonal adjustment, data collection design, data validation and model based estimation, EU approaches.
• Methodological support, advice, guidance and assessment.
• Methodological cooperation in the ESS and with universities.
• Training and methodological competence management.
This work contributes substantially to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics through.
• The conceptual analysis of most relevant cross-cutting issues tracking efficiency gains with the identification of commonalities in different related processes, the identification of generic specification for common process steps and the development of associated guidelines and tools.
• The improvement of vertical integration of processes by launching with Member States collaborative projects aiming at designing global ESS process, streamline their implementation by the identification and documentation of good practices following the Generic Statistical Business Process Model.
• The development and implement a multi dimensional programme of research and innovation through the elaboration of a research programme for Official Statistics to be included in FP8; the intensification the link with research community; the setting up transfer mechanism involving Member States (ESSnets);the launching specific ESSnets and research projects under the umbrella of the ESS Directors of Methodology (DIME) and the Network of Methodologists in Eurostat.
• The improvement of the methodological competences with the development of Master of Science in Official Statistics with universities and a strategic reflection on the mechanism for their management.
• To the optimisation of interaction with partners with the emergence and fast consolidation of methodology for collaboration building upon virtual platforms (web 2.0) to support cooperative projects and to reinforce cooperation among ESS partners and with academia.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Set up an ESS governance structure for the integration of ESS statistical production processes;
• Improve research on official statistics in collaboration with Member States;
• ESSnets on cooperative methodological developments.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide guidance and support for and assess methodological developments for ESTAT reengineering production system;
• Generate and organise knowledge in key methodological issues for an integrated architecture for the production of official statistics: new modes of data collection, data analysis, data validation, survey methodology and sampling, data integration, model based estimation;
• Explore, set up and maintain new modes and tools of collaboration for the community of ESS Methodologists, Researchers (CROS - Cooperation between Researchers and Official Statisticians) and Partners (Joint Research Centre, etc);
• Identify priorities for research, methodological developments and innovation analysing main challenges for future statistics in a global, competitive, technology driven information world, with a particular focuses on challenges raised by the integration of production processes in the ESS;
• Contribute to the emergence, optimisation and standardisation of integrated ESS processes and harmonised methodologies;
• Facilitate and promote innovation in the ESS through a streamline infrastructure for ESSnet projects;
• Development and maintain ESS standard tool for seasonal adjustment (SA) and related time series processing for official statistics;
• Monitor and support the implementation of ESS guidelines on seasonal adjustment and best practices for time series processing in coordination with the Steering Group on SA, high level group bringing together ESCB and ESS bodies;
• EMOS (European Masters in Official Statistics) and methodological competence management.

Theme 7.01 Management of IT infrastructure

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• IT user support;
• Local IT systems Administration;
• Development and maintenance of administrative IT applications;
• IT governance;
• Relations and cooperation with DIGIT.

The action 207 (Ensure evolutive maintenance of programming and reporting system) will be an important contribution to the activity of the Eurostat's project of the Management of the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics "Make priority setting system linked to the resource allocation". The same holds for 210 (Enhance IT governance) as far as IT architecture is concerned.
The action 101 (Creation of a shared secure environment) gives added value to the potential users of confidential data. In the mid term the creation of the shared secure environment is an important step to a distributed IT environment, one aim of the activity of Eurostat's project of the Management of the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics "Improve vertical integration".

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Create of a shared secure environment.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide IT User support;
• Provide desktop hardware and software;
• Coordinate IT training;
• Ensure a high level of availability of local servers;
• Provide technical support to IT security;
• Ensure evolutive maintenance of financial applications;
• Ensure evolutive maintenance of programming and reporting system;
• Ensure evolutive maintenance of document management systems;
• Ensure evolutive maintenance of Eurostat's configuration management database;
• Enhance IT governance.5.6 Co-ordination of international statistical work (Eurostat)
Theme 6.08 Statistical cooperation with countries covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP)

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Providing technical (statistical) advice to the EU's external action service (EAS), including EU Delegations in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries;
• Coordinating EU efforts to build statistical capacity within the framework of the MEDSTAT programme of statistical cooperation in the Mediterranean region, and ENP financing instrument (ENPI);
• Assisting the Southern ENP countries in implementing 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Assist EuropeAid in monitoring the implementation of the new project on Energy Statistics in the ENP-East and Central Asian countries.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Work closely with the EuropeAid, the External Action Service, and beneficiaries on the implementation of funding mechanisms for technical assistance (e.g. ENPI);
• Assist ENP countries in the development and review of their national action plans;
• Monitor the progress achieved by ENP countries regarding the adoption of EU statistical methods, classifications and standards;
• Collect and publish statistics on ENP countries;
• Assist EuropeAid in monitoring the implementation of the MEDSTAT III programme;
• Organise international events covering statistical cooperation (relevant to senior managers in national statistical offices) and specific technical themes (relevant to subject matter experts in national statistical offices);
• Promote EU statistical standards, classifications and methodologies through the provision of reference material in relevant languages.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• In 2010 the European Environment Agency was contracted by DG EuropeAid to take the first steps towards a Shared Environmental Information System for the ENP region. This contract included a requirement to assist the ENP countries in capacity building for environment statistics. Eurostat's involvement is linked to promoting the project and its institutional building component in the ENP countries as well as to monitoring and follow-up.

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Add elements of the "Eurostat vision" to the existing activities conc. non-European countries. Incorporate new production method (Eurostat "vision") and "GDP and beyond" elements in the encouragement of best practices in non EU countries. Learn from best practices from countries and organisation outside the EU (e.g. Canada, USA, OECD, etc.). Ensure outreach of "Eurostat vision" to higher income countries and international organisations (including mutual information). Strengthen links between OECD Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies and the "GDP and beyond".
• Take a more proactive stance with respect to international relations following the coming into force of the Lisbon Treaty.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide advisory service for other Commission services (external relations family, including delegations) and beneficiaries on cooperation programmes with ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States), ALA (Asia and Latin America), Central Asia aiming at building statistical capacity and gradual harmonisation of the statistical systems with international methods, standards and classifications.
• Make an effective contribution to advocacy for statistics and international coordination of statistical cooperation activities and the implementation of the Marrakech Action Plan for Statistics and the Dakar Declaration on the Development of Statistics through active participation within Paris21 and other international fora.
• Develop and improve thematic areas of international statistical cooperation (guide to international statistical cooperation, MDG/development indicators work, statistical training, etc.): growth and employment will be considered as area of special attention.
• Continue transfer of know-how regarding statistical tools (ERETES, Eurotrace) to subregional organisations and user groups.
• Provide updated non-EU country statistics and improve information services on international statistical cooperation (publications, Eurostat's web site, knowledge base). Continue the development of a knowledge base of the current state of play for all regions covered by the unit's responsibility showing the level of statistical capacity in the countries in those regions and European Commission aid provided/planned in the field of statistics.
• Implement the action plan for raising the profile of the Commission and the ESS in international statistical fora through the effective participation in major international meetings.
• Co-ordinate effectively relations with Higher Income Countries, including EFTA countries, USA, Canada, Russia etc.
• Coordinate statistical cooperation activities at EU level.
• Maintain constant contacts, to exchange information and to participate in main meetings of international, regional and sub-regional organisations.
• Provide advice to Eurostat and ESS services on their relations with international organisations and countries outside Europe.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• International Relations Working Group;
• A knowledge base on the statistical development of non-EU countries (DISC) and Partners' Report on Support for Statistics (PRESS).

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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide the Secretariat for the ESSC;
• Organise the DGINS Conference;
• Provide the Secretariat for the ESAC;
• Provide the Secretariat for the ESGAB;
• Participation and contribution to EP Committees discussing statistical legislative proposals;
• Coordination with Council Presidencies;
• Follow-up of Statis working group in the Council;
• Advice and follow-up of legislation;
• Cooperation with the ESCB.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 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.
• Accession negotiations 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)
• Complete the management of assistance to Member States that jointed in 2007 (Phare/Multi-Beneficiary Statistical Cooperation programmes).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Contract new technical assistance for implementing the statistical acquis in the candidate and potential candidate countries (2011 IPA programme).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Implement the ongoing technical assistance programmes for the candidate and potential candidate countries (IPA 2008 and IPA 2009 programmes);
• Complete implementation and close the files relating to the technical assistance programmes MBP 2005 and MBP 2006;
• Contribute to the accession negotiations and the structures set up under the Stabilisation and Association Agreements;
• Contribute to the Commission opinions and reports and to the monitoring procedures on the compliance of candidate and potential candidate countries with the statistical acquis;
• Support implementation of national cooperation programmes in the candidate and potential candidate countries;
• Conduct full assessments of the statistical systems of candidate and potential candidate countries.


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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Enhance the role of the Eurostat Spokesperson in order to increase Eurostat's visibility in the media;
• Advise Eurostat management on the ways of communicating the Communication on the production method of EU statistics in the ESS and implement the decisions;
• Create an informal network of press officers in the EU.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Draft news releases on key statistics;
• Improve the targeting of Eurostat news releases with particular reference to important international events;
• Develop contacts with the media by providing tailor-made extraction and organising training courses for journalists;
• Support the implementation of Eurostat strategy through communication to staff;
• Extend the number of written and video interviews on Eurostat'sintranet;
• Regularly publish Eurostat newsletter and magazine;
• Organise specific information events, such as the General Assembly and informal staff meetings;
• Enhance the exchange of information between the ESS members through INSite.


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

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Ensuring the physical and logical protection of confidential data (statistical disclosure control - SDC);
• Harmonisation of principles and guidelines in SDC;
• Design infrastructure (IT and procedure) for releasing confidential data (tabular or micro data) to ESS partners and Research community;
• Coordination of sectoral initiatives in the domain of protection and release of confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Methodological and tool development in the domain SDC;
• Ensuring and promoting the correct and coherent application of rules and provisions for the release of confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Methodological support in SDC;
• Ensuring adequate governance of statistical confidentiality in the ESS
This work contributes to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics through;
• the design of cross-cutting infrastructure for the release of data for scientific purposes and for the protection of confidential data disseminated to user;
• the improvement of vertical integration of processes defining Member States a framework for the standardisation and harmonisation of processes related to the SDC.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Develop a solution for accessing confidential data online;
• Setting up of new procedures and an implementation framework for the new regulation on access to confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Define an ESS strategy for a distributed infrastructure for access to confidential data including various actors;
• Specify and develop building blocks for tabular data protection;

• Develop a solution for accessing confidential data online;
• Setting up of new procedures and an implementation framework for the new regulation on access to confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Define an ESS strategy for a distributed infrastructure for access to confidential data including various actors;
• Specify and develop building blocks for tabular data protection.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Streamline the procedures for access to micro data for scientific purposes;
• Ensure the processing of the admissibility requests;
• Support Eurostat units on methodological (statistical disclosure control methods and tools) and legal issues;
• Disseminate SDC ESSnets results in Eurostat and ESS;
• Develop a new implementing regulation on access to confidential data for scientific purposes;
• Develop remote access to confidential data;
• Continue developing step by step an infrastructure/processes adapted to the need of fostering the release of EU micro data in an integrated ESS (remote access, remote execution, documentation, Public Use File (PUF), safe centre, cooperation with data archive networks).


4.7 Data analysis (Eurostat)
Theme 6.10 Statistical research and methodology

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Statistical process architecture and integration;
• Statistical research and methodological innovation;
• Standardisation and knowledge management;
• Core methodologies: data integration, data analysis, time series processing and seasonal adjustment, data collection design, data validation and model based estimation, EU approaches;
• Methodological support, advice, guidance and assessment;
• Methodological cooperation in the ESS and with universities;
• Training and methodological competence management.
This work contributes substantially to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics through;
• The conceptual analysis of most relevant cross-cutting issues tracking efficiency gains with the identification of commonalities in different related processes, the identification of generic specification for common process steps and the development of associated guidelines and tools;
• The improvement of vertical integration of processes by launching with Member States collaborative projects aiming at designing global ESS process, streamline their implementation by the identification and documentation of good practices following the Generic Statistical Business Process Model;
• The development and implement a multi dimensional programme of research and innovation through the elaboration of a research programme for Official Statistics to be included in FP8; the intensification the link with research community; the setting up transfer mechanism involving Member States (ESSnets);the launching specific ESSnets and research projects under the umbrella of the ESS Directors of Methodology (DIME) and the Network of Methodologists in Eurostat;
• The improvement of the methodological competences with the development of Master of Science in Official Statistics with universities and a strategic reflection on the mechanism for their management;
• To the optimisation of interaction with partners with the emergence and fast consolidation of methodology for collaboration building upon virtual platforms (web 2.0) to support cooperative projects and to reinforce cooperation among ESS partners and with academia.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Set up an ESS governance structure for the integration of ESS statistical production processes;
• Improve research on official statistics in collaboration with Member States;
• ESSnets on cooperative methodological developments.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide guidance and support for and assess methodological developments for ESTAT reengineering production system;
• Generate and organise knowledge in key methodological issues for an integrated architecture for the production of official statistics: new modes of data collection, data analysis, data validation, survey methodology and sampling, data integration, model based estimation;
• Explore, set up and maintain new modes and tools of collaboration for the community of ESS Methodologists, Researchers (CROS - Cooperation between Researchers and Official Statisticians) and Partners (Joint Research Centre, etc);
• Identify priorities for research, methodological developments and innovation analysing main challenges for future statistics in a global, competitive, technology driven information world, with a particular focuses on challenges raised by the integration of production processes in the ESS;
• Contribute to the emergence, optimisation and standardisation of integrated ESS processes and harmonised methodologies;
• Facilitate and promote innovation in the ESS through a streamline infrastructure for ESSnet projects;
• Development and maintain ESS standard tool for seasonal adjustment (SA) and related time series processing for official statistics;
• Monitor and support the implementation of ESS guidelines on seasonal adjustment and best practices for time series processing in coordination with the Steering Group on SA, high level group bringing together ESCB and ESS bodies;
• EMOS (European Masters in Official Statistics) and methodological competence management.




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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Promote the smooth implementation of the Regulation on European statistics;
• Monitor legislative processes;
• Maintain agenda planning for statistical legislation;
• Manage and follow up EP questions and answers provided to the EP;
• Monitor committee activities;
• Monitor compliance with statistical legislation.


5.2 Statistical programmes, coordination within statistical systems (Eurostat)
Theme 6.01 Quality management, evaluation, statistical coordination and classifications

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Monitoring and promoting the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice (CoP);
• Coordination of quality aspects within the production of European statistics;
• Implementation of the quality assurance framework for statistical processes and outputs in Eurostat;
• Activities of the Sponsorship on Quality.
These activities for 2011, particularly the work conducted by the Sponsorship Quality, 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.

In addition the evaluations included in the programme, provide instruments for better interact with users and partners:
• Evaluation of the Community Statistical Programme;
• Implementation of rolling reviews and user and partner surveys in particular.

The following activities refer to statistical coordination and classifications.

• Update and maintenance of RAMON, the new version of Eurostat's metadata server, 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.
• Coordinate changes in legislation with a view to adopt accounting definitions if feasible.
• Follow-up of changes in accounting standards with a view to assess their impact on statistics.
• 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) and the International Standard Classification on Occupations (ISCO), the Combined Nomenclature (CN) of commodities and the Geonomenclature of countries for the European Statistical System.
These activities are oriented to enhance the interaction with users by providing them with updated concepts definitions and classification used in the statistics disseminated by Eurostat. In addition promoting the use of accounting data is in line with the requirements of Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics and should contribute to a better use of the existing data leading to efficiency gains.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Extension of ESS quality frameworks in line with Sponsorship on Quality Recommendation;
• Preparatory work for launching the ex-post evaluation of the CSP 2008-2012;
• ESS-net on the harmonisation and implementation of a European Socio-economic classification (ESeC).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Monitoring of Member States' implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice;
• Activities related to the promotion of the implementation of the Code of Practice and of quality assurance in the ESS;
• Quality assessments of Eurostat statistical processes;
• Activities of the Sponsorship on Quality;
• Implementation of evaluations ( rolling reviews) for the assessment of statistical processes and outputs;
• Integrate and improve the Eurostat metadata system using the CVD (Cycle de vie des données) Metadata Handler (comprising the SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange) registry, Ramon, etc.) and based on international standards (such as the Neuchâtel Model);
• Coordinate the work of the task force on accounting and statistics including the follow-up of developments in accounting and appropriate reporting;
• Monitor implementation of the Statistical Classification Of Economic Activities (NACE Rev.2) and the classification of products by activity (CPA 2008);
• Ensure the adoption of the Combined Nomenclature (CN) 2012, incorporating the concluding results of the CN modernisation project and the transposition of Harmonised System (HS) 2012;
• Monitor the implementation of the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO-08).

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• In the context of rolling reviews implementation of user and partner surveys;
• Better use of accounting data for statistical purposes;
• CN modernisation project;
• Actions to facilitate commodity classification (CN) for reporting companies.

Theme 8.03 Management and statistical programmes

Fields of activities covered by the theme

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

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Support to implement the Communication on the production method of EU statistics: Be a home for the "Balance Scorecard";
• Promote and develop creativity and innovation;
• Build up an integrated management process (Strategic Planning & Programming Cycle of the Commission) (subject to the new Commission guidelines).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Coordinate the preparation of the annual statistical work programme;
• Prepare Eurostat´s contribution to the Strategic Planning and Programming Cycle of the Commission;
• Prepare the next Multiannual Programme;
• Conduct the annual risk management exercise;
• Monitor the implementation of the " Communication on the production method of EU statistics ";
• Assess the compliance and effectiveness of the implementation of the Internal Control Standards (self-assessment);
• Increase the efficiency of the planning and programming process;
• Develop and promote process and project management techniques within Eurostat;
• Monitor and report on progress on audit recommendations at Eurostat level;
• Monitor and coordinate Eurostat's contributions relating to administrative simplification and burden reduction.


5.3 Quality frameworks and measurement of performance of statistical systems and offices (Eurostat)
Theme 7.03 Management of financial resources

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Financial verification of commitment and payment operations;
• Planning and monitoring of budgetary implementation;
• Contribution to simplification of financial tools and sound financial management;
• Support to Financial Management (Training, Helpdesk);
• Support for implementation of Eurostat's strategic priorities (financial management dimension).

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Finalise the project on implementing revised financial circuits;
• Contribute to work on the evaluation of long term expenditure needs, taking into account the priorities linked to the re-engineering of the statistical production system and the upcoming negotiation of the Regulation on Financial perspectives 2014-2020;
• Streamline the grant award process;
• Develop possible options to implement Art. 15 of the Regulation on European statistics stipulating that 'an adequate financial structure shall be developed' to support sharing of experience and results within the ESS through collaborative networks.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide ex-ante financial verification of financial transactions (financial instruments: grants, procurement, joint management; type of appropriation: operation and administrative; source: own budget appropriations and budget appropriations subdelegated to Eurostat by other DGs);
• Review and develop Financial Support Information products in close cooperation with users;
• Ensure continuous improvements in advice, assistance and training to clients;
• Prepare and monitoring the implementation of operational and administrative budget appropriations;
• Providing management information services to users;
• Defining and implementing the 2011 reinforced ex-ante and ex-post controls programmes and ensuring the follow-up of previous controls;
• Ensure follow-up of comments made during the annual discharge procedure and the recommendations issued following audit reports;
• Providie accounting services and related quality controls.

Theme 7.04 Audit

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Assurance and counselling engagements;
• Opinions on control systems in Eurostat;
• Follow-up of the implementation of audit recommendations.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Risk analyses;
• Audit engagements in conformity with International. Audit Standards;
• Counselling engagements;
• Follow up of the implementation of the audit recommendations;
• Opinion on the state of the control system in Eurostat in support to the Directorate-General AAR.

Theme 7.05 General administration

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Document management;
• Inter-service consultations;
• Mail delivery;
• Intermediate archives;
• Office space and furniture;
• Management of office space and furniture according to Eurostat's needs.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

• Document Management: user training and support;
• Document Management: monitoring;
• Registration of incoming mail;
• Management of the Filing Plan;
• Inter-Service Consultations: central co-ordination, user training and support, monitoring;
• Mail collection & delivery;
• Intermediate archives: allocation and supervision;
• Provide a timely and appropriate help desk service to all staff in matters relating to the building and its contents. (including telephone and office furniture);
• Implement Eurostat's office new needs in accordance with organisational changes.


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 (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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Review learning and development offer for ESS in view of the implementation of the Communication on the production method of EU statistics.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Evaluate the training provided in 2010 in the framework of the European Statistical Training Programme;
• Successfully implement the ESTP core programme 2011, including internal and external courses based on a training needs analysis by the end of the year;
• Establish core ESTP 2012 catalogue publication;
• Prepare implementation of the DM decision by end of 2010 on the appropriate strategy for the European Master's in Official Statistics;
• Successfully coordinate all ESS LDF projects by the end of the year enhancing beyond-the-classroom learning methodologies aiming to foster exchange of best practices through amongst others benchlearning methodology and knowledge-sharing approach;
• Successfully provide guidelines for the use of Competence profiles of European Statisticians;
• Prepare and initiate implementation of ESS-LDF Portal;
• Organise successfully the 2011 Eurostat study visit (European Statistical Week);
• Define E-learning application for the ESS;
• Establish guidelines on Impact on Learning for ESS learning and development actions.

Theme 7.02 Management of human resources

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Conception and implementation of Eurostat's human resources strategy based on the Commission's administrative reform and human resources policy;
• Development and implementation of a personnel policy for permanent and external staff as regards succession planning, selection and recruitment ;
• Development and implementation of careers including staff appraisal and promotion
• Management of allocation, screening and reorganisation;
• Management of the mobility plan;
• Continued improvement of the integration of newcomers;
• Follow-up of the implementation of the equal opportunities action plan and the actions on diversity;
• Design and implementation of actions on well-being;
• Promotion and management of flexible working arrangements (part-time, flexitime, telework);
• Management of staff leave/absences;
• Conception and implementation of Eurostat's learning and development strategy based on the Commission's Learning and Development Framework and the requirements of the implementation of the Communication on the production method of EU statistics (reengineering of ESS statistical production system)
• Development and implementation of an tailored training programme for Eurostat staff covering also changing competences and skills
• Development, implementation and promotion of alternative learning and development opportunities with the aim of creating a learning organisation
• Organisation of big team/directorate away days and provision of consultancy services
• Organisation of annual management seminars (Heads of Unit Seminar and Directors Seminar)
• Establishment of synergies with the ESS Learning and Development Framework

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Have implementation of career development project fully planned by end 2010, including work on mobility management and the job information system / e-CV.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Manage and develop selection and recruitment for all categories of staff (officials, Seconded National Experts, contract staff, interim staff, trainees).
• Manage and improve allocation, clearing and screening exercises for human resources.
• Plan, implement and monitor the appraisal and promotion exercise in keeping with Commission deadlines, including a help desk for all actors.
• Establish and implement the 2011 Learning and Development Framework (LDF) for Eurostat and evaluate the 2010 LDF
• Establish framework contracts according to 2010 call for tender on statistical training for Eurostat staff for the period 2011-2014
• Manage leave/absence applications on a daily basis, including a help desk for staff.
• Promote flexible working arrangements, including flexitime and telework.
• Provide consultancy and design and implement special learning and development events (away day events for bigger groups, management seminars, etc.)
• Provide in 2011 alternative learning and development opportunities for Eurostat staff aiming to build up a learning organisation.
• Identify common projects for joint learning and development of Eurostat staff and European statisticians.
• Implement forward planning actions in order to ensure the availability of staff with the right skills for recruitment in Eurostat: organise specialised temporary agent selection, contribute to the work programme of EPSO and ensure the organisation of specific open competitions.
• Monitor implementation of the Equal Opportunities action plan and the achievement of its targets, as well as the actions in the diversity domain.
• Design and implement further actions to improve the well-being of staff.


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 activities for existing systems;
• Harmonisation and reengineering of existing applications;
• Improvement and development of Generic Applications;
• Advancement of the CVD initiative;
• Dissemination and reference systems development;
• Interfacing various various CVD components into existing applications;
• Participation in the implementation of the Communication on the production method of EU statistics by developing components usable by Eurostat and Member States.
The main actions are directly linked to the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics as follows:
• The CVD systems improvements target the data integration and data warehouses' creation permitting the creation of cross domain statistics and cost minimisation. The same reasoning applies to the reference and dissemination systems improvements.
• The data editing and imputation facilities to be deployed for the use of the ESS members reduce drastically the burden of the Member States and Eurostat, and at the same time increase quality through harmonisation of the procedures and use of the same metadata.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Apply the CVD principles to macroeconomic statistics (inter-domain integration activity);
• Centralisation of editing activities using a common system in Eurostat and Member States (Activity related to Communication on the production method of EU statistics).

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Continue application of CVD systems to Eurostat. This action includes the use of MDT (MultiDimensional Table), Gsast (Generic SAS Tool), Comext (Eurostat reference database for external trade statistics production and dissemination);
• Improve the dissemination chain (Eurobase / Comext);
• Transition of VB (Visual Basic) applications to Windows 7;
• Produce a version of Editing building block offering imputation facilities;
• Functionality enhancement of all building blocks.

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

Fields of activities covered by the theme

Harmonisation through the use of common tools within the ESS, together with process harmonisation through the promotion of methodologies based on common tools. This is required for the development of more integrated systems; it also allows fully exploit synergies and economies of scale. The result will be better interaction with ESS partners and better integration of ESS partners and Eurostat.
• Optimisation of Eurostat interaction with users and partners in the area of data and metadata transfer 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. This includes metadata standards.
- Data collection tools and methods and standardisation for European Statistical System raw data collections.
- Data collection tools and methods and standardisation for Eurostat data collection from European Statistical System.
Better integration of the statistical work done in the ESS with the one done in Eurostat in order 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.
- Developing and sponsoring development of a common IT infrastructure, the creation of a shared production and or dissemination environment within ESS, e.g., hub architecture.
- Exchange of common IT tools, mostly open source, e.g., SDMX tools.
- Providing standard (web) services available on Internet for Statistical production process components.
- Standards and IT software for Eurostat data collection from European Statistical System
- Development of standard tools for raw data collections within ESS.
- Re-engineering of the current production processes under way: this concerns the rationalisation of the IT architecture via the Data Life Cycle (CVD) project, the introduction of a more interactive production chain on the basis of a "data at the source" solution via the Census hub project, and the re-engineering of raw data collection of business and trade statistics via the MEETS programme.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Exploit XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) and other technologies in national reporting standard frameworks for business statistics (actions within the MEETS programme, following up the XBRL Pilot Project).

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 - General Statistical MESsage, SDMX) where appropriate;
• Maintain and improve the IT applications used for the Single Entry Point;
• Implement the SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange) standards and guidelines for data and metadata exchange, sharing and dissemination between the ESS members;
• Develop IT infrastructure for SDMX implementation allowing the sharing of common IT tools and easier data exchange;
• Implement a single IT environment and services for structural and reference metadata allowing standard access for ESS partner s and within Eurostat;
• Develop the Census Hub to support the transmission and dissemination of statistics from the 2011 census round;
• Provide open-source software for statistics - developed tools to be in the form of open software to allow easier sharing;
• Support exchange of information among Member States on raw data collection technologies and best practices. Foster standards development;
• Support the Eurostat CIRCA site, including the introduction of the new version - CIRCABC.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• Exploit XBRL and other technologies in national reporting frameworks for business statistics;
• Data-sharing using SDMX standards, guidelines and architecture;
• Exchange of information among Member States on raw data collection technologies and best practices, and shared development of software according to the common reference architecture for the ESS.

Theme 6.10 Statistical research and methodology

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Statistical process architecture and integration.
• Statistical research and methodological innovation.
• Standardisation and knowledge management.
• Core methodologies: data integration, data analysis, time series processing and seasonal adjustment, data collection design, data validation and model based estimation, EU approaches.
• Methodological support, advice, guidance and assessment.
• Methodological cooperation in the ESS and with universities.
• Training and methodological competence management.
This work contributes substantially to the improvement of the production method of EU statistics as laid down in the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics through.
• The conceptual analysis of most relevant cross-cutting issues tracking efficiency gains with the identification of commonalities in different related processes, the identification of generic specification for common process steps and the development of associated guidelines and tools.
• The improvement of vertical integration of processes by launching with Member States collaborative projects aiming at designing global ESS process, streamline their implementation by the identification and documentation of good practices following the Generic Statistical Business Process Model.
• The development and implement a multi dimensional programme of research and innovation through the elaboration of a research programme for Official Statistics to be included in FP8; the intensification the link with research community; the setting up transfer mechanism involving Member States (ESSnets);the launching specific ESSnets and research projects under the umbrella of the ESS Directors of Methodology (DIME) and the Network of Methodologists in Eurostat.
• The improvement of the methodological competences with the development of Master of Science in Official Statistics with universities and a strategic reflection on the mechanism for their management.
• To the optimisation of interaction with partners with the emergence and fast consolidation of methodology for collaboration building upon virtual platforms (web 2.0) to support cooperative projects and to reinforce cooperation among ESS partners and with academia.

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Set up an ESS governance structure for the integration of ESS statistical production processes;
• Improve research on official statistics in collaboration with Member States;
• ESSnets on cooperative methodological developments.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide guidance and support for and assess methodological developments for ESTAT reengineering production system;
• Generate and organise knowledge in key methodological issues for an integrated architecture for the production of official statistics: new modes of data collection, data analysis, data validation, survey methodology and sampling, data integration, model based estimation;
• Explore, set up and maintain new modes and tools of collaboration for the community of ESS Methodologists, Researchers (CROS - Cooperation between Researchers and Official Statisticians) and Partners (Joint Research Centre, etc);
• Identify priorities for research, methodological developments and innovation analysing main challenges for future statistics in a global, competitive, technology driven information world, with a particular focuses on challenges raised by the integration of production processes in the ESS;
• Contribute to the emergence, optimisation and standardisation of integrated ESS processes and harmonised methodologies;
• Facilitate and promote innovation in the ESS through a streamline infrastructure for ESSnet projects;
• Development and maintain ESS standard tool for seasonal adjustment (SA) and related time series processing for official statistics;
• Monitor and support the implementation of ESS guidelines on seasonal adjustment and best practices for time series processing in coordination with the Steering Group on SA, high level group bringing together ESCB and ESS bodies;
• EMOS (European Masters in Official Statistics) and methodological competence management.

Theme 7.01 Management of IT infrastructure

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• IT user support;
• Local IT systems Administration;
• Development and maintenance of administrative IT applications;
• IT governance;
• Relations and cooperation with DIGIT.

The action 207 (Ensure evolutive maintenance of programming and reporting system) will be an important contribution to the activity of the Eurostat's project of the Management of the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics "Make priority setting system linked to the resource allocation". The same holds for 210 (Enhance IT governance) as far as IT architecture is concerned.
The action 101 (Creation of a shared secure environment) gives added value to the potential users of confidential data. In the mid term the creation of the shared secure environment is an important step to a distributed IT environment, one aim of the activity of Eurostat's project of the Management of the Commission Communication on the production method of EU statistics "Improve vertical integration".

1. Work to be carried out by Eurostat in 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Create of a shared secure environment.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide IT User support;
• Provide desktop hardware and software;
• Coordinate IT training;
• Ensure a high level of availability of local servers;
• Provide technical support to IT security;
• Ensure evolutive maintenance of financial applications;
• Ensure evolutive maintenance of programming and reporting system;
• Ensure evolutive maintenance of document management systems;
• Ensure evolutive maintenance of Eurostat's configuration management database;
• Enhance IT governance.


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

Fields of activities covered by the theme

• Providing technical (statistical) advice to the EU's external action service (EAS), including EU Delegations in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries;
• Coordinating EU efforts to build statistical capacity within the framework of the MEDSTAT programme of statistical cooperation in the Mediterranean region, and ENP financing instrument (ENPI);
• Assisting the Southern ENP countries in implementing 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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Assist EuropeAid in monitoring the implementation of the new project on Energy Statistics in the ENP-East and Central Asian countries.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Work closely with the EuropeAid, the External Action Service, and beneficiaries on the implementation of funding mechanisms for technical assistance (e.g. ENPI);
• Assist ENP countries in the development and review of their national action plans;
• Monitor the progress achieved by ENP countries regarding the adoption of EU statistical methods, classifications and standards;
• Collect and publish statistics on ENP countries;
• Assist EuropeAid in monitoring the implementation of the MEDSTAT III programme;
• Organise international events covering statistical cooperation (relevant to senior managers in national statistical offices) and specific technical themes (relevant to subject matter experts in national statistical offices);
• Promote EU statistical standards, classifications and methodologies through the provision of reference material in relevant languages.

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

2.2 ONGOING WORK

• In 2010 the European Environment Agency was contracted by DG EuropeAid to take the first steps towards a Shared Environmental Information System for the ENP region. This contract included a requirement to assist the ENP countries in capacity building for environment statistics. Eurostat's involvement is linked to promoting the project and its institutional building component in the ENP countries as well as to monitoring and follow-up.

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 2011

1.1 NEW WORK, INCLUDING NEW PLANNED LEGISLATION

• Add elements of the "Eurostat vision" to the existing activities conc. non-European countries. Incorporate new production method (Eurostat "vision") and "GDP and beyond" elements in the encouragement of best practices in non EU countries. Learn from best practices from countries and organisation outside the EU (e.g. Canada, USA, OECD, etc.). Ensure outreach of "Eurostat vision" to higher income countries and international organisations (including mutual information). Strengthen links between OECD Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies and the "GDP and beyond".
• Take a more proactive stance with respect to international relations following the coming into force of the Lisbon Treaty.

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide advisory service for other Commission services (external relations family, including delegations) and beneficiaries on cooperation programmes with ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States), ALA (Asia and Latin America), Central Asia aiming at building statistical capacity and gradual harmonisation of the statistical systems with international methods, standards and classifications.
• Make an effective contribution to advocacy for statistics and international coordination of statistical cooperation activities and the implementation of the Marrakech Action Plan for Statistics and the Dakar Declaration on the Development of Statistics through active participation within Paris21 and other international fora.
• Develop and improve thematic areas of international statistical cooperation (guide to international statistical cooperation, MDG/development indicators work, statistical training, etc.): growth and employment will be considered as area of special attention.
• Continue transfer of know-how regarding statistical tools (ERETES, Eurotrace) to subregional organisations and user groups.
• Provide updated non-EU country statistics and improve information services on international statistical cooperation (publications, Eurostat's web site, knowledge base). Continue the development of a knowledge base of the current state of play for all regions covered by the unit's responsibility showing the level of statistical capacity in the countries in those regions and European Commission aid provided/planned in the field of statistics.
• Implement the action plan for raising the profile of the Commission and the ESS in international statistical fora through the effective participation in major international meetings.
• Co-ordinate effectively relations with Higher Income Countries, including EFTA countries, USA, Canada, Russia etc.
• Coordinate statistical cooperation activities at EU level.
• Maintain constant contacts, to exchange information and to participate in main meetings of international, regional and sub-regional organisations.
• Provide advice to Eurostat and ESS services on their relations with international organisations and countries outside Europe.

1.3 ACTIONS LEADING TO THE REDUCTION OF RESPONSE BURDEN AND THE SIMPLIFICATION OF STATISTICAL PROCESSES

• International Relations Working Group;
• A knowledge base on the statistical development of non-EU countries (DISC) and Partners' Report on Support for Statistics (PRESS).

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 2011

1.2 ONGOING WORK

• Provide the Secretariat for the ESSC;
• Organise the DGINS Conference;
• Provide the Secretariat for the ESAC;
• Provide the Secretariat for the ESGAB;
• Participation and contribution to EP Committees discussing statistical legislative proposals;
• Coordination with Council Presidencies;