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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.  
1.1 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.