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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.