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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.  

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.