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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

Theme 1.01 Population

1. Description

Developments in demographic and migration statistics are driven by an increased policy focus on the long-run socio-economic impacts of demographic change, the development of a common immigration policy and the Common European Asylum System. The underlying priority for this theme is to enhance the policy relevance and the quality of population statistics and analyses.

2. Work Programme for 2009

2.1 KEY PRIORITIES 2009

The important demographic challenges facing the European Union as well as the development of a common immigration policy have resulted in an unprecedented demand for high quality demographic and migration statistics to support policy-making. Consequently, considerable attention will be given to activities for the improvement of all aspects of quality of the existing statistics. Major efforts will be made to ensure the accuracy and comparability of the statistics collected under Regulation 862/2007 and in particular all statistics used to allocate funds to Member States under the EU's Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows programme. Additionally, the demographic projections will provide essential information for the promotion of sustainable economic and social reform in Europe under the renewed Lisbon strategy.

2.2 OBJECTIVES 2009

2.2.1. Ongoing work

  • Collect demographic data at both national and regional level (ongoing throughout the year). Transmit the annual population estimates to the Council (October 2009). Collect data on asylum on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis. Collect data on other migration-related topics on an annual basis;
  • Analyse and disseminate demographic and migration statistics by means of focused and/or detailed publications;
  • Get the adoption by the Commission of a proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on demographic statistics based on the existing data collection (December 2009);
  • Release the Trend scenario of the Eurostat Population Projections 2008-based (EUROPOP2008) and the regional projections (December 2009);
  • Develop a system for census data dissemination;
  • Get the adoption by the Commission of a proposal for the implementing legislation for Article 3 (migration flows, foreign population stocks) of Regulation 862/2007;
  • Get the adoption by the Commission of a proposal for the implementing legislation for Article 6 (residence permit statistics) of Regulation 862/2007;
  • Provide necessary statistics on migration and asylum to allow the proper allocation of the funds to Member States under the 'Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows' programme (June 2009).

2.2.2. New work

  • Develop a method for the calculation of life expectancy by socio-economic group;
  • Implement a programme for the quality assurance of migration and asylum statistics used in the allocation of the 'Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows' Funds (ongoing throughout the year);
  • Review and develop statistics to meet needs related to future EU migration policies - including analysis of LFS (core survey and ad hoc module) and other survey data;
  • Initiate discussions with Member States regarding needs for, and feasibility of, additional disaggregations for migration statistics (Article 8(3) of Regulation 862/2007) (June 2009);
  • Encourage an experimental exchange of microdata between countries that use population registers as a migration statistics data source.

1.2 Labour

Theme 1.02 Labour market

1. Description

Labour market statistics provide short-term and structural descriptions of the labour market in monetary and nonmonetary terms as well as in a time-use context. The focus is on both the supply (actual participation in its various dimensions, labour reserve, inactive persons) and demand side (job vacancies). The statistics cover the European Union, the euro area, Member States, candidate countries and EEA/EFTA countries. They support the conduct and coordination of policies in the fields of employment and economic and monetary policy. They also help the Commission to define, implement and monitor labour market policies within the revised Lisbon strategy and the European employment strategy. For the medium term, the focus is on improving labour statistics in terms of coverage and quality by i) adapting and strengthening the Labour Force Survey (LFS) process so that it can better meet user demands for pertinent and timely data; ii) improving the coherence and integration of employment statistics; iii) further developing the structural indicators and the principal European economic indicators (PEEI) for the labour market; fully implementing job vacancy statistics; and iv) fine-tuning the integrated system of earnings and labour cost statistics.

2. Work Programme for 2009

2.1 Key priorities 2009

The findings and recommendations of the comprehensive task force work on the quality of the LFS will be submitted and form the basis of targeted improvement actions. The results of the 2008 LFS ad hoc module on the labour market situation of migrants and their immediate descendants will be disseminated. Among the PEEI, the methodologies for the comparable monthly unemployment rates and the Labour Cost Index (LCI) are continuously improved and quality-assured. 2009 will bring the implementation of NACE rev.2 for the LCI. Following the entry into force of the regulations on job vacancy statistics all preparatory work must be completed to start data production within the new legal framework. Work on a limited set of indicators to supplement the ILO unemployment is launched. Data for the 2008 Labour Cost Survey (LCS) are collected. The results of the 2006 Structure of Earnings Survey (SES) are widely disseminated. A special effort will be made to give the research community appropriate access to the SES micro-data via anonymised data sets or Eurostat's safe centre.

2.2 Objectives 2009

2.2.1.Ongoing work

  • Collect, process and disseminate short-term and structural labour statistics (employment, unemployment, labour costs, job vacancies, labour market policies, strikes, earnings) within the deadlines specified in regulations and gentlemen's agreements;
  • Evaluate and disseminate the results of the LFS 2008 ad hoc module on the labour market situation of migrnats and their ascendants; implement the 2009 ad hoc module on entry of young people into the labour market; prepare the implementation of the 2010 module on the reconciliation of work and family life; start work on the definition of the 2012 module on the transition from work into retirement;
  • Finalise the work of the Task Force on the quality of the LFS and prepare follow-up actions;
  • Collect 2008 Labour Cost Survey data and disseminate 2006 Structure of Earnings data;
  • Improve coverage and quality of the annual earnings and labour cost data;
  • Implement NACE rev.2 for the Labour Cost index;
  • Improve the quality of the PEEI for the labour market;
  • Prepare the implementation of the legal framework for job vacancy statistics;
  • Implement the new guidelines for the Time Use Survey and disseminate TUS data.

2.2.2.New work

  • Develop a set of harmonised indicators to supplement the ILO unemployment rate;
  • Conduct a peer review of the Structure of Earnings Survey;
  • Start to prepare the implementation of ISCO 2008 in LFS and SES;
  • Disseminate anonymised SES micro data sets (CD-Rom, SES 2002 and 2006).

1.3 Education

Theme 1.03 Education and lifelong learning

1. Description

These statistics include the 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. This information is complemented with relevant information coming from other ESS sources which are not specific for education covering areas like human capital, education and social inclusion or transition from school to working life.

Indicators produced are used in benchmarking exercises like the structural indicators, the follow-up of the report on the concrete future objectives of the education and training systems (Education and Training 2010), the European Employment Strategy, benchmarking the European Research Area, the social agenda and sustainable development.
Co-operation within the Commission is established with DG EAC, DG EMPL, DG RTD and JRC (CRELL; Centre for Research on Education and Lifelong Learning). Co-operation with other international organisations (UNESCO Institute for Statistics, OECD, ILO), with specialised EU agencies - European Training Foundation (ETF), CEDEFOP - as well as with the Eurydice information network established by DG EAC is developed and established.

2. Work Programme for 2009

2.1 Key priorities 2009

The main priorities are the improvement of the production processes and the quality of data - including relevance, comparability, coherence, cost-effectiveness and timeliness of statistics and indicators - disseminated on education, training and lifelong learning. The EP and Council Regulation on education and lifelong learning statistics contributes to this objective and its implementing follow-up should be ensured. Data from the surveys on education and training from enterprises (Continuing Vocational Training Survey, CVTS, 3rd wave) as well as the Adult Education Survey (pilot) will be finalised and the detailed analysis and publication should be finalised during 2009. Work on CVTS4 as well as the next Adult Education Survey (AES under study for inclusion in new EHS project, CVTS4 to be implemented in 2011) will start in 2009, based on an evaluation of their last implementation. A Commission Regulation on the AES is foreseen. The improvement of data and metadata disseminated through the NewCronos database remains a permanent objective. A special report will be produced in order to answer the demand from the ministerial conference on the follow up of the Bologna process, on its social dimension. The Commission Communication (COM(2007) 61 final) on a coherent framework of indicators and benchmarks for monitoring progress towards the Lisbon objectives in education and training is an input for consolidating Eurostat sources on education statistics (Council conclusion of May 2007). For that, a major task will be the continued improvement of the statistical infrastructure needed for providing comparable education and training data used in benchmarking processes. Co-operation with international organisations and with EU specialised agencies will be rationalised and improved in areas of common interest.

2.2 Objectives 2009

2.2.1.Ongoing work

  • By Spring, launch the 2009 education data collection tools both for the joint UOE (UNESCO-OECD-Eurostat) part and for the EU specific part to take into account evolution of user needs and data collection methods;
  • By early Spring, complete the updating of NewCronos education domain with the 2008 data collections;
  • Over the year, follow up the probable adoption of the Commission Regulation on statistics on education and trainings systems act covering the 'UOE' data collection);
  • In the beginning of the year, follow-up the treatment and dissemination of the CVTS data. Towards the end of the year, prepare the CVTS4 including a possible simplification of the statistical instrument;
  • Disseminate AES data for all participating countries, in Autumn. Disseminate anonymised data set for research purposes;
  • Continue to consolidate the production process of data coming from the LFS, SILC and SES;
  • Prepare domain specific publications using the different Eurostat sources; mainly in the form of Statistics in Focus and shorter leaflets. Co-operation with DG EAC and Eurydice of publications prepared together;
  • Participate actively in the foreseen revision of the International Standard Classification for Education (ISCED) in co-operation with OECD and UNESCO (ISCED revision under the responsibility of the UNESCO Institute of Statistics);
  • Publish a report on the social dimension of the Bologna process;
  • Assess the quality and comparability of data and draw up recommendations for improvement.

2.2.2.New work

  • Start to prepare the Commission Regulation on the Adult Education Survey;
  • Implement the improvements of the statistical infrastructure, in relation to COM(2007) 61 final and its follow-up (Council conclusions);
  • Start the work on the establishment of a European University data collection (feasibility study).

2.3. Actions that will simplify work or reduce the burden on Member States and/or respondents

Action:

  • Objective 103: The Commission regulation covering the 'UOE' data collection will focus on identified needs at EU and Commission level and hence the core of the data collection will be focused on and consolidated in the process;
  • Objective 201: The foreseen Commission regulation covering the Adult Education Survey will focus on identified needs at EU and Commission level and hence the core of the data collection will be focused on and consolidated in the process;
  • UOE data collection, improvement of data transmission tools.

Expected results:

  • A more efficient data collection having in mind that the UOE data collection sources are mainly administrative records and it is already seen as a very cost effective instrument;
  • A more efficient data collection which would be integrated in the system of social statistics as provided by Eurostat;
  • SDMX system to be implemented.

3. Statistical work carried out by other DGs

COM(2007) 61 and the following Council conclusions include a list of 16 indicators of which 10 would come from the Eruopean Statistical System (ESS). Some of the remaining indicators will create new demands for surveys outside the ESS. These new surveys relate to civic skills, adult skills, teacher training, learning-to-learn skills and language skills. Some of these are conducted in co-operation between the Commission and principally the OECD (adult skills, teacher training); others are being set up by the Commission (DG EAC) like for example the language skills survey (see COM(2007)184.


1.4 Health

Theme 1.05 Health and safety

1. Description

In the context of the revised partnership on public health statistics, including a new strand on morbidity statistics, activities will be continued to develop, collect, analyse and disseminate a consistent set of statistics on i) public health as the statistical element of health information required by the second programme of Community action in the field of health 2008-2013 and the further Health Strategy, and ii) on health and safety at work in order to answer the needs of the Community strategy on health and safety at work 2007-2012. Work in 2009 will focus on improving the quality of meta-information and on providing data for health and safety indicators as part of the structural, sustainable development, social inclusion, and European Community Health (ECHI) indicators. This refers in particular to the core set (ECHI short list) and progressively their regional elements, to the streamlined indicators portfolios of the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) for the area of health care and long-term care, as well as to other indicator sets such as the contextual indicators on disability and social integration.

2. Work Programme for 2009

2.1 Key priorities 2009

Emphasis will be on the further implementation of the European Health Interview Survey (EHIS), evaluation of results on testing the European Disability Social Integration Module (EDSIM), on the revision of the System of Health Accounts (SHA) methodology (jointly with OECD and WHO), and on the analysis and dissemination of the results of the 2007 Labour Force Survey ad hoc module on accidents at work and work-related health problems, as well as the related first data dissemination. A major task in 2009 will be the preparation of implementing measures following the adoption by the EP and Council of the proposal for a Regulation on Community statistics on public health and health and safety at work. An ESSnet on Public Health statistics will consolidate and improve the set of comparable public health statistics at Community level, in particular to support implementing the new framework regulation on Community statistics on public health and health to respond to the needs for statistics as may arise from the Community action programmes. The monitoring of the harmonized SILC part on health at routine level, further improvement of quality of data and meta-data, analysis and dissemination of statistics on health care resources, hospital activities, causes of deaths and on accidents at work (ESAW) and occupational diseases (EODS), including causes/exposures, will also be of high priority. Under coordination of the joint DG SANCO-Eurostat steering committee, additional developments of the European Health Survey System (the health part for the European Household Survey and the disability survey module) will be also carried out.

2.2 Objectives 2009

2.2.1.Ongoing work

  • Continue to implement, in Member States, of the European Health Interview Survey (EHIS), according to the roadmap. Collecting experience from the first implementation to prepare an implementing regulation on the EHIS survey. Processing, analysis and dissemination of the first EHIS data to be submitted to Eurostat in 2008, 2009 (countries having implemented the EHIS in 2007 or 2008). Continuation of the collaboration with the Budapest Initiative (BI) for the adoption of a common international set of questions on health state;
  • Consolidate the implementation and continuation of the methodological revision of the system of health accounts (SHA) together with OECD and WHO;
  • Prepare the implementation of the special survey module on disability and social integration of disabled people. Continuethe collaboration with the Washington Group for a common international measurement of disability;
  • Continue pilot data collections and developments of the methodology for data collection on morbidity (focussing mainly on non-communicable diseases);
  • Monitor the harmonization of SILC data collected in the EU-27 (2007);
  • Disseminate the detailed results of the 2007 Labour Force Survey ad hoc module on accidents at work and work-related health problems and continuethe analysis and dissemination of ESAW phase 3 data on the causes and circumstances of the accidents at work together with DG EMPL;
  • Continue to implement the roadmap on causes of deaths statistics (COD) agreed in 2005 for improving quality of the data;
  • Continue the quality improvement of indicators in the area of health, namely the structural indicators healthy life years (HLY) and on accidents at work, the sustainable development, as well as the European Community Health Indicators (ECHI) and the streamlined indicators portfolios of the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) for the area of health care and long-term care.

2.2.2.New work

  • Prepare implementing measures following the adoption by the EP and Council of the proposal for a Regulation on Community statistics on public health and health and safety at work;
  • Launch a pilot data collection on health labour accounts (HLA) and, together with OECD and WHO, launching of the revision process of the SHA methodology and classifications;
  • Start to implement health indicators at regional level on the basis of the results of the ISARE project funded by DG SANCO;
  • Develop the 2011 Labour Force Survey ad hoc module on employment of disabled persons;
  • Launching of an ESSnet partnership for operationalisation of agreements in the framework of ESS partnership arrangements for Public Health statistics.

2.3. Actions that will simplify work or reduce the burden on Member States and/or respondents

Action:

  • Joint SHA data collection and revision of the SHA methodology together with OECD and WHO.

Expected results:

  • Reduction of the response burden for the Member States.

3. Statistical work carried out by other DGs

For some areas in the field of public health (such as on injuries) statistics are collected directly by DG Health and Consumer Protection - through actions which are not directly steered by Eurostat, in the framework of the Programme of Community action in the field of Public Health 2008-2013. Eurostat will, where relevant and possible, provide technical support on the follow up these projects, such as on the regional health indicators.

The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (EUROFOUND) will continue the development of an observatory of working conditions in Europe. The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work 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 Community 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

Theme 1.08 Consumer protection

1. Description

Following efforts in recent years to regularly produce together with DG SANCO a panorama publication 'Consumers in Europe: Facts and Figures', higher priority will be given to consumer policy by Eurostat in line with the needs expressed in the Single Market Review. Eurostat will therefore step up its efforts to support DG SANCO to monitor markets from the consumers' perspective by contributing to data collection for the 'Consumer Markets Scoreboard'. Eurostat will continue giving support and advice on statistical methodology. Priority is given to the development of information on detailed price levels.

2. Work Programme for 2009

2.1 Key priorities 2009

In the course of 2009 Eurostat will explore possibilities for broadening the collection of detailed price data on a step-by-step basis, taking into consideration that the final aim of the regular collection and publication of price levels for 400 to 500 comparable products, aimed at monitoring the functioning of different markets in the EU. In addition, Eurostat will ensure consistency between the different existing classifications (COICOP/HICP, COICOP/PPP and COICOP/HBS). Eurostat will also develop an experimental conversion table NACE/COICOP (identified as necessary by several DGs in the context of the cross-Commission work on market monitoring). Finally, a module on consumer empowerment policy issues to be included in the new EHS project will be prepared.

2.2 Objectives 2009

2.2.1.Ongoing work

  • Support on statistical methodology.

2.2.2.New work

  • Pilot the broadening of the collection of detailed prices data on a step-by-step basis (conditional to the agreement of the SPC);
  • Prepare of one module on consumer protection issues, including list of variables, questions and guidelines to be included in the new EHS project;
  • Work on consistency between the different existing classifications (COICOP/HICP, COICOP/PPP and COICOP/HBS);
  • Development of a conversion table NACE/COICOP.
Theme 1.09 Food safety

1. Description

Work on food safety statistics will continue in order to obtain statistical indicators for monitoring food safety within the EU. Cooperation will be continued with DG AGRI, reinforced with DG SANCO and developed with other Commission services where relevant, such as DG FISH, DG ENV and DG TRADE, and with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

2. Work Programme for 2009

2.1 Key priorities 2009

The work will focus on the areas already started in previous years in line with the priorities identified by the Working Group on food safety statistics. More precisely, work will continue on further development of the database on control and monitoring activities, in particular pursuing the harmonisation of the agreed indicators by the development of harmonised data dictionaries and definitions. The first food consumption data sets obtained from national household budget surveys will be analysed regarding the possibility to calculate a set of indicators to monitor health and nutrition policy. A proposal for a survey module will be developed to collect food consumption data in a sustainable way. Quality and availability of data of products issued from organic farming will be improved and possibilities to collect statistics on genetically modified products will continue to be explored. The database created in 2004 grouping all data already available at Eurostat and relevant to food safety issues will be permanently updated and enriched where possible. Cooperation with ECDC and EFSA will continue.

2.2 Objectives 2009

2.2.1.Ongoing work

  • Update twice a year the domain FOOD of New Cronos containing data relevant to food safety;
  • Once a year update the database on control and monitoring activities and continue working on quality improvements;
  • Once a year update the database on organic production and farming and continue working on quality improvements.

2.2.2.New work

  • By the end of 2009, publish food consumption data obtained in 2008 from the Household Budget Survey (including data which could underpin indicators to monitor EU health and nutrition policy);
  • Develop a survey module to collect missing data on food consumption.

2.3. Actions that will simplify work or reduce the burden on Member States and/or respondents

Action:

  • Give priority to the use of available data such as the Household Budget Survey.

Expected results:

  • Avoid double reporting and decrease workload for Member States.

3. Statistical work carried out by other DGs

Data on control and monitoring activities are currently collected by DG SANCO and/or the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and sent to Eurostat.


1.6 Social protection

Theme 1.07 Social protection

1. Description

The ongoing work on the ESSPROS project includes collecting quantitative and qualitative data on the core system and on the numbers of beneficiaries of pensions. Implementation of ESSPROS data collection in the new Member States is a priority objective in future years. Another important challenge in terms of medium term strategy is the launching and evaluation of the pilot data collection on net social benefits. If results are positive, the module on net social benefits will be implemented from 2010. The analytic uses of social protection data is to be strengthened by producing user-oriented analyses and improving online dissemination. This medium term strategy can only be achieved through reinforced cooperation with policy users, Member States and other international organizations (OECD and ILO in particular).

2. Work Programme for 2009

2.1 Key priorities 2009

For the ESSPROS project 2009 will be the second year of implementation of the EP and Council regulation adopted on 15 April 2007 for the annual data collections on the core system (both quantitative and qualitative data) and on pension beneficiaries. In addition, the pilot data collection on net social benefits, launched in 2008, will have to be evaluated in 2009 and the decision for implementing a regular data collection on net social benefits from 2010 will be taken.

2.2 Objectives 2009

2.2.1.Ongoing work

  • Collect the 2007 ESSPROS data (quantitative and qualitative data of the core system, data on pensions' beneficiaries) in accordance with EP and Council regulation and disseminate through New Cronos, PDF or mini-web;
  • Publish two Statistics in Focus on selected ESSPROS topics and contribute to the Joint Report on Social Inclusion and Social Protection to be presented to the Spring 2010 Council;
  • Disseminate ESSPROS 2007 data (qualitative and quantitative core system and pensions beneficiaries) by country and schemes (or groups of schemes).

2.2.2.New work

  • Evaluate the pilot data collection on net social benefits carried out in all Member States in 2008 and prepare a synthesis document for decision by the SPC for a regular data collection from 2010.

1.8 Justice and crime

Theme 1.10 Crime and criminal justice

1. Description

Work on a system of European statistics on crime and criminal justice follows the strategy set out in the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council and the European Economic and Social Committee on developing a comprehensive and coherent EU strategy to measure crime and criminal justice, an EU Action Plan 2006-2010 (COM(2006) 437).

2. Work Programme for 2009

2.1 Key priorities 2009

Work will continue on developing a system of comparable EU statistics on crime, in accordance with the Commission's Action Plan 2006-2010 on measuring crime and criminal justice. A new classification of crime types designed to improve the comparability of information between Member States will be discussed with the Member States; this new classification will be implemented gradually (in close co-operation with the Member States) as part of the regular collection of data and metadata. This collection will be updated to the reference year 2007. Further improvements in efficiency will be sought by seeking synergies with other data collections (such as UNODC, EMCDDA, European Sourcebook) to reduce the respondent burden. Account will be taken of the ongoing activities of the DG JLS Expert Group on data needs, and the indicators proposed by that group (specifically on 'new' types of crime) will be examined and implemented as far as possible. The piloting of a specifically-developed common survey module on victimisation in Member States will be monitored. A special study taking into consideration the circumstances, practices as well as ongoing activities in the Member States will be undertaken in close collaboration with the Member States, taking account of the results of this experience, together with other recent European developments in the area of victimisation surveys, with a view to developing a general European approach to collecting data on victimisation.

2.2 Objectives 2009

2.2.1.Ongoing work

  • Extend the collection of administrative data and metadata from Member States, such as on police-recorded crime, police numbers and prison populations, up to reference year 2007, and ensure proper dissemination;
  • Continue to improve metadata (contents and structure);
  • Follow up the activities of the DG JLS Expert Group on data needs, develop methodologies for providing required indicators and implement where possible.

2.2.2.New work

  • Implement a new crime classification in collection of data and metadata;
  • Study developments in European victimisation surveys including piloting exercise of a common survey module, develop proposal for future approach to collection of victimisation data, in close collaboration with the Member States.

2.3. Actions that will simplify work or reduce the burden on Member States and/or respondents

Action:

  • Explore synergies in existing data collections (Eurostat, UNODC, EMCDDA, European Sourcebook).

Expected results:

  • May lead to elimination of duplicate data (or agreed sub-sets of the data) now present in more than one collection.
Theme 1.11 Discrimination

1. Description

Using as far as possible available data, a framework will be developed for the collection of statistics on the extent and impact of discrimination with the aim of establishing a basis for monitoring the implementation of Community anti-discrimination legislation and action programmes.

2. Work Programme for 2009

2.1 Key priorities 2009

Work on equality statistics will continue, examining available data and studies with a view to gradually establish a common methodology for a regular data collection.

2.2 Objectives 2009

2.2.1.Ongoing work

  • Further develop a conceptual framework for the purpose of measuring progress in combating discrimination and promoting equality;
  • Examine the possibility to provide the data for the indicators proposed in the context of a study carried out by DG EMPL.

2.2.2.New work

  • Examine the available data (such as data of LFS ad-hoc module on migrants) and examination of possibilities for a pilot data collection on a first set of indicators.

1.9 Culture

Theme 1.04 Culture

1. Description

This theme covers all statistics related to culture and cultural industries. A definition of cultural domain has been prepared by the EC LEG-Culture and adopted by the SPC in 1999. A methodology identifying cultural employment by crossing economic sectors (NACE) and occupations (ISCO) has been developed and data are now available annually from the EU-Labour Force Survey. The methodological work concerning cultural participation has also been carried out and its recommendations could be implemented through vehicle surveys to obtain comparative results at EU level. A completed study concerning statistics on private expenditure on culture will help in the future exploitation of the Household Budget Surveys. Finally the basic elements of a methodology to cover public expenditure and financing of culture have been produced, but further development is necessary before this can be used for the collection of data through a specific administrative data collection. Economic statistics on cultural industries are available from the EU-Structural Business Statistics database but the coverage of this sector is still very limited.

Cooperation with the UNESCO Institute for Statistics is essential in this area, whilst the Council of Europe is informed and involved when necessary. OECD activity should also be looked at.

2. Work Programme for 2009

2.1 Key priorities 2009

With the renewed concern for statistics on culture at Council level in the context of the Lisbon strategy, it is planned to re-launch the work already initiated by the Leadership Group (LEG), Working Group (WG) and Task Force (TF) on culture statistics. Both methodological work and data production, mainly based on existing data will be proposed. Methodological work should also include progresses on the concepts of cultural and creative industries. Proposals for better harmonisation of different fields of cultural statistics will be elaborated. Close collaboration with all Member States as well as with international organisations is necessary in this development work, considering for instance the new UNESCO framework for cultural statistics. The main part of this project will be carried on by the ESSnet regrouping countries particularly interested in the specific areas of cultural statistics.

2.2 Objectives 2009

2.2.2.New work

  • Ensure methodological development in different fields of cultural statistics (these areas being defined as priorities by the WG);
  • Produce and disseminate data from the sources already existing in Eurostat (LFS, HBS, SILC, AES..);
  • Pilot data collections (e.g. on public expenditure on culture, cultural heritage/institutions..).