Statistics Austria chairs Council Working Party on Statistics during Austria’s EU-Presidency 2018

Austria holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 July until 31 December 2018.

Key tasks:

  • Planning and chairing of meetings of the various Council formations and of its more than 150 preparatory working groups
  • Cooperation with Member States (acting as a neutral broker)
  • Representation of the Council in consultations and negotiations with other EU institutions, such as the European Parliament and the Commission, particularly with regard to European legislation

The Council Working Party on Statistics (CWPS) dealing with legislative proposals in the area of statistics will be chaired by Statistics Austria’s Director General Dr Konrad Pesendorfer. During this period the CWPS will meet six times.

 Infographics: How are regulations on European statistics made?

Infographics: How are regulations on European statistics made?

The following legislative proposals are under discussion in the area of statistics/CWPS:

  • FRIBS (Framework Regulation Integrating Business Statistics): FRIBS is a legislative proposal in the area of business statistics, which – by repealing ten legislative acts and introducing a common legal framework – aims to simplify EU law and to ensure the consistency of European business statistics.
  • Statistics on Migration and International Protection: The legislative proposal aims at addressing the increased demand for precise and timely community statistics in the area of migration and international protection.
  • IESS (Integrated European Social Statistics): The IESS proposal seeks to harmonise the legal framework for European statistics on persons and households based on individual-level data collected from samples, as well as to increase the efficiency of data collections.
  • GNI (Gross National Income at Market Prices): This proposal comprises an update to the legal framework of the gross national income at market prices, which also serves as basis for the calculation of Member States’ contributions to the EU’s own resources.
  • ESP (European Statistical Programme) 20212027 within the framework of the Single Market Programme: Negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework for the years 2021 to 2027 have already started in the European Union. Within this new framework, the ESP will be included as part of the Single Market Programme which covers the Single Market, competitiveness of businesses as well as European statistics.

Website of the CWPS chaired by Austria

The website www.eu2018.statistik.at introduces the work of the Austrian Presidency of the Council Working Party on Statistics from 1 July 2018 to 31 December 2018. It provides an overview of upcoming meetings, the Presidency trio programme of Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria (i.e. the common work programme of the three successive presidencies), as well as the legislative files in the area of statistics that will be dealt with by the Austrian Presidency. Additionally, the website offers information on the Presidency team and on how to contact Statistics Austria on matters concerning the Presidency within the domain of statistics. The website is available in English only.


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