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Official Journal Reference

L 219 of 1993-08-28

Legislative Reference

93/464/CEE of 1993-07-22
To provide for a Community statistical system which can fulfil the following tasks: develop a set of standards, methods and organizational structures which allow comparable, reliable and relevant statistics throughout the Community; provide the European institutions and governments of the Member States with the information needed to implement, monitor and evaluate Community policies; disseminate the statistics to the European public, to enterprises and to all economic and social agents involved in decision-making; and endeavour to improve the statistical systems of the Member States and support the developing countries.


The tasks envisaged for the Community statistical system imply the following activities:
- Development of common classifications, methods and definitions directly applicable in all Member States and backed by Community legislation;
- Conduct of common statistical surveys based on harmonized methods;
- Preparation, analysis and dissemination of Community statistics, including comparisons by country and region;
- Incorporation of Community know-how into the statistical programmes of the Member States;
- Promotion of convergence in national statistical practices through common training activities; and
- Support for the development of the statistical systems of both Community and non-Community countries via structural activities and exchanges of technology and experience.

The major activities envisaged for Community statistics include sectoral statistical programmes, links with other activities carried out under cooperation arrangements, and the development of statistical technologies and human resources. The priority actions will cover the operation of the Single Market; social policy, economic and social cohesion and consumer protection; Economic and Monetary Union; and relations between the Community and the rest of the world.

Apart from the partnership with the national statistical systems of the Member States, cooperation will also extend to the systems in the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries which form part of the European Economic Area (EEA), as well as to international organizations active in the statistical field, particularly the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).


- Sectoral programmes for the functioning of the Single Market:
. Sectoral programmes for policy on industry, transport, energy, R&D and tourism.
Statistical objectives: standards; statistics on trade on goods between Member States; statistics on enterprises (industry and services); transport statistics; research and technological development statistics; energy statistics; and tourism statistics;
. Sectoral programmes for management of the common agricultural policy and fisheries policy. Statistical objectives: agricultural statistics (agricultural production, agricultural prices and income, agricultural structures, agri-food industry, forestry); and fisheries statistics;
. Sectoral programmes for environment policy;

- Sectoral programmes for social policy, for economic and social cohesion and consumer protection:
Statistical objectives: employment statistics; statistics on living and working conditions and social protection (population, working conditions, living conditions and social protection); education and vocational training statistics; health and safety statistics; regional and local statistics; statistics on consumer protection;

- Sectoral programmes for Economic and Monetary Union:
Statistical objectives: national accounts; public sector statistics; balance of payments statistics; price statistics; price statistics; monetary policy coordination indicators; ECU statistics; external trade statistics;

- Sectoral programmes for the Community and the rest of the world:
Statistical objectives: Statistics and the European Economic Area; The development of statistical systems in the developing countries; cooperation with other non-member countries; coordination with other international organizations;

- Development of statistical technologies and human resources:
Statistical objectives: statistical dissemination and informatics; training in statistics; statistical research.


Specific statistical actions will be decided on by the Council in accordance with the appropriate Treaty provisions; by the Commission where the action does not last for more than one year and the data to be gathered is either administrative and statistical data already available or accessible within the national authorities responsible, or data which can be gathered directly, with the Commission paying additional costs incurred at national level; by means of agreement between the Commission and the national authorities. The Commission shall be assisted by the Statistical Programme Committee and will submit to the Committee a draft of the measures to be taken. The measures will be adopted if they are in accordance with the opinion of the Committee. Proposals to the Council and draft measures to the Committee will indicate reasons justifying the action, precise quantified objectives and an evaluation of anticipated results, procedures for implementation, the role of specialist committees, a cost-effectiveness analysis, international statistical recommendations to be observed in the fields covered, and solutions for minimising the burden on respondents in answering the statistical questionnaires. Responsibility for implementing the specific statistical actions in Member States lies with the national statistical authorities.

Member States will forward statistical information to the Statistical Office of the European Communities according to the detailed procedures for each specific action in accordance with Council Regulation (Euratom, EEC) 1588/90 of 11 June 1990 on the transmission of data subject to statistical confidentiality to the Statistical Office of the European Community.

During the third year of implementation of the framework programme the Commission shall examine the progress and, after consulting the Statistical Programme Committee, shall assess whether the objectives and priorities of the programme have been achieved and shall submit any proposed amendments.
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