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Successor programme


Official Journal Reference

C 161 of 1989-06-28
To speed up the development of the statistical infrastructure which is necessary for the proper operation of the internal market; to extend the scope of Community statistics to cover new areas of policy and of public interest; to permit the assessment of Community policies and the effective management of the related budgetary resources by developing reliable and up-to-date information at the necessary geographic levels; to promote the adoption of European statistical standards; to construct an integrated European system based on national systems; to contribute towards the development of a shared statistical language that will foster progress in the statistical sciences, so as to increase the knowledge of demographic, economic and social realities in all Member States.


The statistical programme was based on the following principles, designed to reinforce cooperation between the Community (Eurostat) and the Member States (national statistical institutes):

- Consideration of the characteristics of each statistical system in the definition and application of Community statistical work;
- Community support for statistical work of a Community nature, in so far as possible;
- Technical support from the Commission and from the strongest countries for the statistical systems of the weaker countries, in so far as possible;
- Coordination by Eurostat of requests for statistics made by the Commission to Member States' statistical institutes before their dispatch to the national statistical institutes;
- Measures to reduce or to limit the burden of replying to requests for statistical information relating to the activities of individuals and enterprises.

The 1989-1992 phase of the Statistical Programme was replaced by the framework programme for priority actions in the field of statistical information, 1993-1997 (Council Decision 93/464/EEC Official Journal No L 219 of 28.8.1993).


- Sectoral programmes designed to achieve the objectives of the Single European Act:
. Assess the reliability and comparability of Member States' systems of drawing up economic accounts and decide what improvements are necessary for the assessment of GNP as an additional basis for financing the Community budget;
. Create a new system for collecting statistics on intra-Community trade to replace the existing system, which is scheduled to disappear following the abolition of internal frontiers and frontier controls, so that the provision of statistical information remains close to present levels;
. Produce sufficiently reliable and rapidly available information to facilitate decision-making in the management of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and the monitoring and assessment of such decisions;
. Improve the quality and availability of the statistical indicators designed to define and measure the impact of the policies and programmes financed by the Structural Funds;

- Progress in the short-term to improve statistical information in the following areas:
. Trade in services to facilitate international trade negotiations in which the Commission is involved;
. Industrial and service enterprises (including tourism) in order to ensure the transparency and monitoring of changes in the internal market, and to prepare, monitor and evaluate Community programmes in this field, while developing more modern and rapid means of collecting and using data, with a view to alleviating the burden on enterprises;
. The main monetary and financial variables, with a view to strengthening the European Monetary System and the use of the ECU;
. The environment, in order to achieve the objectives set by the Single European Act;
. The European social area, in order to provide the statistical back-up for programmes to improve the living and working conditions of citizens;

- Additional measures to be undertaken by the Commission:
. Support and strengthen the statistical infrastructure of those Member States for which the process of integration is particularly burdensome;
. Establish the means by which private and public sector economic operators will be able to draw on the statistical information thus generated, for the better management of their activities, in a cost effective manner and with the use of appropriate technologies;
. Develop a programme for the exchange of reliable and relevant statistical information with other European countries, including State-trading countries, and their intergovernmental organizations.


The 1989-1992 phase of the Statistical Programme was established by Council Resolution 89/C 161/01 of 28.06.1989, which set out the objectives, tasks and implementation of the initiative. The Commission was responsible for the general coordination and implementation of the statistical programme, assisted by the Statistical Committee composed of representatives of the statistical institutes of the Member States and chaired by the Director-General of the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat).

The activities under the programme were implemented in liaison with the national statistical institutes and other appropriate bodies in the Member States. These bodies were closely involved in the coordination of the programme, with the Member States required to adopt the necessary measures to take account of the statistical programme and its implementation in the formulation of their national programmes.

Activities under the statistical programme were implemented through a number of sectoral programmes intended to consolidate existing Community projects at the time, restructure projects in order to process data more efficiently and to create new information through the establishment of new projects. The sectoral programmes covered the following areas:

- Economic and financial accounts and prices;
- Statistics on international trade and non-member countries;
- Social and regional statistics;
- Statistics on agriculture, fisheries and the environment;
- Statistical informatics and dissemination.

These programmes were intended to provide information to support the implementation of Community policies, in particular the Single European Act (the internal market, Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), social policy, economic and social cohesion, technological research and development, and the environment); Other Community policies (agriculture, fisheries, industry, energy, transport, tourism and other services, external relations, and development cooperation); Functioning of the Community (own resources and information policy); and Functioning of the institutions (infrastructure and staff management).

Actions taken in the implementation of the Statistical Programme were financed at the Community level by appropriations from the general budget of the European Communities. In certain cases, financial support was also available to actions effected in the Member States, where their purpose was to furnish the statistical information needed for the implementation, monitoring or evaluation of Community policies. The resources allocated to the programme were determined in the context of the annual budgetary procedure.

The Commission was requested to submit a final report on the implementation of the programme before June 1993. For its part, the Statistical Programme Committee was required to prepare annual reports containing a review of the work for which it was responsible, in accordance with the terms of the Council Decision establishing this Committee (89/382/EEC/Euratom Official Journal No L 181 of 28.6.1989).
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