Eurostat annual conference on statistics for policymaking: Europe 2020: extracts from the opening of the conference with the participations of José Manuel Barroso, Janez Potočnik and Pier Carlo Padoan, Deputy Secretary-General and Chief Economist of the OECD

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-069248   Duration: 10:03:32  Lieu:
End production: 10/03/2011   First transmission: 10/03/2011
On 10/03/2011 in Brussels, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, opened the Eurostat annual conference entitled: "Statistics for policymaking: Europe 2020", jointly with Janez Potočnik, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, and Pier Carlo Padoan, Deputy Secretary-General and Chief Economist of the OECD. The aim of the conference was to bring together politicians and statisticians in a dialogue about how to shape statistics underpinning policy making and political decision making. The conference focused on the role of statistics in policymaking and political decision-making, using the Europe 2020 strategy as a case in point. It discussed the role statistics plays in the formulation of the strategy and the role it will have in its implementation.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Exterior view of the Charlemagne building 00:00:05
00:00:10 Sign with "Statistics for policymaking: Europe 2020" 00:00:05
00:00:15 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC (3 shots) 00:00:18
00:00:34 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso: implementing the overall response to the crisis will require sound, high quality data and statistical analysis, on which decisions can be based. As we are increasingly faced with complex questions to answer and complex decisions to take, we obviously need to know what is going on in our economies and our societies. The essence of statistics is precisely to concentrate the complexity we face into meaningful and relevant information for the policy makers, but also for the citizens, to ensure transparency of decisions and of decisions making process. 00:00:40
00:01:14 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
00:01:20 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso: we have seen in the context of the recent economic and financial crisis that the weaknesses in the quality of upstream public accounting data, were compounded by the weaknesses in the statistical governance arrangements in place at the national level, in Europe, some cases, but also out of Europe. This in turn influenced the way we were seeing the economic reality in some Member States at that particular moment. Further strengthening of the governance of the European Statistical System will be key in this respect. The (European) Commission is currently reflecting on ways to achieve it and we will soon present, most probably next month in April, some concrete proposals in a forthcoming Communication. 00:00:47
00:02:07 Janez Potočnik, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, walking to the microphone 00:00:05
00:02:13 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
00:02:18 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Janez Potočnik: our objective is to ensure that resource-efficient thinking finds its way into all policies, like a reflex. This is not just about new green sectors, promising though they are for future growth. It is about the way we will steer businesses, investors and consumers -all economic operators- towards the systemic and cultural changes necessary to achieve green and competitive economy. I am absolutely convinced that we will never get to desired long-term results if we are not able to demonstrate our progress. And to do that, we have to be able to measure it. 00:00:49
00:03:08 Cutaway of press 00:00:06
00:03:14 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Pier Carlo Padoan, Deputy Secretary-General and Chief Economist of the OECD: our weak labour markets can be a source of major social tension. We are currently putting a lot of efforts to develop statistics to better monitor global economy and financial developments. But we also need to improve our statistical base to better monitor the social consequences of the crisis which in many countries will take a long time to unfold. 00:00:22
00:03:37 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
10:00:04 Title 00:00:05
10:00:10 Sign with "Statistics for policymaking: Europe 2020" 00:00:18
10:00:29 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC (3 shots) 00:00:40
10:01:09 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso: implementing the overall response to the crisis will require sound, high quality data and statistical analysis, on which decisions can be based. As we are increasingly faced with complex questions to answer and complex decisions to take, we obviously need to know what is going on in our economies and our societies. The essence of statistics is precisely to concentrate the complexity we face into meaningful and relevant information for the policy makers, but also for the citizens, to ensure transparency of decisions and of decisions making process. 00:00:47
10:01:56 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso: we have seen in the context of the recent economic and financial crisis that the weaknesses in the quality of upstream public accounting data, were compounded by the weaknesses in the statistical governance arrangements in place at the national level, in Europe, some cases, but also out of Europe. This in turn influenced the way we were seeing the economic reality in some Member States at that particular moment. Further strengthening of the governance of the European Statistical System will be key in this respect. The (European) Commission is currently reflecting on ways to achieve it and we will soon present, most probably next month in April, some concrete proposals in a forthcoming Communication. 00:00:05
10:02:02 Janez Potočnik, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, walking to the microphone 00:00:05
10:02:07 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:49
10:02:57 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Janez Potočnik: our objective is to ensure that resource-efficient thinking finds its way into all policies, like a reflex. This is not just about new green sectors, promising though they are for future growth. It is about the way we will steer businesses, investors and consumers -all economic operators- towards the systemic and cultural changes necessary to achieve green and competitive economy. I am absolutely convinced that we will never get to desired long-term results if we are not able to demonstrate our progress. And to do that, we have to be able to measure it. 00:00:06
10:03:03 Cutaway of press 00:00:22
10:03:26 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Pier Carlo Padoan, Deputy Secretary-General and Chief Economist of the OECD: our weak labour markets can be a source of major social tension. We are currently putting a lot of efforts to develop statistics to better monitor global economy and financial developments. But we also need to improve our statistical base to better monitor the social consequences of the crisis which in many countries will take a long time to unfold. 00:00:05
10:03:32 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:00
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