More than 90 participants, many of them from Eurostat and other Commission services, were gathered at the Cultural Centre of Neumünster Abbey in Luxembourg, on 18 February 2016 for the Introductory Seminar on the European Economic Area (EEA). The seminar was hosted by the EFTA Statistical Office and was the first of its kind in Luxembourg.
The EEA comprises the 28 EU Member States and the three EFTA States Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The seminar participants received briefings on the history of EFTA and its role in the broader European integration process, the origins of the EEA and how EU law becomes EEA law, EU-EFTA cooperation in the field of statistics, the EFTA States' contribution to European cohesion efforts, and the role of the EFTA Surveillance Authority and the EFTA Court.
After the seminar, the participants were invited to a reception to mark the 25th anniversary of the EFTA Statistical Office.
Ms. Christine Benedichte Meyer has been appointed new Director General of Statistics Norway and will pick up her duties on the 1st of September 2015.
Ms. Meyer has a master and PhD degree from the Norwegian School of Economics and was appointed Professor in 2007. From 2011 to present, she has been the Director General of the Competition Authority in Norway. She has also held positions as State Secretary (2001-2003) and Commissioner of Bergen City Council (2007-2011).
From the 1st of September, the Director General of the interim period, Mr. Torbjørn Hægeland, will continue in his position as Director of Research in Statistics Norway.
The Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat), Eurostat, the EFTA, Statistics Norway and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), are organising a conference on refugee statistics which will take place in Antalya, Turkey from 7-9 October 2015.
The aim of the conference is to explore how to better incorporate statistics on refugees into national statistical systems. Its focus will be to exchange technical experience, share best practices and devise a plan for the development of a handbook with practical guidelines and recommendations on the compilation, production and dissemination of statistics on refugees.
The conference is targeted at representatives from national statistical offices and international organisations responsible for or involved in the collection, compilation or analysis of data on refugees or internally displaced persons.