The EU is a net importer of one of Valentine's day symbols – fresh cut roses. In the first 10 months of 2017, the EU exported roses worth €62 million to non-EU countries, and imported ten times more — 624 million — from outside the EU.
Main exporter is The Netherlands: The Netherlands (roses worth €43 million exported to non-EU countries in the first 10 months of 2017, or 70% of the total extra-EU exports of roses) was the top EU exporter of roses. It was followed at a distance by Lithuania (€7 million, 11%), Germany (over €5 million, 8%) and Latvia (below €5 million, 7%).
Also, did you that
EU's roses are sent mainly to Russia and Switzerland,
The Netherlands is also the main importer of roses, and
The European Commission has launched a public consultation to have your views on how to make the most of every euro of the EU budget after 2020.
As statistics are a part of this consultation, this is an excellent opportunity to find out whether you think we are delivering the facts you need to be well informed.
We would be grateful if you could take the time to complete the introductory part of the questionnaire and give us your views on the relative importance of reliable and comparable statistics (penultimate row in table 29) and if we are currently meeting your needs (penultimate row in table 31). Deadline for replies is 8 March.
Of course, you can also give you views on how you think the EU should fund investment, research and innovation, small and medium-sized enterprises and the single market. Our statistics measure all of these areas.
After two years of activity, the DIGICOM project has now reached its mid-term. The project has already delivered concrete results, based on the good cooperation between all of the national statistical institutes involved and Eurostat.
In this edition of the newsletter, we present some of the recent key deliverables: the digital publication ‘The life of women and men in Europe’, disseminated in 24 languages, the ESS Facebook page featuring visual content from 19 NSIs and Eurostat, and the Power from Statistics conference focusing on long term needs of our key users.
We have also asked the Eurostat team coordinating the DIGICOM project to tell us how they work, and to update us on the overall progress of the project.
Last but not least, plans for this year, in particular the ESSnet on Linked Open Statistics which is due to start, are presented in ‘NSI Perspective’. Led by Statistics Bulgaria, it involves INSEE, ISTAT and CSO Ireland. The ESSnet will develop pilots to assess the added-value of this technology for users. It concerns all NSIs, as the ESSnet also aims to provide all ESS members with solutions to develop their capabilities in this field.
Users are key in the DIGICOM project, and even more so in 2018! We have just released the European Statistics User Forum, which aims at increasing dialogue with key users on European statistics: feel free to promote it in your country! We have also just launched a study on branding, user perception and communication of official statistics in the EU and will report on it in a next edition!
We hope you will enjoy reading this issue of the Newsletter!