Italy, Latvia and Luxembourg constitute the Presidency Trio for the 18-month period from 1st July 2014 to 31st December 2015. The programme and priorities for the 18 months will build on the work successfully brought forward by the three countries in the preceding trio i.e. Ireland, Lithuania and Greece.
The overall priorities of the Latvian Presidency are set out in the Trio Presidency Programme of Italy – Latvia - Luxembourg.
We highly evaluate the work done and progress achieved by Italian Presidency. The Latvian Presidency will continue to focus on economic governance and quality issues in the area of statistics and will also align the legal framework to the new institutional context.
The Latvian Presidency will strive to complete the pending dossiers on Rail and Inland transport statistics, Extrastat and ECB Recommendations and to achieve progress in Balance of Payments, International Trade in Services, and Foreign Direct Investment Regulation. The Latvian Presidency will open discussions on proposal on Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices Regulation.
As of 1 January 2015, Latvia holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. In this context, the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) of Latvia has the honour of chairing the Council Working Party on Statistics meetings.
We look forward to working with all our partners in the European Statistical System to progress current legislative dossiers in statistics.
During the 100th DGINS conference, which was held in Riga, Latvia from 24 to 26 September, the ESS Committee adopted the Riga Memorandum outlining the basic principles for the work on global business statistics.
The main enhancements in terms of availability of new statistical information are related to the measurement of trade and to the short-term measurement of output and production in the sectors of trade and services, all within the framework of National Accounts. Therefore DGINS 2014 confirmed the need for business statistics to be reviewed on a regular basis, bearing in mind the importance of comparability of results in order to align them with the evolution of business organisation and its international structure.
The Riga Memorandum acknowledges that measuring of economic globalisation should be based on consistent and harmonised primary statistics on international transactions and businesses. It also emphasises that definition of the statistical unit 'enterprise' should be revised to promote broader and more in-depth understanding of economic globalisation.
The 100th DGINS conference brought together National Statistical Offices of 40 European States, the United Nations, OECD, Statistical Office of EU Eurostat and other partners such as the European Central Bank and EFTA. The organiser of DGINS 2014 was the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.
DGINS Conference is the most important forum in the EU for discussions about the future and development of the ESS. Its aim is to discuss topics related to the statistical programme and methods, as well as processes for the production of Community statistics. It is hosted each year by a different Member State, and the Director General of the host country chairs the conference. The first DGINS meeting was held in Luxembourg in 1953.
Latvia will be hosting the Directors General of the National Statistical Institutes (DGINS) Conference and the Meeting of the European Statistical System Committee (ESSC) this autumn. The meetings are scheduled to take place in Riga from 24 to 26 September 2014.
DGINS 2014 in Riga will focus on global business statistics. Business statistics is aimed at supporting the decision-making process and monitoring the impact of policies related to the business sector all over the globe.
The second day seminar will examine inconsistencies of current European business statistics, integration of business and trade statistics, the ways of measuring the activities of enterprises, monitoring the globalization indicators and other topics.
This DGINS Conference will be an excellent opportunity to exchange experiences on methodologies, sources and practices with a broader range of countries within and outside the European Union in defining a new architecture for business statistics.