Italian Presidency of the European Union Council Working Party on Statistics

Presidency and Trio programme

Presidency and Trio programme

Italy holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2014. This document sets out the Council's work programme as established by the future Italian, Latvian and Luxembourg Presidencies, covering the period July 2014 to December 2015.

Presidency Trio: Italy, Latvia and Luxembourg

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.

Presidency Trio Programme: July 2014 to December 2015

The Trio Presidencies will be committed to the provision of relevant and high-quality official European Statistics to underpin the development, implementation and monitoring of the European Union policies. Taking into account the progresses reached so far, the Trio Presidencies will continue the work on the amendment of Regulation 223/2009, the Extrastat Regulation, the Regulation on statistics of goods transport by inland waterways, the Regulation on rail transport statistics, the Regulation on macroeconomic imbalance procedure statistics and on the alignment of statistical regulations with the Lisbon Treaty. The programme might also take into consideration the regulations on harmonisation of gross national income at market prices, harmonised indices of consumer prices, balance of payments, international trade in services and foreign direct investment and electricity and natural gas price statistics.

New vision EUROPE 2020

Recognising the increasing needs of users for statistical data and ever-tightening resource constraints, the Presidencies will emphasise the need for a continuous focus on simplification and re-prioritisation, as well as on standardisation, harmonisation, reduction of costs and the control of response burden.

Presidency Programme: July to December 2014

The 6-month period of the Italian Presidency will see a new institutional framework, namely a brand new European Parliament, an incoming Commission (mandate ends on 31 October 2014), as well as an incoming President of the European Council (mandate ends on 30 November 2014). These events are expected to affect the semester of the Italian Presidency.

It is worth noting that the European Parliament has adopted its position at first reading on all legislative dossiers currently under negotiation at the Council Working Party on Statistics. The new European Parliament is expected to commence its “business as usual” in September/October. In terms of legislative work, they might either decide to build on the work brought forward by the current European Parliament or disregard it and embrace a different approach when dealing with EU legislative procedure (e.g. comitology items).

Bearing in mind these challenges, the Presidency will continue to make every possible effort to negotiate legislative dossiers inherited from the previous presidency by fostering ongoing dialogue with relevant actors within the new European Parliament and taking into account what has been already fruitfully achieved at the Council Working Party on statistics.

In order to achieve these objectives, the Italian Presidency will cooperate closely with other Member States, Trio partners, the European Commission and the European Parliament.