Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU Working Party on Statistics

Presidency Programme

Presidency Programme

Trio Presidency Programme

Germany, Portugal and Slovenia form the Trio Presidency covering the period from 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2021. Germany held the Presidency in the second half of 2020, Portugal in the first half of 2021 and Slovenia will take it over on 1 July 2021.

The Trio Presidency Programme builds upon the work done by the previous presidencies, aiming at the provision of high quality and relevant European statistics in accordance with Regulation (EC) 223/2009 on European statistics and guided by the European Statistics Code of Practice.

Based on a transparent and close cooperation with all our partners, the Trio Presidency Programme further aims at promoting the value of official statistics and fostering the modernisation of the European Statistical System (ESS), in order to respond adequately to new users’ needs shaped by the challenges of globalisation and digitalisation.

The Trio Programme also intends to strengthen the capacity of the ESS to take advantage of new data sources and technologies and to develop innovative methods and tools, while ensuring secured, transparent and reliable data, and statistical confidentiality as a precondition for maintaining the trust of respondents.

Priorities of the Slovenian Presidency

The Slovenian Presidency will follow its predecessors in fostering activities aimed at further strengthening the agility of the European Statistical System to respond adequately to users’ needs.

Taking into account the continuity of legislative procedure, the plans of the Slovenian Presidency are based on the progress achieved by the Portuguese Presidency. The Slovenian Presidency will continue to negotiate the previous Presidency's work at the Council and European Parliament level and strive to advance and finalise the deliberation on legislative dossiers:

  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on Statistics on statistics on agricultural input and output and repealing Regulations (EC) No 1165/2008, (EC) No 543/2009, (EC) No 1185/2009 and Council Directive 96/16/EC;
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 138/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards regional economic accounts for agriculture;
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2018/1091 as regards the Union contribution for the integrated farm statistics under the 2021-2027 financial framework.
The Slovenian Presidency will also follow with special attention the legislative proceeding of non-statistical dossiers with possible implications for European statistics.

We will work closely and transparently with the Member States, the Trio Presidency Partners, the European Parliament and the Commission.

The recent developments have proven the importance and urgency of relevant and timely high-quality statistical data and have generated the demand to constantly produce new data and indicators. In this context, the Slovenian Presidency will focus on the increased need for and effective use of new data sources for the production of official statistics.

The event planned to be organised by the Slovenian Presidency will provide an opportunity for a high-level discussion on various aspects of European data strategy, including the issue of timeliness of statistical data in order to respond adequately to new users’ needs. The event is scheduled for 18 and 19 November 2021 in the format of a video conference.