Common agreement reached on long-awaited statistical regulation

Three files examined at second CWPS meeting under the Bulgarian Presidency

At the 22 February meeting of the Council Working Party on Statistics the Member States discussed and agreed upon the final elements of the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a common framework for European statistics relating to persons and households, based on data at individual level collected from samples (IESS). This opens the way for further action on the adoption of the regulation through trilogues with the European Parliament and the Council and outlines real prospects for finalising the file during the Bulgarian Presidency. The participants at the meeting noted with satisfaction this result, given that the discussions on the regulation had been going on over four presidencies, but the decisive progress was made during the two meetings under the Bulgarian Presidency.

The discussions continued with the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the harmonisation of gross national income at market prices repealing Council Directive 89/130/EEC, Euratom and Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1287/2003. The participants discussed the possibilities for reaching a compromise with the European Parliament’s amendments related to the implementation of delegated acts, which most Member States oppose, and implementing acts in certain provisions of the proposal for a regulation. At the first trilogue on this regulation, which has been scheduled for 10 April, the Bulgarian Presidency will present and stand by the position of the CWPS.

As regards the third file on the agenda – Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on European business statistics (FRIBS) – the European Central Bank presented its opinion and expressed its readiness to participate in future discussions in the name of the good cooperation with the European Statistical System.