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Priorities and objectives of the Spanish Presidency

The Spanish Presidency of the European Union in the second half of 2023 will start the new Trio being foreseeably marked by the actions to respond to the challenges derived from the invasion of Ukraine and the statistical response to crises.

The main general priorities of the Spanish Presidency are determined by the 18-month programme which has been jointly prepared by the trio Presidencies and the specific priorities already mentioned in section 1.

The Spanish Presidency will continue with the revision of the legislative framework, taking into account the specific needs of official statistics, especially concerning access to privately held data as well as data integration and interoperability. In this regards, the Spanish Presidency will continue to work towards the strengthening of the European statistics, focusing on modernizing the statistical production through the use of innovative methods and sources, in combination with administrative records and other traditional sources. To this end, the Spanish Presidency is planning to hold a High Level Meeting in Seville (Spain), from 27th to 28th November 2023, to facilitate the discussion on integration and interoperability strategies for modernizing official statistics.

The Spanish Presidency will build on the progress made by previous Presidencies and attempt to complete the legislative dossiers that are already underway:

  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and Council amending Regulation (EU) 691/2011 on European environmental economic account.
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and Council on European Statistics on Population and Housing.
  • Proposal for a Regulation amending Regulation of the European Parliament and Council on (EC) 223/2009 on European statistics.
  • Proposal for a Regulation for Labour Market statistics collected from Businesses.

In addition, the Spanish Presidency will follow the progress on other dossiers that have an impact on European Statistics, such as the Proposal for a Regulation on data collection and sharing relating to short-term accommodation rental services and amending Regulation (EU) 2018/1724, the Data Act, the Interoperable Europe Act or the e-privacy regulation. Other regulations with interest for official statistics would also be monitored.