DGINS 2014 stresses the necessity to revise business statistics


The 100th conference of the Directors General of the National Statistical Institutes (DGINS), the main theme of which this year is business statistics, accented the increasing influence of globalisation on different sectors of economics and the necessity to revise business statistics. Among main conclusions of the conference was the appeal to correlate interests of policy-makers, statisticians and enterprises by reducing the administrative burden on enterprises as well as the necessity to work on internationally comparable and reliable statistics bearing in mind also the national interests of Member States. This year the conference is organised by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB).

Aija Žīgure, President of the CSB: "This year we focus on business statistics that complies with political priorities of the European Union defined by the president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, namely, creation of new work places, growth and investments. Statistics should provide support not only in the processes of taking political decisions but also in discussions and processes in the society in general. In particular it concerns enterprises that create new work places and are the backbone of our economics.   Therefore we have to find best solutions in order to organize the statistical work in compliance with the new EU policy as well as to reduce the administrative burden and facilitate the work of statistical offices and enterprises.”

In the opening speech of the conference the Minister of Economics of the Republic of Latvia Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis stressed the need for information provided by statistical offices in the process of taking political decisions. As the Minister pointed out a relevant aspect is statistics reliability and ensuring of the administrative burden on a reasonable level, especially for small enterprises.  State administration more and more requires statistical data on different sectors of economics, but the price often is reliability of these data and the enterprises wish to avoid providing full information.

Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis, Minister of Economics: "We policy makers need reliable statistical data that are important for decision making process. More and more often we demand statistical data on sectors that are difficult to measure or even impossible to measure, for example, knowledge economy, innovations etc. Our need for reliable, meaningful international and European Union level comparisons is growing."

Walter Radermacher, Director General, Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat): "Business statistics is challenged by globalisation and organisational change of the companies where legal and economic. Business statistics that we are using and producing today is still in the shape of 1960-ties thus it cannot accurately reflect the business processes nowadays. Today there are many multinational companies and long production chains. If we want portray the change and the economies at an international level, we have to look for new approaches to organisation of statistical production.

Taking into account the EU development priorities, increasing mutual dependence of global markets as well as influence of economic globalisation on policy, in this year’s conference the Rīga Memorandum was adopted. This document confirms the necessity for regular revision of business statistics bearing in mind comparability of results in order to harmonize them with development tendencies of business organisations.

The DGINS conference is the most important forum where development trends of the European Statistical System (ESS) and future prospects are discussed. Its goal is to discuss themes related to statistical programs, methods and the statistical production process. Every year the DGINS conference is hosted by one ESS Member State. The first DGINS conference was organised in Luxembourg in 1953.

The Rīga Conference, this year organised by the CSB, was attended by: Mr Walter  Radermacher, Director General of Eurostat, Mr Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis, Minister of Economics, Ms Aija Žīgure, President of the CSB as well as by representatives from national statistical institutes of 39 other European countries. Among participants were also representatives from Eurostat, the European Commission, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the European Statistics Advisory Committee, the European Central Bank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

In former DGINS conferences were discussed different urgent items of the statistical system, e.g., migration statistics, reduction of the administrative burden, availability of statistical data for the evaluation of the green economics, use of geographical information systems in statistics, etc.

from left: the Minister of Economics of the Republic of Latvia Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis, Aija Žīgure, President of the CSB,Walter Radermacher, Director General, Statistical Office of the European Union

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