European Statistical System
The European Statistical System (ESS) is the partnership between the Community statistical authority, which is the Commission (Eurostat), and the national statistical institutes (NSIs) and other national authorities responsible in each Member State for the development, production and dissemination of European statistics. The Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) is an active member of the ESS and represents the interests of Latvia in Eurostat working groups and committees, as well as at meetings of the Council Working Party on Statistics.
The Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2009 on European statistics constitutes the legal basis for the preparation of the European statistical programme, providing the framework for the development, production and dissemination of European statistics. The multi-annual (five-year) programme is implemented by annual programmes setting more detailed objectives and outputs for each year. The current programme for the period 2013–2017 was established by Regulation (EU) No 99/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 January 2013.
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In May 2014, the European Statistical System Committee approved Vision 2020 of the European Statistical System – a framework for the development of ESS until 2020. The ESS Vision Implementation Projects (VIPs) are aimed at establishing a common, united-standard infrastructure of various statistical domains within the framework of the ESS.
Funding of the Grant projects allowed the CSB to participate in the following ESS.VIP projects:
SIMSTAT: testing of microdata exchange as an innovative approach to the collection of EU trade statistics;
REDESIGN: modernisation of Intrastat;
ESBRs: European system of business registers;
VALIDATION: common EU data validation policy;
ADMIN: facilitation of the use of administrative data sources;
DIGICOM: digital dissemination and communication.
Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development
The CSB participates in the work of the working groups and committees of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), sharing experience and best practices in the development and use of innovative statistical methods with experts of OECD member states . The CSB provides extensive and detailed data for the needs of OECD studies and publications.
CSB continues its work in the United Nations (UN) Statistical Commission, where it has been elected as a rotating member for the period from 1 January 2016 until the end of 2019. One of the most important tasks of CSB is the strengthening the its coordinating role in national-level work regarding the indicator framework for measuring sustainable development goals.
By taking part in the work of the UN regional structural unit – United Nations Economic Commission for Europe – and in activities of the Conference of European Statisticians, organised under the auspices thereof, experts of CSB are involved in the seeking of solutions and responding to the challenges of the statistical community at international scale.
Sustainable Development Goals
In October 2015, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It comprises 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 associated targets, which countries have undertaken to achieve until the year 2030. The targets are mainly aimed at eradicating poverty, reducing inequality and combatting environmental degradation.
In order to monitor the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and measure the results of SDGs, the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) has been mandated to define global indicators for tracking the SDG goals and targets, as well as provide support to countries in the development of their statistical capacity. During its 47th session in March 2016, the UNSC approved the 230 global indicator framework as a practical starting point for further work.
In the first half of 2016, the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia (CSB) carried out the initial assessment on the availability of global SDG indicators in Latvia, determining the indicators available to the CSB, as well as identifying other institutions responsible for the provision of data in Latvia. The global indicators are classified into three tiers based on their level of methodological development and the availability of data at the global level. The CSB carried out an assessment on the first two tiers, i.e. on indicators (65 % of the total amount) that have internationally established methodology and for which standards are available. According to the initial assessment, there are 34 % of global indicators available on Latvia.
The European Union and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development also carry out work on integrating SDGs into their main lines of activity. The Central Statistical Bureau cooperates with regional and international partners in order to ensure the exchange of information on SDGs.
As the leading institution in national development planning and coordination in Latvia, the Cross-Sectoral Coordination Centre (CSCC) views SDGs in light of the Sustainable Development Strategy of Latvia until 2030 (Latvia 2030). Its interim assessment (available in Latvian) of the National Development Plan of Latvia for 2014–2020 and Latvia 2030 provides opportunities for supplementing policy planning documents with targets that are relevant for Latvia.
The CSB, alongside the CSCC, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is a member of the informal SDGs work group, and has taken part in the preparation of the Voluntary National Report on the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in Latvia.
International guidelines and recommendations promote national statistical institutes, in the case of Latvia – the CSB, as the main contact points for coordination and communication regarding SDGs statistics. Should you have any questions regarding SDGs statistics, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.