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.