Presidency and Trio Programme

Council of The European Union

Ireland holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2013.

Presidency Trio: Ireland, Lithuania and Greece

Ireland, Lithuania and Greece constitute the Presidency Trio for the 18-month period from 1st January 2013 to 30th June 2014. Lithuania will hold the Presidency in the second half of 2013 and Greece in the first half of 2014. The programme and priorities for the 18 months will build on the work successfully brought forward by the three countries in the preceding trio - i.e. Poland, Denmark and Cyprus.

Presidency Trio Programme: January 2013 to June 2014

The three Presidencies will continue to work for the provision of relevant and high quality, official European Statistics, to underpin the development, implementation and monitoring of Community policies. They will pay particular attention to enhancing confidence in official statistics, based on community law on statistics, commitment of national governments and compliance with the principles of the European Statistics Code of Practice. As part of the effort to achieve the fundamental goals of quality and confidence in European statistics, wherever they are produced, the three Presidencies will promote discussion and consideration of a more integrated and independent European Statistical System (ESS), leading to more harmonised, high-quality and reliable European statistics.

The Presidencies will promote new structures and production processes aimed at improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the production of European Statistics. Promoting a more cost-efficient statistical production system, the Presidencies will encourage initiatives which strengthen cost-awareness and cost-transparency of the ESS.

Recognising the increasing needs of users for statistical data and ever-tightening resource constraints, the Presidencies will emphasise the need for a continuous focus on simplification and re-prioritisation, as well as on standardisation, harmonisation, reduction of costs and the control of response burden.

Ireland's Presidency Programme: January to June 2013.

Ireland will give high priority to the proposal for amending the Regulation on European Statistics, which has been very substantially advanced under the Cyprus Presidency, and to the proposed Regulation on demographic statistics. We will also progress new Commission proposals on statistical legislation, including the “Omnibus I” proposal on alignment of statistical acquis in the fields of agriculture and fisheries with the Lisbon Treaty.