Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

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    Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

    Belgium's Presidency of the European Union



    Presidency Programme

    Programme of the presidency trio: Spain – Belgium – Hungary

    The Presidency Trio, consisting of Spain, Belgium and Hungary, runs from 1 July 2023 to 31 December 2024. Spain holds the Presidency in the second half of 2023, followed by Belgium (January 2024 – June 2024) and Hungary (July 2024 – December 2024). The Trio countries work in close cooperation with European Statistical System members. The Presidency Trio will follow up on the work of the preceding presidencies aiming at promoting the high value of official statistics, continuing the modernization of the European Statistical System and ensuring that new European data regulations will take into account the specific needs of official statistics.

    During the three terms of the Presidency, challenges derived from the ESS modernization, based on the implementation of the European Data Strategy and its direct relation with official statistics, the statistical response to crises and the need to raise awareness on statistics will be prominent features.

    In this context, the trio partners will aim at responding adequately to a broad range of users’ needs such as statistical literacy, taking advantage of the opportunities offered by new data sources and technologies and ensuring the secure production of high-quality statistics.

    Priorities and objectives of the Belgian presidency

    The main priorities of the Belgian Presidency are determined by the 18-month programme which has been jointly prepared by the trio Presidencies mentioned above.

    The Belgian Presidency will continue with the revision of the legislative framework, taking into account the users’ needs. Attention will be paid not only to the needs of users in terms of their search for new or different data or statistics, but also to the skills that young users in particular need in order to understand and critically approach data and statistics in our datafied society and how statistical and data literacy can become an integral part of standard curricula in education.

    Therefore, the Belgian Presidency plans to organize a Conference “Towards a more statistically literate future” which will be held in Bruges on 2 and 3 May 2024. The event will provide an opportunity to debate and exchange experiences on enhancing statistical literacy among young people.

    The Belgian Presidency will build on the progress made by previous Presidencies and will try to complete legislative dossiers or get them as far as possible.

    In addition, the Belgian Presidency will monitor other regulations with interest for official statistics.



    Calendar

    11 January

    Meeting of the Council Working Party on Statistics

    Agenda (PDF)

    Presidency flash (PDF)

    31 January

    Meeting of the Council Working Party on Statistics

    Agenda (PDF)

    Presidency flash (PDF)

    7 March

    Meeting of the Council Working Party on Statistics

    Agenda (PDF)

    Presidency flash (PDF)

    18 April

    Meeting of the Council Working Party on Statistics

    Agenda (PDF)

    Presidency flash (PDF)

    2-3 May

    Conference of the Belgian Presidency in Bruges

    Agenda (PDF)

    Presidency flash (PDF)

    27 May

    Meeting of the Council Working Party on Statistics

    Agenda (PDF)

    Presidency flash (PDF)

    13 June

    Meeting of the Council Working Party on Statistics

    Agenda (PDF)

    Presidency flash (PDF)

    24-25 June

    Presidency Handover meeting in Brussels  

     



    News

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    Handover of the Council of the EU Presidency from Spain to Belgium
    Handover of the Council of the EU Presidency from Spain to Belgium



    Conference ‘Towards a more statistically literate future’

    On 2 and 3 May, Statistics Belgium will host, in the context of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a conference “Towards a more statistically literate future”. The event, co-organized by Eurostat, will take place in Bruges at the Beurs-, Meeting- en Congrescentrum (BMCC).

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    Legislative files

    Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 691/2011 as regards introducing new environmental economic accounts modules (EEEA)

    Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on European statistics on population and housing (ESOP)

    Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 on European statistics

    Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on European labour market statistics on businesses (LMB)




    Presidency Team

    Presidency teamIf you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Presidency team at the following email address: eu2024.stat@economie.fgov.be

    Olivier Goddeeris
    Olivier Goddeeris
    Chair of the Council Working Party on Statistics

    Patrick Lusyne
    Patrick Lusyne
    Senior advisor, Data steward, Co-chair

    Anouk Deceulaer
    Anouk Deceulaer
    International Strategy and Coordination Department

    Amandine Van Lathem
    Amandine Van Lathem
    International Strategy and Coordination Department

    Karsten Kumps
    Karsten Kumps
    International Strategy and Coordination Department

    Charles-Hubert Remiche
    Charles-Hubert Remiche
    Legal Advisor

    Wendy Schelfaut
    Wendy Schelfaut
    Head of Communication and Dissemination




    Links

    Links to websites of previous Presidencies

    Other useful links