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2017/0048(COD) European business statistics

Progress: Provisional agreement between Parliament and Council on final act

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead ITRE LEWANDOWSKI Janusz (icon: PPE PPE) KUMPULA-NATRI Miapetra (icon: S&D S&D), BAREKOV Nikolay (icon: ECR ECR), TELIČKA Pavel (icon: ALDE ALDE), LÓPEZ BERMEJO Paloma (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), ŠKRLEC Davor (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), KAPPEL Barbara (icon: ENF ENF)
Committee Opinion ECON
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 338-p1

Events

2019/04/16
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 576 votes to 25 with 46 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on European business statistics, amending Regulation (EC) No 184/2005 and repealing 10 legal acts in the field of business statistics.

Parliament’s position adopted in first reading following the ordinary legislative procedure amended the Commission proposal as follows:

Purpose and scope of statistics

The Regulation establishes a common legal framework for: (i) the development, production and dissemination of European business statistics; (ii) the European framework of national statistical business registers and the EuroGroups Register.

European business statistics shall cover:

- the structure, economic activities and performance of the statistical units, their research and development and innovation activities, their Information and Communication Technologies ( ICT) usage and e-commerce, as well as global value chains. European business statistics shall also cover research and development statistics in the higher education, government and private non-profit sectors;

- the production of manufactured goods and services and the international trade in goods and services.

Harmonised statistics on the international trade in goods

In order to improve the quality of statistics, the National Statistical Authorities of the Member States concerned shall exchange micro data for statistical purposes received from their customs authorities related to the exports or imports of goods, for the estimation of quasi-transit exports or imports of their Member State since those exports or imports involve the customs authorities of more than one Member State.

Technical specifications of data requirements

The Commission shall be empowered to adopt implementing acts for the purpose of further specifying the elements of the data to be transmitted under the Regulation, their technical definitions and simplifications. When adopting implementing acts, the Commission shall ensure that the overall number of variables in each domain does not exceed a specified number.

Whenever new data are required in order to respond to user needs and to provide for a certain degree of flexibility, the Commission may change not more than 5 variables for each of the domains “Short term business statistics”, “Regional business statistics” and “Statistics on international activities” and not more than 20 variables for the domain “Country-level business statistics” in any period of five consecutive calendar years. These maxima shall not apply for the topics “Global value chains”, “Innovation” and “ICT usage and e-commerce”.

When preparing such implementing acts, the Commission shall take into account potential extra costs and administrative burdens on Member States or on the respondent.

Exchange of confidential data

To safeguard the quality and comparability of European Business Statistics or National Accounts, the exchange of confidential data should be allowed between the National Statistical Authorities of Member States concerned, the respective national central banks, the European Central Bank and the Commission (Eurostat) for statistical purposes only.

Pilot studies

Where new data requirements are identified, the Commission may launch pilot studies to be carried out by the Member States on a voluntary basis. As a priority, the Commission may launch pilot studies that will cover “international trade in services", "real estate", "financial indicators" and "environment and climate".

Following the evaluation of the pilot studies, the Commission shall prepare in cooperation with the Member States a report on the findings of the studies. That report shall be made public. The Commission shall accompany the regular reports on the overall progress made regarding the pilot studies with proposals for introducing new data requirements.

Simplification

The amended text specifies that Members States or national competent authorities should endeavour to simplify the collection of statistics from European businesses to the greatest extent possible. The National Statistical Authorities should factor in the latest digital developments at the time when the instruments and methods for collecting statistics are being established and should be encouraged to implement innovative approaches.

Documents
2019/03/25
   EP - Approval in committee of the text agreed at 1st reading interinstitutional negotiations
2019/03/20
   CSL - Coreper letter confirming interinstitutional agreement
2018/03/23
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on Industry, Research and Energy adopted the report by Janusz LEWANDOWSKI (EPP, PL) on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on European business statistics, amending Regulation (EC) No 184/2005 and repealing 10 legal acts in the field of business statistics.

As a reminder, the objective of the proposed new framework Regulation is to integrate, streamline and simplify statistical requirements and legal acts for business statistics.

The committee recommended that the European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading under the ordinary legislative procedure should amend the Commission proposal as follows:

Simplification : Member stressed the need to simplify the collection of statistics from European businesses to the greatest extent possible. The European business statistics system shall factor in the latest digital developments at the time when the instruments and methods for collecting statistics are being established.

Statistical coverage : harmonised statistics shall cover climate change and resource efficiency, research and development, innovation and the information society and cover both market and non-market activities.

Statistics collected from businesses shall also cover:

labour market developments including statistics on labour costs, working conditions, earnings and the ratio between the management wage and the wage of the bottom 10% of workers, as well as on the number of occupied and vacant posts in order to contribute to achieving the targets of the European Pillar of Social Rights; the circular economy in order to support the Union's policy action to develop a sustainable, low carbon, resource efficient and competitive economy in Member States and the Union. The feasibility of collecting the additional information needed for this purpose should be assessed by the Commission by means of a pilot study before being legislated and better integrated with other statistics; international trade in services : in this regard, as a priority, the Commission shall launch a pilot study that will cover the modes of supply of international trade in services and the international trade in services by enterprise characteristics.

Reduce the administrative burden : additional costs and administrative burdens on businesses, in particular on SMEs , and on Member States shall be minimised.

When preparing such implementing acts potential extra costs and administrative burdens on Member States or on the respondent shall be taken into account together with an estimate of the projected increase of statistical quality and any other direct or indirect benefit resulting from the additional proposed action.

Confidentiality : the transmission of confidential data between national statistical authorities and the Commission (Eurostat) shall take place to the extent that such transmission is necessary exclusively for statistical purposes for the production of European statistics.

Lastly, the power to adopt delegated acts shall be conferred on the Commission for a period of five years which may be tacitly extended.

Documents
2018/03/21
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2018/03/21
   EP - Committee decision to open interinstitutional negotiations with report adopted in committee
2018/01/02
   ECB - European Central Bank: opinion, guideline, report
Details

Opinion of the European Central Bank on a proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on European business statistics amending Regulation (EC) No 184/2005 and repealing 10 legal acts in the field of business statistics.

The ECB welcomed the Commission’s aim of further improving the consistency, quality and harmonisation of European business statistics , in particular by providing fit-for-purpose statistics to formulate and monitor Union policies that affect businesses, while keeping the reporting burden on these businesses to a minimum. It also supported the measures envisaged to meet the outstanding data requirements, in particular the proposed improvements, in terms of the overall availability of information for the service sector in the context of ‘short-term statistics’.

The ECB proposed to take into account the recommendation of the European Systemic Risk Board which concerns the closure of real estate data gaps in the construction data required and their breakdowns. In particular, data on construction starts and completions as well as vacancy rates should be considered for inclusion in the proposed regulation.

Some of the requirements to be included in the proposed regulation, in particular quarterly statistics on international trade in services, are currently set out in Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 184/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council on Community statistics concerning balance of payments, international trade in services and foreign direct investment. Identical requirements are set out in Table 2 of Annex II to Guideline ECB/2011/23 . The ECB considered that the overall quality of European balance of payments and external position statistics produced by the European Statistical System (ESS) and the ESCB should remain consistent.

In addition, the ECB insisted on the need to ensure close cooperation between the ESCB and the ESS when defining, amending or updating these requirements as well as all other business statistics requirements (e.g. to meet data needs in the field of ‘globalisation’) that would affect the development of balance of payments and international investment position statistics.

As regards implementing powers for the purpose of further specifying certain elements of data to be transmitted , the ECB recommended ensuring coherence between the ITS requirements defined in the proposed regulation and those defined in Regulation (EC) No 184/2005. Hence, the ECB wishes to highlight the importance of methodological closeness and coherence between the two data sets.

2017/12/18
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2017/10/23
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2017/05/18
   EP - Responsible Committee
2017/05/08
   IT_SENATE - Contribution
Documents
2017/03/16
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2017/03/06
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2017/03/06
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2017/03/06
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to establish a common legal framework to ensure consistency across European business statistics and facilitate the integration of the corresponding statistical processes.

PROPOSED ACT: Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council.

BACKGROUND: the need for statistical information on businesses for policymaking and other purposes is growing. However, the current system for producing European business statistics is fragmented into separate domain-specific regulations which leads to inconsistencies in the data collected and inefficiencies in their production.

The draft Regulation on European business statistics, amending Regulation (EC) No 184/2005 and repealing 10 legal acts in the field of business statistics (FRIBS) is part of the Commission’s REFIT Programme. This programme seeks to simplify EU law and reduce unnecessary regulatory costs. It identified business statistics as one of its priority area.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: the preferred option is the one which seeks to modernise the European business statistics in a single framework (FRIBS) using a mix of measures, including alternative options for the modernisation of Intrastat.

This option shall enable European business statistics to be put into one single legal framework FRIBS which will implicitly guarantee much higher consistency of business statistics.

CONTENT: the proposed Regulation establishes a common legal framework for the development, production and dissemination of European statistics related to the structure, the economic activities and the performance of businesses, as well as on the international transactions and research and development activities of the Union economy.

The proposal envisages the integration of statistical requirements and legal acts for business statistics by streamlining and simplifying them and reducing the burden on businesses. It is expected to deliver: better quality European Statistical System (ESS) business registers , common definitions to be used in all the statistical domains it covers, the exchange of identifiable micro-data and an integrated data structure.

The proposed Regulation covers the following issues:

data sources to be used for business statistics and statistical business registers; business statistics (subject areas and the topics) as well as the periodicity with which the topics need to be provided; business registers. The Commission (Eurostat) shall set up the EuroGroups Register of multinational enterprise groups for statistical purposes at Union level; exchange of confidential data for the purpose of intra-Union trade in goods statistics; quality, transmission and dissemination: data quality and metadata reporting, data and metadata transmission and confidentiality regarding statistical data dissemination on international trade in goods.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: the financial impact of the proposal is of unlimited duration with a start-up period of 3 years, from 2019 to 2021. The total appropriations for 2019 and 2020 are estimated at EUR 46.453 million .

DELEGATED ACTS: the proposal contains provisions empowering the Commission to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

Documents

  • Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading: T8-0382/2019
  • Coreper letter confirming interinstitutional agreement: GEDA/A/(2019)002752
  • Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading: A8-0094/2018
  • European Central Bank: opinion, guideline, report: CON/2018/0001
  • European Central Bank: opinion, guideline, report: OJ C 077 01.03.2018, p. 0002
  • Amendments tabled in committee: PE613.381
  • Committee draft report: PE612.068
  • Contribution: COM(2017)0114
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex
  • Document attached to the procedure: SWD(2017)0098
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex
  • Document attached to the procedure: SWD(2017)0099
  • Legislative proposal published: COM(2017)0114
  • Legislative proposal published: EUR-Lex
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex SWD(2017)0098
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex SWD(2017)0099
  • Committee draft report: PE612.068
  • Amendments tabled in committee: PE613.381
  • European Central Bank: opinion, guideline, report: CON/2018/0001 OJ C 077 01.03.2018, p. 0002
  • Coreper letter confirming interinstitutional agreement: GEDA/A/(2019)002752
  • Contribution: COM(2017)0114

Votes

A8-0094/2018 - Janusz Lewandowski - Décision d'engager des négociations interinstitutionnelles 19/04/2018 12:22:55.000

2018/04/19 Outcome: +: 320, -: 312, 0: 17
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A8-0094/2018 - Janusz Lewandowski - Am 55 16/04/2019 12:43:53.000

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AmendmentsDossier
105 2017/0048(COD)
2017/12/04 ITRE 105 amendments...
source: 613.381

History

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  • date
    2017-03-06T00:00:00
    docs
    • url
      http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/com/2017/0114/COM_COM(2017)0114(ANN)_EN.pdf
      text
      • PURPOSE: to establish a common legal framework to ensure consistency across European business statistics and facilitate the integration of the corresponding statistical processes.

        PROPOSED ACT: Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council.

        ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council.

        BACKGROUND: the need for statistical information on businesses for policymaking and other purposes is growing. However, the current system for producing European business statistics is fragmented into separate domain-specific regulations which leads to inconsistencies in the data collected and inefficiencies in their production.

        The draft Regulation on European business statistics, amending Regulation (EC) No 184/2005 and repealing 10 legal acts in the field of business statistics (FRIBS) is part of the Commission’s REFIT Programme. This programme seeks to simplify EU law and reduce unnecessary regulatory costs. It identified business statistics as one of its priority area.

        IMPACT ASSESSMENT: the preferred option is the one which seeks to modernise the European business statistics in a single framework (FRIBS) using a mix of measures, including alternative options for the modernisation of Intrastat.

        This option shall enable European business statistics to be put into one single legal framework FRIBS which will implicitly guarantee much higher consistency of business statistics.

        CONTENT: the proposed Regulation establishes a common legal framework for the development, production and dissemination of European statistics related to the structure, the economic activities and the performance of businesses, as well as on the international transactions and research and development activities of the Union economy.

        The proposal envisages the integration of statistical requirements and legal acts for business statistics by streamlining and simplifying them and reducing the burden on businesses. It is expected to deliver: better quality European Statistical System (ESS) business registers, common definitions to be used in all the statistical domains it covers, the exchange of identifiable micro-data and an integrated data structure.

        The proposed Regulation covers the following issues:

        • data sources to be used for business statistics and statistical business registers;
        • business statistics (subject areas and the topics) as well as the periodicity with which the topics need to be provided;
        • business registers. The Commission (Eurostat) shall set up the EuroGroups Register of multinational enterprise groups for statistical purposes at Union level; 
        • exchange of confidential data for the purpose of intra-Union trade in goods statistics;
        • quality, transmission and dissemination: data quality and metadata reporting, data and metadata transmission and confidentiality regarding statistical data dissemination on international trade in goods. 

        BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: the financial impact of the proposal is of unlimited duration with a start-up period of 3 years, from 2019 to 2021. The total appropriations for 2019 and 2020 are estimated at EUR 46.453 million.

        DELEGATED ACTS: the proposal contains provisions empowering the Commission to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

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      • The Committee on Industry, Research and Energy adopted the report by Janusz LEWANDOWSKI (EPP, PL) on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on European business statistics, amending Regulation (EC) No 184/2005 and repealing 10 legal acts in the field of business statistics.

        As a reminder, the objective of the proposed new framework Regulation is to integrate, streamline and simplify statistical requirements and legal acts for business statistics.

        The committee recommended that the European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading under the ordinary legislative procedure should amend the Commission proposal as follows:

        Simplification: Member stressed the need to simplify the collection of statistics from European businesses to the greatest extent possible. The European business statistics system shall factor in the latest digital developments at the time when the instruments and methods for collecting statistics are being established.

        Statistical coverage: harmonised statistics shall cover climate change and resource efficiency, research and development, innovation and the information society and cover both market and non-market activities.

        Statistics collected from businesses shall also cover:

        • labour market developments including statistics on labour costs, working conditions, earnings and the ratio between the management wage and the wage of the bottom 10% of workers, as well as on the number of occupied and vacant posts in order to contribute to achieving the targets of the European Pillar of Social Rights;
        • the circular economy in order to support the Union's policy action to develop a sustainable, low carbon, resource efficient and competitive economy in Member States and the Union. The feasibility of collecting the additional information needed for this purpose should be assessed by the Commission by means of a pilot study before being legislated and better integrated with other statistics;
        • international trade in services: in this regard, as a priority, the Commission shall launch a pilot study that will cover the modes of supply of international trade in services and the international trade in services by enterprise characteristics.

        Reduce the administrative burden: additional costs and administrative burdens on businesses, in particular on SMEs, and on Member States shall be minimised.

        When preparing such implementing acts potential extra costs and administrative burdens on Member States or on the respondent shall be taken into account together with an estimate of the projected increase of statistical quality and any other direct or indirect benefit resulting from the additional proposed action.

        Confidentiality: the transmission of confidential data between national statistical authorities and the Commission (Eurostat) shall take place to the extent that such transmission is necessary exclusively for statistical purposes for the production of European statistics.

        Lastly, the power to adopt delegated acts shall be conferred on the Commission for a period of five years which may be tacitly extended.

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    • The Committee on Industry, Research and Energy adopted the report by Janusz LEWANDOWSKI (EPP, PL) on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on European business statistics, amending Regulation (EC) No 184/2005 and repealing 10 legal acts in the field of business statistics.

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      The committee recommended that the European Parliament’s position adopted at first reading under the ordinary legislative procedure should amend the Commission proposal as follows:

      Simplification: Member stressed the need to simplify the collection of statistics from European businesses to the greatest extent possible. The European business statistics system shall factor in the latest digital developments at the time when the instruments and methods for collecting statistics are being established.

      Statistical coverage: harmonised statistics shall cover climate change and resource efficiency, research and development, innovation and the information society and cover both market and non-market activities.

      Statistics collected from businesses shall also cover:

      • labour market developments including statistics on labour costs, working conditions, earnings and the ratio between the management wage and the wage of the bottom 10% of workers, as well as on the number of occupied and vacant posts in order to contribute to achieving the targets of the European Pillar of Social Rights;
      • the circular economy in order to support the Union's policy action to develop a sustainable, low carbon, resource efficient and competitive economy in Member States and the Union. The feasibility of collecting the additional information needed for this purpose should be assessed by the Commission by means of a pilot study before being legislated and better integrated with other statistics;
      • international trade in services: in this regard, as a priority, the Commission shall launch a pilot study that will cover the modes of supply of international trade in services and the international trade in services by enterprise characteristics.

      Reduce the administrative burden: additional costs and administrative burdens on businesses, in particular on SMEs, and on Member States shall be minimised.

      When preparing such implementing acts potential extra costs and administrative burdens on Member States or on the respondent shall be taken into account together with an estimate of the projected increase of statistical quality and any other direct or indirect benefit resulting from the additional proposed action.

      Confidentiality: the transmission of confidential data between national statistical authorities and the Commission (Eurostat) shall take place to the extent that such transmission is necessary exclusively for statistical purposes for the production of European statistics.

      Lastly, the power to adopt delegated acts shall be conferred on the Commission for a period of five years which may be tacitly extended.

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  • PURPOSE: to establish a common legal framework to ensure consistency across European business statistics and facilitate the integration of the corresponding statistical processes.

    PROPOSED ACT: Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council.

    ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council.

    BACKGROUND: the need for statistical information on businesses for policymaking and other purposes is growing. However, the current system for producing European business statistics is fragmented into separate domain-specific regulations which leads to inconsistencies in the data collected and inefficiencies in their production.

    The draft Regulation on European business statistics, amending Regulation (EC) No 184/2005 and repealing 10 legal acts in the field of business statistics (FRIBS) is part of the Commission’s REFIT Programme. This programme seeks to simplify EU law and reduce unnecessary regulatory costs. It identified business statistics as one of its priority area.

    IMPACT ASSESSMENT: the preferred option is the one which seeks to modernise the European business statistics in a single framework (FRIBS) using a mix of measures, including alternative options for the modernisation of Intrastat.

    This option shall enable European business statistics to be put into one single legal framework FRIBS which will implicitly guarantee much higher consistency of business statistics.

    CONTENT: the proposed Regulation establishes a common legal framework for the development, production and dissemination of European statistics related to the structure, the economic activities and the performance of businesses, as well as on the international transactions and research and development activities of the Union economy.

    The proposal envisages the integration of statistical requirements and legal acts for business statistics by streamlining and simplifying them and reducing the burden on businesses. It is expected to deliver: better quality European Statistical System (ESS) business registers, common definitions to be used in all the statistical domains it covers, the exchange of identifiable micro-data and an integrated data structure.

    The proposed Regulation covers the following issues:

    • data sources to be used for business statistics and statistical business registers;
    • business statistics (subject areas and the topics) as well as the periodicity with which the topics need to be provided;
    • business registers. The Commission (Eurostat) shall set up the EuroGroups Register of multinational enterprise groups for statistical purposes at Union level; 
    • exchange of confidential data for the purpose of intra-Union trade in goods statistics;
    • quality, transmission and dissemination: data quality and metadata reporting, data and metadata transmission and confidentiality regarding statistical data dissemination on international trade in goods. 

    BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: the financial impact of the proposal is of unlimited duration with a start-up period of 3 years, from 2019 to 2021. The total appropriations for 2019 and 2020 are estimated at EUR 46.453 million.

    DELEGATED ACTS: the proposal contains provisions empowering the Commission to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

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