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Presidency and Trio programme

Presidency and Trio programme

Latvia holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2015. This document sets out the Council's work programme as established by the future Italian, Latvian and Luxembourg Presidencies, covering the period July 2014 to December 2015.

Presidency Trio: Italy, Latvia and Luxembourg

Italy, Latvia and Luxembourg constitute the Presidency Trio for the 18-month period from 1st July 2014 to 31st December 2015. 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. Ireland, Lithuania and Greece.

Presidency Trio Programme: July 2014 to December 2015

The Trio Presidencies will be committed to the provision of relevant and high-quality official European Statistics to underpin the development, implementation and monitoring of the European Union policies. Taking into account the progresses reached so far, the Trio Presidencies will continue the work on the amendment of Regulation 223/2009, the Extrastat Regulation, the Regulation on statistics of goods transport by inland waterways, the Regulation on rail transport statistics, the Regulation on macroeconomic imbalance procedure statistics and on the alignment of statistical regulations with the Lisbon Treaty. The programme might also take into consideration the regulations on harmonisation of gross national income at market prices, harmonised indices of consumer prices, balance of payments, international trade in services and foreign direct investment and electricity and natural gas price statistics.

New vision EUROPE 2020

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.

Presidency Programme: January to June 2015

The overall priorities of the Latvian Presidency are set out in the Trio Presidency Programme of Italy – Latvia - Luxembourg.

We highly evaluate the work done and progress achieved by Italian Presidency. The Latvian Presidency will continue to focus on economic governance and quality issues in the area of statistics and will also align the legal framework to the new institutional context.The Latvian Presidency will strive to complete the pending dossiers on Rail and Inland transport statistics, Extrastat and ECB Recommendations and to achieve progress in Balance of Payments, International Trade in Services, and Foreign Direct Investment Regulation. The Latvian Presidency will open discussions on proposal on Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices Regulation.