Welcome to the statistics website of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.


Statistics Belgium chaired the Council Statistics Working Group during the second half of 2010. Under the Belgian Presidency, substantial progress was made in several dossiers.

  1. Two proposals for regulations were adopted: the Regulation regarding the quality of statistical data in the context of the excessive deficit procedure and the Regulation on sea transport statistics.
  2. The Proposal for a Regulation on European Environmental Accounts and the Proposal for a Regulation on Tourism Statistics were closed at Working Party level. Negotiations with the European Parliament are ongoing for both dossiers. A first trilogue has taken place for Environmental Accounts; new trilogues are planned for both dossiers in January, under the Hungarian Presidency. If these are successful, first reading adoption in the Parliament could be reached in February.
  3. The Proposal for a Regulation concerning European Statistics on Permanent Crops was already discussed twice in the Working Party and met with considerable criticism from many Member States. On the basis of these comments, negotiations with the Commission are ongoing. The Belgian Presidency will hand over a complete dossier to the Hungarian Presidency.
  4. Finally, the recast of the Regulation on road transport statistics was introduced at the Working Party. It will be taken up again by the Hungarian Presidency.

The Presidency Team would like to thank all the partners involved in the process of the legal acts.

Also we wish our Hungarian colleagues a successful Presidency over the coming 6 months!


The Belgian Presidency team



27-01-2011 13 December 2010: Statistics Group - Brussels
22-12-2010 Official handover to the Hungarian Presidency to take place in January
15-12-2010 Belgian Presidency concludes with success at last Working Party
12-12-2010 Working Party 13 December
10-12-2010 Report of the Belgian Presidency december 2010
06-12-2010 Simply 2010, Conference on Administrative Simplification in Official Statistics
18-11-2010 Working Party 22 November
29-10-2010 Third meeting of the Council Working Party on Statistics under Belgian Presidency
22-10-2010 Working Party 25 October
05-10-2010 Second meeting of the Council Working Party on Statistics under Belgian Presidency
05-10-2010 Working Party 7 October documents
30-09-2010 Agenda Working Party 7 October
30-09-2010 Legislative dossiers (update)
28-09-2010 Proposal for a Regulation concerning European statistics on statistical returns in respect of the carriage of goods by road
20-09-2010 First meeting of the Council Working Party on Statistics under Belgian Presidency
07-09-2010 Agenda Working Party 20 September
05-08-2010 Legislative dossiers (update)
26-07-2010 Regulation on the Quality of Statistical Data in the Context of the Excessive Deficit Procedure adopted
01-07-2010 Start of the Belgian EU Presidency