Presidency and Trio Programme
In the first half of 2012, Denmark will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Denmark is part of a trio presidency with Poland and Cyprus. Poland has the Presidency before Denmark and Cyprus has the Presidency after Denmark.
The three Presidencies will continue the work for the provision of high quality, reliable and relevant official European Statistics and stress the importance of compliance with the principles of the European Statistics Code of Practice. The Presidencies will encourage statistical initiatives that underpin the development, implementation and monitoring of Community policies. Recognizing the need to balance the new data needs against the increasing resource constraints, the Presidencies will emphasize the necessity of a continuous focus on simplification and reprioritization initiatives, as well as of the reduction of the response burden, in order to streamline the European Statistical System. To achieve this, the Presidencies will draw attention to developing structures and production processes of statistics which will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the production of European Statistics. Promoting a more cost-efficient statistical production system, the Presidencies will encourage initiatives strengthening cost-awareness and cost-transparency of the European Statistical System.
The Danish Presidency will continue the work for the provision of reliable, relevant and high-quality European statistics in compliance with the principles of the European Statistics Code of Practice. The Presidency will prioritize initiatives that underpin the development, implementation and monitoring of EU's policies. To achieve this, efforts will be made to ensure balance between the continuously increasing need for statistics and the considerations with regard to administrative burdens as well as production costs. Similarly, it is essential that a common framework is laid down for reprioritizing of activities already in the pipeline with a view to reallocating resources for new statistical requirements. The Danish Presidency will make efforts to ensure that this is reflected, e.g. in the European statistical five-year programme setting out the statistical cooperation over the coming years and which is to be adopted during the Danish EU Presidency.