Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on European Statistics constitutes the legal basis for the preparation of the European statistical programme, providing the framework for the development, production and dissemination of European statistics. The current programme was established by Regulation (EU) No 99/2013 and extended by Regulation (EU) 1951/2017 to 2020.
The multi-annual programme is implemented by annual programmes setting more detailed objectives and outputs for each year. The Commission has adopted the work programme 2018 for the implementation of the European statistical programme 2013-2020 on 19 December 2017. For 2018 the priorities set by the Commission are:
- A new boost for jobs, growth and investment;
- A connected Digital Single Market;
- A resilient energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy;
- A deeper and fairer internal market with a strengthened industrial base;
- A deeper and fairer economic and monetary union;
- A balanced and progressive trade policy to harness globalization;
- An area of justice and fundamental rights based on mutual trust;
- Towards a new policy on migration;
- A stronger global actor;
- A union of democratic change.