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News Eurostat: "Excessive deficit procedure: strengthened rules on statistics"

The Council agreed today(1) on a general approach on a draft regulation aimed at
strengthening the rules concerning statistical data used under the EU's excessive deficit

The aim is to allow the Commission and the member states to work together more
effectively in improving the quality and reliability of statistical data used to determine
government deficit and debt figures.

This follows recurrent discrepancies and shortcomings in figures notified to the
Commission by Greece in relation to its public finances, and repeated calls by the Council
for it to improve the collection and processing of its statistical data.

Existing provisions, laid down in regulation 479/2009, enable Eurostat, the EU's statistical
office, to regularly assess the quality both of data reported by the member states and of
underlying government sector accounts. Quality of data implies compliance with
accounting rules, as well as the completeness, reliability, timeliness and consistency of
statistical data.

The draft regulation, amending regulation 479/2009, is intended to strengthen the role of
Eurostat when verifying the quality of data in cases where significant risks or problems
with respect to the quality of the data have been clearly identified.
The regulation will be adopted at a forthcoming Council meeting, once the European
Parliament has submitted its opinion.
(1) The decision was taken, without discussion, at a meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs

Contact information Council of the EU, R u e d e l a L o i 1 7 5 B – 1 0 4 8 B R U S S E L S (email:
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Source of information Council of the EU
Geographical coverage Europe
News date 09/06/2010
Working language(s) ENGLISH