2005/197/EC: Commission Decision of 9 March 2005 approving the 2005 technical action plan for improving agricultural statistics (notified under document number C(2005) 531)


Published: 2005-03-09

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11.3.2005   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 65/30


COMMISSION DECISION

of 9 March 2005

approving the 2005 technical action plan for improving agricultural statistics

(notified under document number C(2005) 531)

(2005/197/EC)

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Decision 96/411/EC of 25 June 1996 on improving Community agricultural statistics (1), and in particular Article 4(1) and Article 6(2) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

In accordance with Decision 96/411/EC, the Commission establishes a technical action plan for agricultural statistics each year.

(2)

In accordance with Decision 96/411/EC, the Community contributes to the costs incurred by the Member States in making adaptations to national agricultural statistical systems or the costs of preparatory work for new or increasing needs which are part of a technical action plan.

(3)

It is essential to improve information on the structure of agricultural holdings for the implementation of the related Community policies.

(4)

There is a need to consolidate the agricultural statistical system and to continue the work supported by the previous action plans. This time the farm statistical registers, which are a prerequisite for all farm surveys and a real difficulty in most of the Member States, are the main area of the annual action plan.

(5)

The measures provided for in this Decision are in line with the opinion of the Standing Committee of Agricultural Statistics,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

The 2005 technical action plan for improving agricultural statistics (TAPAS 2005), as set out in the Annex, is approved.

Article 2

This Decision is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 9 March 2005.

For the Commission

Joaquín ALMUNIA

Member of the Commission


(1)  OJ L 162, 1.7.1996, p. 14. Decision as last amended by Decision No 787/2004/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 138, 30.4.2004, p. 12).


ANNEX

2005 TECHNICAL ACTION PLAN FOR IMPROVING AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS

(TAPAS 2005)

The measures covered by the 2005 technical action plan for improving agricultural statistics aim to develop or improve statistics in the following areas:

(a)

farm statistical registers,

(b)

surveys on small farms (small units surveys).

The Commission will make a financial contribution to projects developed as part of these measures which will not exceed the amounts shown in Table A for each Member State.

The measures proposed by the Member States concern:

1.   Farm statistical registers

The availability of an up to date register of agricultural holdings is a basis for a coherent and integrated system of agricultural statistics and also, if coordinated with national business registers, a tool contributing to the integration of agricultural information with that of other sectors.

A valid register provides a basic framework for sampling. If it is complete and includes appropriate information, it may permit effective sample design with, for example, stratification by size, type of activity and location. It could even call into question the cost-effectiveness of full agricultural censuses. Registers also provide useful information for the demography of agricultural holdings.

A harmonised register would also open the door to EU sampling and surveys providing reliable estimates at EU level and substantially reducing the burden on respondents.

2.   Small units surveys

‘Small units’ are important, in terms of numbers and share in agricultural production, especially in the new Member States. In some of these countries, small units are not always adequately covered in the agricultural surveys, and this might thus lead to the exclusion of a large number of units engaged in the production of agricultural goods.

In the framework of the TAPAS 2005 actions on small units, Eurostat expects contributions, inter alia, on the following questions:

What should be the definition of small units?

What should be the minimum threshold for the inclusion of such units in the Farm Statistical Registers?

To what extent should small units included in such registers be covered (in terms of frequency, characteristics)?

Table A

TECHNICAL ACTION PLAN 2005

EU-25

Maximum financial contribution of the Community to expenditure incurred

(thousand EUR)

Countries

Farm register

Small units

Total

CZ

60 000

 

60 000

DE

243 000

 

243 000

EE

53 856

 

53 856

IT

311 440

 

311 440

CY

42 000

 

42 000

LV

64 069

18 083

82 152

LT

 

9 000

9 000

HU

 

29 700

29 700

AT

446 639

 

446 639

PL

45 000

 

45 000

PT

175 844

 

175 844

SI

 

113 400

113 400

SK

54 000

45 000

99 000

UK

187 000

 

187 000

Total

1 682 849

215 183

1 898 032