• Achievements of the Austrian Presidency

    The Austrian Presidency lasted from 1 July to 31 December 2018. The Presidency team devoted a lot of time and effort to advance the files on the table during this period – FRIBS, migration statistics, ESP, GNI, IESS, Omnibus – and is proud to report that this work has been fruitful.

    Here you can find an overview of the progress made under the Austrian Presidency of the Council Working Party on Statistics.


11 July, CWPS Meeting / agenda

3 September, CWPS Meeting / agenda

26 September, CWPS Meeting / agenda

15 October afternoon, CWPS Meeting / agenda

16 October morning, CWPS Meeting / agenda

31 October, CWPS Meeting / agenda

8 November afternoon, CWPS Meeting / agenda

19-20 November, DGs Informal Workshop Digitalisation Strategies / agenda

5 December, CWPS Meeting / agenda

Welcome to the Austrian Presidency of CWPS

We held the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the field of statistics as of 1 July 2018. Until 31 December 2018, Statistics Austria had the honour of chairing the meetings of the Council Working Party on Statistics (CWPS), taking over the statistical legislative dossiers from its Trio partners Bulgaria and Estonia, and dealing with new files on migration statistics and European Statistical Programme.

The main goals of the Austrian Presidency are set out in the Presidency Trio Programme of Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria. Building on the progress of previous presidencies, there was a strong commitment to further proceed towards the targets.

Presidency and Trio Programme

The Presidency Trio of Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria started on 1 July 2017 with Estonia assuming the Presidency first, followed by Bulgaria in the first half of 2018 and Austria taking over the Presidency in the last six-month term from July to December 2018.

The Presidency Trio Programme of Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria was set to meet current user needs: First, by providing high-quality and relevant European statistics in line with the revised European Statistics Regulation No 223/2009 and guided by the European Statistics Code of Practice. Second, by addressing current and emerging challenges the European Statistical System (ESS) faces, such as new data sources/big data, new metrics/globalisation, new ways of communication, as well as lack of resources. In particular, the Austrian Presidency emphasised the issue of digitalisation by organising an informal workshop of the Directors-General focusing on the role of NSIs in digitalisation strategies of national governments and the EU on 19 to 20 November.

When finding a compromise between the Member States, the Commission and the European Parliament, the Austrian Presidency fostered the modernisation and the increase in efficiency and quality of the ESS as well as enhancing public trust in European statistics, while reducing respondents’ burden and production costs.

Legislative Files


Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on European business statistics amending Regulation (EC) No 184/2005 and repealing 10 legal acts in the field of business statistics, COM (2017) 114

EUR-Lex Oeil / Progress report


Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the harmonisation of gross national income at market prices (GNI Regulation) repealing Council Directive 89/130/EEC, Euratom and Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1287/2003, COM (2017) 329

EUR-Lex / Oeil / Progress report


Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a common framework for European statistics relating to persons and households, based on data at individual level collected from samples, COM (2016) 551

EUR-Lex / Oeil / Progress report


Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on integrated farm statistics and repealing Regulations (EC) No 1166/2008 and (EU) No 1337/2011, COM (2016) 786

EUR-Lex / Oeil / Progress report

Statistics on migration and international protection

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 862/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council on Community statistics on migration and international protection, COM (2018) 307

EUR-Lex / Oeil / Progress report

ESP (within the framework of the Single Market Programme)

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Programme for single market, competitiveness of enterprises, including small and medium-sized enterprises, and European statistics and repealing Regulations (EU) No 99/2013, (EU) No 1287/2013, (EU) No 254/2014, (EU) No 258/2014, (EU) No 652/2014 and (EU) 2017/826, COM (2018) 441

The Council Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (COMPCRO) will lead the discussions on this file.

EUR-Lex / Oeil  / Progress report

Team & Contact

The Austrian Presidency Team can be contacted via the general e-mail address

picture of the Team
Portrait of Konrad Pesendorfer



Director General


Portrait of Brigitte Grandits




Portrait of Ana Djordjevic




Portrait of Kairi Kübarsepp




Portrait of Claudia Pfeffer





Eurostat Infographic: Austria in the EU

Eurostat Infographic: Austria in the EU

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Brochure: Austria. Data. Figures. Facts

Austria. Data. Figures. Facts

This brochure gives an insight into the living conditions of the people in our country. Download the publication as pdf.