After accession to the EU, Statistics Lithuania continues integration into the European Statistical System (ESS). The main attention is given to quality of statistical information and production of new statistical information taking into account new challenges, needs of external and internal users.

Statistics Lithuania, as a partner of the ESS, participates in the implementation of Community statistical programmes and EU legal acts, related with the development of statistical areas.

Since 2007 the discussions on Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on European Statistics started in the EU Council Statistics Working Party meetings.

Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on European statistics and repealing Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1101/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the transmission of data subject to statistical confidentiality to the Statistical Office of the European Communities, Council Regulation (EC) No 322/97 on Community Statistics, and Council Decision 89/382/EEC, Euratom establishing a Committee on the Statistical Programmes of the European Communities was adopted on 11 March 2009: No. 223/2009.

On 29 April 2015 this Regulation was amended  by the Regulation (EU) 2015/759 of the European Parliament and of the Council and you can access its consolidated version on

Presidency of the EU

In the second half of 2013, Lithuania held the Presidency of the European Union. Statistics Lithuania was chairing the Council Working Group on Statistics.

Council Working Party on Statistics – LT Presidency results

Three important regulations have been signed into law and already published in the Official Journal after the final trilogues and discussions at the Council Working Party on Statistics (CWPS) following the inputs made by previous presidencies and good cooperative spirit demonstrated by all parties:

  • European statistics on demography (Reg. 1260 / 2013), following the 3rd and final informal trilogue with EP;
  • Omnibus regulation on Lisbon alignment in agriculture and fishery statistics (Reg. 1350 / 2013), following the final technical trilogue with EP and Commission;
  • Amendment of Regulation 99 / 2013 European statistical programme 2013–2017 (Reg. 1383 / 2013), launching, examination and completion of the procedure.

Examination completed and tangible progress has been achieved on the four following dossiers:

  • Amendment of Regulation 577 / 98 on Labour Force Surveys (final position agreed at CWPS, advancement on key positions in 2 informal trilogies);
  • Amendment of Regulation No 691 / 2011 on European Environmental Economic Accounts: 3 new modules (examination completed at CWPS, Coreper endorsed the mandate for the informal trilogue);
  • Amendment of Regulation 1166 / 2008 on farm structure surveys (launching and examination completed at CWPS,  Coreper agreed to subject the proposal to the simplified procedure);
  • Amendment of Regulation 638 / 2004 on Intrastat (launching and completion of examination at CWPS with the compromise reached at CWPS).

Examination advanced on Amendment of Regulation 223 / 2009 on European Statistics. The file has been examined since the Danish presidency. The Parliament adopted its first-reading position on 21 November 2013. Consultations with the Commission and the EP continued, aiming at a so-called „early-second reading agreement"; however, the final compromise has not been reached with the EP.

Examination started at CWPS advancing the following dossiers at different levels:

  • Amendment of Regulation 471 / 2009 on Extrastat;
  • Macroeconomic imbalances procedure;
  • PRAC Omnibus I (CWPS position on the statistical package submitted to the FoP Group).

During the six months of the Lithuanian Presidency 5 Council Working Party on Statistics (CWPS) meetings were held, 4 informal trilogues with the European Parliament were run on 3 dossiers, 13 written hearings-consultations with Member States took place which demonstrated the good will of the delegations and helped in taking reasonable decisions. As a result, 19 official documents have been produced for circulation and examination at the CWPS, 11 Coreper meetings were approached for different purposes and on different dossiers and about 40 preparatory and supporting documents for briefings, CWPS meetings, informal trilogues and Coreper inscriptions drafted.

This difficult task was seen as a priority issue in Statistics Lithuania and was the responsibility undertaken by the Presidency Team of 6 persons (2 of them office-based), assisted by 8 experts for different statistical dossiers.

The handover to the next Greek presidency took place on 18 December in Vilnius.

The Final report of the Lithuanian Presidency (PDF) is available.

A dedicated website contains information on Presidency activities.


From 1 January until 30 June 2017, Malta is holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

There was created a special website informing the society about objectives and tasks of statistics during the Maltese Presidency period, as well as other information related to EU Presidency.

You are welcome to the Maltese Presidency Website at



Meetings in the EU Council Working Party on statistics (CWPS)


25 January 2017 (PDF)

22 February 2017 (PDF)

29 March 2017 (PDF)

7 April 2017 (PDF)

Upcoming meeting

21 April 2017 (PDF) 

Document updated: 2017-04-07


Involvement into the European Statistical System

For the last few years, specialists of Statistics Lithuania have been actively involved in drafting of EU legal acts. The process begins in Eurostat Working Groups, later on the document is discussed in the meetings of directors of national accounts, business and social statistics, Commission committees, European Statistical System Committee, EU Council working group on statistics, etc.

Specialists of Statistics Lithuania are active in joint ESS projects and international events organised by the European Commission, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), International Monetary Fund (IMF), United Nations (UN), Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), etc.

For the period of 2016, 86 specialist from Statistics Lithuania participated in 220 international events (Eurostat Working Groups and European Commission committees, EU Council working group on Statistics, OECD activities, seminars and conferences as well as various courses organised by international organisations) contributing with 42 presentations or papers in them. 17 international events with 83 presentations or papers produced by SL staff were organised by Statistics Lithuania.

Document updated: 2017-01-20


EU documents

The signature of the Treaty of Rome in 1957 created the European family. 50 years of the Treaty of Rome was celebrated in 2007. You will find the Eurostat brochure dedicated to this celebration at:

The Commission priorities for statistics can be found at: European Statistical Programme 2016.

Eurostat updates the Statistical requirements compendium every year taking into account new legislation and other developments relevant for European official statistics. The Statistical requirements compendium for 2016 can be found here:

Since 2012 the annual ESS Report proposed by PG meeting (30 March 2012) and welcomed by ESSC (23–24 May 2012) has been published each year.

The main purpose of the ESS report will be to enhance the visibility of the ESS and to give an overview of the most important achievements of the ESS over the last year. The report should also serve as a general accountability report and, therefore, be understandable for a wide public.

Document updated: 2017-03-29

EU projects

EU projects implemented by Statistics Lithuania

Statistics Lithuania is applying for the grants of the European Commission for the implementation of various statistical projects. In 2016, 13 contracts were concluded with the European Commission and 2 joint ESS network contracts (for execution of ESSNet projects) in which Statistics Lithuania has been involved as a partner.

Document updated: 2017-03-29