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EDICOM Programme

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1) OBJECTIVE

To modernise, rationalise and enhance the efficiency of the trans-European network for the collection, production and dissemination of statistics on intra- and extra-Community trade in goods, and at the same time to offer more reliable statistics which better satisfy users' expectations.

2) ACT

Decision 507/2001/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 March 2001 concerning a set of actions relating to the trans-European network for the collection, production and dissemination of statistics on the trading of goods within the Community and between the Community and non-member countries (Edicom) [Official Journal L 76 of 16.03.2001].

3) SUMMARY

Actions implemented in the framework of Decision 96/715/EC of 9 December 1996 on inter- administration telematic networks for statistics relating to the trading of goods between Member States (Edicom) produced encouraging results. Consequently, with the expiry of that Decision, the new decision extends Edicom for a further five years, from 2001 to 2005.

The aims of the new decision are to:

  • modernise, rationalise and enhance the efficiency of the network for statistics on intra- and extra-Community trade in goods;
  • improve harmonisation of the methods used in order to produce statistics which are more reliable, less expensive, and better satisfy users' expectations;
  • take into account the latest technological advances and seeking to optimise cost-effectiveness for the collection, production, transmission and dissemination of statistical data.

To achieve these aims, a set of actions (known as the "Edicom" programme) is planned to:

  • produce statistical information which is of better quality, less costly and available more quickly, and better adapted to users' needs;
  • incorporate statistics on the trading of goods more effectively into the general Community and international statistical system;
  • offer to administrations, suppliers and users of information all the available statistics relating to the trading of goods;
  • develop tools for collecting information on the trading of goods.

The Commission will be responsible for implementing Edicom, assisted by two committees.

On completion of the programme, the Commission will submit to the European Parliament and the Council a report on its implementation, accompanied, if appropriate, by proposals for new actions. A mid-term report must also be made by December 2003.

The budget for the period 2001-05 is EUR 51.2 million.

ActDate
of entry into force
Final date for implementation in the Member States
Decision 507/2001/EC16.03.2001-

4) IMPLEMENTING MEASURES

Decision 2002/314/EC- Official Journal L 113 of 30.04.2002
Commission Decision of 25 April 2002 on the implementation of Decision 507/2001/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning a set of actions relating to the trans-European network for the collection, production and dissemination of statistics on the trading of goods within the Community and between the Community and non-member countries (Edicom).
This Decision sets out the measures covered by the Edicom work programme which qualify for Community finance (Annex I) and an indicative breakdown of the costs of those measures for 2002 (Annex II).

Decision 2001/490/EC- Official Journal L 177 of 30.06.2001
Commission Decision of 18 June 2001 on the implementation of Decision 507/2001/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning a set of actions relating to the trans-European network for the collection, production and dissemination of statistics on the trading of goods within the Community and between the Community and non-member countries (Edicom)
This Decision sets out the measures covered by the Edicom work programme which qualify for Community finance (Annex I) and an indicative breakdown of the costs of those measures for 2001 (Annex II).

5) FOLLOW-UP WORK

Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the implementation of the Edicom programme (1997-1999) [COM(2003) 88 final - Not published in the Official Journal].

The Report provides information concerning the outcome of the actions taken during the period 1997-1999. The programme significantly contributed to the implementation of the Intrastat system.

 
Last updated: 07.08.2003

See also

Further information can be found on the Eurostat site.

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