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Parliamentary questions
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30 October 2018
Answer given by Ms Creţu on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004491/2018

The Commission proposal for a Common Provisions Regulation (CPR)(1) is based on the most recent available and complete regional data, which refer to the Nomenclature of Statistical Territorial Units (NUTS) 2013 classification(2).

The latest regular amendment of the NUTS classification took place in 2016 and applies to the transmission of data to the Commission (Eurostat) from 1 January 2018. When an amendment is made to the NUTS classification — as it was the case for the Polish region of Mazowieckie — the Member State concerned shall transmit data time series to the Commission for the new regional breakdown and a selection of statistical domains.

For NUTS 2016 classification the deadline to transmit the necessary time series by Member State concerned is 31 December 2019.

Thus, at the time of the preparation of the proposal for the next Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 the data availability for NUTS 2016 classification was limited. For reasons of equity, the same NUTS classification with complete set of data for all Member States and all regions should be used.

(1)COM (2018) 375
(2)Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 of the European Parliament and the Council of 26 May 2003 establishes a common classification of territorial units to enable the collection, compilation and dissemination of harmonised regional statistics in the Union.

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