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Parliamentary questions
6 January 2014
Answer given by Mr Šemeta on behalf of the Commission

Regulation (EU) No 1260/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 November 2013 on European demographic statistics(1) clearly specifies the population definition to be used, from 1 November 2014, for the purpose of Qualified Majority Voting in the Council. In accordance with Article 4 of the regulation, the total population at national level is determined on the basis of the internationally recommended ‘usual residence population’ definition set out in its Article 2(c) and (d), based on a 12-month criterion. According to Article 2(d):

‘“Usual residence” means the place where a person normally spends the daily period of rest, regardless of temporary absences for purposes of recreation, holidays, visits to friends and relatives, business, medical treatment or religious pilgrimage. The following persons alone shall be considered to be usual residents of a specific geographical area:

(i) Those who have lived in their place of usual residence for a continuous period of at least 12 months before the reference time; or

(ii) Those who arrived in their place of usual residence during the 12 months before the reference time with the intention of staying there for at least one year[…].’

As a consequence, citizens who do not have their ‘usual residence’, as defined in the regulation, in their Member State of origin at the time of transmission of the data to the Commission (Eurostat) will not be counted in that Member State. Each year, data on the total usually resident population at national level to be used for Qualified Majority Voting are to be transmitted by Member States to Eurostat within 8 months from the end of the reference period.

(1)OJ L 330, 10.12.2013, p. 39.

OJ C 228, 17/07/2014
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