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Procedure : 2011/0440(COD)
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Document selected : A7-0050/2013

Texts tabled :

A7-0050/2013

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PV 18/04/2013 - 5.5
CRE 18/04/2013 - 5.5
PV 22/10/2013 - 8.2

Texts adopted :

P7_TA(2013)0181
P7_TA(2013)0430

Texts adopted
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Thursday, 18 April 2013 - Strasbourg Final edition
European statistics on demography ***I
P7_TA(2013)0181A7-0050/2013

Amendments adopted by the European Parliament on 18 April 2013 on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on European statistics on demography (COM(2011)0903 – C7-0518/2011 – 2011/0440(COD)) (1) (Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)
Text proposed by the Commission   Amendment
Amendment 1
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 4
(4)  Pursuant to Article 175 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, the Commission submits every three years a report to the European Parliament, the Council, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on the progress made towards achieving economic, social and territorial cohesion. The preparation of these reports and the regular monitoring of demographic developments and of possible future demographic challenges in the EU regions, including different types of regions such as cross-border regions, metropolitan regions, rural regions, mountain and island regions, require annual regional data at NUTS 3 regional level. Since demographic ageing displays strong regional differences, Eurostat is requested to prepare regional projections on a regular basis in order to complement the demographic picture of the NUTS 2 regions in the European Union.
(4)  Pursuant to the second paragraph of Article 175 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, the Commission submits every three years a report to the European Parliament, the Council, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on the progress made towards achieving economic, social and territorial cohesion. The preparation of these reports and the regular monitoring of demographic developments and of possible future demographic challenges in the Union's regions, including different types of regions such as cross-border regions, metropolitan regions, rural regions, mountain and island regions, require annual regional data at NUTS 3 regional level. Since demographic ageing displays strong regional differences, the Commission ( Eurostat) is requested to prepare regional projections on a regular basis in order to complement the demographic picture of the NUTS 2 regions in the European Union.
Amendment 2
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 7
(7)  The EU sustainable development strategy, launched by the European Council in Gothenburg in 2001 and renewed in June 2006, seeks the continuous improvement of the quality of life for current and future generations. The Eurostat monitoring report, which is published every two years, provides an objective statistical picture of progress, based on the EU set of sustainable development indicators.
(7)  The EU sustainable development strategy, launched by the European Council in Gothenburg in 2001 and renewed in June 2006, seeks the continuous improvement of the quality of life for current and future generations. The Commission ( Eurostat) monitoring report, which is published every two years, provides an objective statistical picture of progress, based on the EU set of sustainable development indicators.
Amendment 3
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 8 a (new)
(8a)  The strategic objective of the Beijing Platform for Action (1995) provides a reference framework for the generation and dissemination of gender-disaggregated data and information, for planning and policy evaluation reasons.
Amendment 4
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 9
(9)  Demographic statistics on population constitute an essential component for the estimation of total population in the framework of the European System of Accounts (ESA).
(9)  Demographic statistics on population constitute an essential component for the estimation of total population in the framework of the European System of Accounts (ESA). The updating and purging of data are important when establishing statistics at European level.
Amendment 5
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 11
(11)  The information on demography should be consistent with the relevant information collected pursuant Regulation (EC) No 862/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 July 2007 on Community statistics on migration and international protection and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 311/76 on the compilation of statistics on foreign workers and Regulation (EC) No 763/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 July 2008 on population and housing censuses.
(11)  The information on demography should be fully in line with the relevant information collected pursuant Regulation (EC) No 862/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 July 2007 on Community statistics on migration and international protection and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 311/76 on the compilation of statistics on foreign workers and Regulation (EC) No 763/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 July 2008 on population and housing censuses.
Amendment 6
Proposal for a regulation
Recital 13
(13)  In the development, production and dissemination of European statistics, the national and European statistical authorities should take account of the principles set out in the European Statistics Code of Practice as reviewed and updated by the European Statistical System Committee on 28 September 2011.
(13)  In the development, production and dissemination of European statistics, the national and European statistical authorities, and, where applicable, other relevant national and regional authorities, should take account of the principles set out in the European Statistics Code of Practice as reviewed and updated by the European Statistical System Committee on 28 September 2011.
Amendment 7
Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – point a
(a)  ‘national’ means the same as in Article 2(f) of Regulation (EC) No 763/2008, where the territory is as defined in Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 in the version applicable at the reference time;
(a)  ‘national’ refers to the territory of a Member State within the meaning of Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 in the version applicable at the reference time;
Amendment 8
Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – point b
(b)  ‘regional’ means the same as in Article 2(g) of Regulation (EC) No 763 /2008 ; for countries that are not members of the European Union, it means the statistical regions at level 1, 2 or 3 as agreed between those countries and the Commission (Eurostat), according to the version applicable at the reference time;
(b)  ‘regional’ means NUTS level 1, NUTS level 2 or NUTS level 3 within the meaning of Regulation (EC) No 1059 /2003 in the version applicable at the reference time ; for countries that are not members of the European Union, it means the statistical regions at level 1, 2 or 3 as agreed between those countries and the Commission (Eurostat), according to the version applicable at the reference time;
Amendment 9
Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – point c
(c)  ‘usually resident population’ means all persons having their usual residence in a Member State at the reference time;
(c)  ‘usually resident population’ means all persons having their usual residence in a Member State of the Union at the reference time;
Amendment 10
Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – point d – introductory part
(d)  ‘usual residence’ means the same as in Article 2(d) first paragraph of Regulation (EC) No 763/2008 . The following persons alone shall be considered to be usual residents of the geographical area in question:
(d)  ‘usual residence’ means the place where a person normally spends the daily period of rest, regardless of temporary absences . The following persons alone shall be considered to be usual residents of the geographical area in question:
Amendment 11
Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – point d – subparagraph 1 a (new)
Where the circumstances described in point (i) or point (ii) cannot be established, the "usual residence population" shall be estimated from the legal or registered population, using scientifically based, well-documented, and publically available statistical estimation methods that are monitored by the Commission (Eurostat).
Amendment 12
Proposal for a regulation
Article 2 – point h
(h)  ‘validated data’ means data that fulfil a set of quality criteria for data compilation, including all the checks made in terms of the quality of the data to be published or already published.
(h)  ‘validated data’ means statistical data that fulfil a set of quality criteria for data compilation, including all the checks made in terms of the quality of the data to be published or already published.
Amendment 13
Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 1
1.  Member States shall provide the Commission (Eurostat) with data on the population as referred to in Article 2 (c) and (d) at the reference time. Where the circumstances described in Article 2 (d)i. or (d)ii. cannot be established, Member States shall provide the Commission (Eurostat) with data on population at their place of legal or registered residence at the reference time; in this case, they shall undertake proportionate efforts to compute data which are the closest possible approximation to the population referred to in Article 2 (c) and (d).
1.  Member States shall provide the Commission (Eurostat) with statistical data on the population as referred to in Article 2 (c) and (d) at the reference time. The statistical data provided shall cover the following variables:
(a)  age;
(b)  sex;
(c)  region of residence.
Amendment 14
Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 2
2.  Member States shall provide the Commission (Eurostat) with data on vital events at the reference time, regardless of the place where the events occurred . Member States shall use the same population definition as for the data referred to in paragraph 1.
2.  Member States shall provide the Commission (Eurostat) with data on vital events that occurred during the reference period . Member States shall use the same population definition as they use for the data referred to in paragraph 1. The data provided shall cover the following variables:
(a)  live births by sex, by month of occurrence, by live birth-order, by mother’s age, by mother’s year of birth, by mother’s country of birth, by mother’s country of citizenship and by mother’s region of residence;
(b)  deaths by age, by sex, by year of birth, by region of residence, by country of birth, by country of citizenship and by month of occurrence .
Amendment 15
Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 3
3.  Member States shall use the same population definition for all national and regional levels as defined in Article 2 (a) and (b).
3.  Member States shall use the same definition of population for all levels, as given in Article 2 (a) and (b).
Amendment 16
Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 3 a (new)
3a.   Where regional authorities provide national authorities with statistical data, Member States shall forward such data to the Commission (Eurostat), in order to enable it to acquire a more detailed overview of the demographic situation in the Union.
Amendment 17
Proposal for a regulation
Article 3 – paragraph 4
4.  Uniform conditions related to the breakdown of data referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2, as well as to the frequency, deadlines and revisions of data, shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 9(2).
4.  The Commission shall adopt implementing acts laying down uniform conditions for the breakdown of data referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2, as well as to the frequency, deadlines and revisions of data. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 9(2).
Amendment 18
Proposal for a regulation
Article 4
For the purposes of qualified majority voting in the Council, Member States shall provide the Commission (Eurostat) with data on the total population at national level at the reference time, as referred to in Article 2(c), within 8 months from the end of the reference year. For the purposes of this Article, Member States shall not provide data on population at their place of legal or registered residence at the reference time.
For the purposes of qualified majority voting in Council, Member States shall provide the Commission (Eurostat) with data on the total population at national level at the reference time, as referred to in Article 2(c), within 8 months from the end of the reference year.
Amendment 19
Proposal for a regulation
Article 5 – paragraph 1
1.  The reference time for population data shall be the midnight of 31 December.
1.  The reference time for population data shall be the end of the reference period ( midnight of 31 December) .
Amendment 22
Proposal for a regulation
Article 8 – paragraph 5
5.  Member States shall ensure that the population data as required by Article 3 of this Regulation are consistent with those required by Article 3 of Regulation (EC) No 862/2007.
5.  Member States shall ensure that the population data as required by Article 3 of this Regulation are consistent with those required by Article 3(1)(c), of Regulation (EC) No 862/2007.
Amendment 23
Proposal for a regulation
Article 9 a (new)
Article 9a
Review Clause
The Commission shall submit a report to the European Parliament and to the Council on the implementation of this Regulation by 31 December 2018, and every five years thereafter. In that report, the Commission shall evaluate the quality of the data transmitted by Member States and the impact on the specific purposes referred to in Article 4. The report shall, if appropriate, be accompanied by proposals designed to further improve the functioning of this Regulation.

(1) The matter was referred back to the committee responsible for reconsideration pursuant to Rule 57(2), second subparagraph (A7-0050/2013).

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