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Coordination meeting for grants on PILOT SURVEYS ON THE USE OF FERTILISERS 22 February 2008. Commission Communication on AEI and related issues. Main conclusions of COM(2006)508:. streamlining the IRENA indicator set, while strengthening its relevance for policy purposes;

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Coordination meeting for grants on pilot surveys on the use of fertilisers 22 february 2008

Coordination meeting for grants on PILOT SURVEYS ON THE USE OF FERTILISERS22 February 2008

Commission Communication on AEI and related issues


Coordination meeting for grants on pilot surveys on the use of fertilisers 22 february 2008

  • streamlining the IRENA indicator set, while strengthening its relevance for policy purposes;

  • consolidating the selected set of indicators, extending the coverage to the new Member States and correcting existing weaknesses;

  • setting up a permanent and stable arrangement needed for the long-term functioning of the indicator system.


Coordination meeting for grants on pilot surveys on the use of fertilisers 22 february 2008

  • A coherent set of agri-environmental indicators is required to capture the regional diversity of agriculture and environmental conditions as well as their positive and negative influences;

  • need for comparable data at the appropriate geographical level, and covering the whole Community, using, as far as possible, existing data sources and data collection structures;

  • the list of indicators could be adjusted as a result of policy requirements or on the basis of experience with the further development of the indicators and their use in policy making;

  • close account should be taken of the costs and resource implications of any new initiative related to data collection that goes beyond existing legal requirements;

  • a long-term information system for monitoring environmental integration to be set up, with the help of the CPSA.


Chosen indicators
Chosen Indicators

  • Operational indicators, for which the concept and measurement are well-defined and for which data are available at national and, where appropriate, at regional level

  • Indicators that are well defined, but cannot realise their full information potential due to a lack of regional data or weaknesses in the modelling approaches on which they are based

  • Indicators that need substantial improvements in order to become fully operational. These include indicators that have conceptual limitations or are not well defined and indicators where the quality of existing data needs to be improved, new data collection systems need to be set up, or where modelling tools need to be further developed


Memorandum of understanding
Memorandum of Understanding

  • The purpose of the MoU is to establish the basis for cooperation between AGRI, ENV, JRC, EEA and Eurostat on AEI.

  • The MoU is still a draft, but a hopefully discussion near an end.

  • The primary aim of the AEI is to

    • assess the impact of the CAP on the environment,

    • identify shortcomings in current measures and needs for new policy initiatives

    • improve the targeting and tailoring of measures

    • evaluate the effect on the integration strategy

  • The AEI will mainly be used to fulfil Commission information needs, but will also be disseminated to the general public


Memorandum of understanding ii
Memorandum of Understanding (II)

  • Short and medium-term objectives:

    • Consolidating the selected set of 28 agri-environmental indicators listed and extending their coverage to the new Member States

    • Correcting the existing weaknesses that currently restrict the usefulness of certain indicators.

  • Long-term objective:

    • Establishing a permanent and stable arrangement needed for the management and long-term functioning of the indicator system

  • It is agreed that the list of AEI will be subject to further adjustments due to policy changes or on the basis of the experience or use

  • The objectives cannot be achieved without the full cooperation of the Member States


Memorandum of understanding iii
Memorandum of Understanding (III)

  • A lead institution will be assigned for each indicator. This role includes drafting and updating the AEI fact sheets, compiling the indicator, consulting other partners, coordinating the work to be done, prepare progress reports and work programs

  • All partners are collaborating in data collection and management, improving concepts and methodology, modelling and data

  • Eurostat will have a general coordination role of activities, and especially related to cooperation with Member States, which will be handled through the Standing Committee on Agricultural Statistics

  • An Annex describes for each indicator the responsible institution(s) for data collection and management, conceptual and methodological improvement, model improvement, data improvement.

  • DG AGRI and ENV will make the administrative and data coming from reporting requirements available, where possible.


Memorandum of understanding iv
Memorandum of Understanding (IV)

  • Eurostat will take the lead for those indicators that are closely related to the European statistical system.

  • DG AGRI will take the lead for indicators where they collect administrative information or that have a specific political interest and/or that have not yet been fully developed.

  • DG ENV will take a lead for indicators where the policy developments have been assigned mainly to them, for example on pesticide risks.

  • DG JRC will take the lead for those indicators relying on the pan- European geo-environmental databases or where models need to be built and/or research undertaken.

  • EEA will take the lead in areas where the responsibility has been assigned mainly to this institution and that are associated with data flows linked to EEA Eionet.


Memorandum of understanding v
Memorandum of Understanding (V)

  • Eurostat will have the lead to establish the long-term indicator system, in collaboration with the other partners. Eurostat will be responsible for the official consultations with the Member States on the system, through the SCAS. The partners will continue to work on their indicators through their normal networks and meeting structures.

  • Once a permanent and stable arrangement is established, Eurostat will take over responsibility for the functioning, if there are no other agreements indicating different procedures.

  • The other partners will continue to support Eurostat in these tasks


Memorandum of understanding vi
Memorandum of Understanding (VI)

  • The main output of the work will be the

    • Fact sheets with definitions and measurement(s), links with other indicators, key messages, factual results, a description of the data used with clear warnings on data issues, references to further reading/information.

    •  Meta data, describing data concepts, definitions and classifications scope / coverage, accounting conventions, nature of the basic data, compilation practices, integrity, quality, other dissemination, using the Eurostat formats

    • A dedicated indicator website on the Eurostat website

    • Data in the Eurostat NewCronos database

  • Eurostat will evaluate the information provided by the other partners to determine if it is of suitable quality for dissemination.