PROJECT MANAGEMENT First NC meeting

Activity typeOther meeting
Title
First National Coordinators’ meeting
Participants
Each of the National Coordinators from the partner countries
LocationLuxembourg, Eurostat premises
Timing
30 June 2019
Activity code
MM_3

The National Coordinators (NCs) are the main contact points in the national statistical institutes (NSIs) in the partner countries. The NC meetings are held at least every 6 months. In addition to the NCs, also in attendance are representatives from the European Commission and the consortium. The purpose of the meeting is to monitor and coordinate STEP-related activities.

This was the first NC meeting, where the programme was presented and the modus operandi with the NCs were discussed after the NCs were informed about the recent developments in the European Statistical System and the European Neighbourhood Policy.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT Fourth NC meeting

Activity typeOther meeting
Title
Fourth National Coordinators’ meeting
Participants
Each of the National Coordinators from the partner countries
LocationOnline
Timing
2 February 2021
Activity code
MM_50

The National Coordinators (NCs) are the main contact points in the national statistical institutes (NSIs) in the partner countries. The NC meetings are held at least every 6 months. In addition to the NCs, also in attendance are representatives from the European Commission and the consortium. The purpose of the meeting is to monitor and coordinate STEP-related activities.

During the fourth NC meeting, the NCs were informed about the progress in the implementation of the activities according to the work programme. Experiences on how the activities are perceived in the partner countries were discussed. The NCs highlighted that the online format allows for many young people to participate in the activities. The NCs were also informed about the upcoming activities for the first half of 2021 with particular focus on the virtual group on R.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT First Steering Committee meeting

Activity typeOther meeting
TitleFirst Steering Committee meeting
ParticipantsHigh-level representatives from each of the partner countries
LocationChisinau, Moldova
Timing26 September 2019
Activity codeMM_5

The participants were informed of the results of the inception phase. The management structure of the programme was presented. In addition the preliminary work programme was endorsed by the members of the Steering Committee.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT Second Steering Committee meeting

Activity typeOther meeting
Title
Second Steering Committee meeting
Participants
High-level representatives from each of the partner countries
LocationOnline
Timing
8 December 2020
Activity code
MM_43

The participants were informed of the milestones reached by the programme since the first Steering Committee meeting: the launch of activities, the adaptation to online working modalities following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the launch of the STEP newsletter, website, and Twitter account. Feedback from participants has been very positive.

The STEP work programme until 31 October 2021 was presented with special emphasis on the R training and the “Communication for statistics” activity which are planned for the first quarter of 2021, and the production of regional publications which require the active involvement of partner countries. 

The participants were informed about the rationale behind the proposed extension of the STEP programme by nine or twelve months. All partner countries confirmed the importance of the STEP programme and their interests in continuing the collaboration; all of them approved the proposed extension of the programme.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT Second NC meeting

Activity typeOther meeting
TitleSecond National Coordinators’ meeting
ParticipantsEach of the National Coordinators from the partner countries
LocationLuxembourg, Luxembourg, Eurostat premises
Timing22-23 January 2020
Activity codeMM_10

The National Coordinators (NCs) are the main contact points in the national statistical institutes (NSIs) in the partner countries. The NC meetings are held at least every 6 months. In addition to the NCs, also in attendance are representatives from the European Commission and the consortium. The purpose of the meeting is to monitor and coordinate STEP-related activities.

During the meeting, the NCs were informed about the latest developments in STEP (change of team leader and implemented activities) as well as upcoming activities. The NCs presented other ongoing or upcoming cooperation projects related to statistics as well as other things of interest to the group. The STEP work programme for 2020 was presented. The NCs commented on the specific activities. In particular, the NCs expressed concern about the procedures related to the regional publications. The Contractor was tasked to prepare a note to explain how the regional publications are envisaged and present the note at the next NC meeting. Also, the concept of virtual groups was presented to the NCs who welcomed the idea of new methodologies for cooperation within the technical possibilities of the NSIs.

Communication and visibility is important for STEP and it is important to tie STEP activities in this area with activities in the partner countries. The target groups for communication and visibility were presented and each of the NCs presented how their NSI approach communication and visibility.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT Third NC meeting

Activity typeOther meeting
TitleThird National Coordinators’ meeting
ParticipantsEach of the National Coordinators from the partner countries
LocationOnline
Timing1-2 July 2020
Activity codeMM_26

The National Coordinators (NCs) are the main contact points in the national statistical institutes (NSIs) in the partner countries. The NC meetings are held at least every 6 months. In addition to the NCs, also in attendance are representatives from the European Commission and the consortium. The purpose of the meeting is to monitor and coordinate STEP-related activities.

During the third NC meeting, the NCs were informed about the Recent developments in the ESS and the European Neighbourhood Policy as well as the latest developments in STEP (mainly the change from onsite to online implementation of STEP activities) as well as upcoming activities. The NCs presented other ongoing or upcoming cooperation projects related to statistics as well as other things of interest to the group. The STEP work programme for the second half of 2020 was presented. The NCs were also informed about how the work on the regional publication will be carried out as well as how the virtual groups will work. The NCs commented on the specific activities.

OTHER ACTIVITIES 7th SDMX GLOBAL CONFERENCE – “SDMX FOR YOU”

Activity type Other meeting
Title 7th SDMX Global Conference – “SDMX for you”
Participants One participant from each of the partner countries
Location Budapest, Hungarian Central Statistical Office premises
Timing 16-19 September 2019
Activity code 04

SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange) is an international initiative aiming to standardise and modernise the exchange of statistical data and metadata among international organisations and their member countries. Using SDMX enables the countries to exchange data with international organisations in an efficient and uniform manner. The SDMX standard is an ISO (International Standardisation Organisation) standard used to describe statistical data and metadata. The objective of the participation in the conference was to inform and discuss the “Latest SDMX achievements and progress updates” and to share experiences in implementing SDMX.

The participants expressed that the conference was very useful and interesting and it will help them in their SDMX projects in their home organisations. For the STEP participants new to SDMX, the conference worked as a revelation for the possibilities available in SDMX. For the more seasoned participants, the conference was an opportunity to learn the latest developments as well as getting to know people from other countries and international organisations. The participants were impressed by the experiences of countries currently working with SDMX as well as international organisations.

The participants returned to their home organisation and shared their newly acquired skills and knowledge with colleagues. The conference was useful in the following areas: quality reporting and how to generate ESS quality reports, SDG reporting, big data, micro data and geospatial information. As a secondary achievement, experiences on the implementation of the Generic Statistical Business Process Models was also gained by the participants.