On 8 and 9 April 2010 Istat will host in Rome the Kick-off Meeting of the EU 7th Framework Programme (FP7) Project BLUE-ETS (Enterprise and Trade Statistics).
The event officially opens the three year research works of the BLUE-ETS project which is tailored on the main objectives of the EU Commission Programme MEETS (Modernisation of European Enterprise and Trade Statistics).
The EC contribution to the project amounts to EUR 2,666,250. The project covers the following interrelated statistical subjects:
i) better data collection for better data quality;
ii) better statistics through boosting the potential of existing data;
iii) extending results and improving the statistical information.
In carrying out the activities of the project Istat is the leader of a pan-European 14 partners Consortium. The BLUE-ETS Consortium covers all the areas and expertises needed to implement the various activities and includes the following members: 6 leading EU NSIs (ISTAT-Italian National Institute of Statistics, CBS-Statistics Netherlands, SCB-Swedish Statistical Office, SSB-Statistics Norway, INFOSTAT-Institute of Informatics and Statistics of Slovakia and SORS-Statistics of Slovenia); 2 leading European research institutes (IAB-Institute for Employment Research and CEPS-Centre for European Policy Study); 6 universities (UT-Trier, UNIBO-Bologna, UL-Ljublijna, UNINA-Naples, UNIBG-Bergamo and UoS-Southampton).