Draft Regulation on the establishment of a common classification of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS).
||Article 285 EC; co-decision; qualified majority voting
||14 February 2001|
|Forwarded to the Council:
||15 February 2001|
|Deposited in Parliament:
||9 March 2001|
|Basis of consideration:
||SEM of 9 May 2001
|Previous Committee Report:
||HC 28-x (2000-01), paragraph 8 (28 March 2001)
|To be discussed in Council:
||No date known|
37.1 NUTS (Nomenclature of Units for Territorial
Statistics) is a hierarchical classification of geographical areas
within the EU for producing comparable regional statistics. The
NUTS system uses criteria to subdivide each Member State into
a series of areas to correspond with one of five NUTS levels.
At the highest level is NUTS level 1, which broadly corresponds
to standard regions in the UK. The most detailed level is NUTS
level 5, which corresponds to individual wards. Other NUTS levels
refer to groups of local authorities and individual counties.
NUTS is the basis for EU regional statistics, but also has a wider
importance because it is used when determining eligibility for
Structural Funds and State Aid.
37.2 The previous Committee left the draft Regulation
uncleared pending further information on the Government's view
of the draft Regulation.
The Government's view
37.3 In her Supplementary Explanatory Memorandum
of 9 May 2001, the previous Economic Secretary to the Treasury
(Miss Melanie Johnson) sets out the Government's view:
"The Government supports
the principle of this Regulation, to define and establish clear
rules for future amendment of the NUTS classification and specifically
the fixing of the current geographical boundaries for a number
of years. Some changes are required on points of detail, which
have been raised at the Council Working Group. These are that
the NUTS classification should provide a breakdown of the whole
of the EU, not just the economic territory, which excludes Gibraltar;
that no changes should be imposed by the Commission they
need to be agreed with Member States; and that the regulation
should cover the existing 5 NUTS categories. The current draft
fully covers 1 to 3 only, although some references are made to
small administrative areas, such as wards in the UK, which are
currently classified as NUTS level 5.
"It is possible that significant changes may
be proposed whilst the regulation is being considered by the European
Parliament and the Council. The Government may wish to reconsider
its view on supporting the regulation in the light of any such
proposals, and the possible impact on the aims of the regulation."
37.4 The Government has now set out its position
on this document and we are content to clear it.