OPTIMISM participates in EUROSTAT workshop on 17th June
EUROSTAT organised a “workshop on passenger mobility statistics” in Luxemburg. The main results of the OPTIMISM Work Package 2 were presented in the workshop by Panayotis Christidis from the EC Joint Research Centre, covering the analysis of data gaps and the guidelines for harmonised travel statistics.The main objective of the workshop was to provide an overview on data needs expressed by both EUROSTAT and other international bodies such as OECD (ITF) and UNECE. With respect to data provision, four national approaches to collect passenger mobility data were presented by the United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands, and Sweden. Further current harmonisation efforts were presented (besides OPTIMISM, also EUROSTAT and the four-year-long COST Action SHANTI (http://shanti.inrets.fr/)).
Following a round table discussion, a process of further harmonisation activities has been initiated, aiming at an agreement on a harmonised minimum set of indicators, key definitions and coverage. In order to develop a respective manual or guidelines on passenger mobility statistics based on NTS, a task force will be set up as drafting committee.
Monika Cheneby from EUROSTAT was also on the agenda of the meeting, who had attended the OPTIMISM WP2 workshop in Brussels in March. At a meeting for the COST SHANTI project, she had mentioned to Angelika Schulz of OPTIMISM partner DLR that she had found the first two OPTIMISM deliverables of WP2 on NTS and data gaps very informative and well written. In particular together with the work done within the COST SHANTI project, the results seems to be quite helpful for her work at EUROSTAT.