The three statistical agencies of the cross-border Euroregion formed by
Aquitaine, the Basque Country and the Autonomous Community of Navarre, i.e.,
L'institut National de la Statistique et des Estudes Economiques de Aquitaine, the Eustat (Euskal
Estatistika Erakundea/Instituto Vasco de Estadistica) and the Instituto de Estadistica de
Navarra/Nafarroako Estatistika Erakundea, began a programme of extensive cooperation several
years ago to promote the exchange of information and joint publications, both in written and
magnetic formats, with the aim to bring statistical information closer to its respective users
The first outcome of this cooperation, the leaflet
"EUROREGION IN FIGURES"
in 1997, covers the essential socio-economic indicators of each of the areas in the Euroregion.
Subsequently, the paper
"EUROREGION IN FIGURES 2000" was published, which is a continuation of the collaboration project
between the INSEE and the EUSTAT, and includes, among other new features,information referring
to the Basque Provinces and the Departments of Aquitaine. This study, published in Basque,
Spanish and French, consists of 39 pages, tables and graphs in colour, and is a scrupulous
presentation, designed be simpler and more attractive to the reader.
In addition, through the Regional Policy of the European Community and the
INTERREG Programme, developed by the Aquitaine-Euskadi-Navarre Cooperation Fund, the Statistical
Cooperation Project was devised to carry out a study on Industry in the Euroregion. This Project
resulted in the publication of a second leaflet entitled
"INDUSTRY IN ACQUITAINE-A.C.
in 1998, which analyses the structure of the industry of the group formed by the three
regions, and highlights the characteristics of each.
Finally, and in an aim to extend the offer of statistical data to cover the
growing demand for information on a wider territorial level, the three cooperating Agencies
agreed on the design and creation of a municipal data base. This municipal data base is at
present in the design phase.
Pyrenean Work Community (PWC)
The Pyrenean Work Community (P.W.C.) is a cross-border cooperation body in
which the following regions participate: Aragón, Catalonia, Navarre and Euskadi in Spain;
Aquitaine, Midi-Pyrènèes and Languedoc-Roussillon, in France; and the Principality of Andorra.
On the 2 October 1997 a work group was created to develop a "Management System
for Information relating to the Pyrenees". This project is made up of the following phases:
Creation and start up of an Internet server. The server is to include
institutional information on the P.W.C. or information relating to action carried out, general
statistical information which the territory and its institutions present, and links with
statistical servers for regional, national or international institutions which are likely to
provide complementary information to that which the P.W.C. itself proposes.
Organization of a P.W.C. Intranet system to make available to its members
the information and means that enable the exchange of work.
Creation of a data base.
STATISTICAL ATLAS OF THE PYRENEES:
For the first time, within the framework of cross-border cooperation,
several statistics offices from both sides of the Pyrenees have
published a statistical atlas of the region. Although incomplete, this
first exercise enables a statistical focus on the Pyrenees: 49.850 km2
of area, i.e. 1,101,000 inhabitants, 617,000 households among which
167,000 are second homes; 45,000 jobs in agriculture, 108,000 in
industry, 40,000 in construction, 205,000 in the tertiary sector,
92,000 non-agricultural establishment and over 5.8 million tourists,
are some of the data that can be found in this document.