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Dear participants of the 100th DGINS Conference,

On behalf of the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia it is my pleasure to welcome you on the official website of the 100th Conference of Directors General of the National Statistical Institutes (DGINS) and the meeting of the European Statistical System Committee (ESSC) to be held from 24 to 26 September 2014 in Riga, the capital of Latvia and the European Capital of Culture.

DGINS Conferences is the most important forum in the European Union for discussions about the future and development of the European Statistical System. With 60 years of history behind, the Conferences unite the National Statistical Offices, the European Commission, the United Nations, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and other partners such as the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

During recent years the DGINS Conferences have covered a number of urgent topics - big data and micro-data, the Code of Practice, migration statistics, reduction of the administrative burden and other. The 100th DGINS Conference in Riga will focus on global business statistics. Business statistics is aimed at supporting the decision-making process and monitoring the impact of policies related to the business sector all over the globe. This DGINS Conference will be an excellent opportunity to exchange experiences on methodologies, sources and practices with a broader range of countries within and outside the EU in defining a new architecture for business statistics.

I am convinced that the 100th DGINS Conference in Riga will result in fruitful discussions and exchange of ideas and experiences in business statistics and will serve as a solid basis for the Riga Memorandum. The Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia as the organiser of the Conference has thought also over exciting social programme to show you the best of our capital and to let you taste some of the cultural and gastronomic specialties of Riga.

I am looking forward to seeing you in Riga this September!

Aija Žīgure

President

Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia