Doc. Ing. Iva Ritschelová, CSc. - předsedkyně ČSÚ Doc. Ing. Iva Ritschelová, CSc. - Předsedkyně ČSÚLadies and Gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure for me to welcome you on behalf of the Czech Statistical Office on the official web page of the Directors General of the National Statistical Institutes (DGINS) Conference and the Meeting of the European Statistical System Committee (ESSC) to be held on September 24-26, 2012 in Prague.

Over the past years DGINS has become a valuable platform for discussing issues of the statistical program, methods and processes of European statistics production. It is an honor for us that the 98th DGINS conference takes place in the Czech Republic.

The topics of this year’s event are “Meeting new needs on statistics for green economy” and “Coordination of statistics and geospatial information”. I would like to express my sincere belief that these days that we are going to spend together will encourage many useful discussions and bring us closer to understanding the range of issues introduced in the agenda. I also hope that these discussions will positively contribute to the continuous improvement and development of the European Statistical System.

Looking forward to meet you in Prague, the beautiful capital of the Czech Republic!

Iva Ritschelova
Czech Statistical Office