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Production of EU statistics for permanent crops



Regulation (EU) No 1337/2011 on European statistics on permanent crops


It introduces rules on the production of European statistics on permanent crops*. Examples of these include vines, olives and fruits grown on trees or shrubs.

It repeals Regulation (EEC) No 357/79 on statistical surveys of vines and Directive 2001/109/EC on statistics relating to the production potential of fruit trees — both sectors whose production and market conditions have evolved significantly since these acts came into force.


The regulation sets out the rules for the production of statistics regarding the following permanent crops:

  • dessert apple trees;
  • dessert pear trees;
  • apricot trees;
  • dessert peach trees;
  • orange trees;
  • lemon trees;
  • olive trees;
  • vines intended for the production of table grapes;
  • vines intended for other purposes.

EU countries may opt to collect statistics on apple trees, pear trees, peach trees and table grape vines for industrial processing.

The statistics on permanent crops must represent at least 95% of the total planted area producing entirely or mainly for the market of each permanent crop referred to in each EU country.

EU countries may exclude holdings of below a threshold of 0.2 hectares (ha) of each permanent crop producing entirely or mainly for the market in each EU country. Where the area covered by such holdings is less than 5% of the total planted area of the individual crop, the countries may increase that threshold — so long as this does not lead to the exclusion of more than an additional 5% of the total planted area of that particular crop.

EU countries with a minimum planted area of 1000 ha of each individual crop must produce, during 2012 and every 5 years thereafter, the data referred to in the regulation’s Annex I.

Countries with a minimum planted area of 500 ha of vines for other purposes must produce, in 2015 and every 5 years thereafter, the data cited in the regulation’s Annex II.

Where EU countries conduct sample surveys to obtain data on permanent crops should ensure that the coefficient of variation of the data does not exceed, at national level, 3% for the planted area for each crop.

The statistics on vines intended for other purposes (than table grapes) shall be provided using the data available in the vineyard register.

Data concerning permanent crops other than vines for other purposes must be broken down by NUTS* 1 territorial units, except where a less detailed breakdown is specified in the regulation. Data concerning vines for other purposes must be broken down by NUTS 2 territorial units.

All data should be sent to the European Commission (Eurostat) by 30 September of the year following the reference period.

The Commission (European Commission) will review the implementation of the legislation by the end of December 2018 and every 5 years thereafter.


It has applied since 1 January 2012. Certain EU countries — whose national statistics systems required major adaptations — could be granted an exemption from the regulation’s application until 31 December 2012 and would continue to apply Directive 2001/109/EC.


Permanent crop: a crop not grown in rotation, other than permanent grassland, which occupies the soil for a long period and yields crops over several years.
NUTS: nomenclature of territorial units. NUTS 1 = major socioeconomic regions, e.g. German Länder, Belgian regions, Polish regions, Romanian macroregions; NUTS 2 = basic regions for the application of regional policies, e.g. Belgian provinces, Danish regions, Czech regions (kraje).


Regulation (EU) No 1337/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 December 2011 concerning European statistics on permanent crops and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 357/79 and Directive 2001/109/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 347, 30.12.2011, pp. 7-20)

Successive amendments to Regulation (EU) No 1337/2011 have been incorporated into the original document. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

last update 20.03.2018