The European Statistical System has a site and a logo: the ESS website
Apart from information of the ESS it also contains:
- News of interest to all ESS partners, such as appointments, upcoming meetings and conferences, training opportunities, vacancies and publications.
- Corporate information about the ESS partners, such as their organisational structure, management issues and practical information.
The European Statistical System
Eurostat does not work alone. Since the early days of the Community it was realised that decisions on and planning and implementation of Community policies must be based on reliable and comparable statistics. So the European Statistical System (ESS) was built up gradually with the objective of providing comparable statistics at EU level.
The ESS is the partnership between the Community statistical authority, which is the Commission (Eurostat), and the national statistical institutes (NSIs) and other national authorities responsible in each Member State for the development, production and dissemination of European statistics. This Partnership also includes the EEA and EFTA countries. Member States collect data and compile statistics for national and EU purposes. The ESS functions as a network in which Eurostat’s role is to lead the way in the harmonization of statistics in close cooperation with the national statistical authorities. ESS work concentrates mainly on EU policy areas - but, with the extension of EU policies, harmonization has been extended to nearly all statistical fields.
The ESS also coordinates its work with candidate countries and at European level with other Commission services, agencies and the ECB and international organisations such as OECD, the UN, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
List of National Statistical Institutes and other national authorities responsible for the development, production and dissemination of European statistics as designated by Member States (update: 19 March 2013)
The list above is published for information only in accordance with Article 5(2) of Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2009 on European statistics (OJ L 87, 31.3.2009, p. 164). It will be updated regularly. Where necessary, the names of the National statistical institutes and other national authorities have been translated into English by Eurostat.
Update of the list
In order to improve the governance of European statistics, all Member States are invited to sign up to 'Commitments on Confidence in Statistics' in which they will formally commit themselves to taking all necessary measures to maintain confidence in their statistics and to monitoring the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice.
Committment on Confidence in Statistics (Greece)
Statistical Programmes Multiannual Programme
The Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2009 on European statistics constitutes the legal basis for the preparation of the European statistical programme, providing the framework for the development, production and dissemination of European statistics, the main fields and the objectives of the actions envisaged for a period not exceeding five years. The current programme covers the period 2008-2012. It was established by the Council Decision 1578/2007/EC of 11 December 2007. The five-year programmes are backed up by annual programmes that set more detailed objectives for each year.
European Parliament and Council Decision 1578/2007/EC of 11 December 2007 on the Community Statistical Programme 2008 to 2012
Annual Programme 2013
The Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2009 on European statistics and the Communication on the improvement of coordination of statistical work, adopted by the Commission on 21 February 1996 (SEC (96) 253/4 of 15 February 1996), provide for the Commission adoption of an annual statistical work programme.
This programme is discussed with the Statistical authorities of the Member States and Commission services concerned. The statistical work programme of the Commission comprises the priorities of the Commission as regards the statistical work for 2011. It relates to the 2008–2012 programme and to the political guidelines for the next Commission published on 3 September 2009.
Statistical Programme 2013