Legal Framework

The National Statistics Institute is a legally independent administrative Autonomous institution assigned to the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

It is basically governed by Law 12/1989 of 9 May on Public Statistics Function, that regulates statistical activity for state purposes which is the exclusive competence of the State and by the Statute approved by Royal Decree 508/2001 of 11 May and modified by Royal Decree 947/2003 of 18 July and Royal Decree 950/2009 of 5 June.

Statistical Committees

High Council on Statistics
It is a consultative organ of the state statistical services and for social participation of the respondents, producers and users of statistics, that represents the trade union and business organisations and other social, economic and academic groups and institutions, alongside the Ministerial Departments and the National Statistics Institute.

Interministerial Statistics Commission
It is a participative organ of the statistical services in charge of compiling statistics in the scope of the State Central Administration. It aims to coordinate the activities of different services.

Interterritorial Statistics Committee
It safeguards the coordination, cooperation and homogenisation in terms of statistics between the State and the Autonomous Communities.

Statistical Planning

The National Statistics Plan contains the statistics that must be developedi the four year period by the State General Administration's services or any other entity dependent on it It is formulated with the collaboration of Ministerial Departments and the Bank of Spain and approved by the Government.

Strategic lines for 2013-2016

The 2013-2016 National Statistical Plan establishes a nucleus of essential statistics that the State administration must carry out. The strategic lines to guide the whole of statistical activity during this period are:

  • The commitment to “good practice”, whereby the statistical services responsible for the statistics in the 2013-2016 plan adopt the principles established in the “European Statistics Code of Practice”.
  • The definition of a new production process model that is more integrated and standardized, with corporate storage systems. This will be based on:
    • Developing the use of administrative sources.
    • Exploiting the potential of new information technologies and communication.
    • Exploring new emerging areas of information.
    • Performance within a quality framework.

Annual Report