Peer reviews are part of the European Statistical System (EES) strategy to implement the Code of Practice (CoP). Their objective is to enhance the integrity, independence and accountability of the statistical authorities which make up the ESS. A first round of peer reviews was carried out in 2006-2008. A second round was launched in December 2013. Both rounds cover all the EU Member States and the EFTA Member States Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
An overview of the general framework for the peer reviews and the main characteristics of each round are described in:
You can find below the questionnaires to be completed by the national statistical authorities (NSIs). These are a full and a light questionnaire on compliance with the CoP, a questionnaire on coordination within the statistical system, and a questionnaire on cooperation within and integration of the ESS. Two guides explaining the exercise, one for the statistical authorities and one for the peer reviewers, are also provided.
Brief descriptions of the statistical system and a report presenting the outcomes for each country and Eurostat are provided in the table below.
Following the first round of peer reviews, Eurostat prepared a report to the European Parliament and the Council. The report summarises the findings of the peer reviews and sets out action for implementing the CoP. A related Commission staff working paper gathers in one document all the improvement actions contained in the individual reports.
2006-2008 Code of Practice Peer review reports by country