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Eurostat's mission is to provide the European Union with a high-quality statistical information service. Accordingly, quality considerations play a central role with regard to Eurostat corporate management as well as our day-to-day statistical operations.

With the adoption of the European Statistics Code of Practice Eurostat and the statistical authorities of the EU-Member States have committed themselves to an encompassing approach towards high quality statistics. It builds upon a common European Statistical System (ESS) definition of quality in statistics and targets all relevant areas from the institutional environment, the statistical production processes to our output: European official statistics. The Quality declaration of the ESS sums up the ESS's commitment to quality.

Quality reporting presents information on the quality of the Eurostat products as well as on tools and standards for quality reporting agreed within the European Statistical System.

Current practices suited to foster quality in European statistics are presented under ESS practices.

The implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice follows a voluntary self-regulatory approach. The main tool for assessing progress in its implementation is the ESS peer reviews. The second round of peer reviews of the statistical authorities of the EU Member States, EFTA countries and Eurostat was carried out in 2013-2015 by independent peer review teams who followed an audit-like approach, as endorsed by the ESSC. The peer review resulted in peer review reports and improvement action plans in response to the recommendations of the peer review teams.

More details on the peer reviews, the peer review reports and the improvement action plans can be consulted on Eurostat website.

Information on the Eurostat evaluation function can be found under evaluation.

 

Information on the European conference on quality in official statistics, Madrid 31 May – 3 June 2016, can be found under Quality Conference 2016.

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