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The European Statistical Forum (ESF) was created in 2013 to give strategic guidance in the relations between the European Statistical System (ESS) and the European System of Central Banks (ESCB). The Forum was created by the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the cooperation between members of the ESS and ESCB, signed on 24 April 2013.
In November 2016, an MoU on the quality assurance of statistics underlying the Macroeconomic Imbalance Procedure (MIP) was signed between Eurostat and the ECB-DG Statistics. It represents a milestone in the cooperation between the two systems and provides the practical arrangements for their cooperation in the areas of balance of payments and financial accounts statistics, in line with the European Semester.
The ESF is composed of one representative per Member State from the ESS Committee (ESSC) and from the Statistics Committee of the ESCB (STC) respectively. The ESF is co-chaired by the Chairs of the ESSC and the STC.
The ESF is assisted by a Bureau, which prepares its meetings and monitors its activities. The Bureau is composed of the two co-Chairs, the Chair and the Vice-Chair of the Committee on Monetary, Finance and Balance of Payment statistics (CMFB, the operational platform of the ESF), two members representing the national statistical institutes and two members representing the national central banks. The latter four Bureau members are elected by the ESF.
The Forum meets once per year, in Luxembourg and in Frankfurt alternatively
For further information:
- Memorandum of Understanding on the Cooperation between the Members of the European Statistical System and the Members of the European System of Central Banks