Public consultation on the Strategy for Agricultural Statistics 2020 and beyond (European Agricultural Statistics System – EASS)


Public consultation on the Strategy for Agricultural Statistics 2020 and beyond (European Agricultural Statistics System – EASS)

Policy field(s)


Target group(s)

External users of European agricultural statistics (public and private decision makers, researchers, universities, journalists).

Survey respondents (in particular farmers, farmer's organisations and related businesses) and citizens

Producers of European agricultural statistics (National statistical institutes, Other National Authorities).

Period of consultation

From 19/08/2015 to 18/11/2015 (closed).

Objective of the consultation

Agricultural statistics aim to produce data on agriculture that meet current and future user needs in an efficient manner with a bearable burden on data producers. In order to fulfil these aims and requirements periodic strategic revisions are needed. The agricultural statistics strategy 2020 aims to improve the coherence between agricultural statistics sub-domains and their fit with the European Statistical System (ESS), clarify and streamline concepts and definitions, improve the integration between agricultural, forestry, land use and environmental statistics, diversify data sources, integrate new technologies and increase the flexibility, reaction speed, effectiveness and efficiency of the European agricultural statistical system, while preserving high quality data and long time series. Its main new data needs are linked to the greening of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), climate change challenges, production structures, food supply chains, price volatility, yields and geo-referenced information.

In order to develop a new legislative framework for agricultural statistics, stakeholders need to be consulted on current problems, their data needs and priorities, possible options and their impacts.

The aim of this consultation is to collect views of the users of agricultural statistics on the proposed strategy to improve the availability of agricultural statistics that better match with their needs. This open public consultation has been preceded and is complemented by other actions targeting more specifically other stakeholders and mainly the National Statistical Institutes and the various EU institutional users.

How to submit your contribution

Please complete the online questionnaire at the latest by 18 November 2015.

All contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

Consultation document

Before submitting your contribution, please read carefully the consultation paper which provides the necessary background information:




Reference documents

Contact details

Responsible service:     EUROSTAT, Unit E1
Postal address     Eurostat Unit E.1 Agriculture and fisheries
European Commission
 L- 2920 Luxembourg

Number of responses received to this consultation

53 responses were received.

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Results of consultation and next steps

All respondents' concerns, needs and preferences, insofar as they were not already part of the agricultural statistics strategy 2020, have been fully analysed and proportionately taken account of in the impact assessment report for the strategy, which is expected to be released before mid-2016. Further on, the input from this open public consultation will inform the development of legislative and other instruments for the chosen option.

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