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1st Net-SILC2 Conference (Vienna, 6-7 December 2012)

This conference was organised by the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) and the Second Network for the analysis of EU-SILC (Net-SILC2). It was kindly hosted by Statistics Austria.

Net-SILC2 is funded by Eurostat and consists of a group of institutions and researchers using the comparative EU data source EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (“EU-SILC”). It brings together expertise from 16 European partners: the Luxembourg-based CEPS/INSTEAD Research Institute (Net-SILC2 coordinator), six National Statistical Institutes (from Austria, Finland, France, Luxembourg, Norway and the UK), the Bank of Italy, and academics from 8 research bodies. The primary aims of Net-SILC2 are: to carry out in-depth methodological work and comparative socio-economic research using EU-SILC data; to develop common tools and approaches regarding various aspects of data production; and to manage the overall scientific organisation of the 2012 and 2014 EU-SILC international conferences. Net-SILC2 (June 2011-May 2015) is the successor of Net-SILC1 (December 2008-December 2010).

The papers presented at the 2012 EU-SILC conference are the first results of the research carried out in this second Net-SILC project. The findings will feed into the development of the EU-SILC instrument (due to be revised in 2013-5) and of the EU social indicators. They also contribute to the wider appreciation of the uses that can be made of EU-SILC data in the context of the European Statistical System and the achievement of the Europe 2020 agenda.

The conference was preceded by a Workshop on the use of register data in EU-SILC (Vienna, 5 December 2012), organised as part of this Eurostat/Net-SILC2 event.

The finalised conference papers as well as a thematic publication based on the workshop are available on the Net-SILC2 portal at the following address: http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/cros/content/second-network-analysis-eu-silc

For the Conference programme, see: http://www.statistik.at/web_en/about_us/events/eu_silc_conference_2012/conference/index.html