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2nd Net-SILC2 Conference (Lisbon, 16-17 October 2014)

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 Portugal (INE ) in the premises of Banco de Portugal.

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 that were presented at this October 2014 International conference on comparative EU statistics on income and living conditions were prepared during the second half of the Net-SILC2 project. The findings of the 2012 and 2014 conferences are important contributions to the development of the EU-SILC instrument and 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 strengthening of the social dimension of the Europe 2020 agenda (in particular the Europe 2020 social inclusion target agreed upon by EU Heads of State and Government).

A Net-SILC2 book based on the contributions to the 2012 and 2014 conferences will be issued in 2015. It will have the same kind of format as the Net-SILC1 book on “Income and living conditions in Europe”: Atkinson, A.B. and Marlier, E. (eds.) (2010). “Income and living conditions in Europe”, Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities (OPOCE), available at: http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/en/web/products-statistical-books/-/KS-31-1...

The conference was preceded by a Workshop on best practices in key domains for the EU-SILC revision, organised as part of this Eurostat /Net-SILC2 international event.

For the programme of the 2014 International Workshop and Conference on Comparative EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions, see: http://ine.pt/scripts/eu-silc2014/eu-silc.html.

The previous International Conference on Comparative EU statistics on Income and Living Conditions was hosted by Statistics Austria (Vienna, 5-7 December 2012), starting with a one-day workshop (on the use of registers in the context of EU-SILC ) and followed with a 1.5 day conference per say. 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.