ESSPROS – basic course


ESSPROS – basic course

Course Leader

Gilberto GAMBINI

Target Group

Data providers in national administrations with limited or no prior experience or knowledge of ESSPROS (European System of integrated Social Protection Statistics)

Entry Qualifications

  • Sound command of English. Participants should be able to make short interventions and to actively participate in discussions
  • Staff of national statistical institutes and other public administrations (e.g. ministries, social security funds, …etc.) involved in the production of ESSPROS data
  • Basic understanding of the concept of social protection and of related statistics and accounting systems at national level


  • Good understanding of the ESSPROS system and the knowledge needed to deliver ESSPROS data in line with the methodological guidelines and regulations


  • Introduction to ESSPROS (Core System and modules)
  • The ESSPROS definition of social protection
  • The statistical unit – Social protection scheme
  • The Core System: receipts and expenditure of social protection schemes
  • ESSPROS module on pension beneficiaries
  • ESSPROS module on net social protection benefits

Expected Outcome

Participants are expected to become familiar with the ESSPROS methodological specifications (e.g. key concepts, definitions, conventions…etc.) and the practicalities of providing a complete set of data for the ESSPROS Core System and modules on an regular basis.

Training Methods

  • Presentations and lectures
  • Practical exercises (e.g. case studies)
  • Group discussion
  • Exchange of views/experiences on national cases/practices

Required Reading

Training materials

Suggested Reading

Introductory chapter of the latest edition of the ESSPROS Manual and user guidelines. Other chapters may also be read in advance, but this is not a prerequisite to the training

Required Preparation

Participants should attempt to familiarise themselves with the social protection system in their countries and the main sources which are already used (or could be potentially used) to compile ESSPROS data for their country. In doing so participants can identify national examples whose ESSPROS treatment can be discussed and clarified during the training.


Eurostat Unit F5 and co-trainers (external experts)

Practical Information





Application  via National Contact Point


2 days



Deadline: 03.08.2021