As standardisation is a key area on the ESS level for the harmonisation and further integration, a common vocabulary of definitions and interpretations is necessary. The vocabulary does not limit itself to the factual definitions but should also provide interpretation to foster use of common language.

Key concepts of ESS standardisation:

ESS standard: A normative document, established by consensus among ESS members and approved by a recognised body according to the procedure of ESS standardisation, that provides for common and repeated use by several actors in the ESS, rules, guidelines or characteristics for the development, production and dissemination of European Statistics, aimed at the achievement of the optimum degree of order in the context of the implementation of the mission and vision of the ESS.

ESS standardisation: Activity and procedure of setting and implementing of ESS standards.

ESS standardisation process: The formalised process for setting ESS standards.

Impact assessment: Assessment of the costs and benefits that rely on qualitative and/or quantitative information to make decisions in the field of ESS standardisation.

Supporting instrument: Tool that assists the implementation, use or maintenance of ESS standards.

Inventory of normative documents: Publicly available storage location of all normative documents relevant for the ESS, providing detailed up-to-date information (i.e. attributes) on these normative documents.

The full vocabulary of ESS standardisation-related concepts is available at: http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/cros/content/deliverable-1-vocabulary-stand...