Renewal of the Board

Luxembourg, 8 April 2020

Call for applications to the universities in view of appointing EMOS Board members for the period of 1.1.2021 – 31.12.2023

Eurostat is calling for applications in view of selecting members to the Board of the European Master in Official Statistics (EMOS). The candidates from the universities are appointed in their personal capacity for a three-year-term, renewable once.

What is EMOS

The European Master in Official Statistics (EMOS) is a network of Master programmes providing post-graduate education in the area of official statistics at the European level. Launched in 2014, EMOS is a joint project of universities and data producers in Europe comprising currently 32 programmes in 19 countries.

The EMOS Master degree is based on learning outcomes which familiarise the graduates with the system of official statistics, production models, statistical methods and dissemination. Universities offering EMOS Master degrees collaborate actively with the national statistical institutes to reduce the gap between theory and practice.

EMOS aims at including official statistics in statistical curricula, meeting training and constituting a future recruitment pool of highly educated professional statisticians for the European Statistical System (ESS) and the European System of Central Banks.

More on EMOS homepage[1].

EMOS Board tasks and composition

The EMOS Board[2] advises the ESS Committee[3] on matters relating to EMOS, evaluates applications for acquiring the EMOS label, monitors compliance with the EMOS requirements and reports back to the ESSC as defined in its mandate. The EMOS Board consists of fourteen members:

  • six from universities appointed in a personal capacity
  • five from National Statistical Institutes (NSIs)
  • one from a National Central Bank (NCB)
  • one from the European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC), and
  • one from Eurostat acting as Chair.

The Board's working language is English and it meets once or twice a year in the premises of the European Commission or in another venue in Europe. The incurred travel and subsistence expenses are reimbursed by the Commission in accordance with the provisions in force at the Commission within the limits of the available budgetary appropriations. Members will receive no remuneration for their duties.


Application process and selection criteria

This call for applications concerns members appointed in a personal capacity only. The ESS Committee shall appoint members in their personal capacity for a three-year mandate, which is renewable once. The Board members shall give the ESS Committee an opinion free from outside influence and shall respect the conditions of confidentiality. They shall commit to act independently and in the public interest. Members from universities appointed in a personal capacity cannot be staff members of a national statistical authority.

Eurostat seeks motivated, proactive and committed Board members to bring forward the EMOS project. Good command of the English language is an advantage. Eurostat will take the following criteria into account when assessing the applications:

–   proven competence and experience, including at European and/or international level, in areas relevant to education and training in Official Statistics,

–   the need to strike a balance within the Board in terms of expertise of applicants, gender and geographical origin[4],

–   members of the Board must be nationals of a Member State of the European Union, a candidate country or an EFTA country.

Deadline and documentation

Applications must be completed in English, clearly documenting the following[5]::

  1. Personal information and nationality
  2. The organisations for which the applicant has been working and the length of time he/she has worked there.
  3. Motivation and his/her competences.
  4. The specific projects and or tasks he/she has been involved in official statistics at EU and international level
  5. Main three works that he/she has published on topics with a link to Official Statistics.
  6. Any interests that he/she has, which may prejudice his or her independence.
  7. A letter by the employer in support of their application and time needed to contribute to the Board's work.

To apply, please

  1. Fill in the application form in https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/EMOSBoardCV
  2. Save it as a PDF
  3. e-mail the PDF application and the supporting letter by the employer to
    estat-emos@ec.europa.eu on 15 June 2020 at the latest.

For any further information, please contact EMOS Secretariat, Ms Heli Lehtimäki, telephone: +352-4301 36484 or by e-mail estat-emos@ec.europa.eu.

Information on the results of the call for applications will be published on https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/cros/content/emos_en after the appointment of the EMOS Board by the ESS Committee The ESS Committee is scheduled to take its decision in October 2020.

Personal data

The applications may be shared with the ESS Committee in confidence. Candidates’ personal data are processed as required by Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data[6]. This applies in particular to the confidentiality and security of such data.


[2] Mandate, composition, rules of procedure https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/cros/content/our-emos-board_en

[4] Commission Decision 2000/407/EC of 19 June 2000 relating to gender balance within the committees and expert groups established by it (OJ L 154 of 27.6.2000, p. 34).

[5] Exception: current Board members reapplying for a renewed 3-year-term do not have to fill other parts of the online form than the section on motivation.

[6] OJ L 295, 21.11.2018, p. 39.