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Eurostat's dissemination policy is characterised by free access to European statistics for all users. Our policy respects a number of principles, such as objectivity, impartiality, confidentiality and accessibility, which are laid down in Regulation N°223/2009 on European statistics and in the European Statistics Code of Practice.
Where can users find European statistics and which services do we offer in order to better respond to their needs?
- Data release: All European statistics are available from our database on Eurostat's website. A large range of Eurostat data is also accessible on our different visualisation tools.
- Time of release and data extraction: Eurostat's database always contains the latest version of the datasets. Datasets are updated twice a day, at 11:00 and at 23:00. Users can download individual datasets by extracting data directly from the database, by selecting our most popular tables from the homepage, by using our bulk download facility or via our web services.
- Publications and visualisation tools: Statistical analysis of Eurostat data is provided through our main publications which comprise news releases, statistical books and Statistics Explained articles. We also release publications which provide detailed information on methodological aspects. In order to facilitate the understanding of our data, we developed in recent years a more visual and digital dissemination of statistics. Users can find today on our website a large number of visualisation tools, which are easily understandable, interactive and story-telling.
- Release calendar: Two release calendars are available on our website. The publication of all Euro-indicators is announced for the on-going year in the Eurostat release calendar. A provisional and yearly calendar for Eurostat's main publications is also available.
- Metadata: Availability of data is not enough. To facilitate the understanding of our data and avoid misinterpretations, we provide information on definitions, classifications, methodologies, legislation and standard code lists at: http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/data/metadata. Further explanations are also found in the glossary section of Statistics Explained.
- Access to microdata: Microdata are the units of data that contain information on individual respondents or business entities. To respect the statistical confidentiality principle and protect the anonymity of respondents (persons, organisations), access to microdata is restricted. We grant access to our microdata for scientific purposes only. Details and conditions on how to apply for microdata access are described at: http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/microdata/overview.
- Pre-release access: All users have equal access to statistical releases at the same time. Privileged pre-release access is limited, controlled and publicised. The ‘Protocol on impartial access to Eurostat data for users’ sets out how Eurostat fulfils its responsibilities in this respect and gives details on the conditions of pre-release access.
- Data re-use and copyright: Eurostat has a policy of encouraging free re-use of its data, both for non-commercial and commercial purposes, provided that the source (Eurostat) is clearly indicated. All details concerning our policy, including the few exceptions which exist to our free re-use principle are provided at: https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/about/policies/copyright. Users are also encouraged to embed/share the different products disseminated by Eurostat (publications, visualisation tools, interactive infographics, etc.).
- Ordering of publications: All printed Eurostat publications can be ordered via the Publications Office.
- Support to users: We provide assistance to all types of users: newcomers, sporadic visitors or more experienced users. Those who are visiting our website for the first time can have a look at https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/help/first-visit while all users can be interested by our replies to frequently asked questions.
We also propose a more personal user support for those who would like to submit questions in their national language: https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/help/support.
For journalists, we offer specific services which are presented at https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/help/press-media-support.