Covid-19 and European statistics

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having a direct impact on the production of European statistics. The health and public safety measures introduced by national governments have put face-to-face interviews on hold and generated disruptions to primary data coming from administrative registers in all EU Member States.

Under these severe conditions, Eurostat and the National Statistical Institutes (NSIs) are doing their best to continue publishing relevant statistics of the highest quality, as planned in the national and Eurostat release calendars.
In particular, all efforts are concentrated on providing statistics that show the changing situation from March 2020 onwards and are most needed to tackle the implications of the Covid-19 outbreak. For that reason, the NSIs have moved from in-person data collection to the phone and on-line interviews and have introduced measures to facilitate the submission of data by businesses.

Eurostat and the NSIs are grateful to households and businesses for continuing to respond to statistical questionnaires as this is the only way to compile the statistics needed to take important decisions for protecting European citizens and addressing the adverse economic and social impacts of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Eurostat is closely monitoring the situation and will keep you regularly informed about any potential changes, which might involve the release dates and scope of European statistics to be published.

Eurostat is providing practical guidance for official statisticians on the issues triggered by COVID-19 here.

Eurostat user support is available to answer all your questions.