Glossary:European statistical system (ESS)

See ESS disambiguation page for other meanings of ESS.

The European statistical system, abbreviated as ESS, is a partnership between Eurostat and national statistical institutes or other national authorities in each European Union (EU) Member State responsible for developing, producing and disseminating European statistics.

The ESS functions as a network, with Eurostat playing a leading role in harmonising statistics in close cooperation with national statistical authorities. The ESS in turn coordinates its work with international organisations such as the OECD, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

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