This article describes the FBS which are organised by Eurostat amongst staff of international organisations in various duty stations in the European Union Member States.
These surveys are done in the context of the wider work done to compare the relative cost of living of international civil servants between their place of employment and that of Brussels, the reference city.
These surveys are organised at intervals of 5-7 years and participation is voluntary. However it is very important that staff take the time to provide accurate answers to the questions about their consumption habits, as the results will have a direct impact on the calculation of correction coefficients.
The following table summarises the source of expenditure weights used to calculate CC at July 2018 :
|Duty station for which CC is established||Current source|
|BE-Brussels||2009 & 2010 Eurostat-IOS FBS|
|DE-Berlin||2011 & 2013 Eurostat-ISRP FBS|
|DE-Bonn||2011 & 2013 Eurostat-ISRP FBS|
|DE-Munich||2011 & 2013 Eurostat-ISRP FBS|
|DE-Karlsruhe||2011 & 2013 Eurostat-ISRP FBS|
|EL-Athens||2016 Eurostat-ISRP FBS covering various locations in the country|
|ES-Madrid||2016 Eurostat-ISRP FBS covering various locations in the country|
|FR-Paris||2011 & 2013 Eurostat-ISRP FBS|
|HU-Budapest||2017 Eurostat FBS|
|IE-Dublin||2007 Eurostat FBS |
(2011 Eurostat FBS insufficient replies)
|IT-Rome||2016 Eurostat-ISRP FBS|
|IT-Varese||2016 Eurostat-ISRP FBS|
|MT-Valetta||2017 Eurostat FBS|
|NL-Den Haag||2011 & 2013 Eurostat-ISRP FBS|
|PL-Warsaw||2017 Eurostat FBS|
|PT-Lisbon||2016 Eurostat FBS|
|FI-Helsinki||2017 Eurostat FBS|
|UK-London||2011 Eurostat FBS|
|UK-Culham||2006 European Pool|
|AT-Vienna||2016 Eurostat FBS|
|BG-Sofia, CY-Nicosia, RO-Bucarest|| |
2016-2017 Eurostat FBS - Pool BG, CY, RO
|CZ-Prague, SK-Bratislava||2017 Eurostat FBS - Pool CZ, SK|
|DK-Copenhagen, SE-Stockholm||2017 Eurostat FBS - Pool DK,SE|
|EE-Tallinn, LT-Vilnius, LV-Riga||2017 Eurostat FBS - Pool EE, LT, LV|
|HR-Zagreb, SI-Ljubljana||2017 Eurostat FBS - Pool HR, SI|
|Pensioners EU28||2013 Eurostat FBS - Pensioners|
|Extra-EU duty stations||2010 global pool|
Recent, ongoing and planned FBS :
|2016||BG, HR, EL, ES, IT, AT, PT|
|2017||CZ, DK, EE, CY, LV, LT, HU, MT, PL, RO, SI, SK, FI, SE, BE|
|2018||FR, IE, NL (FR, NL to be relaunched in 2019)|
During 2015 and 2016, a harmonised questionnaire has been developed by Eurostat, the United Nations International Civil Service Commission and the International Service on Remuneration and Prices of the Coordinated Organisations.
Staff of the following organisations are invited to participate in the FBS:
- EU institutions and EU agencies (COMM, PARL, CONS, ECJ, ECA, EIB, ECB, etc)
- Organisations with linked terms and conditions of employment (European Schools, EuroControl, European Patent Office, European Southern Observatory, etc)
- Coordinated Organisations (OECD, NATO, CoE, ESA, ECMWF, EUMETSAT)
- United Nations
- Other international organisations (eg. EFTA, CERN, etc)
- Member State diplomatic embassies and consulates
If there is an insufficient number of replies to enable a robust statistic to be established, an average ‘pool‘ weighting structure is applied instead.
Prior to 2009, ‘pool’ weights were established by combining the information for all those duty station which had supplied data. With effect from 2009, ‘pool’ weights are established by combining only those replies for duty stations where the number of replies is insufficient.
A particular adjustment is made for housing expenditure to reflect the importance of this item in the consumption basket.