The ESS Report is produced and disseminated by the European Statistical System (ESS). The ESS Report 2016 takes a closer look at a number of topics such as energy, income consumption and wealth as well as managing an NSI in the 21st century.
This issue includes the main initiatives of the ESS undertaken last year and features a joint interview with the Heads of the Statistical Institutes of the Netherlands and Slovak Republic. The European Commissioner in charge of the statistical portfolio, Marianne Thyssen, is also featured in an interview. Finally, we find out from the host of last year's annual meeting of Directors General of the National Statistical Institutes his impressions of this important annual conference and Statistics Netherlands allows us a glimpse into their newsroom.
European statistics produced by members of the European Statistical System (ESS) play a major role in the definition, monitoring and assessment of all EU policies. In 2015, ESS members continued with the process of deepening their cooperation, placing particular emphasis on the development of joint statistical projects of benefit to European data users. As it is impossible to mention all the statistical developments that took place last year, this article concentrates on the most important themes and statistical initiatives undertaken by ESS partners.
Statistics have played a signicant part in the construction of the European Union from the very beginning. In 1953, a statistical service of the European Coal and Steel Community was created. In 1958, when the European Community was founded, it became a Directorate-General of the European Commission.
The expansion of the European Union and the development of new Community policies brought forth an increasing demand for highquality, comparable European statistics. This meant that a closer cooperation between Eurostat and the National Statistical Institutes (NSIs) was necessary and thus, at the beginning of the 1990s, the foundations of the European Statistical System (ESS) were laid.
The ESS was constructed as a partnership between Eurostat, the National Statistical Institutes and Other National Authorities (ONAs), i.e. the institutions producing European statistics. Today, the ESS includes the 28 EU Member States and the countries that belong to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA): Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
Martti Hetemäki has been heading ESGAB since 1 February 2015. Although he is relatively new to the team, he is no stranger to ESGAB. He was personally involved in its creation in 2005 through his role as chair of the Statistics Sub-Committee of the EU’s Economic and Financial Committee.