All over the EU citizens will be taking part in the European Parliament elections from the 23rd to 26th of May. The direction in which the European Union is heading in is the subject of political debates all over Europe at the moment. The EU is facing a number of challenges, including the ageing of society, the question of social cohesion, the opportunities arising from increasing digitalization and climate change.
How are the EU and its Member States faring as far as these topics are concerned?
Destatis launched two initiatives to mark European Statistics Day
To mark the European Statistics Day, Destatis carried out two measures. First of all, Destatis launched the European Statistics Competition for 2019 and began its search for promising teams of innovative and statistically minded pupils.
In addition, the importance of official statistics for society and good governance was highlighted via a tweet and an online message. One message was a reminder of how important high quality price data is to determine the inflation rate and to provide a foundation upon which to base wage negotiations. Another message highlighted the importance of reliable GDP data, which in turn for instance decides which EU regions receive additional funding.
On 19 September 2018 the Federal Constitutional Court delivered its judgment on the constitutionality of the 2011 Census Act and the related Sample Ordinance. The Court ruled that the Act is constitutional. The statistical offices of the Federation and the Länder will analyse the judgment thoroughly and continue with the preparatory work for the 2021 Census.
The 2011 Census was held in Germany to determine the official size of the population and obtain further detailed population, employment and housing stock data. The official size of the population in Germany provided by the 2011 Census is of great importance for the political sphere, administration and the business community. It serves as a basis for continuous population statistics, fiscal equalisation schemes among the Länder and among municipalities, and the delimitation of constituency boundaries, to mention but a few.
Do figures take on a greater importance in a "post-factual" age? This is the subject Professor Klaus Töpfer, retired Federal Minister and sustainability expert, discusses in the Annual Report 2016 . In an interview on "sustainable communication" he makes important suggestions on how people can be reached more effectively by facts.
Uta Meier-Gräwe, Professor of Household and Family Sciences, gives an insight into the subject of time use studies in the Annual Report. This interview centres on unpaid work done in households.
Other subjects the Annual Report 2016 deals with are new digital data, register use and the development of geo-referenced data and applications in official statistics. And then there is information about the Federal Statistical Office itself: on the number of staff, budget funds available and skills development.