Assignment - European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC)

Assignment

The European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC) aims to ensure that user requirements are taken into account in determining the strategic objectives of statistics in the European Statistical System. The importance of identifying priorities and facilitating exchanges among user groups has grown in recent years in the light of the challenges National Statistical Institutes are facing: reduced budgets and the pressure for efficiency gains whilst coping with demands for new statistics.

ESAC delivers its opinions on the strategic priorities of the multiannual and annual statistical programmes of the Commission from the perspective of users’ requirements and producers' concerns regarding the production and dissemination of statistics. The Committee also takes position in a number of topical issues such as resources, migration and communication of statistics. Some issues are discussed more in-depth with experts in workshops. ESAC co-organises biennially the Conference on European Statistics Stakeholders See events.

ESAC has 24 members representing users, respondents and producers of European statistics. The members are appointed for a five-year term, renewable once. The chairperson is elected amongst the members. Currently Mr Maurizio Vichi, appointed by the Council of the European Union, is acting chairperon. More about members.

What we do

According to Article 2 of the Decision No 234/2008/EC, the Committee shall deliver an opinion addressing in particular:

  • the relevance of the Community statistical programme to the requirements of European integration and development;
  • the relevance of the Community statistical programme in relation to the activities of the Community;
  • the balance as regards priorities and resources between different areas in the Community statistical programme, the annual statistical work programme of the Commission, and possibilities of re-prioritising statistical work;
  • the adequacy of the resources needed to implement the Community statistical programme, including the costs incurred directly by both the Community and national authorities and appropriateness to users' needs of the scope, level of detail, and costs of Community statistics;
  • the costs related to the provision of statistical information by information providers and possibilities of reducing the response burden.

In addition, the Committee shall:

  • draw the Commission's attention to areas in which it may be necessary to develop new statistical activities;
  • advise the Commission how to improve the relevance of the Community statistics to users, taking into account the costs borne by information providers and producers.

 

Please see how ESAC is organised internally by the rules of procedures.