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European Statistics Day

20 October: European Statistics Day

At the initiative of the European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC) and with the support of the members of the European Statistical System and the European System of Central Banks, the European Statistics Day is celebrated by the European statistical community on 20 October.

The first edition was launched on 20 October 2016 during the second Conference of European Statistics Stakeholders (CESS), in Budapest.

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European Statistics Day 2021

On the 'News' page in this section, you will find information on the activities and events organised by the European statistical community at the European Statistics Day this year. 

On Wednesday, 20 October 2021, the European Statistics Day is celebrated for the sixth time, this year under the motto: 

"Statistics, a vaccine to protect democracy and combat the virus of disinformation"

A workshop titled ‘Non-traditional data (big data) sources and data science for official statistics’ is being organised by ESAC, Eurostat, the ECB and STATEC in Luxembourg on 20 October. 


Mariana Kotzeva, Director-General of Eurostat 

Mariana Kotzeva
Director-General of Eurostat

"The European Statistics Day underlines the value of official statistics as a pillar of our democratic societies.

On this Day, the European statistical community comes together to celebrate official statistics as a source of independent, objective and trustworthy information and a means to empower organisations, businesses and citizens in their decision-making.

On this occasion, we reaffirm our commitment to serve Europeans as best we can by innovating and modernising the ways in which we collect, produce and communicate our European official statistics."


Silke Stapel-Weber, Director General Statistics ECB 

Silke Stapel-Weber
Director General Statistics,
European Central Bank

“The European Statistics Day is an excellent opportunity to engage as official statisticians with stakeholders underlining that we are the trusted partner safeguarding quality statistics in order to crowd out disinformation in public debates.”


Maurizio Vichi, Acting Chair ESAC 

Maurizio Vichi
Acting Chair,
European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC)

"The European Statistics Day is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the importance of statistics as the main means of correctly understanding reality, distinguishing it from disinformation.

It helps you decide after having been properly informed. Do not underestimate the fundamental right to have "better data" to have “better lives!"

This year we warmly endorse the motto: Statistics, a vaccine to protect democracy and combatting the virus of disinformation!"