Overview - European Statistical System (ESS)
Announcement: Coordinated response to future crises adopted for the ESS
(Press release of the German statistical office Destatis)
The European Statistical System has a site and a logo: the ESS website (English).
Apart from information of the ESS it also contains:
- News of interest to all ESS partners, such as appointments, upcoming meetings and conferences, training opportunities, vacancies and publications.
- Corporate information about the ESS partners, such as their organisational structure, management issues and practical information.
The European Statistical System
Eurostat does not work alone. Since the early days of the Community it was realised that decisions on and planning and implementation of Community policies must be based on reliable and comparable statistics. So the European Statistical System (ESS) was built up gradually with the objective of providing comparable statistics at EU level.
The European Statistical System (ESS) is the partnership between the Community statistical authority, which is the Commission (Eurostat), and the national statistical institutes (NSIs) and other national authorities responsible in each Member State for the development, production and dissemination of European statistics. This Partnership also includes the EEA and EFTA countries. Member States collect data and compile statistics for national and EU purposes. The ESS functions as a network in which Eurostat's role is to lead the way in the harmonization of statistics in close cooperation with the national statistical authorities. ESS work concentrates mainly on EU policy areas - but, with the extension of EU policies, harmonization has been extended to nearly all statistical fields.
The ESS also coordinates its work with candidate countries and at European level with other Commission services, agencies and the ECB and international organisations such as OECD, the UN, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
List of National Statistical Institutes and other national authorities responsible for the development, production and dissemination of European statistics as designated by Member States (updated: 14 October 2020)
The list above is published for information only in accordance with Article 5(2) of Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2009 on European statistics (OJ L 87, 31.3.2009, p. 164). It is updated regularly. Where necessary, the names of the National statistical institutes and other national authorities have been translated into English by Eurostat.
For further information:
- Procedure to update the list
- Guidance from Eurostat to the ESSC concerning Other National Authorities (ONAs), note of 16 November 2016
- Other National Authorities – Practical considerations, agreed on ESS Committee meeting on 15 May 2014
In order to improve the governance of European statistics, all Member States are invited to sign up to 'Commitments on Confidence in Statistics' in which they will formally commit themselves to taking all necessary measures to maintain confidence in their statistics and to monitoring the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice.
- Committment on Confidence in Statistics (Eurostat)
- Committment on Confidence in Statistics (Greece)
- Committment on Confidence in Statistics (Slovenia)
European statistical programme
The Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2009 on European statistics constitutes the legal basis for the preparation of the European statistical programme, providing the framework for the development, production and dissemination of European statistics. The current programme was established by Regulation (EU) No 99/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 January 2013 on the European statistical programme for the period 2013 to 2017. It has been extended to 2020 by Regulation (EU) No 2017/1951 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2017.
The multi-annual programme is implemented by annual programmes setting more detailed objectives and outputs for each year.
Financing Decision and Annual work programme 2020
The Commission has adopted the 2020 Financing Decision and Work Programme for the implementation of the European statistical programme 2013-2020 on 13 December 2019.