Overview - European Statistical System (ESS)

Overview

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). ESS logo

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: 03 September 2021)

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:

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.

Statistical Programmes

European statistical programme

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 European statistical programmes 2021-2027 is established by Regulation (EU) 2021/690 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 April 2021 establishing a programme for the internal market, competitiveness of enterprises, including small and medium-sized enterprises, the area of plants, animals, food and feed, and European statistics (Single Market Programme) and repealing Regulations (EU) No 99/2013, (EU) No 1287/2013, (EU) No 254/2014 and (EU) No 652/2014 (see Annex II on European statistics).

The multi-annual programme for the part on European statistics is implemented by annual programmes setting more detailed objectives and outputs for each year.

2021 Financing Decision and Work Programme

The Commission adopted the 2021 Financing Decision and Work Programme for the implementation of the European statistical programme 2021-2027 on 6 May 2021.

The structure of the 2021 FD/WP is different compared to previous years: there is one Financing Decision for the annual implementation of the entire SMP and separate annexes contain the individual work programmes for the respective objectives, including one on European Statistics (Annex V).

  Commission Implementing Decision on the financing of the Programme for Single Market, competitiveness of enterprises, including small and medium sized enterprises, and European Statistics and the adoption of the work programme for 2021-2024 

Annex V: 2021 Work Programme of the Single Market Programme – European Statistics