The main regulation establishing EU-SILC with provisions on survey design, survey characteristics, data transmission, publication and decision-making processes is:

  • Framework regulation - this is the central piece of legislation which sets up the whole EU-SILC instrument

This regulation was amended twice to follow the successive enlargements of the European Union:

The following implementing regulations provide further specifications in the implementation of EU-SILC (presented by short name in chronological order):

In addition, some regulations introduce variables which are collected only every four or five years (so-called ‘secondary' variables). The list of annual ad-hoc modules has been the following (presented by short name in inverse chronological order):