Overview - International cooperation

International cooperation - Overview



With whom does Eurostat cooperate?

As the statistical office of the European Union, Eurostat supports the EU external actions. In this respect, Eurostat closely cooperates with third countries as well as organisations in Europe and world-wide. These include:

  • Enlargement countries: candidate countries and potential candidates; 
  • European neighbouring countries (ENP): ENP-East countries and ENP-South countries; 
  • Development cooperation with regional bodies in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and other international cooperation, including international organisations (and high income countries).

What information can I find here?

This overview page provides a general entry to the above mentioned three groups and points you to the latest highlights and readings on the subject of Eurostat's international cooperation. 

Each of the three groups has a  separate dedicated section on the Eurostat website in which you can find more detailed information. To access them, please see the box below 'Are you looking for information on…'. 

Please find here below some short information on the 3 different groups:

Enlargement countries

Several countries are candidate countries and are waiting to join the EU, while others are potential candidates. 

  • Candidate countries: Montenegro; North Macedonia; Albania; Serbia and Turkey.
  • Potential candidates: Bosnia and Herzegovina; Kosovo (under UN Security Council Resolution 1244/99).

Eurostat follows the progress of candidate and potential candidates in complying with the EU acquis in the field of statistics and collects and publishes data from these countries. In addition, Eurostat provides technical assistance and support to the national statistical institutes of each candidate and potential candidate country to enable them to produce and disseminate harmonised data of high quality according to European standards.

European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries

Sixteen countries are covered by the ENP, which can be divided into two regional groups:

  • ENP-East countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. 
  • ENP-South countries: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia.

The main objective of the cooperation in statistics with ENP countries is to set up a continuing process of statistical harmonization to allow gradual convergence towards harmonised and comparable economic and social data as well as to increase compliance with European and international standards.

International statistical cooperation

Eurostat is committed to share values, tools and practices with third countries and partner institutions across Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Pacific. To support them in building statistical capacity to produce good quality official statistics, Eurostat has an active programme of cooperation, which covers:

  • Regional programmes, such as the Pan African Statistics Programme or the statistical capacity building programme for the ASEAN region.
  • Higher income countries, such as Switzerland, Canada, Chile, Korea, Mexico or Russia. 
  • International organisations, such as the United Nations, the OECD, the IMF, the World Bank or the International Labour Organisation.
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