History

History

Year Event
1953  

The Statistics Division for the Coal and Steel Community is established.

1958

The European Community is founded and the forerunner of Eurostat is established.

1959

The present name of Eurostat as the Statistical Office of the European Communities is adopted. First publication on agriculture statistics is issued.

1960

First Community Labour Force Survey takes place.

1970

The European System of Integrated Economic Accounts (ESA) is published and the general industrial classification of economic activities (NACE) is established.

1974

The first domain in the Cronos databank is installed.

1988

The European Commission adopts a document defining the first policy for statistical information.

1989

The Statistical Programme Committee is established and the first programme (1989-1992) is adopted by the Council as an instrument for implementing statistical information policy.

1991

Eurostat's role is extended as a result of the agreement on the establishment of the European Economic Area and the adoption of the Maastricht Treaty.

1993

The single market extends Eurostat's activities, e.g. Intrastat is established for statistics on intra-EU trade. Eurostat starts issuing regular news releases.

1994

The first European household panel is held, analysing income, employment, poverty, social exclusion, households, health etc.

1997

Statistics is added for the first time to the Treaty of Amsterdam and the Statistical Law is approved by the Council.

1998

Eurostat issues the first set of Euro indicators related to the launch of the European Monetary Union (EMU).

2004

Start of free of charge dissemination of all statistical data, except microdata for research purposes.

2005

Adoption of the European Statistics Code of Practice.

2007

The European Statistical Governance Advisory Body is established to provide an independent overview of the implementation of the Code of Practice in the European Statistical System (ESS).

2008

The European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC) is established to ensure that user requirements are taken into account in developing the Statistical Programmes.

2009

Regulation N°223/2009 on European statistics is adopted.

2012

Commission Decision on Eurostat, defining its role and responsibilities within the European Commission.

2014

The 'ESS Vision 2020' is adopted.

2021

Adoption of the European Statistics Programme as part of the Single Market Programme 2021-2027.