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Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union situated in Luxembourg. Its task is to provide the European Union with statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions.

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This is a key task. Democratic societies do not function properly without a solid basis of reliable and objective statistics. On one hand, decision-makers at EU level, in Member States, in local government and in business need statistics to make those decisions. On the other hand, the public and media need statistics for an accurate picture of contemporary society and to evaluate the performance of politicians and others. Of course, national statistics are still important for national purposes in Member States whereas EU statistics are essential for decisions and evaluation at European level.

Statistics can answer many questions. Is society heading in the direction promised by politicians? Is unemployment up or down? Are there more CO2 emissions compared to ten years ago? How many women go to work? How is your country’s economy performing compared to other EU Member States?

International statistics are a way of getting to know your neighbours in Member States and countries outside the EU. They are an important, objective and down-to-earth way of measuring how we all live.

Eurostat’s main role is to process and publish comparable statistical information at European level. We try to arrive at a common statistical ‘language’ that embraces concepts, methods, structures and technical standards.

Eurostat does not collect data. This is done in Member States by their statistical authorities. They verify and analyse national data and send them to Eurostat. Eurostat’s role is to consolidate the data and ensure they are comparable, using harmonized methodology. Eurostat is actually the only provider of statistics at European level and the data we issue are harmonized as far as possible.

One example: for an accurate picture of EU unemployment it is important that unemployed people in Finland or Portugal are counted or measured in the same way as in Ireland or Germany. So Eurostat works with Member States to define common methodology on unemployment or asks Member States to include appropriate questions when gathering national data. These EU data are then sent to Eurostat so we can publish EU-wide unemployment data, which can then be used to compare unemployment rates between countries.

With the birth of the euro there is a need to measure the development of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). The euro is the single currency for EMU and is compared with other currencies such as the dollar and yen. This has fuelled the harmonization of methodology between Member States. Just as there is one inflation rate and one GDP rate for the USA, Eurostat now publishes economic indicators for the whole euro-zone.

The bottom line is we try to provide you with data that are comparable because apples have to be compared with apples - not with pears…

Eurostat offers worthwhile, challenging and rewarding careers in the field of European statistics.

We seek to attract and retain highly motivated and competent people, with a wide range of skills and experience, from statisticians and economists to secretaries, from all regions of Europe.

We want our staff to have more than just knowledge and professional skills: the drive to deliver results and the ability to work effectively as part of a multi-cultural team.

Staff's capacity to move from one domain to another is becoming increasingly important in order to adapt to the new statistical production system being implemented at Eurostat. Statisticians with a horizontal profile will be essential to take the necessarily wider perspective on the production of statistics.

Eurostat's mission

Eurostat’s mission is to provide the European Union with a high-quality statistical information service. Accordingly, quality considerations play a central role with regard to Eurostat corporate management as well as our day-to-day statistical operations.

The European Statistics Code of Practice sets the standard for developing, producing and disseminating European statistics. It builds upon a common European Statistical System (ESS) definition of quality in statistics and targets all relevant areas from the institutional environment, the statistical production processes to our output: European official statistics.  

Quality reporting presents information on the quality of the Eurostat products as well as on tools and standards for quality reporting agreed within the European Statistical System.

Current practices suited to foster quality in European statistics are presented under ESS practices.

Information on the Eurostat evaluation function can be found under evaluation.

For further information
Please contact Eurostat, Unit B1, Quality team: ESTAT QUALITY


Eurostat has a range of procedures already in place to ensure close compliance with the principles of the European Statistics Code of Practice. This section describes those procedures in more detail and relates to the revised version of the Code adopted by the European Statistical System Committee on 28th September 2011.

The 15 Code of Practice Principles cover the institutional environment, the statistical processes and the statistical outputs. Each Principle has between 3 and 9 good practice indicators to identify how well the principle is being achieved. By selecting one of the Code of Practice Principles below and a corresponding good practice indicator, a description of the relevant activities undertaken by Eurostat will be displayed, along with links to sources for further information.

A printable version of Eurostat activities for all 15 Principles and 82 indicators is available here.



Institutional environment


Professional independence

 2 Mandate for data collection
 3 Adequacy of resources
 4 Commitment to quality
 5 Statistical confidentiality
 6 Impartiality and objectivity

Statistical processes

 7 Sound methodology
 8 Appropriate statistical procedures
 9 Non-excessive burden on respondents
10 Cost effectiveness

Statistical output

11 Relevance
12 Accuracy and reliability
13 Timeliness and punctuality
14 Coherence and comparability
15 Accessibility and clarity



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