European Statistical System

The European Statistical System (ESS) is a network of partners which aims to develop, produce, and disseminate European statistics. Partners in this system are:

  • Eurostat, which heads this network the national statistical offices of the EU and EFTA Member States
  • Other bodies of the EU, the EU and EFTA Member States which develop, produce and disseminate European statistics.

The ESS's tasks are: To continually improve statistical comparability between members

  • To take new information needs into account by creating new European statistics and where necessary by repealing existing statistics
  • To ensure the international comparability of European statistics by cooperating with international organisations such as the OECD, UN, IMF, World Bank, etc.

The Regulation (EC) 223/2009 of 11 March 2009 determines the overall ESS framework and contains the fundamental principles for the development, production and dissemination of European statistics (cf. EU Code of Practice).



Federal Statistical Office Espace de l'Europe 10
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