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ESS – European Statistical System

Statistics Denmark is a member of the European Statistical System (ESS). The ESS is a partnership between the Community statistical authority (Eurostat), the national statistical institutes and other national statistics producers in each Member States. There are 12 other national authorities producing European statistics in Denmark and are hereby included as such in the ESS. This ESS partnership also includes the EFTA countries. The European statistics cooperation is regulated in the law on European statistics.

The purpose of the European statistical cooperation is to produce comparable statistics of high quality. The statistics constitute an important basis for planning, implementation and evaluation in a number of policy and cooperation areas. EU statistics are produced under the framework of a statistical 5-year program adopted by the European Parliament and the Council. In order to provide users with a more thorough insight into the ESS, an ESS report is published yearly with more detailed information about the latest initiatives and the development of the system.

A major part of EU statistics is produced according to legislation. Statistics Denmark participates actively in all phases of the EU legislative process. This is, e.g. conducted in the Commission’s (Eurostat´s) working groups, where experts from Statistics Denmark and other Member States are consulted in connection with preparation and implementation of EU statistical legislation.

The European Statistical System Committee (ESSC), which is the executive body within the ESS cooperation, is composed of the Directors General of each national statistical institute.

In the years to come the European statistical system is undergoing a reform process originating in a vision for cooperation in the European statistical system towards 2020. The reform process focusses on 5 areas: 1) user requirements and stakeholder cooperation, 2) quality, 3) new data sources, 4) effective and quality assurance of statistical production processes, and 5) dissemination and communication.


Eurostat is the Statistical Office of the European Communities. It publishes EU statistics enabling comparisons between Member States and regions. Eurostat was set up in accordance with a decision made by the Commission.

EU legislation on statistics

In order to ensure comparable EU statistics from country to country and over time, the majority of the statistics is produced in accordance with binding EU legal acts.

Current EU legal acts on statistics

All statistics are compiled in accordance with the quality standards of European Statistics Code of Practice


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