European Statistical System
Since the early days of the Community it was realized that decisions, planning and implementation of Community policies must be based on reliable and comparable statistics. So the European Statistical System (ESS) was built up with the objective of providing comparable statistics at European level. The ESS is a partnership between Eurostat and the national statistical institutes (NSIs) and other national authorities, which are responsible for the development, production and dissemination of European statistics. This network also includes the EEA and EFTA countries. Moreover, the ESS coordinates its work with candidate countries, other EU agencies, the European Central Bank and international organisations such as OECD, the UN, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
The webpage of the ESS provides information on this network, on news and announcements of interest to all ESS partners, such as upcoming meetings and conferences, training opportunities, vacancies and publications, as well as information about the ESS partners, such as their organisational structure, management issues and practical information.
In order to ensure quality of European statistics, the national statistical authorities, including ELSTAT, implement the principles stipulated in the Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on European Statistics, in the Quality declaration of the European Statistical System and in the European Statistics Code of Practice for the national and community statistical authorities.
Eurostat, which holds a leading role in the ESS, offers through its webpage free access to the most recent and complete available statistical data concerning the EU, Member States, Eurozone and other countries. ELSTAT, in order to help its users seeking for European statistics, offers, in cooperation with Eurostat, the European Statistical Data Support Center for Greece.
In the framework of these partnerships and in an effort to make the use of European statistics clear and understandable, a common set of tables was chosen to be published jointly on the websites of all the partner countries. To facilitate users of European statistics, 20 significant tables of Eurostat are posted on ELSTAT’s webpage in the English language.