The partnership between the national statistics offices and Eurostat led to the establishment of an informal structure unprecedented in the European Commission, namely the European Statistical System (ESS). The aim of the ESS is to provide reliable and comparable statistics for all EU and EFTA Member States.
The production of national statistics, however, remains the responsibility of the National Statistical Institutes, which check and analyse their national data before transmitting it to Eurostat. Eurostat’s work thus consists essentially of processing statistical information and publishing it at European level, as well as ensuring that the data is comparable by developing a harmonised methodology for all EU and EFTA Member States.
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