The availability of impartial and reliable statistical information is widely considered a prerequisite for a democratic society, and a necessary condition for the smooth running of the economy. EFTA and the EU have a common interest in assisting countries neighbouring the European Economic Area to develop their statistical capacity and to harmonise their statistical production and dissemination with international standards.
EFTA started participating in statistical cooperation programmes with the EU in 1992. These assistance projects and programmes are designed and implemented by the EFTA Statistical Office (representing the EFTA Secretariat) in cooperation with the EFTA States and Eurostat. Two national experts from EFTA countries are seconded to Eurostat as part of EFTA’s contribution, in order to ensure continuity of support to the programming and management of projects and actions. Support is mainly granted to developing countries and economies in transition covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy and in Central Asia, as well as the Western Balkans and Turkey.
For further information, see http://www.efta.int/statistics/technical-cooperation and http://www.efta.int/publications/statistical-handbook (pp. 22ff).
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