Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Union:

  • collects data from the National Statistical Institutes (including the CSB of Latvia) and other competent bodies and harmonises them according to a single methodology;

  • publishes official harmonised statistics of European Union, the Euro-area and the EFTA countries;

  • offers comparable, reliable and objective figures on a changing Europe;

  • presents information on regional and country level for the enlarged Union, the Candidate Countries and the EFTA countries.

Eurostat’s objectives:

  • to supply the European institutions with the statistical data they require for political decisions;

  • to provide European citizens, enterprises and decision makers with Europe-wide statistics as a public service;

  • to co-operate with the National Statistical Institutes in the EU in the construction and development of the European Statistical System (ESS);

  • to develop a partnership with other services, such as ECB, OECD, UN, etc;

  • to co-operate with third countries on statistical matters.


Eurostat does not collect data. This is done in Member States by their statistical authorities. Eurostat’s role is to consolidate the data and ensure they are comparable, using harmonized methodology. Eurostat aims at introducing common statistical ‘language’ like concepts, terminology as well as data collection and production methods.

History in brief

Eurostat was established in 1953 to meet the requirements of the Coal and Steel Community. Over the years its task has broadened and when the European Community was founded in 1958 it became a Directorate-General (DG) of the European Commission. Eurostat’s key role is to supply statistics to other DGs and supply the Commission and other European Institutions with data so they can define, implement and analyse Community policies.

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