European Statistics Code of Practice
The European Statistics Code of Practice was promulgated in the Commission Recommendation of 25 May 2005 on the independence, integrity and accountability of the national and Community statistical authorities. As set out in article 11 of regulation 223/2009, the Code of Practice shall aim at ensuring public trust in European statistics by establishing how European statistics are to be developed, produced and disseminated in conformity statistical principles and best international statistical practice. The most recent version of the Code of Practice was adopted by the European Statistical System Committee (ESSC) on 16 November 2017 and was released by Eurostat in June 2018. Furthermore, a quality assurance framework (QAF) related to the indicators of the code is developed continuously. The QAF is a living document and is intended to serve as basis to evaluate the compliance with the Code of Practice. Thereby the National Statistical Institutes (NSIs) shall have a reference which enables them to perform self-assessments in a suitable way.
On November 15th 2012 it was decided within the European Statistical System (ESS) to start a so called “Second Peer Review Exercise” for every national statistical system within the ESS. In the course of this review, the degree of compliance to the principles of the European Code of Practice is checked. The Peer review visit in Austria, which took place from 13 to 17 October 2014, confirmed a very high degree of compliance for Statistics Austria and the Austrian statistical system.
Progress report on the implementation of the Code of Practice
In compliance to article l 11 (4) of the revised EU regulation 223/2209 Statistics Austria has submitted a progress report on the implementation of the Code of Practice showing the current status of the implementation of the improvement actions resulting from the Peer review visit in 20014 which served as well as a main input for Statistics Austria’s Strategy 2020.
Peer Review 2006
The first round of Peer Reviews was based on the first version of the Code of Practice, where only the compliance to the principles 1 to 6 and 15 has been integrated in the assessment by the external Peer Reviews teams. The resulting report was published by Eurostat and shows an excellent result for Statistics Austria.
User Satisfaction Survey
In autumn 2017 Statistics Austria conducted a user satisfaction survey. 108 experts participated in this survey on a voluntary basis and answered via a web based questionnaire. Performing these kind of surveys underlines the relevance of the principles of the European Code of Practice. On the one hand the survey covered institutional aspects of general importance. On the other hand users had the possibility to evaluate important quality aspects on product level such as frequency and modes of data usage, as well as the relevance and the general quality of the used data. Via the following link the results of the user satisfaction survey are presented in comparison to the figures of the last survey 2015 (available only in German).
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