The shift of Eurostat to Urban statistics by nrg44159


									The shift of Eurostat to
   Urban statistics

             Berthold Feldmann
Urban Audit Day 2006

           Content of my talk

           Eurostat‟s mandate
                 Focus on comparability

           Work on behalf of other Commission
           Focus on small area data
                 Urban
                 rural
Chapter 1

   The mandate
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       Our Mandate

           Eurostat’s mission is to provide the European
            Union with a high-quality statistical information
           Eurostat is the Statistical Office of the European
            Communities situated in Luxembourg. Its task is to
            provide the European Union with statistics at European
            level that enable comparisons between countries and
           This is a key task. Democratic societies do not function
            properly without a solid basis of reliable and objective
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       Eurostat tasks in the domain of
       regional and urban information

          Regular collection of regional and urban data from
           National Statistical Offices
                Half based on a Regulation/Directive
                Half based on gentleman agreement
          Harmonisation of results (as far as possible)
          Quality control
                Accuracy, timeliness, comparability,
          Development of appropriate methodology
          Satisfy (ad-hoc) user needs, mainly methodological questions
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       Quality assurance (1)

        Relevance
              Can the Commission and other policy makers make use
               of the information?
        Accuracy
              Do the data show the true evolution of regional
               economic and social life?
        Timeliness
              Is the data up-to-date?
        Clarity
              more stringent definition of variables; clear
6/16           classifications?
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       Quality assurance (2)

        Comparability
              Comparability with national data; comparability over time

        Coherence
              International standards and conventions? Other data

        Completeness
              Exhaustive picture of reality?

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          Eurostat‟s main role is to process and publish
           comparable statistical information at European
           level. We try to arrive at a common statistical
           „language‟ that embraces concepts, methods,
           structures and technical standards
          The bottom line is we try to provide you with data
           that are comparable because apples have to be
           compared with apples - not with pears…

Chapter 2

   The stakeholders
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        Our main client: the Commission

             DG                  DG Environment

                        DG Transport
                                         DG Enterprise

        DG Employment
10/16                           DG Agriculture
Chapter 3

   Small area statistics
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        Regional Statistics

             Traditionally orientated to the regional
              classification NUTS (3 levels)
             Main purpose: eligibility criteria for Structural
              Funds (GDP/head)
             Collection of comparable statistics for many
              economic and social domains, mainly at NUTS
              level 2
             Partly base on legislation, often voluntary data
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        Why Urban Statistics ?
         “Cohesion” is the basis of Regional EU Policy, aiming at
          fewer disparities between European regions
         Cities (urban agglomerations) play a specific and
          important role in this policy goal
         Hence: In the mid 90s, the Commission saw a growing
          need for reliable, quantitative urban data
               Eurostat was commissioned by DG REGIO to
                carry out the Urban Audit project
         Until then, no comparable urban statistics existed at a EU
13/16     level, very little at national levels
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        Focus on small area data

         Start of the Urban Audit in 1999
         UA declared “core business” by Eurostat
          end of 2004
         Growing demand for small area data might
          in future be satisfied with grid data
         The other side of the coin: a pilot project to
          collect “quality of life” indicators for rural
14/16     areas started in 2005
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         Regular Urban Audit data collection
          every 3 years
         Increased focus on quality assurance
         Comparability is the key quality aspect
          for Eurostat
         Legislation?
Thanks for listening !

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