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Decision No 234/2008/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March establishing the European Statistical Advisory Committee and repealing Council Decision 91/116/ECC [Official Journal L 73 of 15.3.2008].


The European Statistical Advisory Committee is a consultative body which contributes to the development and implementation of Community Statistical information policy.

The Committee should contribute to a close cooperation in the programme-planning process in order to improve the governance of the European Statistical System and enhance the quality of Community statistics.

The Committee should serve as a channel for advice from users, respondents and producers of statistical information on the objectives of the Community’s statistical information policy.


The Commission shall consult the Committee during the preparation of the Community statistical programme.

It delivers opinions on the programme addressing in particular:

  • the relevance of the Community statistical programme to the requirements of European integration and development;
  • the relevance of the Community statistical programme in relation to the activities of the Community in terms of economic, social and technical developments;
  • the balance as regards priorities and resources between different areas in the programme;
  • the adequacy of resources needed to implement the programme;
  • the production costs borne by providers of statistical information.

The Committee advises the Commission on the development and use of Community statistical information.

Relations with other bodies and institutions

At the request of the European Parliament, the Council or the Commission, the Committee shall deliver an opinion on:

  • community statistical information policy;
  • the priorities of the Community statistical programme;
  • the evaluation of existing statistics;
  • data quality and dissemination policy.

It accomplishes its task by cooperating with the Statistical Programme Committee and the Committee on Monetary, Financial and Balance of Payments Statistics. It also cooperates with national statistical user councils.


The committee is comprised of 24 members appointed for a term of five years, renewable once.

Members are chosen in a balanced manner by:

  • the Commission who appoints 12 members after consulting the European Parliament and Council, using a list provided by Member States. The Commission endeavours to ensure that the selection of the 12 members represent, in equal measure, users, respondents and other stakeholders in Community statistics;
  • the institutions and bodies to which they belong, which appoint 11 members (1 representative per organisation: European Parliament, Council, European Economic and Social Committee, Committee of the Regions, European Central Bank, Statistical Programme Committee [2 representatives], Confederation of European Business, European Trade Union Confederation, European Association of Craft Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, European Data Protection Supervisor. The Director-General of Eurostat is an ex officio member, without a voting right).

The Committee elects its chairperson for a term of five years, renewable once.

The Committee’s secretariat and thematic working groups are managed by the European Commission.


The European Statistical Advisory Board replaces the European Advisory Committee on Statistical Information in the Economic and Social Spheres.



Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Decision 234/2008/EC


L 73 of 15.3.2008

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