International Data - Eurostat in brief
Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union. Its headquarters are in Luxembourg. Its task is to produce data comparable on EU level, in order to help decision-making, implementation of common policies, and facilitate comparison between Member States. The introduction of the common market and the euro necessitated other responsibilities and the harmonisation of other indicators.
The predecessor of the Eurostat was established in 1953 to satisfy the needs of the European Coal and Steel Community. When the European Communities were established in 1958, the Eurostat became one of the directorates of the Commission. Since then it has been serving other directorates and European institutions with data.
Eurostat does not collect data. This task is carried out by National Statistical Institutes and authorities of the Member States. What Eurostat does is harmonising the data according to a common methodology. For instance, unemployment rate, harmonised consumer price index, national accounts data are calculated according to common methodology.
Eurostat’s Director - General is Walter Radermacher.
Address: Bâtiment Jean Monnet, Rue Alcide de Gasperi, L-2920