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Source: Destatis Federal Statistical Office

Press release No. 514 from December 16, 2020

WIESBADEN – As part of the “High-level meeting on ESS communication and cooperation in times of crisis” on November 26th, 2020, the Directors General of the National Statistical Offices and Eurostat have a common strategy for a coordinated response to future crises in Europe Statistical System (ESS) adopted. This result was recorded in the “Wiesbaden Memorandum”. The virtual meeting was hosted by the Federal Statistical Office, which is currently chairing the Statistics Council working group.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the ESS was able to keep statistics production almost in full and develop new and innovative statistics to meet key user needs. The crisis has also shown that coordinated action by all actors within the ESS enables even more efficient and faster action in the event of future crises. Building on the experiences and conclusions of the individual national statistical offices, as well as on the lessons learned at European level, a common strategy for a coordinated response to future crises was developed for the ESS, which was adopted in the so-called “Wiesbaden Memorandum”. This provides the actors in the ESS with a coordinated approach for overcoming future crises with regard to statistical production, coordination within the ESS and internal and external communication.

Future crises will not be absent and can affect key quality criteria of official statistics such as relevance, accuracy and reliability, timeliness and punctuality, coherence and comparability, as well as accessibility and clarity. As a coordinated ESS crisis response, the “Wiesbaden Memorandum” will facilitate joint management of future crises in order to ensure the production and communication of high-quality information in a coherent statistical system even in times of crisis.

The German EU Council Presidency in the field of statistics wants to ensure that the ESS can continue to act quickly in crisis situations. To this end, all actors must have a clear picture of responsibilities and actions. The adoption of the Wiesbaden Memorandum was a focus of the work program of the German EU Council Presidency in the area of ​​statistics, which has now been implemented.

For more information, see the Summary of the “Wiesbaden Memorandum“.

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