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European Statistics Day – congratulations from the IAOS

On 20 October 2017, Official statisticians across Europe will commemorate European Statistics Day.  This is an initiative of the European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC) and with the support of the members of the European Statistical System and the European System of Central Banks.

European Statistics Day was established to raise awareness of European citizens to the importance and value of official statistics.

As with the five yearly World Official Statistics Day, European Statistics Day is an appropriate day to celebrate the contributions and many achievements of official statistics.  It is also an appropriate day to acknowledge the contributions of official statisticians in the European Statistical System to the broader international statistical system.  For example, a number of  the standards used by international official statisticians originate in work conducted in the European Statistical System. 

IAOS congratulates our colleagues in the European Statistical System on this important day in the work of all official statisticians. 


Mario Palma

IAOS President