Article | Last updated: 2015-03-24 | Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The purpose of the EU’s statistical cooperation is to provide comparable statistics on developments in areas of EU cooperation. Statistical cooperation falls within the scope of the EEA Agreement.
Reliable statistics are essential for the development of effective economic policy. The EU’s statistical office Eurostat is the core of the EU’s statistical cooperation. The European Statistical System also includes the national statistical institutes and the other national authorities responsible for statistics in the EU member states and in Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. The aim is to harmonise statistics in areas covered by EU policy. As the scope of EU policy has expanded, the harmonisation of statistics has been extended to nearly all policy areas.
Statistical cooperation under the EEA Agreement
Statistical cooperation falls within the scope of the EEA Agreement. Participation in statistical cooperation is important for ensuring the production of comparable statistics that can be used to describe and monitor developments in areas covered by the EEA Agreement. This includes economic, social and environmental statistics.
Participation in EU programmes
Norway participates in the multiannual EU statistical programme, which defines the priorities for work in this area for a period of up to five years. Norway and the other EEA EFTA countries do not participate in all aspects of EU statistical cooperation and are obliged to contribute 75 % of their share of the statistical programme’s budget. Eurostat is responsible for the dissemination of statistics throughout the EEA.
Contact information for the Norwegian national experts can be found on the EFTA Secretariat’s website.