The basic principles for the production and dissemination of European official statistics and the institutional environment, under which the members of ESS operate, are included in the European Statistics Code of Practice. The European Statistics Code of Practice was adopted by the Statistical Programme Committee (SPC) on 24 February 2005 and was reviewed by the European Statistical System Committee (ESSC) in September 2011.
The Code sets out 16 key principles which refer to, among others, professional independence, integrity, the responsibility of the statistical authorities, confidentiality, reliability, timeliness, accuracy, accessibility, clarity, comparability and cohesion of results. A group of Indicators of Good Practice for each of the 15 principles provides reference for the reviewing of the implementation of the Code, which is mandatory for all the members of ESS.
The main tool for assessing progress in the implementation of the Code is the ESS peer reviews. The first and second round of peer reviews took place during 2006 – 2008 and December 2013 – June 2015 respectively.
In Cyprus, the first round took place in December 2006 and the second round in March 2015. With the completion of the second peer review a list of improvement actions was compiled, on the basis of the conclusions of the evaluation included in the compliance report.
The compliance reports as well as the improvement actions for each country can be accessed at Eurostat's website at the following link: http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/quality/peer-reviews. The files regarding Cyprus are also available below.
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