The European Commission is working on a new regulatory framework for European statistics on population (ESOP), aimed at bringing together demographic, migration and census data. In this context, it is carrying out a public consultation to gather input from stakeholders. All potential stakeholders – institutions, organisations and citizens – are invited to give their opinion between 30 September and 23 December 2021.
Currently, ESOP covers official statistics on population and housing censuses, demography, and international migration, including changes of residence between countries within and from/to the EU, as well as acquisition and loss of citizenship.
However, it does not include statistics on administrative procedures linked to migration (such as asylum applications or residence permits) or statistics from European social surveys (such as on income and living conditions or the labour force).
The ESOP initiative aims to ensure that population statistics remain relevant, coherent and comparable in a time of many demographic, migratory, social and economic changes. The public consultation covers both backward-looking evaluation of existing EU legislation as well as forward-looking modernisation options.
How to contribute?
You can contribute by participating in our online survey available in all official EU languages. The survey takes 20 to 40 minutes to complete and contains four sections that include questions about how European statistics on population have performed until now and how they can be improved going forward.
If you are unable to submit your reply online, please contact us. Please note that the consultation closes on 23 December 2021, at 23:59 CET.
For more information:
- Visit the dedicated consultation page: redeveloping European statistics on population
- Read more about population and demography statistics and international migration statistics at Eurostat’s website
- For open and closed Eurostat related public consultations visit here.
- Other initiatives underway can be found in the “Have your say” webpage.