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Consist since 1953
Headquarters Luxembourg , LuxembourgLuxembourgLuxembourg 
Authority management BulgariaBulgaria Mariana Kotzeva

The Statistical Office of the European Union , Eurostat or ESTAT for short , is the administrative unit of the European Union (EU) for the compilation of official European statistics and is based in Luxembourg . It has the rank of Directorate General of the European Commission and is assigned to the Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs .


Eurostat administration building in Luxembourg

Eurostat was founded in 1953 for the purposes of the European Coal and Steel Community (Montanunion). Over the years its field of activity expanded and with the establishment of the European Economic Community in 1958 it became a Directorate General (DG) of the European Commission. Eurostat's main task is to provide other Directorates-General with statistics and to provide the Commission and other European institutions with data for the design, implementation and analysis of Community policies.

Mariana Kotzeva has headed the agency as General Director since March 1, 2018 .


Eurostat's mission is to be the leading provider of high quality statistics on Europe.

The main task of Eurostat is to process and publish comparable statistical data at European level.

Eurostat itself does not collect any data. That is what the statistical authorities of the Member States do. They check and analyze national data and transmit them to Eurostat. Eurostat's job is to consolidate the data and ensure that it is comparable; H. be created according to a uniform methodology. Eurostat is the only provider of statistical data at European level and the data released by Eurostat are harmonized as much as possible.

For example, if a true picture of unemployment in the EU is to be conveyed, the unemployed in Finland or Portugal must be recorded using the same procedure as in Ireland or Germany. Eurostat is therefore working with the Member States on a common methodology for this area or asks Member States to include certain questions in the questionnaires. The data from the Member States are then sent to Eurostat so that unemployment data can be published for the whole of the EU, which can be used to compare the unemployment rates between countries.

Eurostat also produces regional data for the EU and candidate countries. It uses the NUTS regional breakdown to compile the statistics. City statistics are also compiled as part of the so-called “Urban Audit” .


In 2014, Eurostat had around 850 employees, mostly civil servants. The total budget in 2012 was 53.4 million euros.

General Directors

Surname nationality Term of office
Rolf Wagenführ GermanyGermany Germany 1952-1966
Raymond Dumas FranceFrance France 1966-1973
Jacques Mayer FranceFrance France 1973-1977
Aage Dornonville de la Cour DenmarkDenmark Denmark 1977-1982
Pieter de Geus NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands 1982-1984
Silvio Ronchetti ItalyItaly Italy 1984-1987
Yves Franchet FranceFrance France 1987-2003
Michel Vanden Abeele BelgiumBelgium Belgium 2003-2004
Günther Hanreich AustriaAustria Austria 2004-2006
Hervé Carré FranceFrance France 2006-2008
Walter Radermacher GermanyGermany Germany 2008-2016
Mariana Kotzeva BulgariaBulgaria Bulgaria 2017 – today

Web links

Commons : Eurostat  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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