Harmonisation of Socio-Economic Variables in EU Statistics

  • Lene Mejer


A number of EU treaties as well as specific regulations and decisions guide the collection and dissemination of social statistics within the EU. For that the principles in EU social statistics are to use harmonised concepts and definitions, common classifications and harmonised surveys. The initial data collection is done at the national level usually by national statistical institutes. Data are then transferred to Eurostat, for use at EU level, where the data are further processed, stored and then published. The instruments are household surveys, such as the Labour Force Survey (LFS), the European Community Household Panel (ECHP) or the Household Budget Surveys (HBS), which are harmonised to different degrees at the EU level. A number of other primary source instruments are also used, such as enterprise surveys and/or administrative registers.


European Union Private Household Labour Force Survey Reference Person European Community Household Panel 
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