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European system of integrated social protection statistics (ESSPROS)

This Regulation establishes the European system of integrated social protection statistics (ESSPROS). This system provides a legal framework intended to improve the usefulness of current data collections in terms of timeliness, coverage and comparability.


Regulation (EC) No 458/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 April 2007 on the European system of integrated social protection statistics (ESSPROS) (Text with EEA relevance).


This Regulation puts in place a European system of integrated social protection statistics, referred to as ESSPROS. It provides for:

  • a methodological framework, based on common standards, definitions, classifications and accounting rules, to be used for compiling statistics on a comparable basis for the benefit of the Community;
  • time limits for the transmission of the statistics compiled.

The statistics relating to the ESSPROS core system shall cover the financial flows on social protection expenditure and receipts (quantitative and qualitative data). They concern the different social protection schemes.

In addition to the core system, modules covering supplementary statistical information on particular aspects of social protection have been added.

Scope of the system

ESSPROS covers statistics concerning the financial flows of social security expenditure and receipts.

Data are being collected with effect from 2008.

Module on pension beneficiaries

A module on pension beneficiaries shall be added annually from the first year of data collection under this Regulation.

Additional modules

In order to introduce a module on Net Social Protection Benefits, pilot data collections for the year 2005 shall be carried out in all Member States by the end of 2008.

Based on a synthesis of these national pilot data collections, the decision to introduce this module and to launch full data collection shall be taken not before 2010.

Data sources

The statistics shall be based on registers and other administrative sources, surveys and estimates, according to their availability in the Member States and in accordance with national laws and practices.

Arrangements for implementation

The arrangements for implementing the Regulation concern the detailed classification of data covered, the definitions to be used, the formats for the transmission of data, the results to be transmitted, the criteria for the measurement of quality, and the updating of the rules for dissemination.



Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Regulation (EC) No 458/2007



OJ L 113 of 30 April 2007


Commission Regulation (EU) No 263/2011 of 17 March 2011 implementing Regulation (EC) No 458/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European system of integrated social protection statistics (ESSPROS) as regards the launch of full data collection for the ESSPROS module on net social protection benefits.

Last updated: 16.06.2011