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European statistics on persons and households

European statistics on persons and households

 

SUMMARY OF:

Regulation (EU) 2019/1700 establishing a common framework for European statistics relating to persons and households, based on data at individual level collected from samples

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE REGULATION?

KEY POINTS

The statistical population consists of all persons having their usual residence in private households* in each EU country.

The data collection must be carried out in each EU country for a sample of observation units constituted by private households or by persons belonging to private households who have their usual residence in that EU country.

Domains and topics

The regulation covers statistics that are organised into the domains and topics detailed in its Annex I. The data collection must be organised into the following domains:

  • labour market;
  • income and living conditions;
  • health;
  • education and training;
  • use of information and communication technologies;
  • time use; and
  • consumption.

For all domains, the data sets must cover the following common topics:

  • technical items;
  • person and household characteristics;
  • labour market participation;
  • educational attainment and background;
  • health: status and disability, access to, availability and use of health care and health determinants.

Besides the topics common to all domains, the data sets must cover the following topics:

  • job tenure, work biography and previous work experience;
  • working conditions including working hours and working time arrangements;
  • participation in education and training;
  • income, consumption and elements of wealth (e.g. house ownership), including debts;
  • living conditions, including material deprivation, housing, living environment and access to services;
  • quality of life, including social, civil, economic and cultural participation, inclusion and well-being;
  • participation in the information society, and
  • allocation of time (optional).

Delegated and implementing acts

The European Commission may adopt delegated acts to:

  • amend the detailed themes listed in Annex I to take into account relevant developments and to respond to new user needs;
  • put in place and adapt a multiannual rolling plan covering 8 years; and
  • define the number and title of variables to be collected.

The Commission may adopt implementing acts on the technical specifications of:

  • data sets;
  • technical formats for the transmission of information;
  • characteristics of sampling frames;
  • quality reports; and
  • technical characteristics for items common to several datasets.

EU countries must start transmitting the data to the Commission (Eurostat) in line with this regulation from 2021.

Five annexes provide detailed information on:

  • topics to be covered;
  • accuracy requirements;
  • sample characteristics;
  • frequency; and
  • deadlines for data transmission.

Pilot and feasibility studies

The Commission will launch feasibility and pilot studies with a view to improving the quality of the data sets and social indicators. These studies, funded by the Commission, would cover:

  • data comparability,
  • developing new methodologies,
  • modernising data collection, and
  • users’ new demands, especially addressing populations that are difficult to reach, data on specific sub‐populations, in particular those that are the most vulnerable, making available statistics at NUTS 2 territorial level, and producing data at detailed local level in a cost‐effective and responsive manner.

In accordance with the EU’s Financial Regulation (Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2018/1046), where appropriate, the EU can provide grants to EU countries, in particular for capacity‐building.

FROM WHEN DOES THE REGULATION APPLY?

It applies from 1 January 2021. However, in respect of the domains of time use and of consumption, it applies from 1 January 2025.

BACKGROUND

For more information, see:

KEY TERMS

Household: a social unit:
  • having common arrangements;
  • sharing household expenses or daily needs;
  • in a shared common residence.

A household includes either one person living alone or a group of people, not necessarily related, living at the same address with common housekeeping, i.e. sharing at least one meal per day or sharing a living or sitting room.

Private household: a social unit that is not a collective/institutional household such as a military barracks or a residential home for older people.

MAIN DOCUMENT

Regulation (EU) 2019/1700 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 10 October 2019 establishing a common framework for European statistics relating to persons and households, based on data at individual level collected from samples, amending Regulations (EC) No 808/2004, (EC) No 452/2008 and (EC) No 1338/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council, and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1177/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council and Council Regulation (EC) No 577/98 (OJ L 261I, 14.10.2019, pp. 1-32)

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2018/1046 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 July 2018 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union, amending Regulations (EU) No 1296/2013, (EU) No 1301/2013, (EU) No 1303/2013, (EU) No 1304/2013, (EU) No 1309/2013, (EU) No 1316/2013, (EU) No 223/2014, (EU) No 283/2014, and Decision No 541/2014/EU and repealing Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 (OJ L 193, 30.7.2018, pp. 1-222)

Regulation (EC) No 1338/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on Community statistics on public health and health and safety at work (OJ L 354, 31.12.2008, pp. 70-81)

Regulation (EC) No 452/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2008 concerning the production and development of statistics on education and lifelong learning (OJ L 145, 4.6.2008, pp. 227-233)

Regulation (EC) No 808/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 April 2004 concerning Community statistics on the information society (OJ L 143, 30.4.2004, pp. 49-55)

Successive amendments to Regulation (EC) No 808/2004 have been incorporated into the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

Regulation (EC) No 1177/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 June 2003 concerning Community statistics on income and living conditions (EU-SILC) (OJ L 165, 3.7.2003, pp. 1-9)

See consolidated version.

last update 13.01.2020

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