European Sources

The European Commission offers online material and free publications. The latter are obtainable from the Publications Centre. The Information Centre for members of the European Information Network offers a helpline and specialist publications and provides a forum for discussion through regular meetings.

The Eurostat Catalogue12 appears annually and comprises monographs, collections, CD-ROMs and computer output products published by Eurostat. The catalogue provides a summary of each available publication or statistical document. Where statistics in printed form are also available as computer output products on magnetic tape, disks or online, this is also indicated. The organisations disseminating the information are also given. The useful sources of information listed are shown in Table 3.2.

European statistical sources

Atlas GIS for Windows and DOS, Eurostat Edition

Displays socioeconomic data on city, region and country of Europe on maps. Displaying data on maps pinpoints patterns and relationships between data elements. REGIO statistics include population, births, deaths, employment, gross value added and GDP as well as NUTS boundaries covering three levels of the EU regions

Basic Statistics of the Community

Gives all the main statistics on the EU and provides comparisons of a number of European countries. Covers general statistics, economy and finance, population and social conditions, forestry and fisheries, external trade, services and transport and the environment

Europe in Figures

The publication presents figures on the most important aspects of the EU. It uses diagrams, tables, maps, illustrations and text to summarise the process of European integration, its achievements and the important facts about the Union today. It is essential for understanding current and future developments in Europe

European Official Statistics: A guide to databases

Almost 100 publicly accessible databases within the field of official statistics are listed. The information contained in these databases covers virtually all economic and social sectors

European Official Statistics: Sources of information

Lists the addresses of about 250 bodies: statistical offices of international and supranational organisations; national statistics institutes; regional statistics institutes; and national ministries and central banks that publish information


European statistical sources (continued)


European statistical sources (continued)


Contains economic and social statistics, regional data, external trade data at product level and the nomenclatures used to classify the different data

Eurostat Yearbook

The contents are organised into five chapters: the people; the land and environment; the national economy; trade and industry; and the Union

Eurostat - Your Partner for European Statistics: A guide to the Statistical Office of the European Communities

The guide shows where to obtain statistical information about the EU -the sort of facts that are needed to be really well informed about the EU

Facts through Figures

Illustrates the life of people in Europe under five headings: the environment; men and women; education and employment; the economy; and day-to-day life

Portrait of the Islands

This provides information on all inhabited islands of the EU

Portrait of the Regions

Some 200 regions, comprising the entire territory of the EU, feature in this publication in the form of maps and illustrations in colour, general and harmonised statistical tables, commentaries and analyses on territory, strengths and weaknesses of a region, changes in population, employment and unemployment and structure of the economy

Regions: Statistical Yearbook

Gives the latest statistics relating to economic and social factors in the regions of the EU

Reports on ACP Countries

Various: e.g. Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland

Eurostat data are stored in different databases, for example New Cronos, COMEXT, REGIO, GISCO, EUROFARM, IOT and EUROCRON. Data are offered on magnetic tapes, on diskettes, on paper and, in some cases, online:

• New Cronos contains around 55 million statistical data covering every sector of the economy. The data may be monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or yearly depending on the statistical field covered.

• COMEXT exists on CD-ROM and contains statistics on trade between the member states of the Union and their trade with some 300 non-member countries.

• REGIO contains socioeconomic information on the various regions of the European Union. These are classified in line with a specific system called nomenclature of territorial units for statistics (NUTS). The subjects covered by REGIO are demography, economic accounts, unemployment, labour force sample survey, industry, agriculture and transport. The entire database of approximately 100 tables is available on magnetic tape, diskette or printout.

• GISCO is the Geographic Information System of the Commission of the European Communities. Geographical data files provide a digital backcloth to many types of cartographic applications and spatial analyses. Eurostat holds several completely integrated subsets of data.

• EUROFARM is a database containing the results, in tabular form, of the Union surveys on the structure of agricultural holdings.

• IOT contains the input-output tables of Eurostat that appear every five years.

• EUROCRON contains the latest data for the main macroeconomic indicators in the major statistical sectors.

Further information on the databases is available from the European Commission, rue de la Loi 200, B-1049 Brussels, Belgium, or at 2 rue Mercier, L-2985


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