DIGICOM.D2.04 – ESS conference on the statistical portrait of Europe


The joint Eurostat and European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) “Power from Statistics; Data, Information and Knowledge” (PfS) initiative was carried out under the DIGICOM umbrella in view of the PfS  emphasis on stakeholder (and societal) communication. It aimed to bring together eminent representatives of different perspectives of society, to consult them on what future information needs will be for informing policy, and how these information needs could be met by the European official statistics community. In a first phase, five small, restricted, Round Table events were held in different European cities, on the following topics: Migration, Globalisation, Sustainability, New economic & business models and Statistics, science & society.

These events hosted participants from various societal stakeholder groups (such as industry leaders, outstanding academics, think-tank experts, national and European policymakers and official statisticians). The outcome of this “strategic brainstorming”, in the form of articles written by Round Table participants, was compiled in an “Outlook Report”. The Outlook Report formed the basis for the high-level conference “Power from Statistics: delivering the evidence of tomorrow” which was organised in Brussels 18 and 19 October 2017.

The outcome of the discussions at the high-level conference fed into the “Guidance report”. The report contains a number of ideas, setting out a path for how to future-proof official statistics, with a 2030 time perspective.

During the conference, there was a Eurostat stand presenting the ESS flagship presentation The life of women and men in Europe — A statistical portrait, where the participants were given the opportunity to try out its interactive features. The entire Power from Statistics conference was web-streamed live, and all web-streamed videos are available on the Eurostat YouTube channel.

Links to the deliverable

Power from statistics: data, information and knowledge — Outlook report

Power from statistics: data, information and knowledge — Guidance report