Introduction to the Standard Quality Reports

Considering that the statistics underlying the MIP indicators are compiled by both the ESS and the ESCB, the ECOFIN Council requested the ESS and the ESCB to continue working together on improving the quality of the statistics underlying the MIP scoreboard and on ensuring their comparability.

The Economic and Financial Committee (EFC) invited in its Opinion of November 2013 the ESS and the ESCB to continue a close cooperation, to ensure the reliability and comparability of the statistics underlying the MIP.

In that prospect, the two systems producing European statistics, in cooperation with the Committee for Monetary, Financial and Balance of Payments statistics (CMFB) and with the Euopean Statistical Forum (ESF), defined a quality assurance framework of the concerned statistics. This framework includes the production of common standardized quality reports on 3 levels:

  • ESS-ESCB quality assessment report (level 1 report).
  • Specific quality reports by statistical domain produced by the ESS and the ESCB (level 2 reports.
  • National reports by statistical domains produce by the Member-States (level 3 reports).

The level 3 reports consist of a self-assessment of the national framework determining the concerned statistical process and of the quality of the outputs considering some criteria being part of the quality framework of the ESS and the ESCB. Those reports are produced for the first time since 2015 (referring to 2014 data) and will cover progressively the different statistical domains concerned by the MIP.

With the aim to reinforce the transparency of the statistical processes, the National Bank of Belgium publishes those national reports for the statistical domains she is responsible for.

Presently, 2 reports were already drafted and submitted to the ESS and the ESCB via the CMFB. Two other reports are being prepared by the National Institute for Statistics on the House Price Indices and on the Labour Force Survey.

More information can be found on the website of the CMFB:

Statistical domains of which the reports are published: