25 Years of Statistical Co-operation: a Success Story
The Federal Statistical Office has been involved in imparting statistical specialist knowledge and providing training to foreign project partners for 25 years. The staff of the Federal Statistical Office support their colleagues in the partner offices in implementing the standards of the European Statistical System and contribute to improving the comparability of the statistical data collected in the individual countries.
Within the last 25 years, the international statistical co-operation unit has co-ordinated and managed more than 2000 consulting missions of short-term experts, study visits and workshops with more than 35 partner countries.
IN FOCUS / 2016-10-18
European Statistics Day: Good decisions depend on good data
The 20th October 2016 marked the first ever European Statistics Day. The Destatis portal Destatis portal Europe in Figures enables comparisons between countries and regions and provides a quick and easy access to European statistics.
Reliable data is important for the functioning of modern-day societies. Economic, political and social decision makers need high quality statistics to plan for the future.
Data also play an important part in many aspects of european policy: Regional GDP is the key factor when it comes to deciding which regions receive EU subsidies. Eurozone countries face sanctions if their government finance exceeds the agreed debt or deficit limits. Corrective measures can also be triggered, if EU Member States have an extreme trade deficit or surplus over a long time period.
But data also has a profound impact on our everyday lives. Price increases affect our behaviour as consumers, wage levels determine how much we can afford, air pollutants impact on our health. Statistics allow us to measure the degree of change taking place. Eurostat has published a video, which offers some examples of how data influences our daily lives.
IN FOCUS / 2016-09-01
Free trade agreement CETA: trade with Canada up about 70% since 2005
While the EU and the USA are still negotiating the transatlantic trade agreement TTIP, CETA negotiations with Canada have already been completed. However, before CETA can actually enter into force, the national parliaments, among others, still have to assent to the agreement.
In 2015 Canada ranked 31st among Germany's most important trading partners: according to provisional results, goods to the total value of 13.9 billion euros were traded between the two countries. This was an increase of almost 70% compared with 2005 (8.2 billion euros).
On the whole, Germany exported goods worth 9.9 billion euros to Canada in 2015. Major export goods included motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers (2.9 billion euros) and machinery (1.6 billion euros). Imports from Canada amounted to approximately 4.0 billion euros. The most important import goods were ores (646 million euros).
Current WISTA edition: what is the effect of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on official statistics?
The "2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development", which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, is a future programme to stimulate sustainable economic, social and environmental development all over the world. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) do not only create new challenges for policy-makers but also give international official statistics an unprecedented role.
In edition 5/2016 of our WISTA scientific journal, two articles treat the issue of SDGs: Annette Pfeiffer, Fabienne Middeke and Martin Tambour describe the effects in their paper 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – implications for official statistics. In their article Sustainable Development Goals – Indicators for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Developmentustainable Development, Sven C. Kaumanns, Miriam Blumers and Georg Junglewitz illustrate the challenges of monitoring the indicators.