Updated: 17/02/2020

Chapter 18- Statistics

Content of the Chapter

Alignment with EU statistical system consists of;
• Producing comparable statistics for member states and candidate countries in terms of definition and methodology,
• Adopting EU standards related to definition, methodology, classification, publication frequency, etc. 
• Using coherent and comparable statistical data in the negotiation process. 

The acquis in the area of statistics requires alignment with main principles such as impartibility, reliability, statistical confidentiality, and professional independence. The acquis in this chapter contains categories of statistical infrastructure, classifications and registers and sector statistics.

Sectoral statistics are;
• Foreign trade statistics, 
• Agricultural and fishery statistics,
• Employment, distribution of income and social security statistics,
• Tourism, telecommunication, information and communication technologies, 
• Transport,
• Economic and monetary politics,
• Price statistics and purchasing power parities,
• Structural business statistics,
• Energy statistics, 
• Regional statistics,
• Health statistics,
• Environment statistics,
• Education and culture statistics,
• Forestry statistics,
• Demographic statistics
Current Stage of the Negotiations on the Chapter
Explanatory and bilateral screening meetings on this Chapter were held on 19-20 June 2006 and 17-18 July 2006 respectively. Screening Report for this Chapter has been adopted on 19 January 2007 and Turkey has been invited to submit its Position Paper. Turkey’s Negotiation Position Paper on “Statistics” Chapter was submitted on 22 March 2007 and accession negotiations on this Chapter were opened on 26 June 2007. There is no openin benchmark for this Chapter. On the other hand, two technical closing benchmarks were set. 
Closing Benchmarks
1- Turkey should submit to the Commission (EUROSTAT) a detailed description on progress made in setting up the farm register, including a timetable and means for its completion. Moreover, Turkey submits a detailed description of the foreseen methodology and organizational set-up to be used for the collection of statistics on crop, livestock, meat production, milk production, dairy products and agro-monetary statistics as well as livestock, meat production, milk production and dairy statistics, showing substantial progress towards the compliance with the Acquis. (The aforementioned criterion is also the opening benchmark of Chapter 11- Agriculture and Rural Development).
2- Turkey should submit to the Commission (EUROSTAT) the key national accounts indicators (GDP and GNI and main components) in accordance with European System of National and Regional Accounts in the European Union-1995 (ESA 95) together with a detailed description of the methodology used.
Relevant Subcommittee Meetings

Subcommittee N° 4 on Economic and Monetary Issues, Capital Movements and Statistics
For European Union Statistics Office (Eurostat):
For information about the EU legislation on statistics:
Screening Process
Screening Report (Pdf- 59 Kb)

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