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European Statistical System (ESS)

The majority of the CSO's work programme is driven by the mandatory requirements of EU Directives and Regulations and, in particular, in respect of our participation in the European Statistical System (ESS).

EU statistical requirements are laid down in sector-specific legislation; the majority of which are mandatory on member states under Council Regulations and Directives.  The principal provisions are listed at https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/european-statistical-system/programmes-and-activities/legislation-in-force.

CSO Corporate Governance Standard

Corporate Governance is the way that organisations are directed and controlled and it is central to the effective operation of any organisation.  It is vitally important in ensuring that the CSO effectively discharges its statutory obligations.

The Civil Service Renewal Plan sets out new arrangements for governance and accountability in the Civil Service.  The key action identified is to enhance governance arrangements in line with best practice by the introduction of a common governance standard.  The CSO has published its Corporate Governance Standard setting out the way the Office takes decisions, implements policies and delivers on its mandate and functions.

Peer Reviews

Official European statistics are regulated by the principles in the European Statistics Code of Practice, whose purpose is to ensure the quality and credibility of the data. These principles refer, among other things, to professional independence, the protection of confidentiality, the reliability of the results, their precision, timeliness, punctuality, accessibility, clarity, comparability and coherence.

In 2014/15, peer reviews have been conducted in each national statistical system of the ESS, to examine the degree of compliance with the principles in the European Statistics Code of Practice. The reviews were conducted by international experts appointed by Eurostat.  The review visit took place from 23rd to 27th March 2015, Peer Review Report (Ireland) 2015 (PDF 562KB)

CSO Value for Money Reviews

Value for Money Reviews (VFM) is a process of evaluation carried out by Irish Government Departments as part of their annual business planning. The objectives of VFM are to analyse in a systematic manner what is being achieved by Government spending and to provide a basis on which more informed decisions can be made on priorities within and between programmes.