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Introduction to the ESSnet programme

During the Palermo meeting in September 2002, the DGINS (Directors General of NSI) expressed the need to find synergies, harmonization and dissemination of best practices in the European Statistical System (ESS).

They proposed to create an adequate instrument: the Centres and Networks of Excellence (Cenex, now called ESSnet) projects, for putting together expertise distributed throughout the ESS organisations in order to develop specific actions which would benefit the whole system.

An ESSnet project is:”A network of several ESS organisations aimed at providing results that will be beneficial to the whole ESS“.

The ESSnet actions shall serve the interests of the whole ESS and should be in line with the 5 year statistical programme as being financed partly by Eurostat. Their objective is to take advantage of the synergies from cooperation of some Member States in order to share expertise and to save costs in solving common problems of European interest.  The transfer of results and of knowledge to non participating partners for the benefit of the entire ESS is an essential characteristic of ESSnet projects.

Current projects

If you let the mouse cursor hover over ESSnet in the main menu and thereafter let it hover over Current projects in the drop-down menu, a menu with list of the currently running ESSnet projects is shown in the menu.

This menu is maintained manually, so it has to be updated occasionally.

If you think that a certain (running) project is missing, or if you spot a finished project which still remains in the main menu, please contact us so that we may update the list of current ESSnet projects.