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Main statistical agency
Main statistical agency name
Service Central de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques (STATEC)
Web address
Position in the government
Although standing under the authority of the Minister of the Economy, STATEC operates autonomously with respect to professional and scientific standards.
Organizational structure and finance
Director's Secretariat

General services

Social statistics

National accounts, economic reporting, entreprises

External economic relations
Multi-annual or annual work program
STATEC's work programme is analysed and assessed within the Higher Council for Statistics(CSS).
At the end of each year, STATEC submits a report on work accomplished during the year and a work programme for the year to come to the council for appraisal.
Main duties
STATEC has a fourfold purpose:

o produce and centralise statistical data on various aspects of Luxembourg and its economic activities (censuses, surveys, centralising statistical information from other bodies)

o carry out studies and economic forecasts for the short and medium term

o disseminate statistical data and the results of these studies

o coordinate the Luxembourg statistical system, cooperate with foreign statistical services and international bodies and integrate with the European System of Statistics.

Brief history and other relevant background information
Brief history and other relevant background information
The Service Central de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques (STATEC) was founded in 1962 as a result of the merger between the General Statistics Office and the Economic Studies and Documentation Service.

Legal basis
Legal basis
STATEC was set up under the law of 9 July 1962. The provisions of this law, as amended by the laws of 22 April 1967 and 14 July 1971, set out the missions of STATEC, its internal organisation, its terms of reference and the careers of its employees and civil servants.

Other producers of official statistics
Other producers of official statistics
* General Inspection of Finance (IGF): Budgetary data from central government, as well as special funds data.

* General Social Security Inspection (IGSS): Accounts of social protection organisms, as well as quarterly financial assets and liabilities.

* State Treasury: Quarterly financial assets and liabilities for central government.

* Ministry of the Interior: Budgetary data and debts of local authorities.

* Luxembourg Central Bank (BCL): Short and long-term debts, debts at sight and term debts of local authorities, taken from banking statistics.

Statistical advisory bodies
Statistical advisory bodies
General Inspection of Finance (IGF)

Data collection
Most recent population census
15 February 2001
Access to administrative data
One of the main concerns of STATEC is to keep the load of its investigations to a minimum and therefore make use to the full extend of the administrative resources available, such as:

* central register of persons and companies

* some of the Social Security and tax administration files

* the registrar's office.

Data confidentiality
Official statistical institutes have been granted coercive powers to facilitate censuses and surveys: a legal obligation to provide information is written into the law instituting Statec.

This does not exclude the use of voluntary surveys.

As a counterbalance to the obligation of responding, the information on which surveys are based is entirely confidential.

Article 7 stipulates statistical confidentiality:
Information gathered by STATEC may only be used for statistical purposes. Any other administrative or fiscal use is forbidden. Under no circumstances may personal information gathered from individuals and legal entities be disclosed. STATEC employees and agents are held personally responsible for strict compliance with statistical confidentiality, on pain of disciplinary or criminal proceedings.

Data dissemination
Release calendar (existence, when and how published)
There is an advance release calendar for key figures.
Main publications
STATEC disseminates statistical information in the form of printed publications and on computer supports.

1. Standard products

Printed publications

o Quarterly reviews on the economic situation

o Short-term monthly indicators

o Statec's Bulletin

o Luxembourg in figures

o Statistical yearbook

o Economic issues

o Statistics by geographical breakdown

o Inventory of businesses

o Historical statistics

o Demographic statistics

o Cross-border statistics.

Electronic dissemination

o Inventory of Luxembourg businesses

o Extracts from the statistical yearbook (time series, detailed and rapidly updated).

o Internet

2. Tailor made information

On request, Statec undertakes research and data compilation on behalf of users. Such work is restricted to statistical documentation and to electronic files directly available.

If the requested data is not available, Statec redirects requests for information to other sources.
Languages of main publications
French, English
How are data disseminated (Paper, CD Rom, Website, online databases, databanks)?
All possible formats.
Availability of microdata for research purposes
Individual data cannot be released.

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