13.1: Timeliness meets European and other international release standards. 13.2: A standard daily time for the release of statistics is made public.

13.3: The periodicity of statistics takes into account user requirements as much as possible.

13.4: Divergence from the dissemination time schedule is publicised in advance, explained, and a new release date set.

13.5: Preliminary results of acceptable aggregate accuracy can be released when considered useful.

Principle 14: Coherence and Comparability

European Statistics are consistent internally, over time and comparable between regions and countries; it is possible to combine and make joint use of related data from different sources.


14.1: Statistics are internally coherent and consistent (i.e., arithmetic and accounting identities observed).

14.2: Statistics are comparable over a reasonable period of time.

14.3: Statistics are compiled on the basis of common standards with respect to scope, definitions, units, and classifications in the different surveys and sources.

14.4: Statistics from the different sources and of different periodicity are compared and reconciled.

14.5: Cross-national comparability of the data is ensured within the European Statistical System through periodical exchanges between the European Statistical System and other statistical systems. Methodological studies are carried out in close cooperation between the Member States and Eurostat.

Principle 15: Accessibility and Clarity

European Statistics are presented in a clear and understandable form, released in a suitable and convenient manner, available, and accessible on an impartial basis with supporting metadata and guidance.

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