At European level, European Statistics are increasingly important for the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of European Union policies. The importance of European Statistics will increase even further in the future as EU policies themselves are developed. For example, reliable information to assess macroeconomic developments such as inflation, economic growth and the business cycle in general constitutes an absolute necessity in order to enable the coordination and deepened economic policy coordination among Member States.

Furthermore, in order to achieve the strategic objectives of keeping Europe on the path to long-term prosperity, notably through the revised Lisbon Agenda and the integrated guidelines on growth and employment, or of reinforcing our commitment to solidarity and social justice, Europe needs a plethora of statistical data which meet the highest possible standards in terms of quality.

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