The framework regulations and sectoral regulations
The development of European statistics, which are necessary for monitoring and directing European policies, relies mainly on the legal provisions enshrined in the European Regulations adopted by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union. INSEE contributes to the development of this legal basis by participating in the work of the Council Working Party on Statistics. This European legislation on statistics is gradually being restructured by major areas around the framework agreements.
The framework regulations
The IESS (Integrated European Social Statistics) Regulation defines a common framework for European statistics on persons and households covering seven domains: labour market, income and living conditions, health, education and training, use of information and communication technologies, consumption and time use.
The FRIBS (Framework Regulation Integrating Business Statistics) concerns business statistics. The Regulation establishes a common legal framework for the development, production and dissemination of European Statistics related to the structure, economic activity and performance of businesses, as well as international transactions.
The IFS (Integrated Farm Statistics) proposes a framework for European farm statistics, including data on production methods and rural development provisions, in addition to agri-environmental aspects.
The sectoral regulations
Around 40 sectoral regulations govern the production of European statistics on economic and financial subject areas (national accounts) and miscellaneous subject areas (transport, energy, etc.), as well as for nomenclatures (geographical or activity nomenclatures).