EU statistical legal acts are usually regulations of the European Council and the Parliament that are supplemented with regulations of the Commission. They concern harmonisation of the statistics produced by the EU Member States, such as classifications and other statistical standards, and the data that must be supplied to the Commission and their submission timetables.
The principal document guiding the activities is the long-term Statistical Programme approved by the Parliament and the Council on the basis of which the Commission draws up an annual Work Programme. When compiling statistics in accordance with the Statistical Programme, the National Statistical Institutes of the Member States and the Statistical Office of the European Communities, Eurostat, must observe the EU Regulation on Community Statistics (pdf). As a supranational regulation it takes precedence over national statistical legislation but in practice there are no conflicts between it and the Finnish Statistics Act.
Eurostat has compiled a guidebook on the EU's statistical law "Legal framework for European Statistics - The Statistical Law" (pdf).
Last updated 24.8.2010