Main features of ECB statistics

ECB statistics supports the institution's monetary policy and supervisory functions, as well as other tasks of the Eurosystem and the European System of Central Banks (ESCB).

The ESCB follows a policy of free access and free reuse for its publicly released statistics.

  • Focus primarily on the euro area
    To produce a meaningful euro area aggregate, all underlying national data have to be based on a common set of definitions and classifications so that they are sufficiently comparable.
  • ECB as lawmaker
    The legal basis for the development, collection, compilation and dissemination of statistics by the ECB is laid down in the Statute of the European System of Central Banks and of the European Central Bank. The ECB has adopted and published a number of legal acts addressing a wide range of statistics.
    Legal framework.
  • Statistical and supervisory reporting
    While ensuring its statistical requirements are met, the ECB seeks to minimise the burden that data reporting places on credit institutions and other reporting agents. It therefore uses existing statistics wherever possible.
    Banks’ integrated reporting.
  • Co-operation and standards.
    The ECB works closely with the European Community institutions and with other international organisations.
    Statistics co-operation and standards.

Booklet

ECB statistics: a brief overview ECB statistics: a brief overview describes the statistics which the ECB – assisted by the national central banks (NCBs) and other national (statistical and supervisory) authorities of the European Union – develops, collects, compiles and disseminates.