Eurostat’s working group on crime and criminal justice statistics met in Luxembourg from 15 to 16 March to discuss issues related to the collection, processing and interpretation of crime statistics.
As part of the discussions, the Agency spoke about its recent activities in the field of crime victimisation surveys, hate crime and access to justice. The representatives of the national statistical institutes stressed the need to streamline various data collection activities, including European Commission information through their own networks. Involving and informing the national statistical institutes about data collection activities – even when these take place outside the European Statistical System – would help ensure that the information provided by the EU Member States is consistent and of high quality.
The meeting also discussed the implementation of the International Classification of Crimes for Statistical Purposes, which aims to improve cross-country comparability of crime statistics derived from administrative sources such as police records.