News Item

Developing population censuses post-2021

Eurostat’s task force charged with preparing the post-2021 population censuses met on 11 June in Luxembourg.

The Agency took part and spoke about the data needed to assess outcomes for various population groups, as reflected in EU’s anti-discrimination legislation and the Charter of Fundamental Rights. Eurostat proposes to collect population statistics annually from 2024 onwards, and to make these statistics available to users in a shorter time than is currently possible, to meet the need for up-to-date statistic, to supplement decennial census statistics.

The task force will continue to assess which data needs can be met in the future, when more and more EU Member States move towards register-based census data collection, replacing the costlier and more time-consuming interviewer administered census data collection.