Missions et objectifs

Mission

Three words perfectly summarise Statistics Belgium's main mission: to collect, to process and to disseminate relevant, reliable and commented figures on Belgian society.

To collect’ means to seek information among economic and social actors. Data are collected directly or indirectly. Surveys imply that respondents are directly interviewed by interviewers.
Indirect data collection refers to the use of administrative files (NSSO, VAT, Crossroads Bank for Enterprises,...). This method is increasingly used and reduces the response burden and costs for enterprises and individuals.

To process’ primarily means to critically assess the collected data. Results are then checked and validated by assessing their quality and their plausibility. Finally, summary tables are drawn using basic data. By aggregating and comparing different types of data, Statistics Belgium adds value to initial figures.

To disseminate’ means to make collected data available to the widest public (in accordance with the rules on personal privacy): 

  • Authorities (all Belgian political authorities at any level, but also international authorities and organisations);
  • Enterprises (all enterprises regardless of their size or their interests);
  • Society (researchers, journalists, professors, students and others).

Statistics Belgium disseminates statistical information on:

  • Households (household budget, time use, holiday spending,…);
  • Industry, construction, trade and other services (data from surveys among enterprises);
  • Economic situation such as indexes (e.g. consumer price index) and economic indicators on industrial production, investments, export, employment, retail activity, services sector,…

Objectives

  • To reinforce its role as "public statistician".
  • To ensure the coherence and representativeness of the data Statistics Belgium disseminates.
  • To develop a methodology for the analysis of statistics and to develop a quality check system.
  • To use its statistical assignment as a policy-supporting tool by delivering statistics quickly to support the decision-making process.