The European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC) was formerly adopted on 11 March 2008 by the Decision No 234/2008/EC of the European Parliament and the Council.
The ESAC has 24 members representing users, respondents and other stakeholders of European Statistics (including the scientific community, social partners and civil society) as well as institutional users (like e.g, the Council and the European Parliament).
The Committee will play an important role in ensuring that user requirements as well as the response burden on information providers and producers are taken into account in developing the Statistical Programmes. It will deliver its opinion on the Multiannual Statistical Programme, addressing in particular its relevance to the requirements of European integration. It will also give its view on the balance (priorities and resources) between different areas of the Multiannual Statistical Programme as well as the annual statistical work programme of the Commission.