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Peer Review expert team

Peer review expert teams are composed of four European experts in statistics, auditing, governance issues, among them an independent expert, to assess national statistical authorities.

Ms Marjo Bruun was Director General of Statistics Finland from 2012 to 2021. As Director General, she was responsible for the strategic planning of Statistics Finland. While Ms Bruun was in office, Statistics Finland renewed its strategy, reorganised the institution while developing the production process of statistics. The development work included renewal of the business statistics related IT-system, faster and better services for researchers as well as negotiating, planning and moving the balance of payments statistics from the Bank of Finland to Statistics Finland. In 2020, the producers of Official Statistics of Finland signed a quality assurance committing themselves to the principles steering statistics production.

Ms Bruun was a member of the Partnership Group of the European Statistical System (ESS) from 2014 to 2015. She co-chaired the Task Force for the Vision 2.0 (ESS) in 2014. She was a member of the Bureau of Conference of European Statisticians since 2014 and chairwoman from 2016 to 2021. From 2003 to 2012, Ms Bruun worked for an independent agency within the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry responsible for agricultural statistics in Finland and IT services for the agricultural and food chain administration. She was Director General of this agency from 2007 to 2012.

Mr Kees Zeelenberg has worked for 30 years in Statistics Netherlands. He studied econometrics, has a PhD in economics and is the author or co-author of more than 50 articles and books in econometrics and official statistics. At Statistics Netherlands (SN), for many years he was Director of the Division of methodology and quality. He was Deputy Division Director of the Division of macro-economic statistics and Director for Development of macro-economic statistics such as quarterly sector accounts and new IT systems.

Mr Zeelenberg has supervised and organized SN’s methodological framework, which presents  good practice in methodology, SN’s Quality Framework, and the introduction of ISO-9001; he was also responsible for internal statistical auditing, privacy and information security. At the international level, Mr Zeelenberg was a member of Directors of Methodology in the European Statistical System (DIME) (2006 - 2014) and of the ESS Sponsorship on Quality (2009 - 2011), which developed a revised European Statistics Code of Practice. In 2017, Mr Zeelenberg worked as an expert in the global assessment of the statistical system of Northern Cyprus. He has been active in the International Statistical Institute (ISI) and in the International  Association for Official Statistics (IAOS).

Mr Jordi Delbas, an economist by training, specializes in private sector development and has worked as a senior independent evaluator for international organizations (European Commission, several United Nations agencies and the World Bank amongst others) in more than fifty countries worldwide. Mr Delbas has experience in project, programme (country and regional) and instrument evaluations (innovation funds), and worldwide thematic evaluations and organization-wide corporate evaluations. He is a senior accredited trainer on evaluation by the Secretariat General of the European Commission, co-founder and research fellow of the Global Business Research Center of the EADA Business School in Barcelona, adjunct faculty at the Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands and visiting professor at the Masters in Development of the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.

Ms Helena Ottosson has dedicated the quasi-totality of her professional career to the  European Union, ever since the accession of her country of origin, Sweden, thereto in 1995. Ms Ottosson is a lawyer by training, with interest in languages, and she spent 10 years at the Court of Justice as a lawyer linguist before moving to the European Commission and Eurostat. After some years as legal officer, Ms Ottosson took the step up to middle management. The Unit that she is leading ensures a wide portfolio of horizontal services in Eurostat, including legal affairs, planning, evaluation and internal control, and document management. Her daily work is characterized by a mix of hands-on problem solving and administrative and legal debates, often involving contacts with other EU institutions and Member States. This is at the same time challenging and rewarding, especially in terms of finding pragmatic solutions whilst respecting the institutional framework and striving for transparency and clarity.