European Conference on Quality in Official Statistics (Q2012)
Date: 29 May - 01 June 2012
Venue: Athens - Greece -

The European Conference on Quality in Official Statistics (Q2012) was co-organised by the Statistical Authority of Greece (ELSTAT) and Statistical Office of the European Union (EuroStat) on 29 May-1 June 2012 in Athens, Greece. Over 400 participants attended the Conference. Mr. Atilla Karaman, Researcher, represented the Centre thereat.

The Quality conferences started in 2001 when the first Conference was held in Stockholm to develop further the conclusions of the Leadership Group on Quality. One of the recommendations of the Conference was to organize Quality Conferences biennially. Starting with Q2001 in Stockholm, five Q-conferences took place including Q2004 in Mainz, Q2006 in Cardiff, Q2008 in Rome and Q2010 in Helsinki.

Q2012 started with the following short training courses took place on 29 May 2012:

  1. Data quality assessment methods within the context of quality management
  2. Electronic data collection including mixed modes
  3. The treatment of missing survey data (Dealing with non-response)
  4. Integration of multiple data sources
  5. Variance estimation for Household Surveys

On 30 May 2012, the Conference commenced with the welcome addresses of Mr. Walter Radermacher, Director General, EuroStat, and Mr. Andreas V. Georgiou, President, Statistical Authority of Greece (ELSTAT). Following the welcome addresses, Mr. Thomas Wieser, European Statistical Governance Advisory Board (ESGAB), delivered a keynote speech. The sessions that SESRIC attended on 30 May 2012 were as follows:

  • Session 1: Quality Management Models-Implementation
  • Session 2: Code of Practice-Implementation
  • Session 10: Communicating Quality to Users / Session 37: Web Surveys

The second day of Q2012 started with the keynote speech of Ms. Iva Ritschelova, President of the Czech Statistical Office. The sessions that SESRIC attended on 31 May 2012 were as follows:

  • Session 16: Re-Engineering – Process, Improvement and Standards
  • Session 22: Census
  • Session 12: Managing Resources

Additionally, a Poster Paper Session took place on 31 May 2012 that exhibited a total of 19 poster papers. Among the poster paper presenters, Ms. Shadia Abu Alzain and Mr. Ahmad Mardawi from the Palestinian Central Bureau of Census exhibited their poster paper “Data Quality of Agricultural Census”, and Mr. Mohamed Galal Eldean Moawad from the Egyptian Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics presented his poster paper “Quality Framework for National Accounts Based on the Statistical Business Register (Opportunities and Challenges).

The participants listened to the keynote speech of Prof. Svein Nordbotten, University of Bergen, Norway on the last day of Q2012. Following the keynote speech, the Conference ended with three parallel sessions and a Round Table Discussion on the theme “Was the Quality of European statistics affected by the economic crisis?”.


  • Summary of the Sessions Attended in the Q2012 (English)

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