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Dear Colleague,

We are pleased to invite you to the “2011 European Establishment Statistics Workshop”, the second European workshop on methodological issues in production of statistics regarding businesses and other organizations. It will be held in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, from 12 to 14 September 2011.

EESW11 is an ideal opportunity for official statistics methodologists, academic researchers and practitioners from the business sphere to exchange and learn about best methodological practice for all steps of the statistical production process. Potential subjects are sample design, data collection, editing and imputation, the use of administrative data, estimation, modelling, etc. Statistical methodology is the key resource for producing high quality statistics, especially in times of budgetary pressure.

We are soliciting contributions that address:
§ maintaining and developing business statistics in an era of budgetary reductions,
§ creating systems for production of economic statistics through common methodologies and integration across the statistical production process,
§ strengthening integration of national accounts with other components of economic statistics (including topics like micro and macro coherence, systems of statistical units, improving the validation process),
§ ensuring consistency between small area, regional, national and European levels.

Contributions that are addressing other areas are also welcome, for instance:
§ survey planning and total survey error in establishment surveys,
§ integration of survey data and administrative data (including data quality aspects in registers and their measurement error),
§ data collection in establishment surveys,
§ advances in sampling for establishments and other skewed populations,
§ editing and estimation,
§ control of response burden through improvements in survey methodology,
§ users’ perspective on quality of economic statistics, etc.

The Workshop will offer three kinds of activities:
1) Paper sessions
Each session will contain 3-4 papers, each given about 25 minutes equally distributed between presentation and discussion. Before the workshop, presenters are required to submit a short paper (3-5 pages) which is read in advance by all workshop participants.
2) A panel session
A panel session will aim at informing the participants about ongoing methodological activities linked to the programme for the Modernisation of European Enterprise and Trade Statistics (MEETS) as well as about research projects in business statistics (BLUE-ETS, etc.)
3) Small group discussions
Topics thought to be particularly fruitful for exchange and future cooperation between methodologists from the different domains will be discussed in small groups.

By organising the meeting in the workshop format we are hoping to facilitate exchange between experts in the various domains of establishment statistics and provide feedback to their emerging work. Participation to the EESW11 workshop is free, but the number of participants will be limited to 50. Priority will be given to presenting participants.

More details concerning the workshop will be posted successively at

We hope that you will be able to participate in the 2011 European Establishment Statistics Workshop, and look forward to meeting you in Neuchâtel in September 2011.

Scientific Committee

Martin Brand, Office for National Statistics, UK
Anders Holmberg, Statistics Sweden
Wim Kloek, Eurostat
Boris Lorenc, Statistics Sweden
Paul-André Salamin, Swiss Federal Statistical Office (chair)
Yves Tillé, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland


Application form


Planning to attend: Yes  No 
Planning to present paper: Yes  No 

Title of your paper:

If submitting a paper, please attach an abstract of max. 300 words to the application form.
We expect to send out decision letters regarding participation by 15 April 2011.
If accepted, please also submit the paper itself, up to 5 pages long, not later than 15 August 2011.

Suggestion for a small group discussion topic:

Do you have any dietary requirements?
If yes, please specify:

Do you have a disability or other requirements that you would like us to take note of?
If yes, please specify:

Please complete and return this form, or an e-mail containing the same information, not later than on 16 March 2011 to:

or by ordinary mail or fax to:

c/o Daniel Assoulin
Swiss federal statistical office
Espace de l'Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuchâtel
Fax +41 32 713 6093

Paul-André Salamin

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