New regulations direct the role of CBS
It sounds like a lot is changing. Is that right?‘Yes and no. CBS has always worked mainly for public sector bodies and for public services. This is laid down by law and based largely on European obligations. We do this partly by producing regular statistics and partly by providing additional statistical services. We’ve also been working with academia and business for many years. That will essentially remain unchanged. But under the new policy decree, we’ll weigh up more consciously which statistics we should or should not produce for public sector bodies, which means there are some things that we’ll no longer do. There are things that CBS is not permitted to do, such as issuing policy recommendations and forecasts. There are also assignments that don’t justify asking a national statistical office to provide the statistics, for example in cases involving no substantial public interest. That leaves more room for the private sector.
On the other hand, CBS is a natural partner in statistical research involving substantial public interests. As a data partner for the public sector we’ll still contribute to major social issues such as energy transition, sustainability, poverty and debt problems. Public sector bodies can continue to rely on us for independent and transparent official statistics.
The policy decree means that when public sector bodies approach us with a request, we’ll make them more aware that they have a choice of using us or a private organisation. The ministerial decree also makes clear that we’re only permitted to compile additional statistics for businesses in a few clearly defined exceptions. So in that area too there are things we’ll no longer do.’