INSPIRE Knowledge Base

Federal Statistical Office of Germany

LMO Description
Federal Statistical Office of Germany
Proposed role in INSPIRE development
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Level of authority: 
    National, Germany
    Formal Mandate: 
    <p>Our mission is to provide and disseminate statistical information, which is objective, independent and of high quality. This information is made available to everybody: politicians, government, administration, businessmen and citizens. The federal law on statistics specifies the duties and responsibilities of the federal statistical office.</p>
    Main Activities: 
    In line with the federal structure of the state and the administration in the Federal Republic of Germany federation wide surveys of official statistics ("federal statistical surveys") are implemented in cooperation between the Federal Statistical Office and the statistical offices of the 16 federal states. That means that in most cases federal statistical surveys are organised in a decentralised manner. This implies a division of labour in which the main function of the Federal Statistical Office is coordination. Its principal responsibility is to see to it that federal statistical surveys are without overlaps, comply with standard methods and observe the time schedule. The Federal Statistical Office's catalogue of obligations includes activities such as methodological and technical preparations for the various statistical surveys, further development of the federal statistics programme, mutual coordination of statistical surveys, compilation and publication of federal results.
    Area of work/experience
    Geographic Domain:: 
    Societal Sector: 
    Central Government
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development: 
    Programme planning, official member in different national and international working groups for different issues (esp. various European statistics´ legislations), responsible for regional statistics and statistical indicator systems, German representative in the OECD´s Global Project
    Primary Business: 
    coordination of complex data needs and for new projects particularly at the federal political level
    Environmental application domains: 
    comprehensive statistical data among others for the environment in its broadest sense