Aiming Fact-based Policymaking in European Social Policy

Accurate and comparable statistical data and social indicators are essential for responsible policy-making. In mid-April, 2019 the European Parliament — with an overwhelming majority of 592 to 52 — voted for a ‘Common framework for European statistics relating to persons and households’ aiming to provide for better and timelier social statistics.

This effort, spearheaded by Tamás Meszerics as rapporteur appointed by the European Parliament Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, aimed to create a common framework for social statistics and enable the further integration of statistical data into the European Semester process. Better quality and more detailed data recording and processing will contribute to better social policies both on the European and on the national level. The common framework will be applicable to European statistics relating to persons and households, based on data at individual level collected from samples. The seven domains of data collection (labour market, income and living conditions, health, education and training, use of information and communication technologies, time use and consumption) will offer a comprehensive picture on social indicators for policy-makers, researchers and students.


Tamás Meszerics

Tamás Meszerics

Tamás Meszerics is an assistant professor in the Political Science department of the Central European University. He is a member of the Hungarian Political Science Association. He participated in the debate of the Agenda of Politics Can Be Different (LMP) during the autumn of 2008 and he has been a member of the Party since November 2008. Between September 2009 and June 2010, he was the Secretary of the National Board of the Party, becoming a member of the Party’s National Political Committee later, holding that title until the spring of 2011. He has helped the LMP caucus as a policy adviser in foreign policy and security policy ever since the Party got elected to Parliament. He is also a member of the Board of Ecopolis (Ökopolisz), LMP’s party foundation. He has been an MEP since May 25th 2014 as a member of The Greens/EFA political group.