Hellenic Statistical Authority

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Hellenic Statistical Authority
Ελληνική Στατιστική Αρχή
Agency overview
Formed 22 July 2010 (2010-07-22)
Superseding agency
Type Autonomous authority
Headquarters Piraeus, Greece
Employees 791 (2013)[1]
Annual budget 29.3 m Euro (2013)
Agency executive
  • Andreas V. Georgiou, President
Website statistics.gr

The Hellenic Statistical Authority (Greek: Ελληνική Στατιστική Αρχή, IPA: [eliniˈci statistiˈci arˈçi]), known by its acronym ELSTAT (Greek: ΕΛ.ΣΤΑΤ), is the national statistical service of Greece.

Since July 2010, it has been an autonomous legal entity under public law, independent from the Greek government and subject only to the control of the Hellenic Parliament. Prior to July 2010, ELSTAT was a non-autonomous service of the Greek state known as the National Statistical Service of Greece (Greek: Εθνική Στατιστική Υπηρεσία).[2] Andreas V. Georgiou was appointed President of the newly established independent ELSTAT office in 2010 and started 2 August 2010. Soon afterwards he announced that the deficit of the Greek budget in 2009 was 15%, not 12% as had previously been claimed.[3]

The program is 80% funded by the European Regional Development Fund.[2]

ELSTAT was founded during the premiership of George Papandreou (PASOK) (Cabinet of George Papandreou). Since then, it has also worked for Cabinet of Lucas Papademos (coalition cabinet, November 2011 until Mai 2012), Cabinet of Panagiotis Pikrammenos, Cabinet of Antonis Samaras (coalition) and Cabinet of Alexis Tsipras (SYRIZA, since January 2015).

Georgiou resigned 2 August 2015. He refused to stay in office until a successor is appointed.[4][5]

Data provided

The primary user of the Hellenic Statistical Authority is the Greek state. However, the Authority is also used by international organizations such as the European Commission (Eurostat) and others.[6][2]

The Hellenic Statistical Authority collects data which concern population, employment and unemployment, tourism and the economy, industry, as well as data concerning health and social insurance, education and others.[6] Prior to becoming an independent authority, ELSTAT was involved in a number of scandals involving false statistics regarding the condition of the Greek economy in recent years.[7]

See also


  1. "ELSTAT Annual Report 2013" (PDF). ELSTAT. 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. European support to the President of ELSTAT and independence of statistical authorities - Czech Statistical Office, 26 May 2015
  3. sueddeutsche.de 3. August 2015: Athener Börse öffnet wieder - und stürzt ab
  4. Kathimerini 2. August 2015: Αποχωρεί από την ΕΛΣΤΑΤ μετά τη λήξη της θητείας του ο Ανδρέας Γεωργίου
  5. 6.0 6.1 "Presentation". Hellenic Statistical Authority. Retrieved 3 July 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Στον ΑΠ τα ψευδή στοιχεία που εστάλησαν στη Eurostat" (in Greek). Retrieved 3 July 2011.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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