This paper explores the role that independent assessments of statistical systems – including the ESS peer reviews – have in enhancing trustworthiness. It argues that such reviews are necessary but not sufficient to make the most of investment in official statistics – other steps are also needed (at the European and national level); and that while a focus on trust is important, the ESS should be building on the foundations of trust and quality, and concentrating increasingly on ways to enhance the value of European Statistics.

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