The Voorburg Group on Service Statistics was created in 1986 in response to a request from the United Nations Statistical Office (UNSO) for assistance in developing service statistics. The first meeting hosted by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) was held in Voorburg in January 1987. It is from this Dutch city that the group derives its name.
The main purpose of the Group is to serve as a forum for the exchange of views among National Statistics Offices as well as relevant International Statistical Organisations on service statistics.
Since 2005, the primary objective of the Group is to establish an internationally comparable methodology for measuring the constant price outputs of the service industries. The focus of the Voorburg Group is to develop concepts, methods and best practices in the area of services. The scope of the Voorburg Group is centred on producer price indices for services, turnover by products and classifications.
The Voorburg Group has contributed over the years to building up and sharing a considerable and growing body of knowledge on Service Sector Statistics. It has promoted international cooperation in the development of standards and has assisted in resolving statistical and measurement challenges in the Service Sector.
UN Voorburg Group on Service Statistics (United Nations Statistics Division)
The Bureau and the host country organise and plan the Group meeting. The Bureau consists of a core group of members elected each year including the chairs of the Group as well as the host of the last meeting and the host of the upcoming meeting.
Enquiries relating to the Voorburg Group should be addressed to:
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
The first meeting hosted by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) was held in January 1987 in Voorburg (Netherlands), from which the Group derives its name.
The most recent meetings were held as follows:
Last time the group has convened in Helsinki was in 2005.