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European Commission's Progress Report, 2018 

Chapter 18: Statistics

 

EU rules require that Member States are able to produce statistics based on professional independence, impartiality, reliability, transparency, and confidentiality. Common rules are provided for the methodology, production and dissemination of statistical information.

The country is moderately prepared in the area of statistics. Some progress was made, especially in data collection efficiency and the further alignment of sectoral statistics with EU standards. Sustained efforts are still needed to improve data quality in the areas of macroeconomic and social statistics, as well as for full harmonisation with the acquis.
As not all 2016 recommendations have been implemented, in the coming year the country should in particular focus on:

The country is moderately prepared in the area of statistics. Some progress was made, especially in data collection efficiency and the further alignment of sectoral statistics with EU standards. Sustained efforts are still needed to improve data quality in the areas of macroeconomic and social statistics, as well as for full harmonisation with the acquis. As not all 2016 recommendations have been implemented, in the coming year the country should in particular focus on:
  • further strengthen human and financial resources of the State Statistical Office;
  • prepare for a new population and housing census, partially based on administrative data;
  • further align statistics with the ESA 2010 taking particular care of the delimitation of the general government sector as well as on transmitting a full set of tables for the Excessive Deficit Procedure to Eurostat.

In the area of statistical infrastructure, the legal framework remains broadly in line with the European Statistics Code of Practice. The professional independence of the State Statistical Office needs to be strengthened in practice, including through the provision of sufficient resources. As regards other main statistics providers, the central bank has statistical functions fully committed to Code of Practice standards and the Ministry of Finance needs to appoint a head of statistics and streamline statistical activities. The main classifications are in compliance with the acquis and updated regularly. The Office has further rationalised statistical production through using of administrative data sources but availability and quality of data remains a problem. Data transmission to Eurostat increased but remains incomplete.

Regarding macroeconomic statistics the Office provides data on annual and quarterly gross domestic product (GDP) in current and constant prices, aligned with ESA 2010, and prepares annual sector accounts and supply/use tables. However, the required time series back to 1995 is not yet complete. In the area of government finance statistics, additional efforts are required for the delimitation of the general government sector. Excessive deficit procedure notifications are still only partly transmitted and financial accounts not supplied, although work to finalise these has intensified. The central bank provides statistics on the balance of payments and on foreign direct investment according to the latest standards. A full set of tables for the Excessive Deficit Procedure needs to be submitted to Eurostat.

Structural business statistics and short-term statistics for the industry and construction sectors are well developed but require further improvements, including the introduction of short-term statistics for services and overall increased variables coverage. The business register represents a sound basis for sampling and data delivery but needs to be further expanded. Foreign affiliates’ statistics are still not available. Further alignment in tourism and transport statistics with the acquis remains necessary. Data on research and development and on Information and Communication Technologies statistics are sufficiently aligned with the acquis.

As regards social statistics, the Office has been using a sample frame for social surveys using a new methodology to improve data quality. Preparations for a new population and housing census have started by examining more efficient methods and identifying a number of potential data sources in administrative registers and databases held by state bodies. Migration statistics need to be further expanded. The survey of income and living conditions is carried out but social protection statistics are still not being produced. Labour market statistics are generally aligned with the acquis but statistics on crime, education and public health are not.

Agricultural production statistics are partly produced according to the acquis and the farm structure survey continues to be regularly conducted. Agro-monetary statistics following the acquis are produced exception for supply balance sheets. Annual crop statistics need to be aligned with the acquis. Energy statistics are mostly in line with the acquis. Short-term energy statistics and energy balances are supplied. Similarly, statistics on waste, water, environmental protection expenditure, and environment-related taxes are published. Air emission accounts are not produced. Material flow accounts are generated but this does not yet include material flow balances.

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