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European Commission's Progress Report, 2019 

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. Good progress was made, especially in preparing the population census and further aligning of sectoral statistics with EU standards. The notification for the extensive deficit procedure was submitted though further improvement in data is needed. Continued efforts are also needed to improve the scope and data quality of macroeconomic and social statistics. In the coming year, the country should in particular:

  • implement the pilot phase of the population census, partly relying on administrative data;
  • align financial accounts and quarterly national accounts with the European System of Accounts 2010 (ESA 2010);
  • keep an adequate amount of personnel and budget sufficient financial resources for the State Statistical Office.

For statistical infrastructure, the legal framework is still broadly in line with the European Statistics Code of Practice. In 2018, the government signed the Commitment on Confidence to ensure the professional independence of the State Statistical Office. The Office increased its personnel. However, resources need to be increased further. Sufficient funds have been allocated to carry out the population census. Regarding other main statistics providers, the central bank is fully committed to the statistical standards code of practice. The Ministry of Finance has not yet appointed a head of statistics. On classifications and registers, the main classifications comply with the acquis and are updated regularly. The use of administrative data sources has increased, including for preparing the population census. Data availability and quality improved but still needs to be optimised. Data transmission to Eurostat further increased but remains incomplete. On macroeconomic statistics, the State Statistical Office provides macroeconomic statistics and data on annual and quarterly GDP in current and constant prices, aligned with ESA 2010. Annual sectoral accounts and supply/use tables are prepared, although the time series is not yet complete. Quarterly national accounts are not fully available. For government finance statistics, the delimitation of the general government sector’s units was published. The notifications for the excessive deficit procedure were submitted, though data quality needs to improve further. The financial accounts have been prepared and submitted in experimental data form. The central bank produces statistics on the balance of payments and foreign direct investment according to the latest standards.

Structural business statistics and short-term statistics for the industry and construction sectors are well developed. There have been further improvements in short-term statistics for services, which were published. The business register is in place and an outline to improve it has been agreed. The framework to produce foreign affiliates’ statistics was set up. Tourism and transport statistic’s alignment with the acquis improved. Statistics on research and development and on information and communication technologies are sufficiently aligned

Concerning social statistics, a new population and housing census using a combined methodology is well advanced. The survey for statistics of income and living conditions was conducted. Social protection statistics improved. Migration statistics need to be further expanded. Labour market statistics are generally aligned with the acquis. Statistics on crime, education and public health need improvement.

Agricultural statistics are only partly adequate compared to the acquis. The farm structure survey continues to be regularly conducted. The EU methodology for the annual crop statistics was tested to align it with the acquis. Agro-monetary statistics are produced in line with the acquis. Supply balance sheets also saw an improvement for the livestock component. Energy and environment statistics, including environmental protection expenditure, waste, water, and environment-related taxes are mostly in line with the acquis. Short-term energy statistics and energy balances are supplied. Air emission accounts are not produced, however. Material flow accounts are generated, but material flow balances are not yet included.

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