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International projects
 
 Ever since 1996, the Republic of Macedonia has been receiving EU assistance for developing a sustainable statistical system harmonised with EU through successive assistance instruments: PHARE (national programme), CARDS and IPA (national and regional programme).
Please see our ongoing and finished projects. 


Current projects
 
Multi-beneficiary statistical cooperation programme IPA 2015

Duration: 01.07.2017 - 31.10.2019

Description: The project’s main objectives are:

- To support the process of harmonisation of the beneficiaries statistical production for future EU membership by aligning their present methodologies and output with the statistical EU acquis and taking forward their integration into the European Statistical System.
- To intensify efforts to improve the quality of statistical information and to reinforce confidence in methods and professionalism, thus providing policy makers and the international community with unquestioned statistical data.


More: Pilot projects in Multi-beneficiary statistical cooperation programme IPA 2015
 
 
Pilot projects in Multi-beneficiary statistical cooperation programme IPA 2015
Grant contract:
Government Finance and Excessive Deficit Procedure Statistics
HICP
Price Statistics – PPP
Business Registers
Short-term business statistics (STS): implementation of ESS guidelines and standards
Transport statistics - Passenger and freight statistics
Tourism statistics
Labour Force Survey
Social Protection Statistics (ESSPROS)
Crop statistics: Annual crop statistics (ACS) and Permanent crop statistics
Animal production statistics
Ad-hoc project on the use of auxiliary information in the sample design and estimation phase of the statistical production process
Ad-hoc project on DWH for National Accounts - Methodological aspects
Ad-hoc project on the preparation of the population and housing censuses 2021

Service contract:
National Accounts – Methodology
Transmission programme, annual national accounts (ANA), quarterly national accounts (QNA) and quality reporting
Regional accounts
Sector Accounts
Supply, use and input-output tables (SUT/IOT)
Preparation of the population and housing censuses 2021
Quality management
Implementing standards for metadata and data exchange
Source (basic) data required for the calculation of the MIP indicators
Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) indicators
South East Europe 2020 (SEE2020) indicators
 

 
IPA 2012 National program
 
The 16-months Twinning project funded by European Union “Support to the State Statistical Office for capacity building and improving compliance of statistics (MK 12 IPA ST 01 16)” started on the 17th of October 2016.

The project is implemented jointly by Istat (Italian National Institute of Statistics), SURS (Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia) and MIPA (Consortium for the development of methodologies and innovations in public administrations) as ad-hoc Mandated Body.

The aim of the project is to enhance the capacity of SSO to further improve compliance with EU acquis in the three main pillars of the National Statistical System:
  • National Accounts
  • Economic Statistics
  • Social Statistics
As for all Twinning projects, the project brings together public sector expertise from EU Member States and beneficiary countries with the aim of achieving concrete mandatory operational results through peer to peer activities. SSO, Istat, SURS and MIPA will have to jointly achieve the following mandatory results:
  • Implementation of ESA (European System of Accounts) 2010
  • Improvement of Business Statistics
  • Improvement of Research and Development statistics, Labour Market statistics and SILC (Statistics on income and living conditions)
The internal kick-off and start up meeting of the Project was held on the 11.11.2016.

For more information click here.

 

IPA 2014 Multi-beneficiary Statistical Co-operation Programme
 
 
Duration: 01.10.2015 - 31.08.2017
 
Description: The main objectives of this Project are:
 
 
- To take further the process of progressively integrating the State Statistical Office (SSO) of the Republic of Macedonia into the European Statistical System (ESS) by strengthening the SSO and its co-ordinating role in the statistical system of the country;
 
- To continue to support sustainable capacity building of the SSO for enabling it to better meet the needs of customers by providing data that are accurate, reliable, timely and compiled in full compliance with the acquis;
 
 - To intensify efforts to improve the quality of statistical information and to reinforce confidence in methods and professionalism, thus providing policy makers and the international community with unquestioned statistical data.
 
More: Pilot projects in the Multi-beneficiary Statistical Cooperation Programme IPA 2014 
 
 
Pilot projects in the Multi-beneficiary Statistical Cooperation Programme IPA 2014
National Accounts Methodology
ESA 2010 Transmission programme; QNA
Government finance statistics
Price statistics - PPPs
Business statistics - profiling
International trade in goods statistics
Adult education survey
ICT usage in households, by individuals and in enterprises
Price statistics - HICP; House price index
Annual crop statistics
Animal production statistics
Ad hoc - Farm Structure Survey (FSS)
 
 
 
Finished projects
 
 
IPA 2012 Multi-beneficiary Statistical Co-operation Programme

Duration: 01.01.2014-30.11.2015
Description: The main objectives of this project are: 

· To continue the process of progressive integration of the State Statistical Office of the Republic of Macedonia in the European Statistical System by strengthening the State Statistical Office and its coordinative role in the statistical system of the country;
· To continue the support of the sustainable development of the institutional capacity of the Office in order to allow it to better respond to its users needs providing data that are accurate, reliable, timely and produced in complete accordance to the European legislation;
· To intensify the efforts for quality improvement of statistical information and to strengthen the trust in the methods and professionalism, which will provide unquestionable statistical data for the policy makers and the international community. 

More: Data collection projects in the Multi-beneficiary Statistical Cooperation Programme IPA 2012  


 Data collection projects in the Multi-beneficiary Statistical Cooperation Programme IPA 2012
National Accounts Methodology
Agri-monetary statistics
Annual crops statistics
Animal production statistics
Structure of earnings survey
Education statistics - implementation of ISCED 2011
Research and development statistics and CIS
Environmental accounts
Short-term business statistics
International trade in goods statistics
Price statistics – PPPs
Price statistics – HICP
Ad hoc project No. 1 Time Use Survey
Ad hoc project No. 2 Structural business statistics on services
Ad hoc project No. 3 Improvement of the existing IT system for metadata-driven creation of questionnaires and on-line data collection























 
 
 
National Programme IPA 2009
 

Consists of: Twinning contract, supply contract  and service contract. 

Twinning contract: “Support to the State Statistical Office for capacity building and improving compliance of statistics with EU standards”
Duration: 18.08.2012-17.08.2014
Description: The objective of this project is to improve the decision making process by governmental institutions, business sector and citizens in the country through producing exaustive and comparable statistical data in accordance to EU and international standards, in order to further improve democracy and market-oriented economy. The project’s function is to improve the capacity of the State Statistical Office for better harmonisation with the legislation of the EU in the area of statistics focusing on national accounts, economic statistics and social statistics.

Related links:
 

Concluding Promotional Event of the Twinning Project

Seminars on the Twinning Project

Eight meeting of the Steering Committee

Seventh meeting of the Steering Committee

Sixth meeting of the Steering Committee

Fifth meeting of the Steering Committee

Fourth meeting of the Steering Committee

Third meeting of the Steering Committee

Second meeting of the Steering Committee

First meeting of the Steering Committee

 
 Newsletters:
 

Newsletter No. 7 of the Twinning project

Newsletter No. 6 of the Twinning project

Newsletter No. 5 of the Twinning project

Newsletter No. 4 of the Twinning project

Newsletter No. 3 of the Twinning project

Newsletter No. 2 of the Twinning project

Newsletter No. 1 of the Twinning project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Supply contract: “Centralized backup and Disaster Recovery System”
 Description: The objective of the project is supply and installation of hardware and software which will implement an efficient, modern and secure approach in dealing with processing and storage of data in SSO. 
 
 
IPA 2011 Multi-beneficiary Statistical Co-operation Programme

Duration: 01.09.2012-31.08.2014
Description: The main objectives of this project are: 
 

· To continue the process of progressive integration of the State Statistical Office of the Republic of Macedonia in the European Statistical System by strengthening the State Statistical Office and its coordinative role in the statistical system of the country;
· To continue the support of the sustainable development of the institutional capacity of the Office in order to allow it to better respond to its users needs providing data that are accurate, reliable, timely and produced in complete accordance to the European legislation;
· To intensify the efforts for quality improvement of statistical information and to strengthen the trust in the methods and professionalism, which will provide unquestionable statistical data for the policy makers and the international community. 




More: Data collection projects in the Multi-beneficiary Statistical Cooperation Programme IPA 2011
 
 Data collection projects in the Multi-beneficiary Statistical Cooperation Programme IPA 2011
National Accounts Methodology
 Quarterly National Accounts
 Regional Gross Value Added
 Annual Sector Accounts
 Annual Government Accounts
 Agro-monetary Acoounts
 Annual Crop Statistics
 Animal Production Statistics
 Labour Force Survey
 Income and Living Conditions Statistics
 Household Budget Survey
 Business Register
 International Trade in Goods Statistics
 Structural Business Statistics
 Price Statistics - PPP
 Ad hoc project Farm Structure Survey
















 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Service contract: “Support to the State Statistical Office for software solution for online filling-in of statistical questionnaires”, part of IPA National Programme
Duration: 15.01.2013-21.02.2014
Description: The objective of the project was to develop IT system for on-line data collection.

 “Support to the State Statistical Office for software solution for online filling-in of statistical questionnaires”, part of IPA National Programme 15.01.2013-21.02.2014 The objective of the project was to develop IT system for on-line data collection.  “Support to the State Statistical Office for software solution for online filling-in of statistical questionnaires”, part of IPA National Programme 15.01.2013-21.02.2014 The objective of the project was to develop IT system for on-line data collection.

The project will have an effect on:

- Reducing the respondents’ burden
- Improving the communication with the respondents
- Decreasing the costs of the statistical surveys
- Improving response rate and timeliness
- Data quality improvement
- Increasing efficiency in the statistical process
 

 
IPA 2009 Multi-Beneficiary Statistical Cooperation Programme
 
 
Duration: 1.12.2010-31.12.2012
Description: Improve the quality of statistical information and reinforce confidence in methods and professionalism, thus providing policy makers and the international community with unquestioned statistical data. Continue the process of progressively integrating the State Statistical Office into the European Statistical System (ESS) and continue to support sustainable capacity building.
 
Planned activities have been completed for all seven pilot projects (foreign trade statistics, Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices, purchasing power parity statistics, national accounts statistics, Labour Force Survey, agromonetary statistics and energy statistics), and final reports have been submitted to Eurostat for each of the pilot projects. With the approval of Eurostat, the duration of the project has been extended for a month, until 31.12.2012.
 
 
 
IPA 2007 Technical Assistance to the State Statistical Office
 
 
 
Project funded by the European Union
Duration: February 2010 - March 2012
Description: The project addresses four priority areas for technical assistance that need further development and one for supply contract. The results expected are:
-          development of a quality system for all processes in the production of statistics
-          further harmonized national accounts and other monetary and financial statistics
-          improved business statistics
-          improved social statistics
-          improved IT systems by providing IT equipment as to support SSO tasks successfully, and in particular some of the tasks envisaged in this project (i.e. the pilot surveys).
 
 

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Macedonian Swedish partnership in statistics 2009-2011
 
Project funded by the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
Duration: 1.04.2009 – 31.01.2012
Description: Within this last phase of the project following areas are included: structural agricultural statistics and farm register, some areas of environmental statistics, PC Axis tools and metadata component.
 
 
IPA 2008 Multi-beneficiary statistical cooperation programme
 
Project funded by the European Union
 
Duration: 1.12.2009- 30.09.2011
Description: Areas concerned are macro-economic statistics, price statistics external tirade statistics, agricultural statistics, demographic and social statistics and business statistics. This programme will continue to reinforce the regional integration and cooperation among statistical systems of the beneficiary countries.
 
 
 
Automatization and technical assistance to the State Statistical Office
 
Project funded by the European Commission within the national programme PHARE 1996
Duration: 10.1997 – 01.2000
Description: Project provided technical assistance to the SSO concerning classifications, national accounts and external trade statistics, as well as equipment for modernisation of the office.
 
 
Technical assistance to support the reform of the statistical system in the Republic of Macedonia within the national programme PHARE 1998
 
Project funded by the European Commission
Duration: 10.04.2000 – 31.12.2002
Description: The project was focused on improving the statistical registers and links between statistical registers and administrative data sources, and improving statistics in the area of agriculture, external trade and labour market.
 
 
Support to the Population Census
 
Project funded by the European Commission within the national programme PHARE 2000
Duration: 10.2002-12.2004
Description: The project assisted the SSO with the processing of data from the Population Census conducted in November 2002 (software licences, furniture and equipment, security system installation).
 
 
Technical assistance to support the State Statistical Office
 
Project funded by the European Commission within the National Programme CARDS 2005
Duration: 30.6.2006-28.6.2008
Description: The project assisted SSO in capacity building, harmonisation of national accounts to meet EU standards, improvement of the statistical programme, with a focus on business and social statistics, strengthening the capacity of the information and communication technology (ICT) of the SSO, strengthening the performance and quality monitoring practices in the SSO, enhancing the overall consultation, cooperation and communication strategy of the SSO vis-à-vis public stakeholders, the end-users and the media.
 
Regional CARDS Programme 2001
 
Project funded by the European Commission
Duration: 31.12.2003 - 30.06.2005
Description: The programme covered 3 pilot projects: purchasing power parities, external trade and business statistics. This programme also delivered training to the SSO in the form of experts’ missions to SSO, participating in seminars, international meetings and Eurostat working groups.
 
 
2003 CARDS Regional Programme on Statistics
 
Project funded by the European Commission
Duration: 14.07.2006- 13.03.2008
Description: this programme started in July 2006 and ended in March 2008. It covered: pilot projects in the areas of purchasing power parities, external trade statistics, migration statistics and labour market statistics, as well as transfer of know-how by training, traineeships, study trips, consultations and participation in Eurostat working groups.
 
 
IPA 2007 Multi-beneficiary statistical cooperation programme
 
Project funded by the European Union
Duration: July 2008 – March 2010
Description: The project was a horizontal one, with an objective to upgrade and strengthen the statistical systems in the beneficiary countries, thereby improving the availability, quality, comparability and timeliness of statistical data to be achieved through implementation of the seven sector pilot projects: external trade statistics, price statistics- Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) and Purchasing Power parities (PPPs), national accounts, preparation of the population and housing censuses 2011, preparation of agricultural censuses or farm structure and transmission of statistical data.
 
Satellite accounts for cooperatives and mutuals
 
Project co-funded by the European Union
Duration: 03.2010 – 12.2010
Description: As a result of the project, a separate publication was produced which will be of interest to the subject-matter staff the Office, because it contains the methodological bases and the data sources for preparation of satellite accounts for the cooperatives. The acquired knowledge from the work on the project is a good foundation for further planning of the activities for increasing the data fund about these cooperatives and for cooperation with other institutions.
 
 
Grant – 2010 Labour Force Survey ad hoc module on Reconciliation between work and family life
 
Project funded by the European Union
 
Duration: 07.07.2009 – 31.03.2011
Description: The objective is to ensure a methodologically sound and valid implementation of the ad hoc module. This module aims at improving the knowledge on reconciliation between work and private life. 
 
 
Grant - Joint Harmonised European Union Programme of Business and Consumer Survey
 
Project funded by the European commission
 
Duration: May 2008 – April 2011
Description: The survey programme is designed to gather information on the state of the economies and to be able to compare their business cycles for EMU (Economic and Monetary Union) management purposes.
 
 
 
SSO provider of foreign assistance
 
Duration: 10.2009 - 07.2011
 
Description: As a result of its positive experiences gained within its international activity, SSO was a consortium partner with ICON Institute in the project “Assisting Montenegro in Approximating EU Standards in Statistics” by providing short-term expert assistance.

     

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