National Bureau of Statistics benefits from a modern statistical infrastructure with the support of the European Union

5 July 2022, Chișinău

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) of the Republic of Moldova upgraded its National Statistical System in line with European and international standards, collaborating with a number of European national statistical institutions. The modernisation of the statistical infrastructure was possible with the support of the European Union in the framework of the project “Technical Assistance to Support National Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Moldova” (ParStat), implemented over a course of three years by the statistical offices of Italy, Poland and Denmark. Additionally, the NBS employees benefited from training in various specialised fields of official statistics and made continuous progress in the process of harmonising statistical methodologies and tools with those of the European Union.

The results of the ParStat project were presented at a closing conference held today at the Palace of the Republic in Chișinău. Furthermore, the activities carried out to improve the dissemination and communication of statistical data and the interaction with statistical data users were presented. Thanks to the EU assistance, the NBS conducted for the first time an online opinion survey on “Satisfaction of data users with statistical products and services provided by the NBS”, being the first among a series of online surveys that the National Bureau of Statistics plans to conduct on a regular basis. Another important project achievement presented during the conference was the design and implementation of the new website of the National Bureau of Statistics, comprising new functionalities and tools for disseminating statistical data and communicating with users and the public at large.

In the European Union, accurate collection and analysis of statistical data, followed by the generation of high-quality data, is an important process underlying policy-making and informed decision-making. For the same purpose, we have supported the National Bureau of Statistics through the project, which today reached its final stage. With the support of the European Union, the Republic of Moldova has now at its disposal a more efficient statistical infrastructure, modernised and harmonised in line with European standards. Citizens, equally, can benefit from the statistics made available, whether as entrepreneurs, students, researchers, journalists and in many other fields of activity.” stated the Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova, Jānis Mažeiks.

In the framework of the project, the European Union also provided assistance in drafting and approving Regulations to expand the number of producers of official statistics in the Republic of Moldova so that the existing administrative data could be also used for statistical purposes. Statistical questionnaires in several fields, including the Questionnaire of the Structural Business Survey, on the use of Information Technologies in enterprises and on the Labor Force Survey, have been developed and updated in line with EU and international standards. At the same time, a new master sample for household surveys was developed.

The recent historical event, for the Republic of Moldova to obtain the status of candidate country for EU accession provides new opportunities for the development and prosperity of society, but also growing tasks and responsibilities to implement the necessary reforms ensuring the European course of our country, and building Europe at home. This, in turn, poses major tasks to the national statistical system for continuous and increased harmonization of national statistics with European standards and good practices, essential transformations in the production and dissemination of official statistics, as well as
communication with upstream partners and, especially, downstream of the information flow. We note that the EU-funded ParStat project has contributed significantly to the processes launched by modernization of official statistics in line with European good practices
“, said Oleg Cara, Director General of the NBS.

Within the same project, computer applications for the use of Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) methods and geographic Information System (GIS) computer applications for the collection of data on buildings, households and addresses were also developed. They have been tested and used on 30% of the territory of the Republic of Moldova and will serve for the preparation of the next census of population and housing.

Attending the event, the Vice-President of the Italian Geographical Society, Margherita Azzari, leader of the consortium implementing the project, noted that “better institutional cooperation between the National Statistical Bureau of the Republic of Moldova and the EU Institutions producing and disseminating official statistics is one of the main achievements of the project. We are very happy to close this assistance knowing that official statistics in Moldova are now better aligned with EU and international standards and that NBS colleagues have improved capacities and skills. We thank the NBS and the Moldovan institutions for their commitment to the project. We stand ready to continue to support our colleagues in other cooperation activities we may have in the future“.

In addition, within the project, the evaluation of the unobserved economy was also addressed. Subsequently, the project experts made recommendations on the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP), which covers a range of goods and services, reflecting the average household expenditure on a basket of products, and is used to measure consumer price inflation.

The event was attended by the Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova, Jānis Mažeiks; the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Chisinau, Tomasz Kobzdej; the Deputy Secretary General of the Government of the Republic of Moldova, Svetlana Turcanu; the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Italy to the Republic of Moldova, Diego Randazzo; the President of Statistics Poland, Dominik Rozkrut; the vice-president of the Italian Geographical Society, Margherita Azzari; the Head of International Affairs Division of the Italian National Institute of Statistics (Istat), Marina Gandolfo; representatives of the country’s central public authorities, development partners, academia, social society and users of statistical data.

Background information

The European Union project “Technical Assistance to Support National Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Moldova” (ParStat) was implemented from 2019 to 2022 by a consortium of the Italian Geographical Society, together with the Italian National Bureau of Statistics, Statistics Denmark and Statistics Poland.

For additional information: Vitalie Condrațchi, communication expert, vitalie.condratchi@gmail.com, tel. +37379403403.

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