Category: Achievements

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.

Biroul Național de Statistică beneficiază de o infrastructură statistică modernă, cu sprijinul Uniunii Europene

5 iulie 2022, Chișinău

Biroul Național de Statistică (BNS) al Republicii Moldova și-a modernizat Sistemul Național Statistic în conformitate cu standardele europene și internaționale, colaborând cu o serie de instituții naționale europene din domeniul statisticii. Modernizarea infrastructurii statistice a fost posibilă grație suportului acordat de către Uniunea Europeană prin intermediul proiectului „Asistență Tehnică pentru sprijinirea Biroului Național de Statistică al Republicii Moldova” (ParStat), implementat pe parcursul a trei ani de către oficiile de statistică din Italia, Polonia și Danemarca. Totodată, specialiștii BNS au beneficiat de instruiri în diverse domenii de specialitate a statisticii oficiale și au înregistrat progres continuu în procesul de armonizare a metodologiilor și instrumentelor statistice la nivelul celor din Uniunea Europeană.

Rezultatele proiectului ParStat au fost prezentate în cadrul unei conferințe de încheiere, desfășurate astăzi la Palatul Republicii din Chișinău. Astfel, au fost prezentate activitățile realizate pentru îmbunătățirea diseminării și comunicării datelor statistice, și a interacțiunii cu utilizatorii datelor statistice. Grație asistenței UE, BNS a efectuat pentru prima dată Sondajul de opinie online privind „Gradul de satisfacție al utilizatorilor de date cu produsele și serviciile statistice furnizate de BNS”, fiind primul din seria sondajelor online pe care Biroul Național de Statistică planifică să le desfășoare cu regularitate. O altă realizare importantă a Proiectului, prezentată la conferință, vizează designul și implementarea noii versiuni a site-ului Biroului Național de Statistică, cu funcționalități și instrumente noi de diseminare a datelor statistice și de comunicare cu utilizatorii și publicul larg.

În Uniunea Europeană, colectarea și analiza corectă a datelor statistice, urmată de generarea datelor de înaltă calitate, reprezintă un proces important care stă la baza elaborării politicilor și a modului în care se iau decizii informate. Din aceleași considerente, UE a acordat sprijin Biroului Național de Statistică prin intermediul proiectului, care astăzi a ajuns la etapa finală. Cu suportul Uniunii Europene, Republica Moldova are la dispoziție o infrastructură statistică mai eficientă, modernizată și armonizată cu standardele UE. Cetățenii, la fel, pot beneficia de statisticile puse la dispoziție, fie în calitate de antreprenori, studenți, cercetători, jurnaliști și în multe alte domenii de activitate.” a declarat Ambasadorul Uniunii Europene în Republica Moldova, Jānis Mažeiks.

De asemenea, prin intermediul proiectului, Uniunea Europeană a oferit asistență pentru elaborarea și aprobarea unor reglementări privind extinderea numărului de producători de statistici oficiale în Republica Moldova, astfel încât datele administrative existente să poată fi utilizate și în scopuri statistice. Chestionarele statistice în câteva domenii, printre care Chestionarul sondajului structural al întreprinderilor, privind utilizarea tehnologiilor informaționale în întreprinderi și Ancheta forței de muncă, au fost elaborate și actualizate în concordanță cu standardele UE și internaționale. Totodată, a fost elaborat un nou eșantion principal pentru anchetele în gospodăriile casnice.

„Evenimentul istoric recent, de obținere de către Republica Moldova a statutului de țară candidat pentru aderarea la UE, presupune noi oportunități în vederea dezvoltării și prosperării societății, dar și sarcini și responsabilități în creștere de a implementa reforme necesare în vederea asigurării parcursului european al țării noastre, și edificării Europei la noi acasă. Aceasta, la rîndul său, pune faţă de sistemul statistic naţional sarcini majore întru armonizarea în continuare, sporită, a statisticii naționale cu standardele și bunele practici europene, de transformări esenţiale în activitatea de producţie şi diseminare de statistici oficiale, precum şi de comunicare cu partenerii din amontele şi, în special, din avalul fluxului informational.

Remarcăm, că proiectul ParStat finanțat de UE a contribuit esențial la procesele lansate de modernizare a statisticii oficiale în corespundere cu bunele practici europene”,  a declarat Oleg Cara, director general al BNS.

În cadrul aceluiași proiect au fost dezvoltate aplicații informatice pentru utilizarea metodelor de Interviu personal asistat de calculator (CAPI) și un Sistem informațional geografic (GIS) pentru colectarea datelor despre clădiri, locuințe și adrese. Acestea au fost testate și utilizate pe 30% din teritoriul Republicii Moldova și vor servi pentru pregătirea următorului recensământ al populației și al locuințelor.

Prezentă la eveniment, vicepreședinta Societății Geografice Italiene, Margherita Azzari, liderul consorțiului de implementare a Proiectului a remarcat că „o mai bună cooperare instituțională dintre Biroul Național de Statistică al Republicii Moldova și Instituțiile UE care produc și difuzează statistici oficiale este una dintre principalele realizări ale proiectului. Suntem foarte bucuroși să închidem această asistență știind că statisticile oficiale din Moldova sunt acum mai bine aliniate la standardele UE și internaționale și că colegii BNS au capacități și abilități îmbunătățite. Mulțumim BNS și instituțiilor din Republica Moldova pentru angajamentul față de proiect. Suntem pregătiți să ne susținem în continuare colegii în alte activități de cooperare pe care le putem avea în viitor”.

Adițional, în cadrul proiectului a fost abordată și evaluarea economiei neobservate. Ulterior, experții proiectului au formulat recomandări privind Indicele armonizat al prețurilor de consum (IAPC), care acoperă o serie de bunuri și servicii, reflectând cheltuielile medii ale gospodăriilor populației pentru un coș de produse și este utilizat pentru a măsura inflația prețurilor de consum.

La evenimentul dedicat totalizării activităților Proiectului ParStat, au participat Ambasadorul Uniunii Europene în Republica Moldova, Jānis Mažeiks; Ambasadorul Poloniei la Chișinău, Tomasz Kobzdej; secretara adjunctă a Guvernului, Svetlana Țurcan; șeful adjunct de misiune al Ambasadei Italiei în Republica Moldova, Diego Randazzo; președintele Oficiului central de statistică din Polonia, Dominik Rozkrut; vicepreședintele Societății geografice italiene, Margherita Azzari; șefa Direcției afaceri internaționale la Institutul Național de Statistică al Italiei (Istat), Marina Gandolfo; reprezentanți ai autorităților publice centrale din țară, parteneri de dezvoltare, cercetători științifici, societatea civilă și utilizatori de date statistice.

Informații de context

Proiectul Uniunii Europene „Asistență Tehnică Biroului Național de Statistică al Republicii Moldova” (ParStat) a fost implementat în perioada 2019 – 2022 de către un consorțium dintre Societatea Geografică Italiană, împreună cu Biroul Național de Statistica al Italiei, Statistica Danemarcei și Statistica Poloniei.

Pentru informații adiționale: Vitalie Condrațchi, vitalie.condratchi@gmail.com, tel. +37379403403.

Национальное бюро статистики использует современную статистическую инфраструктуру при поддержке Европейского Союза

5 июля 2022 г., Кишинев

Национальное бюро статистики (НБС) Республики Молдова модернизировало свою Национальную статистическую систему в соответствии с европейскими и международными стандартами, сотрудничая с рядом европейских национальных учреждений в области статистики. Модернизация статистической инфраструктуры стала возможной благодаря поддержке, оказанной Европейским Союзом в рамках проекта «Техническая помощь для поддержки Национального бюро статистики Республики Молдова» (ParStat), реализуемого в течение трех лет статистическими офисами в Италии, Польше и Дание. В то же время специалисты НБС прошли обучение в различных специализированных областях официальной статистики и зафиксировали непрерывный прогресс в процессе гармонизации статистических методологий и инструментов на уровне Европейского Союза.

Результаты проекта ParStat были представлены на заключительной конференции, состоявшейся сегодня во Дворце Республики в Кишиневе. Были представлены мероприятия, проведенные для улучшения распространения статистических данных, а также взаимодействия с пользователями статистических данных. Благодаря помощи ЕС, НБС впервые провело онлайн-опрос общественного мнения на тему «Удовлетворенность пользователей данными статистическими продуктами и услугами, предоставляемыми НБС», что стало первым из серии онлайн-опросов, которые Национальное бюро статистики планирует проводить с регулярностью. Еще одним важным достижением Проекта, представленным на конференции, является разработка и внедрение новой версии веб-сайта Национального бюро статистики, с новыми функциями и инструментами для распространения статистических данных и коммуникации с пользователями и широкой общественностью.

«В Европейском Союзе правильный сбор и анализ статистических данных с последующим получением высококачественных данных является важным процессом, лежащим в основе разработки политики и принятия обоснованных решений. По тем же причинам ЕС оказал поддержку Национальному бюро статистики в рамках проекта, который в настоящее время находится на завершающей стадии. При поддержке Европейского Союза Республика Молдова имеет в своем распоряжении более эффективную статистическую инфраструктуру, модернизированную и приведенную в соответствие со стандартами ЕС. Граждане также могут воспользоваться предоставленной статистикой как предприниматели, студенты, исследователи, журналисты, а также во многих других сферах деятельности», заявил посол Европейского Союза в Республике Молдова Янис Мажейкс.

Также в рамках проекта, Европейский Союз оказал помощь в разработке и утверждении положений о расширении числа производителей официальной статистики в Республике Молдова, чтобы существующие административные данные можно было использовать в статистических целях. Были разработаны и обновлены статистические вопросники в нескольких областях, включая Структурное исследование предприятий, по использованию информационных технологий на предприятиях и Исследование рабочей силы, в соответствии со стандартами ЕС и международными стандартами. В то же время для исследований домохозяйств была разработана новая основная выборка.

«Недавнее историческое событие, получение Республикой Молдова статуса страны-кандидата на вступление в ЕС, предполагает новые возможности для развития и процветания общества, а также увеличение задач и ответственности по осуществлению необходимых реформ для обеспечения европейского курса нашей страны и постройки Европы дома. Это, в свою очередь, ставит перед национальной статистической системой важные задачи по дальнейшей гармонизации национальной статистики с европейскими стандартами и передовой практикой, существенным преобразованиям в производстве и распространении официальной статистики и коммуникации с партнерами.

Мы отмечаем, что проект ParStat, финансируемый ЕС, внес значительный вклад в процессы, запущенные для модернизации официальной статистики в соответствии с передовой европейской практикой», — сказал Олег Кара, генеральный директор НБС.

В рамках того же проекта были разработаны компьютерные приложения для использования методов автоматизированного личного опроса (CAPI) и географической информационной системы (ГИС) для сбора данных о зданиях, домах и адресах. Они были опробованы и использованы на 30% территории Республики Молдова и послужат для подготовки следующей переписи населения и жилищного фонда.

Присутствовавшая на мероприятии вице-президент Итальянского географического общества Маргерита Аззари, лидер Консорциума по реализации проекта, отметила, что «улучшение институционального сотрудничества между Национальным статистическим управлением Республики Молдова и институтами ЕС, производящими и распространяющими официальную статистику, является одним из основных достижений проекта. Мы очень рады предоставить эту помощь, зная, что официальная статистика в Молдове теперь лучше соответствует стандартам ЕС и международным стандартам, а коллеги из НБС улучшили свои возможности. Мы благодарим НБС и учреждения Республики Молдова за их приверженность проекту. Мы готовы и впредь поддерживать наших коллег в других видах сотрудничества».

Кроме того, в проекте была проведена оценка ненаблюдаемой экономики. Впоследствии эксперты проекта дали рекомендации по Гармонизированному индексу потребительских цен (HICP), который охватывает ряд товаров и услуг, отражает средние расходы домохозяйства на корзину продуктов и используется для измерения инфляции потребительских цен.

В мероприятии, посвященном обобщению деятельности проекта ParStat, приняли участие Посол Европейского Союза в Республике Молдова Янис Мажейкс; Посол Польши в Кишиневе Томаш Кобздей; заместитель секретаря правительства Светлана Цуркан; заместитель главы миссии посольства Италии в Республике Молдова Диего Рандаццо; президент Центрального статистического управления Польши Доминик Розкрут; вице-президент Итальянского географического общества Маргерита Аццари; начальник отдела международных отношений Национального института статистики Италии (Istat) Марина Гандольфо; представители центральных органов государственной власти страны, партнеры по развитию, научные исследователи, гражданское общество и пользователи статистических данных.

Контекстная информация

Проект Европейского Союза «Техническая помощь Национальному статистическому Бюро Республики Молдова» (ПарСтат) был реализован в период с 2019 по 2022 год консорциумом между Итальянским географическим обществом совместно с Национальным статистическим управлением Италии, Статистической службой Дании и Статистической службой Польши.

The 5th Steering Committee meeting of the EU-funded project “Technical Assistance to Support the National Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Moldova” took place on 25th January 2022

The Steering Committee Meeting of the EU funded project “Technical Assistance to Support the National Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Moldova” (ParStat project) was organised on 25th January 2022 to present and discuss the activities implemented during the previous semester and the activities planned in the first half of 2022. The project will end in July 2022, and therefore, a Project Exit Strategy was debated and agreed as well. The meeting was attended by representatives of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the Ministry of Finance, the Land Relations and Cadastre Agency, the Delegation of the European Union to Moldova, the National Institutes of Statistics of Italy, Poland, and Denmark, as well as experts from the project.

Within the project’s component Strengthening the institutional capacity for the NBS for efficient and effective development of national statistics, the NBS and project experts presented the results achieved: the Regulation on the access to microdata for scientific purposes was approved by the NBS and published on the website of the Institution; the Regulation on Other Producers of Official Statistics (OPOS) was submitted for approval of the Government of Moldova, and several amendments to legal acts related to official statistics were developed. In addition, it was reported that 60 NBS staff members successfully passed the final exams of a six-months English language course also supported by the project: they received a certificate of completion according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL), also recognised by the Government of the Republic of Moldova. For the same project component, the NBS and project experts also reported on the progress of a fieldwork activities aimed at map updating via data collection on buildings and housing units, using GIS tools and tablets for for further establishment of a geodatabase at the NBS for statistical purposes and for preparatory activities of the next population and housing census (planned in 2024). This field data collection activity, in cooperation with the Agency for Land Relations and Cadastre, resulted in a 30 per cent coverage of the territory of Moldova.

On the “Alignment of statistical products and services with quality standards” project’s component, an online User Satisfaction Survey was conducted by the NBS in late 2021 with the support of Polish experts (the results will be published early in 2022). Moreover, it was reported that a new NBS website is being under development in line with the national requirements and standards of other websites of European national statistics institutes.

Under the third project component on “Harmonization of statistical production with the EU acquis in statistics”, the following actions were implemented: the revision and harmonization with the new EU regulation on European business Statistics of the questionnaire for the annual structural survey, an activity supported by the national institute of Denmark; the launch of a pilot survey with a new questionnaire on ICT usage in enterprises, based on the best European practices and recommendations.

Moreover, the NBS staff benefited of several training sessions on: EU-SILC, a survey regularly conducted in EU countries to collect data on income and living conditions; ESSPROS standards, the EU statistics in social protection; education statistics, to further align Moldova’s education statistics to the international standard ISCED 2011 and to standardise data collection between the NBS and the Ministry of Education and Research.

Finally, achievements have been reported in the field of ICT: development of a metadata system (as a component part of a future integrated information system covering the whole statistical processes), an activity supported by the Italian National institute of statistics; testing of the Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) method for a particular statistical survey (Labour Force Survey) to contribute to further modernisation of data collection operations.

Ms Aurica Butnari, project manager at the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Moldova (EUD) welcomed the proposed exit strategy of the project: “As the project approaches its final stage, the EUD hopes that the activities started within the project will have continuity after its completion as well, within the regular work of the NBS. Despite all external challenges, we consider that the project achieved very good results”.

Mr Oleg Cara, the General Director of the NBS, mentioned that Project’s activities and achieved results have strengthened NBS institutional capacities and abilities to coordinate other producers of official statistics within the National Statistical System of Moldova, while the Project exit strategy will help to ensure sustainability of impact after Project’s completion and further ownership from the NBS of the project results. He also thanked the European Union, the ParStat team and the statistical offices from Italy, Poland, and Denmark for their contributions and support. “The large variety of the project’s activities implemented will have a positive impact on the NBS in general”. The head of the Bureau highlighted the effective participation of the Ministry of Finance, Agency for Public Services, Agency for Land Relations and Cadastre as national partners in the project’s implementation.

This material was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its content is the sole responsibility of the project “Technical assistance to support the National Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Moldova”, funded by the European Union. The content of the publication belongs to the authors and does not necessarily reflect the vision of the European Union.

NBS continues to gradually implement the methodology of the European system of integrated statistics on social protection (ESSPROS)

On 20 and 21 December, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) organized an online workshop with an EU expert to discuss the implementation of the methodology of the ‘European System of integrated Social Protection Statistics’ (ESSPROS) in the Republic of Moldova. During the workshop, NBS representatives presented the activities carried out during 2021, including the social protection schemes identified at national level, as well as the challenges encountered when compiling the data in accordance with the ESSPROS methodology. During the event, the steps to be taken by Moldova to complete the collection of relevant data and cover all social protection schemes were discussed, including the financial flows of expenses and incomes of employers and non-profit organizations.NBS is assisted in the gradual adaptation of the ESSPROS methodology by an international expert of the project „Technical Assistance to Support the National Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Moldova” (Parstat), financed by the European Union.

While opening the event, Aurelia Spataru, NBS deputy director said: „The official statistics on social protection, which are intended to be produced in accordance with the Eurostat methodology and the good practices of the European Union, are critically important for the Republic of Moldova for the purpose of improving people’s life quality, in particular, of those population groups  that require the state aid for a decent life. These statistics provide records for planning the size and costs of social benefits, their correlation with the incomes from which they are covered, with the necessary focus on the functions of protectors and their beneficiaries. The production of these statistics is possible only in collaboration with the public authorities that have and can provide the information necessary for the calculation of the ESSPROS statistics”.

Roberto Bianchini, team leader of the Parstat project, noted that: „ESSPROS is a common statistical framework which enables comparison between European countries on social benefits to households and their financing. It is particularly relevant for Moldova that needs to further reinforce policies on social inclusion and social protection of the population living in the country”.For two days, a team of NBS statisticians, assisted by the international project expert reviewed the data compiled for the completed social protection schemes under the responsibility of several national institutions, such as the National Social Insurance House, the National Health Insurance House, the National Employment Agency and the National Social Assistance Agency. They also validated the data by cross-checking the expenditures reported by the above-mentioned institutions with the transfers from the state budget, identifying the aspects that require further improvement.The workshop focused on discussions of the link between ESSPROS data and national accounts, highlighting the importance of cooperation and data cross-linking in the future.

For certain social protection schemes, not covered by the compilation exercise, potential data sources such as statistical research carried out by NBS were analysed: Statistical survey on earnings and labour costs”, Statistical survey on consumption and expenditure of non-profit organisations”.
At the same time, the participants highlighted the first steps that need to be implemented in the modules of ESSPROS methodology regarding pension beneficiaries and net social benefits, and provided a main set of recommendations. In January, the NBS specialists, assisted by the international expert, will draft a report with recommendations and a roadmap on the continuation of activities to prepare Moldova for the implementation of the ESSPROS methodology.
 
 

NBS presented the draft of the new ICT questionnaire for the enterprises

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) presented the draft of the new questionnaire on ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) in enterprises, in line with the requirements of Eurostat – the EU’s statistical body. During this activity, NBS was assisted by an international expert, Virginia Balea, working at the Romanian National Institute of Statistics.

In December, the new draft questionnaire was shared with the representatives of the Ministry of Economy, the National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ANRCETI), Moldova IT Park, the Association of ICT enterprises, for consultation and relevant comments. Its final version is expected to be defined by the NBS in January next year.

According to Svetlana Bulgac, head of the General Directorate for Business Statistics of NBS, this was a necessary change, since the current questionnaire approved in the 2000 no longer corresponds to the current requirements. “The format and data collected in the questionnaire were very outdated and did not meet the requirements of internal and external users. The draft of the new questionnaire was developed pursuant to the EU recommendations, similarly allowing to achieve comparability between the situation in the Republic of Moldova and other European countries, which have implemented such questionnaires and collect in this format the statistical information on the use of ICT in enterprises“, said Svetlana Bulgac.

The draft of the new questionnaire contains a set of questions about the ICT systems used by the national enterprises, internet access and use, websites, use of social networks, e-commerce, use of the internet to interact with public authorities, ICT security, investments and expenses for ICT products, etc. In total, the new questionnaire contains seven chapters. Its final version will be tested in a pilot survey planned next year.

After testing the questionnaire, it will be adjusted according to the comments and proposals of the respondents participating in the pilot research.

NBS will use a revised questionnaire for the 2021 annual structural survey

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has completed the revision of the questionnaire for the annual structural survey, according to the latest European requirements on Structural Business Statistics (SBS). Peter Bøegh Nielsen, from the National Institute of Statistics of Denmark, has assisted the NBS in updating the questionnaire, which will be applied in the reporting year 2021. The activity took place within the Project “Technical Assistance to Support the National Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Moldova”, funded by the European Union.

According to Iurie Mocanu, NBS Deputy Director, this represents a step forward in reforming national statistics according to EU requirements. “By adjusting the questionnaire for the annual structural survey to EU requirements, NBS followed two important principles: (I) the production and dissemination of internationally comparable statistics, following the EU standards; (ii) the optimization of statistical questionnaires in order to reduce the response burden on the business environment,” said Iurie Mocanu.

Thanks to the support and expertise provided by the EU assistance, the existing questionnaire has been supplemented with three new modules covering trade (wholesale and retail activities), which, in the reporting year 2021, will replace two statistical surveys previously carried out concerning trade statistics.

SBS data are published every year on the official website of NBS, 11 months after the reference year.

The annual European Awards for Civil Society Organisations

The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova will host its traditional annual European Awards for Civil Society Organisations (hereinafter – CSOs). The event will take place on the occasion of the International Day of Human Rights, marked every year on 10 December, to raise the awareness about the principles of equality and non-discrimination which are at the heart of human rights.

The online event will take place on 10 December, starting at 10:00 and will last max. 1 hour.

In the light of above, we kindly invite you to join the EU Delegation and the CSOs which will be awarded. The event will be broadcasted on the EU Delegation Facebook page and also on Privesc.eu, link: https://www.privesc.eu/Arhiva/97369/.

NBS and national partners are gradually implementing the methodology of the European System of Integrated Social Protection Statistics (ESSPROS)

During October 25-26, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) organised an online workshop on the implementation in Moldova of the methodology of the European System of Integrated Social Protection Statistics (ESSPROS). The first part of the workshop, with the participation of representatives of ministries and other public institutions, aimed at familiarisation with the main concepts and main definitions of ESSPROS used by the EU countries and the presentation of the social protection schemes identified by the NBS staff at national level. This was followed by individual meetings with specialists from the partner national institutions responsible for the production of data on social protection, with whom they mainly discussed about the financial flows of expenditure and income on the social protection within the identified schemes. Starting with February, the NBS started the implementation and gradual adaptation of the ESSPROS methodology at national level, being assisted in this regard by Flavio Bianconi, the expert of the project “Technical Assistance to support the National Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Moldova”, funded by the European Union.

At the opening of the event, Aurelia Spătaru, NBS deputy director noted that within the framework of the Moldova-EU association agreement, the Republic of Moldova is committed to comply with the community acquis in this regard: Eurostat’s methodology for the European System of Integrated Social Protection Statistics involves joint efforts by data holders on functional social protection schemes in the country. However, before producing statistics in line with Eurostat standards, the Republic of Moldova must adapt the methodology to the national context based on the analysis of data sources and testing their capabilities to provide the necessary and sufficient data for the production of official statistics in the field.

Roberto Bianchini, team leader of the Parstat project, thanked NBS and all national partners for participating in the event and mentioned: The EU pays particular attention to social protection statistics, being one of the three pillars of social rights in the EU, and a country development level is measured also through the effective implementation of social protection statistics

For two days, the team of NBS statisticians, assisted by international expert Flavio Bianconi, presented the importance of compiling and using ESSPROS data, the list of national schemes defined by the NBS, the main challenges identified in the necessary ESSPROS data. During the general sessions it was discussed the role and responsibilities of the partner institutions in providing data, and in the individual sessions – technical issues regarding the disaggregation of data and the need to apply estimates.

For two days, the international expert Flavio Bianconi presented the ESSPROS methodology, the importance of compiling and using ESSPROS data, the list of national schemes jointly defined with the NBS under ESSPROS, as well as the main challenges identified in the required ESSPROS data. The role and responsibilities of partner institutions in providing data were also presented, technical issues regarding data disaggregation and the need to apply estimates were discussed in individual sessions organised with representatives of several national institutions. 

The workshop was attended by representatives of the National House of Social Insurance, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Education and Research, the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, the National Health Insurance Company, the National Employment Agency, the National Agency for Public Health, the National Social Assistance Agency.

At the end of the event, its participants agreed on continuing good cooperation between institutions in order to provide the necessary data, finalise and compile in accordance with the needs of ESSPROS the statistical data for the protection schemes under the responsibility of the represented institutions.

This material was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its content is the sole responsibility of the project “Technical assistance to support the National Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Moldova”, funded by the European Union. The content of the publication belongs to the authors and does not necessarily reflect the vision of the European Union.

English language studied by NBS officials in order to improve professional skills

Several employees of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) had the opportunity to improve their knowledge and communication skills in English, thanks to an organised English language course within the project “Technical assistance to Support the National Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Moldova” (Parstat), funded by the European Union. The course was provided online twice a week by certificated English teachers from the Republic of Moldova.

In the opinion of the course trainees, the language skills acquired are extremely useful, since a relevant number of the documents and software used on a daily basis are available in the English version only. According to Pavel Țîţu, head of the Geographic Information Systems Service at the NBS, the improved language skills will help him to consult effectively the online documentation in his statistical domain. “We are using software that is only in English, and in order to strengthen our knowledge and professional skills we have to consult materials published in English language. Unfortunately,  there are no materials available in Romanian for our field of expertise, therefore it is imperative that we know English language, specified Pavel Țîțu.

Larisa Chirița, senior consultant in the Department of Education, Science and Culture Statistics shares the same opinion.  We are working with documents, strategies data provided by Eurostat, UNESCO and other international organisations that are often available only in English language. We used to attend online courses organised by Eurostat. That is why becoming literate in English will help us a lot in our daily activity. This course has helped me a lot to improve my ability to communicate in English, said Larisa Chirița.

A more advanced knowledge of English will allow NBS staff to access the main sources and reference documents for the further alignment of official national statistics with the acquis communautaire.

This material was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its content is the sole responsibility of the project “Technical assistance to support the National Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Moldova”, funded by the European Union. The content of the publication belongs to the authors and does not necessarily reflect the vision of the European Union.