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Monday, June 25, 2018, 

Ahead of 2020 census, State Statistical Office to enhance capacities with EU's help

Ahead of 2020 census, State Statistical Office to enhance capacities with EU

Skopje, 14 June 2018 (MIA) – A workshop was held in Skopje on Thursday to present the results from the EU-funded Twinning project "Support to the State Statistical Office for capacity building and improving compliance of statistics with EU standards" and to mark its completion.

The 20-month project worth EUR 742,000 was funded by the European Union and was jointly implemented by the SSO and the statistical institutions of Italy and Slovenia (ISTAT and SURS).

The Twinning project's purpose was to enhance the capacity of the SSO to further improve compliance with EU acquis in the three main pillars of the National Statistical System: National Accounts, Economic Statistics and Social Statistics. 

"Transitioning towards the European System of Accounts 2010 will continue more efficiently thanks to the insights we've gained during this project," SSO's director Apostol Simovski said during his presentation.

Speaking about the 2020 census, Simovski proposed that the subsections on ethnicity and religion affiliation be eliminated so that politics no longer is a part of the most important national survey.

Euroambassador Samuel Zbogar said the census was a major challenge for the country, adding that the EU is ready to support it at all levels.

"Statistics free from political influence can improve people's lives in the country," Zbogar said, "because it's highly important to have precise statistical data."

Твининг проекто ДЗС Ромео

Italian Ambassador Carlo Romeo said that Twining project leader ISTAT, the Italian National Institute of Statistics, has had more than 90 years of experience of working completely independently while being in constant interaction with the public and the academic community in Italy.

"This project," Ambassador Romeo said, "has raised your awareness of the importance of high-quality statistical data, which is imperative for better analysis, decision-making, and monitoring."

He added that the 2020 census would be SSO's greatest test, which the Office needs to face together with citizens and institutions to provide high-quality data for policy makers. mr/18:03

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