On 19 April 2018, the Presidents of the National Statistical Institutes of Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland gathered in Budapest to sign a Memorandum of Understanding, aimed at promoting cooperation in several statistical domains, and long-term close and effective engagement between the NSIs.
The purpose of the cooperation is to create a framework that supports the exchange of views and experiences between the countries, aiming at methodological development and quality improvements, as well as the modernisation of the statistical business process.
The MoU identifies areas of common interest for cooperation, including the Population census 2021, the Farm Structure Survey, mirror statistics, regional statistics, migration statistics, time use surveys, smart data, and improved user outreach, among others. The NSIs have expressed their interest in meeting on a yearly basis to discuss these and other topics for a more effective cooperation. After signing the MoU, the four countries presented their major national indicators in the first issue of an annual joint publication .
The statistical cooperation will be chaired in accordance with the rotation of the presidency of the Visegrád Group and Slovakia will take over from Hungary as chair in July 2018.
In Hungary it is important to continue the tradition of sustaining the dialogue between users and producers of statistics on all levels. Therefore, a special event marks both the European Statistics Day and the Hungarian Central Statistical Office’s 150th anniversary.
The HCSO, the Library of the HCSO, the Hungarian Statistical Review (a monthly publication that presents an overview of the population, the economy, and cultural and social life in Hungary) and Regional Statistics (a bimonthly scientific journal which publishes research, conference reports, and book reviews on regional issues) have come together to organize a national conference entitled ‘Reflections on the Role of Statistics in Science’ to be held in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest on October 18, 2017. The conference will bring together producers and users of statistics to discuss users’ requirements and needs, the best practices in statistical production, and innovative ways of visualizing and communicating statistics. The aim is to provide a clear picture of the use of statistics in a wide range of fields within the sciences and to establish a closer cooperation between the academic community and the HCSO.
The Hungarian Central Statistical Office hosted the first Technical Coordination Group for the next Census round in South East Europe on 15-16 June 2017. The participants from nine different countries presented national experiences from the last census in 2011 and exchanged views about their approaches for the next census round in 2021. Mr Pieter Everaers, Director of Directorate A at Eurostat introduced the requirements to implement different data collection modes (register based, traditional or mixed) from institutional, legal, and resource (financial and human) perspective. Maja Berber Eurostat expert made a review of the 2011 census round in the EU, including the successful implementation of a detailed European legal base and also gave information on the plans for the 2021 EU population census, including highlights of the legislation and improvements made since 2011. According to feedbacks the exchange between the enlargement countries was very useful, the conference covered many important aspects and it gave good indications for harmonizing different national approaches within the topic of censuses.
The European Statistics Day will be launched in Budapest under the auspices of the Conference of European Statistics Stakeholders.
This second conference is jointly organized by the Hungarian Central Statistical Office, Eurostat, the European Central Bank, the European Statistical Advisory Committee and the Federation of European National Statistical Societies in Budapest on 20–21 October 2016.
The aim of the Conference is to bring together European methodologists, producers, and users of statistics to discuss users needs, to share best practices in the production of official statistics, to present innovative ways of visualising and communicating statistics, and to advance new methodological ideas for collecting and analysing data.
A panel discussion with Mariana Kotzeva, Aurel Schubert, Tjark Tjin-A-Tsoi, Gabriella Vukovich, Lidia Bratanova and Maurizio Vichi will draw the conclusions and will look for ideas on how the cooperation among the different stakeholders could be further enhanced.