To mark this year's European Statistics Day, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia State Statistical Office (MAKSTAT) organised an official celebration at the Faculty of Economics of the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. The event was attended by the Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, Head of Eurostat, Mariana Kotzeva, and a large number of guests, including university professors, academics, students and statisticians.
During the ceremony, the Prime Minister signed the Commitment on Confidence in Statistics. With this signature, the Government recognised that reliable statistics are a necessary condition for evidence-based policymaking and a well-functioning democracy.
On 16 and 17 October, the regular annual mission for evaluation of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia State Statistical Office was carried out by Eurostat in cooperation with the European Commission.
Representatives of Eurostat and the EU Delegation to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia first had a meeting and discussion with the Director of the SSO. They were informed about the current activities of the Office as well as the future priorities for improvement of work processes, enhancement of quality and modernisation of the procedures for collecting and accessing data of the Office.
There were also working meetings with employees from all sectors of the Office, who presented in detail their work and achievements towards harmonisation of Macedonian legislation with the EU acquis in statistics.
The three-day Conference on Statistical Confidentiality, organized by UNECE and Eurostat ended today, in Skopje. Representatives of 27 countries from all continents in the world, as well as representatives of UNECE and EU attended the Conference.
The participants had the possibility to present and exchange views and experiences in several topics from the area of protection of statistical data confidentiality, but also to discuss about the directions in which this area will develop in the future.
A three-day Joint UN / ECE and Eurostat session dedicated to the confidentiality of statistical data started today in Skopje.
At the opening of the Conference, hosted by the State Statistical Office of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Acting Director General of the Office, Mr. Apostol Simovski, referred to the importance of the confidentiality of individual data. He emphasised the three basic pillars on which confidentiality is based, which are:
1. The fundamental principle of the United Nations according to which all data on individuals and business entities collected for the production of statistical data can and should be used exclusively for statistical purposes;
2. Existence of legislation that will impose a legal obligation on the statistical institutions for the protection of individual data;
3. Building confidence of data providers in the statistical institutions regarding the confidentiality and protection of individual data.
The conference is attended by 80 representatives of the academic community, international organisations, statistical institutions from around the world, who will present over 40 papers in the next three days.