Official statistics represents one of the main components in the knowledge process, being also pointed out as one of the main pillars for a good governance of the society. It ensures, on the basis of quantitative evaluations, the substantiation of the decisions at micro and macro economic level.
One should make a distiction between official statistics and other public statistics: official statistics are those statistics which are elaborated and issued according to some statistical normative documents or national and/or European regulations, by specific fields, carried out by public authorities according to legal stipulations.
In order to respond the criteria of public utility, official statistics should be relevant, accurate, timely, to meet all the categories of statistical data users, for planning and research purposes, to be objective and put at the disposal of all the categories of users free of charge. At the same time, official statistics should be produced and issued in order to protect individual statistical data confidentiality.
The National Institute of Statistics is the main producer of official statistical data of the state, playing the role of the coordinator of the National Statistical System, according to the stipulations of the Law no. 226/2009 on official statistical organization and functioning in Romania, with later modifications and completions.
Official statistic, according to the Law no. 226/2009, covers all the activities organized for statistical data collection, processing, analysis, dissemination, development of statistical culture, elaboration and administration of official statistical data series carried out by:
- Public authorities and institutions, except the National Bank of Romania, including demographic, social, economic, environment, financial and judicial data and information, necessary to know about economic and social reality, the creation of development strategies and forecast, of governmental decisions and of economic operators, the elaboration of scientific researches, the information of public opinion and international cooperation in the statistical field;
- The National Bank of Romania, for the fields where it has competence according to its own organisation and functioning law
Official statistical data, represent the results from the processing of individual data by the producer of official statistics, according to statistical legislation or to other legislative and issued documents, as required by official regulations. Statistical data or other, elaborated besides the above mentioned conditions, are not official statistical data.
Other producers of official statistics from Romania:
Last update: February 20, 2019