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PRIORITIES

OF THE NATIONAL STATISTICS

in 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ljubljana , November 2008

 

In addition to the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia , the authorised producers of national statistics as defined in the Medium-term Programme of Statistical Surveys 2008-2012, Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia No. 119/2007, page 17199, are:

Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for Public Legal Records and Related Services (AJPES),

Bank of Slovenia (BS),

Institute of Public Health of the Republic of Slovenia (IVZ),

Ministry of Finance (MF),

Pension and Disability Insurance Institute of Slovenia (ZPIZ) and

Employment Service of Slovenia (ZRSZ).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published by

Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia (SORS), Ljub ljana , Vožarski pot 12

For the publisher  

Irena Križman MSc, Director-General of SORS

Telephone

+386 1 241 51 00

Fax

+386 1 241 53 44

Website

www.stat.si

Editor s

Nina Stražišar , Marina Urbas

Prepared by

SORS: Frida Braunsberger, Karmen Hren MSc, Zala Kalan, Irena Križman MSc, Ema Mišič, Dr. Mojca Noč Razinger, Tomaž Smrekar, Mojca Suvorov, Alenka Škafar Božič, Metka Zaletel, Tjaša Zrnec, Erika Žnidaršič, Jana Žužek and the heads of SORS organisational units.

Bank of Slovenia : Janez Fabijan, Institute of Public Health : Jana Trdič,  Pension and Disability Insurance Institute: Dr. Ines Sarazin Lovrečič

Text revision

Secretariat-General of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia , Translation Department;

Marina Urbas, SORS , Boris Panič, SORS

Printed by

Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia

Print run

80 copies

ISSN

1855-5799

Publishing and citing of the text are permitted only with a reference to the source.

CONTENTS

 

Introduction               5

1. DEMOGRAPHIC AND SOCIAL STATISTICS               7

POPULATION and MIGRATION               7

LABOUR MARKET               8

EDUCATION and TRAINING               9

CULTURE               10

HEALTH and CONSUMER PROTECTION               10

STANDARD OF LIVING, SOCIAL PROTECTION and HOUSING statistics               11

CRIME               12

2. MACROECONOMIC STATISTICS               13

NATIONAL ACCOUNTS               13

PRICES               14

TRADE IN GOODS               15

BALANCE OF PAYMENTS and statistics of MONETARY and FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS and MARKETS               15

3. BUSINESS STATISTICS               16

ANNUAL BUSINESS statistics               16

STRUCTURAL BUSINESS statistics               17

STATISTICAL BUSINESS REGISTER               17

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS statistics               18

TRANSPORT               18

TOURISM               19

ENERGY and RAW MATERIALS               19

4. AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES               20

5. MULTIDOMAIN STATISTICS               21

ENVIRONMENT               21

REGIONAL statistics and GEOGRAPHICAL/LOCAL information               22

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY and INNOVATION               23

INFORMATION SOCIETY               23

BUSINESS TENDECIES and CONSUMER SURVEYS               23

6. STATISTICAL INFRASTRUCTURE               24

APPENDIX:               28

A.         Action plan for implementing the STRATEGY FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF NATIONAL STATISTICS IN SLOVENIA in 2009

B.         Action plan for implementing the STRATEGY FOR FURTHER REDUCTION OF ADMINISTRATIVE BURDENS in 2009

C.         Action plan for implementing the STRATEGY OF QUALITY in 2009

D.         Action plan for implementing the STRATEGY OF DATA PROTECTION in 2009

E.         Action plan for implementing the STRATEGY OF COOPERATION WITH REPORTING UNITS AND REDUCTION OF BURDENS in 2009

F.         Action plan for implementing the STRATEGY FOR DISSEMINATION AND COMMUNICATION WITH USERS in 2009

G.        Action plan for implementing the STRATEGY OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY UPDATE in 2009

H.         Action plan for implementing the STRATEGY OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT in 2009

I.           Action plan for implementing the STRATEGY OF FINANCIAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT in 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Statistical Council of the Republic of Slovenia

 

at its 27 th regular session on 29 October 2008

 

 

 

discussed the Priorities of the National Statistics in 2009

 

and adopted the following

 

 

DECISION

 

“The Statistical Council of the Republic of Slovenia at its 27 th regular session on 29 th October 2008 discussed the content of the Priorities of the National Statistics in 2009 and proposed to the Director-General of the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia to take into account the initiatives given by Council members on supplementing the document and also in drawing up the Annual Programme of Statistical Surveys for 2009.”

 

 

                                                                  

   Prof. Dr. Anuška Ferligoj

               President of the Statistical Council of the Republic of Slovenia

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction                 

The Priorities of the National Statistics in 2009 (hereinafter: Priorities) is a document with which the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia (SORS) and authorised producers of the programme of statistical surveys, these are the Bank of Slovenia, the Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for Public Legal Records and Related Services, the Institute of Public Health, the Ministry of Finance, the Pension and Disability Insurance Institute and the Employment Service of Slovenia, present the annual work plan for 2009, with an emphasis on priorities. The document is also sent to the members of statistical advisory committees for their perusal. The content of the document was discussed by the Statistical Council of the Republic of Slovenia , which offered suggestions for modifications and supplements.

The Priorities pursue primarily the strategic objectives and activities of the Medium-term Programme of Statistical Surveys 2008-2012 (MPSS 2008-2012), i.e. the development of national statistics as a system, reducing administrative barriers, total quality management, data protection, cooperation with reporting units and reducing their administrative burdens, dissemination and communication with various user groups, developing information technology and managing human and financial resources. Moreover the planning of tasks also takes into account the proposals of the Statistical Work Programme of the Commission for 2009 .

As regards the contents, this document is divided substantively into two parts, the first part setting out in five chapters the main activities planned within individual fields of statistics, while the second part or chapter six is devoted to statistical infrastructure. Activities within this chapter have a major influence on the development and functioning of the entire system of national statistics. They are presented in detail in the appendix to the document, in the form of action plans. The Annual Programme of Statistical Surveys for 2009, published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia at the end of 2008, includes all the tasks for the national statistics in 2009.

In cooperation with users, data providers and the professional public, in 2009 we will strive to be successfully included in the international environment. In addition to active cooperation in EU institutions, in the European Statistical System (ESS) and more widely in international statistics, our priority will be to ensure statistical support for the accession of Slovenia to the OECD will be our priority. Since 2006 SORS has had the status of observer in the OECD Committee on Statistics, and this has enabled us to begin timely preparation for ensuring the necessary statistical data to negotiate full membership in that elite international organisation. Within the context of international cooperation, and especially in the preparation of statistical legislation, the experiences gained by SORS during the successful Presidency of the Council Working Party on Statistics will also have a major impact. Another important factor in 2009 will be the continued work associated with professional assistance and exchange of good practices with the countries of the Western Balkans, Turkey , Ukraine and Kazakhstan .

The transition to the revised standard classification of activities (SKD 2008 [1] ), which will be completed in 2009 through backcasting statistical time series for all fields of statistics, will enhance the international comparability of statistical data. The drafting of legislation for the new European System of Accounts (ESA) will have an important influence on the development of national accounts in individual countries. Moreover at SORS in 2009 we will prioritise the development of a methodology to calculate the dwellings prices indices and construction prices indices, and we will also publish price indices for selected service activities. 

The preparations for the first register-based Census 2011 will be directed as a priority towards recognising, improving and linking data in line with the adopted European Regulation on Population and Housing Census . In 2009 we will also see the conclusion of the discussions on other statistical data, i.e. those that have previously been provided by conventional censuses. Through the register-based census, these data will henceforth need to be provided in different ways or the requirement for their collection will need to be justified relative to the needs of users. In 2009 preparations will also begin for a census of agriculture, where in accordance with European legislation it will be possible to provide data only partly from administrative sources. Given the continuously increasing topicality of crime statistics , we will also conduct a pilot Crime Victim Survey and cooperate in the formulation of a new European classification of criminal acts. Health statistics will continue with the introduction of the European Health Surveys System and the preparation of indicators of health, including the development of national health accounts. In the monitoring of consumer protection, priority emphasis will continue to be placed on the presentation of data on food safety.

In business statistics, owing to the globalisation phenomenon increasing importance may be ascribed to the business register on enterprise groups, which is an enhancement of the statistical business register and provides information on resident and multinational enterprise groups. In order to ensure the quality of business statistics and of the statistical and administrative business register, the introduction of structural reports to improve the quality of business data will require amendment of the Business Register of Slovenia Act and perhaps also the Companies Act. In the area of tourism statistics, SORS will strive for the necessary data for the quality of the balance of payments and satellite accounts. The introduction of a new regulation on tourism in statistics will contribute to developing a method for monitoring day-trips by the domestic population and to the reporting of data on accommodation statistics. In the environmental area, priority will be given to the development of a methodology for energy statistics, with emphasis on renewable sources, the development of environmental accounts and the collection of data on water consumption and environmental expenditure. Work will also continue on developing information society statistics, and specifically the monitoring of e-trading, e-business and confidence.

In statistical infrastructure (classifications, methodologies, the organisation of human resources and statistical processes, the impact on the administrative environment and international cooperation) we will strive for even greater international comparability, relevance and accessibility of statistical data and services for all groups of users together through the reduction of burdens and costs, primarily among data providers. In this way we wish to strengthen the trust of our providers and the users of statistical data. Here we would mention once again that SORS has inappropriate working premises, and this is important in terms of ensuring adequate IT and physical security of statistical processes and data, so we appeal for urgent steps to be taken to ensure adequate working premises.

                      

                                                                                                                                          IRENA KRIŽMAN                            

Director-General of the Statistical Office
               of the Republic of Slovenia

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. DEMOGRAPHIC AND SOCIAL STATISTICS

POPULATION and MIGRATION

New methodological developments
 

- new definition of population in the EU

 

 

For the purpose of greater quality and comparability of migration statistics on the European level, and timely exchange of data among EU Member States, the European Commission drafted a Regulation on Community statistics on migration and international protection [2] , which EU Member States gradually started implementing in national statistics in 2008. One consequence of the methodological requirements of the regulation is the changed definition of population [3] , which SORS will start using in 2009 [4] . In line with the new definition, data on citizens of Slovenia and foreign citizens will be published on the SORS website in the first half of 2009, and data on migrations in the second half of 2009.

- modernisation of vital statistics

 

In tandem with the modernisation of the methodology for population and migration statistics, in 2009 SORS is also planning the modernisation of the statistical methodology in the area of monitoring vital statistics (i.e. births, deaths, acknowledgment and ascertainment of paternity and adoptions, marriages and divorces).

Priority development tasks and reduction of administrative burdens and costs

- preparations for the Census 2011

In accordance with the strategy for reducing administrative burdens 2008- 2012, in 2011 SORS will conduct the first register-based population census (Census 2011) as provided by the Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on population and housing censuses, adopted in 2008. During the preparations for the census, a priority in the methodology will be assessing the quality of input data and harmonisation of census content and definitions with those in administrative and statistical sources. In the harmonisation, one guideline will be comparability of data with data from the Census 2002 [5] . Special attention will be focused on the development of statistical methods for content that has been hitherto collected exclusively in the field. With the establishing of new administrative sources – i.e. the e-Database of Households within the framework of e-CRP (Ministry of the Interior) and the register of real estate (Surveying and Mapping Authority of the Republic of Slovenia) [6] – this content has become accessible for the entire population of Slovenia. Regarding information technology, the priority activities will be the formulation of programme solutions for data processing [7] and the preparation of a programme tool, for these will facilitate for employees in the field of statistical methodology easier access to data and currently updated data analysis.

New statistical data and services

- preparation of complete mortality tables 2005-2007

To date SORS has not calculated complete mortality tables by gender each year but just for the years when a census was carried out. Since Slovenia has a Central Population Register (CPR), data in the register enable more frequent calculation of complete tables. Thus in 2009 tables will be drawn up on the basis of data on death in the period 2005-2007, which will then be followed by a calculation of tables for the years before and after the census, i.e. 2010–2012.

- new calculation of the Population Projections for Slovenia 2008-2060

The new calculation of the population projections for Slovenia 2008–2060 will, as in previous years, be formulated in cooperation with Eurostat [8] . For 2009, in order to ensure greater comparability of the results of the EUROPOP 2004 and EUROPOP 2008 projections, the plan is to formulate the calculation of population projections for EUROPOP 2008 according to the trend method. SORS will actively cooperate in drawing up the values for the estimates of birth rates, mortality and migration for Slovenia and its regions and in doing so will verify the quality of data from various administrative and statistical sources. Following the publication of results by Eurostat, anticipated at the end of 2009, data for Slovenia will also be accessible in the SI-STAT database.

NEW statistical legislation: Regulation (EC) No. 763/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 July 2008 on population and housing censuses

LABOUR MARKET

New European legislation

and priority development tasks

 

- methodological changes in monitoring quarterly data on job vacancies

 

 

In addition to the regulation on the compiling of quarterly data on job vacancies , adopted in 2008, there are two implementing regulations being drafted, and these will, in addition to defining the concept of actively seeking work, the reference period and international reporting , envisage a feasibility study for EU Member States having difficulties in providing data for certain activities or size of the enterprise (since Slovenia has no problem providing data by business activity and data for small enterprises, it will not be included in the study). The regulations will also lay down the method of removing seasonal components in data and the production of quality reports. For SORS, adjusting to these regulations is a priority development task for 2009. 

- new ad hoc modules in the LFS

 

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) for 2009 is set to implement an ad hoc module on the entry of young people into the labour market. Data on migrants in the labour market (ad hoc module 2008 [9] ) will become accessible to data users. Moreover 2009 will see the adoption of the content of the LFS ad hoc module for 2010, whereby SORS will monitor the reconciliation between work and family life.

New methodological developments
 

- new variable in the LFS and improvement of survey quality

 

 

The amendment of Regulation 577/98 (for the LFS Regulation (EC) No. 1372/2007 of 23 October 2007) changes the definition of the variable of income into earnings from the main (first) job and its status from optional to compulsory. Based on a feasibility study (from 2006), in 2009 SORS will prepare all the necessary procedures for the inclusion of this variable in the LFS, which will be obtained from administrative sources, and with this the first calculations will be made.

Within the framework of the European project [10] assessing the impact of survey non-response and the survey method, a pilot study will be conducted in 2009 on the impacts of non-response in the LFS and on the survey methods, which also have an impact on the final results. Based on the findings obtained, SORS will improve the quality of survey data in the methodological and practical area, and at the same time will compare data from related fields of statistics.

Reduction of administrative burdens and costs, inter-institutional cooperation

 

- suspending the survey and the beginning of cooperation of AJPES in data collection in the LCS

In accordance with the proposal of the Ministry of Public Administration (MPA) for a reduction of response burden (for small enterprises) and the demand of the Slovenian Institute for Macroeconomic Analysis and Development (IMAD) for the provision of additional data on the structure of persons in paid employment by net wages, in 2008 SORS will analyse the possibility of using data from existing sources. On this basis, in 2009 it plans to suspend the annual survey on persons in paid employment by amount of gross earnings (ZAP-STRU/L) , since for the calculation of both structures (by gross and net earnings) it will draw up procedures and formulate the first calculations within the framework of the structural statistics of earnings – annual data. Based on the findings of previous analyses in 2008, in 2009 for the first time the Agency for Public Legal Records and Related Services (AJPES) will also collect data within the Labour Costs Survey for 2008. The questionnaire will now only include questions that SORS cannot obtain from existing statistical sources.

New statistical data and services

- implementation of SKD 2008 (NACE Rev. 2)

 

For the implementation of SKD 2008 (NACE Rev. 2), in 2009 SORS will continue its preparation of current and historical series (up to 2000), with conversions to the new base year (2005), publication and provision of data to Eurostat, both for the quarterly labour costs index and other statistics of the labour market. The first publication of the labour costs index according to the new classification will be in the first half of 2009.

NEW statistical legislation: (i) Commission Regulation (EC) No. 207/2008 of 5 March 2008 adopting the specifications of the 2009 ad hoc module on the entry of young people into the labour market, (ii) Regulation (EC) No. 453/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2008 on quarterly statistics on Community job vacancies

EDUCATION and TRAINING

New European legislation,

international cooperation

- international reporting on formal education

 

In 2008 a new European regulation was adopted on education and lifelong learning, which is the legal basis for collecting and disseminating data on the basis of the common international UOE questionnaire and the Adult Education Survey. According to this regulation, in 2009 there will also be cooperation relating to the drafting of two implementing acts: reporting of the UOE [11] data on formal education and for those from the Adult Education Survey.

- cooperation in the OECD INES project

Cooperation will continue in the OECD INES [12] project (in cooperation with Eurostat and Unesco), while at the same time there will also be cooperation in the planned revision of the international standard classification of education - ISCED and, it is expected, in activities in connection with carrying out the Programme for the international assessment of adult competences (PIAAC [13] ).

Reducing administrative

burdens and costs,

inter-institutional cooperation

- establishing an information system for scholarships at the MLFSA and cooperation with AJPES in conducting surveys

In accordance with the new Scholarships Act (ZŠtip) [14] the Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs (MLFSA) will set up a scholarships information system [15] , from which at the beginning of 2009 SORS will also obtain data [16] on national, Zois, co-financed and personnel scholarships . For that part of scholarship awarding not included in the information system (i.e. non-co-financed personnel scholarships), on the basis of a cooperation agreement AJPES will collect data from donor companies through a web survey.

- cooperation in establishing records for education

SORS will cooperate with the Ministry of Education and Sport (MES) and the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (MHEST) in activities associated with organising/establishing records for education, especially records of participants in education, which is one of the government measures to remove administrative barriers envisaged in the period 2008-2009.

NEW statistical legislation: Regulation (EC) No. 452/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2008 concerning the production and development of statistics on education and lifelong learning

CULTURE

Priority development tasks

- harmonisation of culture statistics

In culture statistics during 2009 SORS will focus its activities on international cooperation in the development of a methodology aimed at achieving harmonisation of various fields of culture statistics and greater international comparability of data.

Reduction of administrative burdens and costs, inter-institutional cooperation

- harmonisation of the content and structure of computerised records of cultural activity providers

In line with the efforts for greater use of administrative sources and reducing the response burden, for 2009 SORS plans to strengthen cooperation with the Ministry of Culture in harmonising the content and structure of computerised records on the providers of cultural activities.

 

HEALTH and CONSUMER PROTECTION

New European legislation and priority development tasks 

 

- development of  EHSS to  implement and develop health surveys and survey modules and harmonising questions on health in EU-SILC

Currently in the adoption phase is a Regulation of the European Parliament and Council on Community statistics on public health and health and safety at work, which will regulate five substantive domains: health status and health determinants, health care, causes of death, accidents at work and occupational diseases and other work-related health problems and illnesses. The Institute of Public Health (IPH) will cooperate with SORS in the further development of a European health surveys system (EHSS) to implement and develop health surveys and survey modules , i.e. the European Health Interview Survey (EHIS [17] ) and the EDSIM [18] module and other possible modules. At the same time we will harmonise the questions on health included in the Survey of Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) in line with those in the EHIS.

- organising monitoring of occupational diseases in Slovenia (inter-institutional cooperation)

For easier monitoring and planning health and safety at work and the aforementioned regulation, which provides compulsory reporting of occupational diseases in the European Statistical System, in 2008 the Ministry of Health set up a special working group coordinated by the IPH (with the collaboration of SORS). The working group will strive to change national legislation, which is currently quite unsuccessful in providing the detection and recognition of rights associated with occupational diseases, and this will facilitate further steps in implementing the EODS methodology (occupational diseases). In this area an implementation project will also be conducted within the framework of a grant [19] .

- formulation of health indicators

Together with SORS, the IPH will cooperate actively in the European Statistical System in formulating indicators : ECHI indicators [20] , sustainable development indicators, structural indicators, framework disability indicators and indicators formulated as part of the open method of coordination (OMC) [21] to support national strategies for the development of high-quality, accessible and sustainable health protection and long-term care. Regional indicators will also be formulated.

- development of national health accounts

In 2009 work will continue on the revision of the methodology of the System of Health Accounts (SHA [22] ), which is being conducted under the auspices of OECD-Eurostat-WHO. In the preparation of health accounts SORS is cooperating with the IPH and IMAD. 

- continuing work on monitoring data on food safety and inter-institutional cooperation

In 2009 in the area of food safety SORS will continue to monitor the methodology and cooperate with the Eurostat working group and relevant institutions monitoring this area on the national level. In 2008 SORS started providing information to Eurostat on data reporting on food and feed inspections to  complete the “controls” database.

- adoption of the act on health and health protection records and material

In 2009 we will also be assessing the Records and Material in the Area of Health and Health Protection Act : as the authorised producer of national statistics, the IPH is striving to obtain authorisation to collect data for the requirements of the state and for international reporting.

New methodological developments

- improving the quality of causes of death data

In monitoring public health , more precisely in the codifying of causes of death , the IPH will continue taking the necessary steps to improve the quality of data and pursuing the transition to electronic data capture.

NEW statistical legislation: (i) proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on Community statistics on public health and health and safety at work COM (2007) 46 final, (ii) Records and Material in the Area of Health and Health Protection Act (EVA 2006 – 2711-0203)

STANDARD OF LIVING, SOCIAL PROTECTION and HOUSING statistics

Priority development tasks, reduction of administrative burdens and costs,

inter-institutional cooperation

 

- adoption and analysis of data from the Register of Real Estate (RRE) for conducting the Census 2011 with the cooperation of SMARS

 

 

One of the main priority development tasks for 2009 will be the adoption and analysis of data from the Register of Real Estate (RRE) , which SORS obtains from the Surveying and Mapping Authority of the Republic of Slovenia (SMARS). The RRE is also one of the most important data sources for monitoring housing statistics, based on the population and housing census regulation [23] . The use of the register in national statistics will enable the relinquishing of expensive conventional censuses, so SORS will further intensify its cooperation with SMARS, especially in monitoring the quality of obtained registry data and through harmonisation in publishing data that will be in the domain of the two institutions. In 2009 SORS will need to establish a methodological framework for implementing Census 2011, and a comparison will be made of the existing definitions with those used in the register. At the same time an analysis will be made of the reasons for any possible discrepancy between the Census 2002 data and those in the RRE.

- revision of the HBS

 

Owing to the increasing requirement from users for data from the Household Budget Survey (HBS) , for 2009 SORS is planning a detailed analysis of substantive supplements to the survey, since it wishes, in addition to increase the response rate in household surveys, to achieve greater rationalisation in conducting the survey in the field.

New methodological developments

- new set of questions in EU-SILC and feasibility study for providing non-obligatory variables 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2009 as part of the Survey on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) SORS is planning to implement an additional set of questions (2009 module), whereby on a selected sample of households it will monitor housing conditions, environmental conditions, access to services, social and leisure activities, etc . The results of the statistical survey, together with the results of the module, will be accessible to data users in 2010, while data on excessive debt and financial exclusion of the population, which were gathered in the 2008 module, will be accessible in 2009.

SORS will analyse the feasibility of providing non-obligatory variables through the population and housing census concerning living conditions – i.e. the main source of livelihood income, number of cars owned by the household, etc. – as defined by the United Nations recommendations for population and housing censuses.

- cooperation in the EU pilot project

 

In the area of social protection, more precisely the ESSPROS [24] methodology, SORS is actively cooperating in a Pilot data collection on net social benefits [25] , which will be concluded at the end of 2008 in all EU Member States. Based on an analysis of the possibilities for performing this task on a regular basis, which will be conducted in 2009 by Eurostat, an implementing regulation is expected to be adopted for net receipts of social protection benefits.

- improving the methodology of showing beneficiaries of rights (ZPIZ)

For 2009 the Pension and Disability Insurance Institute (ZPIZ) is planning to supplement the methodology of presenting and counting those benefiting from rights, specifically by holders of rights, counting all recipients of family and widow’s pensions irrespective of the number of payments [26] , counting the beneficiaries and holders of rights in the case of two different pension (P) numbers and identical contributions (orphans on both sides), the capture of those receiving extraordinary payments among rights beneficiaries and their amounts.

New statistical data and services

 

In 2009 SORS will ensure in the SI-STAT Data Portal the publication of data on indicators of poverty and data on social protection.

CRIME

Priority development tasks in 2009

- pilot implementation of Crime Victim Survey

In 2009 SORS will conduct on a pilot basis the European harmonised Crime Victim Survey, the main purpose of which is to verify the content of the questionnaire and the survey methods. Based on an evaluation of this, preparations will be made for conducting the survey on a larger sample (probably in 2010 or 2011).

New methodological developments

 

- new European classification of crimes

 

 

SORS will also cooperate in formulating the new European classification of crime types , which will also provide the basis for reporting data based on administrative records of criminal justice. Data on existing records and metadata that will be reported to Eurostat will be expanded, especially for individual groups of criminal acts which in terms of monitoring the fulfilment of European policy are priorities – these being money laundering and human trafficking .

- consequences of the new Penal Code for criminal justice statistics

The adoption of the new Penal Code (KZ-1) in 2008 will require changes in the statistical codification of criminal acts providing the basis for classifying criminal justice data on the national level. Also envisaged for 2009 is the design of a converter for the statistical classification of crimes in the individual country and in Europe . In this SORS will cooperate with the Ministry of the Interior (Police) and the Ministry of Justice.

NEW legislation directly influencing the monitoring of statistics: Penal Code (KZ-1), Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia , No. 55/2008 (66/2008 revised)

 

2. MACROECONOMIC STATISTICS

NATIONAL ACCOUNTS

New European legislation and priority development tasks

- preparation of  a new European System of Accounts

 

 

In the European Statistical System, the most important task in national accounts is the preparation of a new European System of Accounts . The legislative proposal for the new regulation is expected to be submitted to the European Parliament and the Council for the adoption procedure in 2009. The main challenges in implementing the new system, which will become obligatory in 2014, are the capitalisation of expenditure for research and development and recording of liabilities from pension schemes . The fundamental methodological issues are being resolved in Eurostat working and project groups, in which SORS is cooperating actively.

- improving the quality of estimated aggregates of national accounts

 

In 2009 special emphasis will be placed on improving the quality of national accounts aggregates . Work will focus on gross domestic product and gross national income and on improving their consistency to the European System of Accounts from 1995. There will also be an ad hoc statistical survey, the results of which will be used in estimating gross fixed capital formation in own-account produced software.

- implementation of SKD 2008
(NACE Rev. 2)

 

Preparations will also be started for implementation of the SKD 2008 classification (NACE Rev. 2) in national accounts. In line with the requirements of European legislation and the needs of users, data series will be converted to the new classification for relatively long periods, probably from 1995 on. In this way, users will be assured of sufficiently long time series which they need in their work. SORS will carry out this work over several years, and should finish it in 2011.

NEW statistical legislation: (i) Draft proposal for an EP and Council Regulation on the new ESA, (ii) Commission Regulation amending Council Regulation (EC) No. 2223/96 in order to implement the statistical classification of economic activities NACE Rev. 2 and the statistical classification of products by activity, CPA2008, in national accounts

 

 

 

 

PRICES

Priority development tasks

- pilot EU project to develop dwelling price indices

By cooperating in a methodological and development project [27] of Eurostat to develop and formulate dwelling price indices , in 2009 SORS will in particular:

       formulate procedures for the regular publishing of price indices for existing dwellings on the quarterly level and

       establish appropriate mechanisms to obtain data on newly constructed dwellings and a methodology for the preparation of indices.

Here SORS will cooperate closely with SMARS [28] and other institutions.

- introducing of construction prices indices at producers (new variable)

 

Within short-term statistical indicators for construction SORS is planning the introduction of a new variable – construction prices index at producers – for which SORS will need in 2009 to begin the procedures of obtaining data from reporting units by means of a new questionnaire and to establish an appropriate methodology for formulating the indices.

New methodological developments

 

 

- improving the quality of indices

 

In 2009 within the output price indices, import price index and consumer price index activities will be directed towards improving their quality, specifically studying new sources for weighting, the introduction of new methods of correcting prices in order to modify the quality and other changes related to the possible adoption of a new regulation on seasonal products.

- conclusion of international PPP project 

In purchasing power parities (PPP) 2009 will see the end of a four-year international project for Western Balkan countries [29] . On the conclusion of the project, SORS will produce a final report.

New statistical data and services

- calculation and publication of price indices for selected service activities

Annex D to the Regulation on short-term statistical indicators [30] also provides the obligation to establish a methodology and to provide producer price indices of services for selected activities, specifically up to the middle of 2009 or no later than 2010. One of the priorities of SORS will be in the first half of 2009 to calculate and then in the second half of the year to publish price indices for selected service activities on a regular basis. These are indeed an important indicator for monitoring prices.

- publication of data according to SKD 2008 (NACE Rev. 2)

In line with the introduction of the revised SKD 2008 classification (NACE Rev. 2), the first data for 2009 will be published according to the new classification, while at the same time data series will be available for past years (up to 2000).

NEW statistical legislation: Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1334/2007 of 14 November 2007 amending Regulation (EC) No. 1749/96 concerning initial implementing measures for Council Regulation (EC) No. 2494/95 on harmonised price indices for essential goods.

 

 

 

 

TRADE IN GOODS

New European legislation, priority development tasks and inter-institutional cooperation

 

- new Regulation for Intrastat

 

In 2009 adoption is planned for a new regulation governing Intrastat , which will replace Regulation (EC) No. 638/2004 [31] . The new regulation, which is expected to be applied in 2010, proposes to reduce the minimum coverage rate for arrival flows from current 97% to 95%. In accordance with the new regulation, SORS will perform prior analysis of the effect of lowering the coverage rate on the quality of data and on reducing the response burden, and in line with this it will determine the level of the inclusion statistical threshold for 2010 for arrival flows.

- EU XT-net project

In order to ensure the quality of statistics on trade in goods, in 2009 SORS will cooperate in the Eurostat project XT-net [32] , the aim of which is to enhance procedures for implementing additional controls and analysis of data from the methodological and technical aspect.

- active cooperation with CARS in monitoring and implementing customs and statistical legislation

The adoption of new European customs legislation is expected to have a marked effect on the compilation of statistics on trade in goods with third countries (i.e. Extrastat) in the coming medium-term period. In 2009 SORS will further strengthen its inter-institutional cooperation with the Customs Administration of the Republic of Slovenia (CARS) for the purpose of ensuring the harmonised functioning of the two institutions in monitoring and implementing the new customs and statistical legislation.

NEW statistical legislation: New regulation governing Intrastat, which will replace Regulation (EC) No. 638/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 March 2004

 

BALANCE OF PAYMENTS and statistics of MONETARY and FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS and MARKETS

New ECB legislation and priority development tasks

- implementation of the modernised methodology for reporting of MFI [33]

During 2009 the Bank of Slovenia (BS) will carry out implementation of the updated methodology for the reporting of monetary financial institutions (MFI) . In addition to an update of the regulations on the consolidated balance sheet in the monetary financial institutions sector [34] and interest rates [35] the report will include: the basic part of the supervisory financial report (FINREP), the requirements of financial account statistics and of external statistics to MFI’s and other analytical needs of the BS. The timing of change depends largely on the modernised regulations of the European Central Bank (ECB), which should be adopted by the end of 2008.

New methodological developments

 

- expansion of accessible data in the field of modern telecommunications

In the calculation of balance of payments statistics , in the gradual transition to direct sources, data from direct reports will replace data on the trading of services from foreign payment transactions. In 2009 the BS will strive to expand accessible data on modern telecommunications for the statistics of foreign economic relations .

Reduction of administrative burdens and costs, inter-institutional cooperation

- rationalisation of reporting data on investment funds through introduction of new reporting by management companies

For January 2009 the BS is planning the new reporting by investment fund management companies (MC) regarding their operations, and this emerged as the fruit of successful cooperation with the Securities Market Agency (SMA). In addition to the needs of the SMA, the new report brings together the requirements of the BS for data on investment funds in relation to the regulation on the statistics of assets and liabilities of investment funds [36] , ECB guidelines on statistical reporting on quarterly financial accounts (only for money market funds) [37] and the requirements for analysis of financial stability. An appropriate level of quality in the new report will enable the elimination of sending out the current reports from MC to the Bank of Slovenia concerning financial accounts and the balance sheet of monetary financial institutions (for money market funds). The new report signals a rationalisation and reduction of the burden of reporting data on investment funds.

- long-term rationalisation of reporting by credit institutions on methodological cooperation in the ESCB

Within the framework of the European System of Central Banks (ESCB) the BS is cooperating in the newly established expert working group to coordinate the methodology for macroeconomic statistics with data from supervisory reports of bank operations, FINREP and COREP, from the Committee of European Banking Supervisors, CEBS. The objective of the working group is to find by September 2009 the necessary synergy between the aforementioned data groups and in this way to facilitate in the long term a reduction of the response burden, i.e. credit institutions, and higher quality of data in decision-making (i.e. analyses, supervision).

New publications and services

- preparation of methodological information

For 2009, within the framework of statistical, financial and macroeconomic topics, the BS is planning to issue special methodological information whereby it will seek to contribute to the statistical literacy of data users.

NEW statistical legislation: revised ECB regulations in 2008

 

3. BUSINESS STATISTICS

ANNUAL BUSINESS statistics  

New European legislation and priority development tasks

- introduction of NIP

In the annual survey on production for industrial products and services (IND/L survey) , in accordance with SKD 2008 (NACE Rev. 2) SORS will introduce a new Nomenclature of Industrial Products (NIP 2008) , which is comparable on the international level with the European system, i.e. the PRODCOM List 2008.

- revision of the annual survey of trade

In 2009 preparations will be under way for the technical and substantive modernisation of the annual trade survey (TRG/L survey) To begin with SORS will closely examine the needs of users for trade statistics, especially detailed value data by individual commodity groups and the possibility of detailed publication of value data on trade, while at the same time it will take into account the need to reduce the response burden.

Reduction of administrative burdens and costs, inter-institutional cooperation

- reducing the burden on administrative units by using the RRE

 

In construction statistics SORS will study the possibility of obtaining data on buildings and housing from the Register of Real Estate (RRE), which is managed by the SMARS [38] . The use of data from the register will improve the quality of annual statistics on buildings and at the same time it will partly reduce the response burden (i.e. administrative units) in the area of surveys on issued construction permits. Here SORS will also study the possibility of a higher quality method of calculating the annual state of buildings and housing by age, and quality and size by individual years.

New statistical data and services

- use of new methods for rounding up in the publication of annual production data

By using new data rounding methods SORS will attempt to publish as many aggregates as possible from the annual monitoring of production , without breaching the principle of confidentiality.

NEW statistical legislation: (i) Regulation (EC) No. 295/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2008 concerning structural business statistics (recast)

STRUCTURAL BUSINESS statistics

New statistical data and services

- publication of data on the NUTS 2 level

 

For 2009 SORS is planning the publication of structural business statistics data for the reference year 2007 on the NUTS 2 level, which will now (owing to the amended regulation) comprise not just Slovenia , but two regions. For the same reference year certain data will be published by kind of activity unit breakdown. 

- implementation of SKD 2008 (NACE Rev. 2)

Furthermore, SORS is also planning to monitor structural business statistics data for the reference year 2008 in accordance with SKD 2008 (NACE Rev. 2) , since double reporting to Eurostat is planned (according to NACE Rev. 2 and NACE Rev. 1.1).

 

STATISTICAL BUSINESS REGISTER

New European legislation and priority development tasks

- upgrading the pilot register of enterprise groups

A new European regulation on business registers for statistical purposes was adopted in 2008, which extends the current scope of capture of units and variables in statistical business registers. In 2009 priority will be given to upgrading the pilot register of enterprise groups , such that it will fulfil the majority of requirements of the new regulation. 

- pilot exchange of individual data on enterprise groups

In 2009 adoption is planned for a Commission Regulation as regards the exchange of confidential data between the Commission (Eurostat) and the Member States to exchange individual data on enterprise groups between the Euro Group register (EGR), which is being established by Eurostat, and the national statistical offices, where in 2009, SORS will participate in the pilot exchange of data. 

New methodological developments

 

- structural questionnaire for improving the quality of data in the BRS (AJPES)

In the Business Register of Slovenia (BRS) [39] , which is managed by AJPES, through what is called a structural questionnaire the collection and updating of data is envisaged in respect of administrative units and their activities. The structural questionnaire is intended to improve and ensure the quality of data in the BRS . Data on administrative units are indeed the basis for statistics on local units and statistics on kind of activity units, and they enable the monitoring of development indicators on the regional level. See also Chapter 6 on infrastructure, where in the ISIS project we present the activities of establishing the Statistical Business Register.

NEW statistical legislation: (i) Regulation (EC) No. 177/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20   February 2008 establishing a common framework for business registers for statistical purposes and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No. 2186/93, (ii) Commission Regulation implementing Regulation (EC) No 177/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a common framework for business registers for statistical purposes, as regards the exchange of confidential data between the Commission (Eurostat) and Member States

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS statistics

Priority development tasks

- study of the quality of the index of turnover in service activities

The international group to determine the quality of the main European economic indicators (PEEI Steering Group) promotes the improvement of quality of indicators, and in this framework SORS will also conduct a study of the quality of the monthly indices of turnover in service activities .

Reduction of administrative burdens and costs

In the European Statistical System for the period 2008/2009 SORS will cooperate in activities related to measuring the users satisfaction with short-term business statistical data and the costs and burdens of reporting units arising in the collection of data. Here the EU Member States will exchange good practices in measures for reducing costs and burdens.

New statistical data and services

- implementation of SKD 2008 (NACE Rev. 2)

 

From 2009, in accordance with SKD 2008 (NACE Rev. 2) we will publish for the first time monthly data on manufacturing (industry), construction, trade and service activities, as set out in the adjustment of the European Regulation on short-term indicators [40] . Upon the first publication users will be able to access in the SI-STAT Data Portal converted current and historical data series (from 2000 on) using the new base year of 2005.

TRANSPORT

European requirements for data and priority development tasks

- new annual Eurostat questionnaire on road vehicle kilometres (cooperation with DRSC) 

The growing need in the EU to determine the impact of transport on the environment requires a study of the possibility for more detailed data collection on road traffic ( road vehicle kilometres, newly introduced Eurostat annual questionnaire) . To begin with this will require enhanced cooperation with the Slovenian Roads Agency (DRSC), which for the moment is the only body in the country collecting such data.

Reduction of administrative burdens and costs, inter-institutional cooperation

- e-reporting on cross-border traffic of passengers and vehicles and port traffic

 

In order to simplify the monthly monitoring of cross-border traffic by road , for 2009 SORS is planning to introduce direct e-reporting on traffic of vehicles and passengers , and reporting on this will be provided by the border police, while customs border authorities will report in the classical way merely on cross-border traffic of goods.

SORS is also conducting monthly surveys of port traffic , where the reporting unit, i.e. the Maritime Administration of the Republic of Slovenia (MARS), collects data from maritime agents by means of printed forms. On the initiative of the Union of Maritime Transport Agencies (in 2005) on e-reporting of data, following completion of the development of a new information system for monitoring and control of maritime transport (SI SSN project [41] ) in 2009 MARS should enable e-reporting based on a module for communication to SORS. 

New statistical data and services

- new publications

 

In 2009 users will be able to access fully transport statistics in the SI-STAT database. In 2009 SORS will publish Rapid Reports for transport and a Brochure , a special publication with detailed thematic treatment of one field of transport.

TOURISM  

New European legislation and priority development tasks

- studying methods to monitor same-day trips of domestic population and new developments in reporting on tourist accommodation statistics

 

In the second half of 2009 we anticipate the adoption of new European legislation for tourism statistics, which will introduce substantive new features, especially in monitoring tourism travel of domestic population , and more precisely in monitoring same day-trips. For the period 2009/2010 SORS is planning substantive and technical adaptation to the new requirements. In turist accommodation statistics the regulation will lay down monthly reporting of data on tourist arrivals and overnights stays in accommodation facilities with 10 or more beds and annual reporting of data for smaller accommodation facilities. This should serve to improve international comparability of data among EU Member States. SORS will establish the technical capacities for introducing this threshold. 

New statistical data and services

- implementation of a regular survey on foreign tourists in Slovenia and first publication of data on the room occupancy rate

In 2009 for the first time SORS will publish data on the room occupancy rate in hotels and similar accommodation facilities, which is an interesting indicator for accommodation facilities in urban areas.

In 2009 we will also carry out a Survey of Foreign Tourists in Slovenia , which SORS is conducting for a three-year period. Publication of the results is planned for 2010.

NEW statistical legislation: a Regulation (EC) of the European Parliament and of the Council o tourism statistics will be deliberated by the Council and Parliament in the first half of 2009. This is not an entirely new regulation, but a modernised version of the old Council Directive 95/57/EC.

ENERGY and RAW MATERIALS   

New European legislation and priority development tasks

- development of a methodology of energy statistics based on a new regulation

 

 

 

 

The new regulation on energy statistics, which will enter into force in 2009, will contribute to the development of statistics on renewable sources and final energy consumption.

In statistics on renewable energy sources , an improvement in quality is anticipated in terms of a review and upgrading of existing technology. The ultimate aim is to establish all available statistics on renewable energy sources in one place, in line with the proposed directive on promoting the use of energy from renewable sources. SORS plans to have the first results from surveys in accordance with the new methodology for 2011.

        Improvement of statistics on final energy consumption will begin with the establishing of methodologies in the energy and fuels consumption in households. For the 2009/2010 period SORS is planning to implement a pilot project that will conclude with a statistical survey on the energy and fuels consumption in households. Further development will be aimed at establishing methodologies for the energy and fuels consumption in the service sector.

Reduction of administrative burdens and costs, inter-institutional cooperation

- cooperation with EARS and the Jožef Štefan Institute

In 2009 SORS will further intensify its cooperation with the Environment Agency of the Republic of Slovenia (EARS), with which it is already cooperating in the exchange of data necessary for calculating greenhouse gas emissions, by exchanging more detailed energy data, which will form the basis for calculating greenhouse gas emissions and then for the formulation of environmental accounts. Furthermore SORS is also planning an in-depth study on searching data sources on the use of renewable energy sources, in which it will link up with the Jožef Stefan Institute , which already has certain information in this field.

New statistical data and services

- new publication

In 2009 SORS will again issue the Rapid Reports for Energy, which will present in detail the overall state of generation and consumption of energy products and the use of renewable sources in Slovenia .

- revision of published data in the SI-STAT database

For energy statistics, in the coming year SORS will review the data published in the SI-STAT database and formulate additional data series which will be more interesting and useful for users, i.e. the OECD/Eurostat/UN international questionnaires and other as yet unpublished data, for which there is great demand.

NEW statistical legislation: Regulation (EC) No. 1099/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2008 on energy statistics

 

4. AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES

 

The revised European statistical legislation, which is expected to be adopted for agriculture in 2009, will influence the planning of new statistical surveys and will contribute to the transformation of existing regular statistical surveys, and with greater emphasis on the use of administrative sources it will ensure greater comparability of data from different statistical surveys.

New European legislation and priority development tasks

- preparations for the Census of Agricultural Holdings 2010 and Survey on farming production methods on agricultural holdings

 

In 2009, in line with the new European legislation, SORS is planning as a priority, alongside preparations for the Census of Agricultural Holdings 2010 , to prepare for conducting a sample statistical survey on farming production methods on agricultural holdings . In view of the proposed regulation on the farm structure and survey on methods of agricultural production, which provides obligatory content both of the census and the accompanying sample survey of production methods, priority will be given to concluding an agreement regarding the requirements for data on the national level . To this end SORS will convene the working group operating at the Advisory Committee for Statistics of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

New methodological developments

 

- EU project on the use of water for irrigation and development of a new estimation method

 

From the aspect of monitoring the environmental protection indicators, as part of an EU project [42] on the use of water for irrigation in agriculture SORS will conduct by the end of 2009 a pilot survey through which it will formulate a method for estimating the consumption of water for irrigation . Moreover in collecting data and developing the method of estimating the use of all fertilisers in agriculture , greater attention will be focused on methods of estimating the use of nutrients from manure .

Reduction of administrative burdens and costs, inter-institutional cooperation

- simplifying legislation and greater use of administrative sources of the livestock and meat statistics

The proposed regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on animal and meat production statistics and repealing Council directives, which should be adopted at the beginning of 2009, will in addition to simplifying legislation owing to the merger of three directives into one, signify progress in the use of administrative sources in this field. The regulation will place a new obligation on SORS, which is the formulation of a new method of estimating domestic slaughter on an annual level .

- analyses of the quality of administrative sources for even greater use of administrative sources

In accordance with prior analyses of quality, in 2009 SORS plans to expand further the use of administrative sources administrated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food (MAFF), and specifically the Department for Identification and Registration of Animals, which keeps the Central Register of Bovine Animals. Furthermore we will also continue to assess the quality of various administrative data sources, which could significantly reduce the number of questions directed at agricultural holdings in the field.

- new strategy for collecting data for plant protection products

A strategy will also be devised for methods of collecting data on the use of plant protection products in Slovenia, specifically through the definition of obligations and tasks as part of inter-institutional cooperation with the Phytosanitary Administration of the Republic of Slovenia (within the MAFF) and with the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning (MESP) [43] .

- Census of Vineyards 2009, mainly from registers

The Census of Vineyards 2009 will also be based mainly on administrative sources, which is in line both with European legislation and with SORS’s efforts to reduce administrative burdens and costs.

- final arrangements for collecting aquaculture statistics in Slovenia

In line with the proposed regulation on Aquaculture Statistics, in 2009 SORS intends in cooperation with the MAFF and the Institute of Fisheries of Slovenia to make the final arrangements for collecting statistical data in fisheries, especially aquaculture statistics (i.e. cultivating aquatic organisms).

New statistical data and services

- publishing the results of the Horticulture Census in 2011

In order to assure the quality of collecting data and rational use of funds, the Horticulture Census [44] is expected to be conducted only in 2010, together with the Census of Agricultural Holdings 2010. Publication of updated data from this field is anticipated in 2011.

- converted agricultural (input/output) price indices

In line with the regular plan of work, agriculture price indices (agricultural input price indices and prices of agricultural products) will be converted to a new base of 2005=100, specifically for the period 2000-2008. Agriculture price indices with the new base year will be published in the first half of 2009.

NEW statistical legislation: (i) Proposed Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on surveys on the structure of farms and surveying methods of agricultural production and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No. 571/88 (COM/2007/245 final), (ii) Proposed Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on statistics of plant products (COM (2008) 210), (iii) Proposed Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on statistics of plant protection agents (COM (2006) 778), (iv) Proposed Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the submission of statistical data from Member States on fish farming (COM (2006)864), (v) Proposed Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on statistics of animal husbandry and meat and repealing Council Directives 93/23/EEC, 93/24/EEC and 93/25/EEC (COM (2007) 129)

 

5. MULTIDOMAIN STATISTICS

ENVIRONMENT

New methodological developments

 

- development of environmental and water accounts

In 2009 SORS will continue to develop environmental accounts . In addition to supplemented series of data on air emissions (NAMEA), we will complete development of indicators for accounts of material flows and will begin introducing a methodology for drawing up water accounts .

- development of new methods for collecting data in the area of water use and environmental expenditure

 

Regarding water use , SORS will carry out a pilot survey in the field of agriculture and construction statistics, since we believe that agriculture and construction are considerable water users that urgently require statistical monitoring. Regarding expenditure for environmental protection , SORS will carry out a pilot survey to establish regular procedures for collecting and preparing statistical data harmonised with the European methodology. The new data will be an important source of information on expenditure for environmental protection by environmental purpose on the national level.

Reduction of administrative burdens and costs, inter-institutional cooperation

- cooperation in the area of collecting data on the sewage system and drinking water supply

In environmental statistics, SORS and the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning (MESP) are establishing procedures for the joint collection of data on the sewage system and drinking water supply , which would serve to considerably reduce the response burden and would standardise the collection of data in this field. Moreover in 2009 SORS is planning to establish with the Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief procedures for taking over data on natural disasters in Slovenia .

- cooperation in collecting data on water and environmental accounts

For 2009 SORS is planning to expand cooperation with the Environmental Agency of the Republic of Slovenia (EARS) to the collection of data on water and environmental accounts . Since 2007 we have cooperated with the Agency in rationalising data collection for waste, air, biodiversity and environmental expenditure.

New statistical data and services

 

- new publications

 

 

In line with the sustainable development strategy, in the period 2009/2010 SORS will carry out a pilot survey for calculating sustainable development indicators . Based on existing indicators, in 2009 indicators will be formulated for sustainable development, and in addition to this work will be conducted on producing the brochure Sustainable Development in Slovenia , the publication of which is planned for 2010. In 2009 SORS is also planning to publish Rapid Reports on the environment in Slovenia – i.e. from generated quantities of disposed waste, consumption and treatment of water right up to expenditure companies allocate for environmental protection.

- revision of data published in the SI-STAT database

 

 

In the SI-STAT database in the coming year SORS will review the published data and will prepare additional missing data that is of interest to users – in addition to the main environmental indicators users will also be able to access completed OECD/Eurostat international questionnaires and other as yet unpublished data, common to all of which is major demand from users.

REGIONAL statistics and GEOGRAPHICAL/LOCAL information  

New European requirements and priority development tasks

 

- cohesion regions and development of regional statistics

 

In 2009 SORS will further expand its selection of statistical data presented at various geographical levels, with an emphasis on cohesion and statistical regions and municipalities. Data will be geared as a priority to the level of cohesion regions, which are applied as NUTS 2 regions according to the Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics in the European Union; in line with the requirements of European legislation, data for these regions must also be sent to the European Commission. One of the main priorities within the European Statistical System is the development of statistics for rural development and maritime sector and maritime regions thereof, wherein SORS takes into account development guidelines. Key importance from the aspect of evaluating cohesion policy on the EU level may be ascribed to the provision of data relating to the Urban Audit project , in which SORS is cooperating and providing also on the national level certain data necessary for drawing up urban spatial plans and evaluating the level of urban development in Slovenia compared to other European cities included in the project.

- establishing GEOPORTAL

According to the INSPIRE directive , countries should establish what is termed the GEOPORTAL – i.e. a variety of spatially defined data including statistics. Despite the considerable lack of clarity regarding the role played by SORS here, we anticipate being included in the inter-institutional working group of the environment ministry.

- international base of regional statistical data

In cooperation with the statistical offices of countries bordering Slovenia , activities will continue in the project to establish common bases of regional statistical data, which will be publicly accessible to users via the websites of all the participating statistical offices.

Inter-institutional cooperation

- cooperation in presenting statistical data on the web

In 2009, for establishing a national layer of hierarchical networks (GRID), SORS will strive to establish cooperation with the Surveying and Mapping Authority of the Republic of Slovenia .

New statistical data and services

- new publications and publication of thematic maps

 

Alongside the publication of Municipalities in Numbers , planned for 2009, which will facilitate comparison between all Slovenian municipalities and will be aimed at a wider circle of users of statistical data, SORS will present on its website previously created thematic maps with a variety of content, whereby it will attempt in a different, more visually attractive way to present statistical data by municipalities. In 2009 users will gain access to a web application that will enable them in a simple way to make their own independent thematic maps.

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY and INNOVATION

New methodological developments

 

- new survey on the careers of doctors of science

 

In 2009 SORS plans to conduct for the first time the international statistical survey on the careers of doctorate holders (CDH) , whereby it wishes to obtain internationally comparable data on doctorate holders (personal data, education, employment), their plans for future employment, mobility and scientific achievements. Apart from opinions (for which a special questionnaire will be required), data will be obtained from existing sources (Census 2002, Statistical Register of Employment, data from surveys of tertiary education).

- revised survey on innovation activity 

 

In line with the revised international methodology and harmonised questionnaire on the EU level, SORS will also conduct a statistical survey on innovation activity . Alongside new forms of innovation activity (organisational, marketing), the questionnaire will include a pilot set of questions on environmental innovations. Publication of the data is envisaged for the first half of 2010.

INFORMATION SOCIETY

Supplemented European legislation

- new ICT modules

In accordance with the provisions of the European Regulation on information society statistics, alongside basic indicators, with which SORS monitors the development of the information society, surveys will be supplemented with special substantive modules: the emphasis of this survey on the usage of information-communication technologies (ICT) in households will be on e-trading, and in surveying the ICT usage in enterprises the emphasis will be on e-business and confidence.

New statistical data

and services

 

 

In 2009 the SI-STAT database will be supplemented with annual data and in line with the demands of users, with quarterly data on electronic communication. Statistical data on the ICT usage in enterprises and in the financial sector will be published for the first time in 2009 according to SKD 2008 (NACE Rev. 2) and SKD 2002 (NACE Rev. 1.1), while in line with SKD 2008 SORS will also draw up time series of selected variables from 2004 on.

NEW statistical legislation: Expansion of Regulation (EC) 808/2004

BUSINESS TENDENCIES and CONSUMER SURVEYS

New European legislation

and priority development tasks

In cooperation with the European Commission (DG ECFIN) in carrying out business tendencies and consumer surveys, SORS will, in addition to implementing the SKD 2008 classification (NACE Rev. 2) in tendencies surveys, devote considerable effort to revising questionnaires.

 

6. STATISTICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

 

Accession of Slovenia to the OECD

 

- carrying out the action plan for membership of the OECD

In 2008 the OECD Committee on Statistics drew up for each accession country [45] an action plan for the area of statistics [46] and priority requirements for statistical data [47] . According to the timetable of OECD activities, implementation of the action plan (preparation of data and metadata, their transmission, validation, etc.) should be completed by August 2009, and this would be followed by discussion of the draft assessment report on the situation in Slovenia prepared by OECD. The OECD Committee on Statistics should produce the final report by November 2009, after discussion at the Committee. SORS does not anticipate any major difficulties in acceding to the OECD, and successfully completed considerable activity from both strategic documents in 2008. SORS will direct further work towards drawing up a report on the state of readiness for accession to the OECD [48] , towards dissemination of data and cooperation within the Interdepartmental OECD Working Group under the auspices of the Government Office for Growth.

One of the priorities regarding accession to the OECD will be adoption of an annex to the Agreement on cooperation in macroeconomic statistics between the Bank of Slovenia, the Ministry of Finance and SORS, whereby the competences of institutions regarding OECD requirements will be further organised within the national statistics.

Total quality management at SORS

- in addition to activities to increase cooperation in surveys, introduction of procedural novelties within the methodology of statistical surveys

 

 

 

In 2009 the SORS priorities will be set considerably wider, and will cover:

       activities to promote the cooperation of enterprises in data reporting,

       concern for the consistent monitoring and analysis of response burden,

       implementation of the process of standardising questionnaires in statistical surveys,

       preparation of documentation on the consistency and coherence of statistical data from various surveys,

       preparation of internal rules and procedures on revisions of published statistical data and

       establishing internal rules and procedures for keeping documentation for the time series breaks. 

- emphasis on preparation of internal methodological manuals and standard/annual quality reports

In line with the adopted action plan for implementing the quality strategy (see supplement), great attention will be focused on the preparation of internal methodological manuals (i.e. textbooks, handbooks, presentations, etc.) for individual parts of the statistical process. At the same time standard and annual quality reports will be prepared.

- organisation of special SORS training for authorised producers of national statistics

 

By providing the necessary technical and expert support for establishing statistical methodology, SORS attempts to increase interest in implementing the quality standards of the European Statistical System among authorised producers of national statistics. As part of the assessment of the compliance with the principles of the Code among authorised producers [49] , for 2009 SORS is planning to carry out a special series of training sessions for authorised producers . In terms of content, apart from the preparation of standard and annual quality reports, the training will cover the formulation of methodological explanations and a release calendar. At the same time a short course is being planned on imputing missing values, data editing in statistical surveys, on sampling methods and data dissemination.

SORS infrastructural project

- modernisation of statistical processing for business statistics (ISIS Project)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Completion of the project aimed at modernisation of statistical processing for business statistics ( ISIS information system) at the end of 2008 means that SORS will face a major change in the method of work, and this will be visible in 2009. In addition to optimising the current procedures, the changes will also affect work, which will henceforth be based on metadata driven processes; individual processes will be carried out in a standardised way, which will also contribute to less time spent.

Changes to procedures affect all areas of statistical process:

       from the preparation of statistical survey through to the introduction of a common base of variables, questions and questionnaires,

       data collection through the introduction of e-reporting, optical reading of printed questionnaires, the implementation of communication types and a common directory of business that will be based exclusively on the statistical business register,

       data processing through the inclusion of data from various sources, simplified metadata processing and so forth.

At the end of the project and its implementation in practice in 2009, SORS must carry out several small organisational and procedural changes to support the new infrastructural purposes – i.e. support for enterprises (reporting units) in implementing e-reporting, establishing a call centre and so forth. The transition of statistical surveys to the new system will be gradual for enterprises and SORS. 

- establishing a new statistical business register within the ISIS framework

In 2009 upgrading will be completed on the statistical business register , which will include the Register of Enterprise Groups. With this project SORS will succeed in responding to the majority of requirements of the EU regulation on business registers and also the requirements of internal SORS users, i.e. our employees. Indeed for business entities the register will enable the central keeping of data, which through the use of appropriate statistical methods will be conducted on the basis of a combination of administrative and statistical data.

- further development of cooperation with reporting units

 

While it continues its efforts to reduce the response burden, SORS is also seeking appropriate technical methods for reporting data. In addition to the aforementioned e-reporting, in 2008 we started introducing internet telephony. In addition to automatic dialling, one major task will be establishing an Information base for reporting units , accessible on the SORS website. This will contribute to better quality communication with reporting units, which is also in line with the medium-term strategy 2008-2012. See also the Action plan for implementing the strategy of cooperation with reporting units and the reduction of their burdens in 2009 (Appendix E).

- project of archiving and storing statistical data (StatARH)

In 2009 SORS will complete the StatARH project , which will significantly increase the accessibility, unalterability, integrity and safety of the website www.stat.si, statistical data and documentary material. The first phase of the project was completed in 2008, when in line with the principles of the new legislation for archiving and in line with good practices SORS organised the archiving of the website, and in the second phase, which will be concluded in 2009, we will also improve the storage of statistical documentary and archive material. By establishing solutions, SORS will also increase the quality of services for users.

- implementation of SKD 2008 (NACE Rev. 2) in time series

The project of implementing SKD 2008 (NACE Rev. 2) is in the final phase. In the first half of 2009 SORS is planning to finalise the preparation of time series for all fields of statistics and accompanying activities. In line with the SORS assessment, approximately 300 time series will be prepared.

- modernising the intranet (surs.net)

The transfer of old and preparation of new content as part of the modernisation of the SORS intranet portal (surs.net) will, with the support of an application set up in 2008, be completed in 2009. The simplification and efficient management of content on the intranet will enable employees to access simply and rapidly internal SORS information. 

Concern for the reduction of response burden and cost effectiveness 

- monitoring and analysing the burdening of reporting units and producers of national statistics

Based on the Action plan to reduce administrative burdens and costs, which was published on 24 January 2007 by the European Commission, on the Commission’s request SORS estimated the time and costs of reporting units and producers of national statistics for statistical surveys conducted on the legal basis determined for this estimate by the Commission. The estimate for 2005–2007 was carried out on the basis of the internationally adopted methodology of the Standard Cost Model. By the end of October 2008 we will also have completed measurement of the burden for all tasks of the annual statistical programme for which SORS is responsible. The findings will be an important basis for the further reduction of response burden and rationalisation of the work of SORS ( Appendix B: Action plan for implementing the Strategy in the field of further reduction of administrative burdens in 2009) .

- introduction of misdemeanour proceedings for non-reporting by units

In 2008 SORS set up all the necessary procedures, including establishing a special Committee for Increased Reporting (CIR), which, in addition to promoting a better method of reporting and control over the response burden, has the task of developing a system of legal procedures for non-reporting in line with good practices in the EU. SORS will start implementing the system when the ISIS project is concluded (end of 2008).

Dissemination and communication with users

The priorities of SORS in 2009 in the area of dissemination and communication with users will be:

       developing a tool for visualisation of data on the web, and thereby SORS will facilitate for users a more comprehensive understanding of statistical information provided;

       digitalising SORS publications from previous years: thus SORS will publish on the website old statistical yearbooks and the publications of all the censuses in Slovenia ;

       preparation of the presentational publication Slovenia in the OECD , which will, on the basis of statistical data, set out the position of Slovenia among OECD countries ;

       providing data to the OECD: in 2009 intensive work will be pursued to ensure time series of data for Slovenia for the requirements of Slovenia ’s membership of the OECD.

Data protection

In line with the findings of the study carried out in 2008, SORS is planning in 2009 in the area of protection of statistical data to upgrade the system of managing the protection of data, training of staff, internal rules, physical and technical protection as well as statistical protection of data. See also the Action plan for implementing the strategy for data protection in 2009 (Appendix D).

Classifications

- introducing KLASIUS into procedures for accreditation of programmes and catalogues and into data collections and statistical surveys

 

In 2009 SORS expects the competent ministries, institutions and other bodies, in line with the Agreement on cooperation in implementing the classification system for education and training [50] , to implement KLASIUS [51] in procedures of accepting the accreditation of programmes and catalogues for national vocational qualifications, and to ensure that the existing programmes will also be furnished with KLASIUS codes. This will enable SORS to set up in 2009 a new base – a statistical collection of educational activities/outcomes, which will form the basis for drawing up detailed coded KLASIUS lists, and e-browser and other aids. These activities will be followed by the second phase of introducing KLASIUS, specifically in data collections in which the primary unit is a person, education or inclusion in education as the characteristic of a person – starting with records on labour market statistics, M forms [52] and records or databases from the Employment Service of Slovenia.        

- planning activities to modernise the Standard Classification of Occupations 

 

In line with the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO-08 [53] ), for 2009 SORS is planning activities relating to modernising the Standard Classification of Occupations (SCO). In this we will take into account all previous findings and initiatives regarding amendments and supplements in Slovenia .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


APPENDIX:  

 

A.        Action plan for implementing the STRATEGY FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF NATIONAL STATISTICS IN SLOVENIA in 2009

OBJECTIVES:

1.        enhance the system of national statistics, including via authorised producers,

2.        further development of cooperation with users and data providers , including managers of administrative records,

3.        written agreements will be concluded with all managers of administrative records and other databases that are a source of national statistics,

4.        reduction of administrative barriers and costs,

5.        active cooperation in developing the European Statistical System, and statistics of the OECD and UNECE,

6.        technical assistance for the countries of the Western Balkans will be continued in line with possibilities.

Activities

Deadlines

support for authorised producers to regulate the conditions for carrying out statistical activities;

continuous

substantive modernisation of statistical advisory committees;

finalising written agreements for all fields of sta tistics;

31 December 2009

inclusion of all producers in international cooperation.

continuous

 

B.        Action plan for implementing the STRATEGY FOR FURTHER REDUCTION OF ADMINISTRATIVE BURDENS in 2009

OBJECTIVES:

1.        reducing the response burden on enterprises, with emphasis on small and medium-sized enterprises,

2.        reducing the response burden on the population and households, especially by using administrative sources,

3.        reducing the burden of data providers and producers of national statistics through better organisation of the statistical procedure and the use of modern information technology,

4.        ensuring a balance between the users needs and the response burden on data providers.

Activities

Deadlines

Active monitoring of legislative and other documents affecting data sources.

January 2009

Verification and approval of new or the termination of old statistical surveys in terms of users needs and sources of data via the Methodological Council at SORS.

continuous

SORS experts will be actively involved in the working group for cooperation with the EU and in the interdepartmental working group for implementing measure 28/07. These groups, which function under the auspices of the Ministry of Public Administration, were established to eliminate administrative barriers.

Recording possible administrative sources and concluding inter-institutional agreements for their use conducted in all fields of national statistics.

Individual ministries must collect data and report on this in line with European legislation. In interdepartmental cooperation SORS has already concluded agreements with certain ministries, whereby certain questions intended for reporting units have been reformulated, and thereby their reporting will also satisfy national statistics requirements. The described practice (joint formulation of questionnaires) will be continued.

Further development of the so-called ”one address” system – the same data used for various statistical purposes are sent by reporting units to just one address. Institutions entitled to use statistical data take the data from that address.

Accelerated development of help for the external environment in drawing up departmental statistics will consequently contribute to its greater methodological knowledge on obtaining and using data in the environment and thus in consequence will reduce the burden of reporting for statistical purposes.

Reduction of the response burden on reporting units with less than 10 employees is continuing. SORS will study in detail all the possibilities for obtaining data with the termination or reduction of reporting obligation, while at the same time guaranteeing the same quality of statistical data.

continuous from October 2008

Establishing a methodology and analysing the use of time and costs of reporting units and employees at SORS, and harmonisation of European methodology and requirements with the national methodology.

October 2008

Establishing a single procedure for processing statistical data under the ISIS project (Integrated Statistical Information System). The project includes a system of e-reporting, a directory system, a system for controlling communications with reporting units and a metadata supported system of processing statistical data.

2009

 

Adoption of standards for questionnaires and other material in collecting data and their use.

Active cooperation within the ESS for accelerated use of administrative sources.

continuous

Further development of cooperation with reporting units: selecting the method of communication for reporting units with SORS, simple and understandable communication of reporting units with SORS, increasing the speed of responses in communication with reporting units.

 

C.        Action plan for implementing the STRATEGY OF QUALITY in 2009

OBJECTIVE 1: professional independence of the national statistics system and authorisation to collect data to be maintained on at least the current level

Secondary objectives:

        professional independence

        authorisation to collect data

Activities

Deadlines

In the coming period SORS will ensure together with authorised producers the unimpeded implementation in practice of the National Statistics Act.

continuous

Implementing the National Statistics Act in practice means penalizing reporting units that do not fulfil their obligations to the national statistics system within the deadline envisaged in the annual programme of statistical surveys. Guidelines and internal rules of conduct were adopted in 2008, and in 2009 the newly established committee to increase reporting started active operations.

2009

 

Part of motivation for punctual submission of statistical questionnaires is of course positive feedback, which enterprises can obtain on the portal through which they will report electronically. In 2009 in introducing the results of the final ISIS project there will be development of further possibilities for presenting collected statistical data for individual enterprises as part of the possibilities provided by statistical confidentiality.

OBJECTIVE 2: satisfying the needs of data users and data providers to be balanced.

Secondary objectives:

        adhering to statistical confidentiality in accordance with Slovenian legislation and international criteria,

        ensuring impartiality and objectivity in the system of national statistics,   

        rational burdening of reporting units,

        relevance of statistics.   

See Action plan for implementing the STRATEGY FOR FURTHER REDUCTION OF ADMINISTRATIVE BURDENS in 2009.

OBJECTIVE 3: the quality of statistical products and services to be assessed and published for the majority of statistical products in a user-friendly way.

Secondary objectives:

        commitment to quality, accuracy and reliability,

        timeliness and punctuality,

        coherence and comparability,

        accessibility and clarity.

Activities

Deadline

creating a base of quality indicators and on the basis of standard quality indicators a standard annual bilingual report on quality for around 20 statistical surveys;

2009

 

extending the obligatory standard quality report to all statistical surveys;

analysing the possibilities for establishing formal procedures for a “trade-off” between various dimensions of quality;

continuing implementation of the action plan to prepare textbooks. Preparation of an intranet site aimed at the exchange of good practices in the area of statistical methodology;

creating methodological documents on the harmonisation of statistical data by different areas (in 2009: action plan and start of work) and publication of documents on the website;

establishing internal rules for revising data and determining precise rules for publishing provisional/final data;

establishing internal rules for documenting the time series breaks.

OBJECTIVE 4: modernising the processing of statistical data to bring greater quality and efficiency.

Secondary objectives:

        adequacy of sources,

        good methodology,

        appropriate statistical procedures,

        cost effectiveness.

Activities

Deadlines

Formulation of an action plan to include individual statistical surveys in an integrated process of processing statistical data in the ISIS system.

2009

Consistent monitoring of the response burden (for persons, households, enterprises, agricultural holdings) and analysis of the possibilities for reducing burdens.

2009 – continuation of work started in 2008

 

External expert assessment of methodologies and procedures used can contribute greatly to the credibility of results in the national statistics system. This therefore requires a systematic approach to reviewing methodologies by external experts and preparation of an action plan for implementation. Work started in 2008 will continue in 2009 (work of the Methodological Council and formulation of expert assessments of statistical surveys).

Use of procedures for selective and automatic arranging of data enabling faster and repeatable data processing.

OBJECTIVE 5: the values of quality, lifelong learning and development for all employees. 

Secondary objectives:

        promoting the concept of quality and the importance of the code includes all employees,

        monitoring the development of a statistical methodology and exchange of good practices are enabled for all employees in a simple way.

Activities

Deadlines

continued promotion of the European Statistics Code of Practice and training for the area of quality both at SORS and in the national statistics system;

continuous

continuing implementation of the action plan to prepare textbooks. Preparation of an intranet site aimed at the exchange of good practices in the area of statistical methodology.

2009

 

D.        Action plan for implementing the STRATEGY OF DATA PROTECTION in 2009

OBJECTIVE 1: professionally trained employees who are aware of the importance of data protection and statistical confidentiality achieving high quality performance and working in unison.

Secondary objective:

        through continuing education, employees are trained for tasks related to data protection and statistical confidentiality.

Activities

Deadlines

Through continuing education on data protection we can raise awareness of the importance of data protection and statistical confidentiality for the work of SORS, and of the duties of employees, while we can also familiarise them with work procedures and in this way ensure the uniform performance of their work. In this way we will ensure one of the key objectives of the strategy for data protection, i.e. awareness and high-quality work of employees.

continuous

SORS will issue a leaflet which will present the various aspects of data protection and statistical confidentiality at SORS.

2009

OBJECTIVE 2: statistically protected, aggregated statistical data and microdata.

Secondary objectives:

        through statistical protection procedures we can ensure the maintenance of information privacy of individuals and the business interests of enterprises ,

        using statistical protection procedures which to the greatest possible extent maintain the information value of statistical data.

Activities

Deadline

in the dissemination of aggregated data and microdata given to researchers we can ensure through statistical protection methods that the data preclude the disclosure of information privacy of individuals and the  business interests of enterprises ;

continuous

since the right to information is one of the fundamental rights in a democratic society, through procedures of statistical protection SORS must ensure the least possible loss of information.

OBJECTIVE 3: technical equipment, organisational rules and procedures that prevent unauthorised access to data.

Secondary objectives:

        organisational measures prescribe the operation of employees and appropriate data protection,

        technical measures prevent and control unauthorised use of data.

Activities

Deadlines

technical upgrading of computer hardware to improve the prevention of unauthorised access and working with data and ensuring better traceability;

continuous

improving the rules governing safety and protection of data;

2009

 

improving the organisational rules and legal commitments of all employees working with individual data or microdata;

upgrading the technical infrastructure to improve reliability and traceability in the process of producing and disseminating data.

continuous

OBJECTIVE 4: appropriately arranged business premises.

Secondary objective:

        acquisition of appropriate business premises (new office building) in terms of data protection.

Activities

Deadline

arranging appropriate business premises for SORS in terms of information security and the safety of employees, taking into account costs and benefits;

2009

report to the Slovenian Government regarding the SORS security assessment and proposed measures.

 

E.        Action plan for implementing the STRATEGY OF COOPERATION WITH REPORTING UNITS AND REDUCTION OF BURDENS in 2009

OBJECTIVE 1: everything in one place and the possibility of selecting the method of communicating with SORS.

Secondary objectives:

        everything in one place,

        the possibility of selecting the method of communicating,

        upgrading of telephone calls.

Activities

Deadline

organisation of explanations to reporting units in one place; 

2009

establishing a system of data collection via various channels (e-reporting, paper, CAPI, CATI);

by establishing a collection of frequently asked questions and responses, which will also be accessible on the website, SORS will increase the reach of this form of communication with reporting units.

OBJECTIVE 2: simple and understandable communication of reporting units with SORS.

Secondary objectives:

        understandable questionnaires and correspondence,

        standardised format,

        business rules of communication.

Activities

Deadline

collection and analysis of feedback from reporting units;

continuous

adoption of standards for questionnaires and other material in collecting data and their use;

business rules of communication will be formulated for communication with reporting units and the implementation of regular meetings with secondary data providers for monitoring changes in registers.

OBJECTIVE 3: monitoring and taking account of responses from reporting units.

Secondary objectives:

        active assessment and implementation of proposals from reporting units,

        determining the importance of data providers,

        importance of statistical surveys.  

Activities

Deadline

Analysis of the response burden through surveys and determining key observations and reporting units from surveys and for the national statistics system.

continuous

 

SORS will link the number of collected and the number of published variables, and will determine the criteria for importance of a statistical survey and the criteria for drawing up a new questionnaire and sample selection. Surveys will be coordinated and categorised by importance, while we will also continue to reduce the number of surveys with full coverage.

OBJECTIVE 4: increasing the speed of response to questions from reporting units.

Secondary objectives:

        faster response to information received,

        improving timetable plans,

        reducing manual operations.

Activities

Deadlines

The speed of response to requests and demands from reporting units and the speed of response to identified errors in questionnaires are extremely important in working with reporting units. By increasing the speed of responding to questions from reporting units SORS will secure greater confidence from them.

2012

We are planning to monitor and formulate working plans in order to reduce discrepancies and burdens on reporting units, primarily in that part of the year when they have obligations to other institutions (e.g. final accounts) or greater obligations to report to SORS.

2009

By standardising surveys, reducing the number of variables, standardising the size of envelopes and using an envelope machine, introducing optical reading, expanding the use of e-reporting and automatic controls we will increase the automation of work and in this way the flow of surveys at SORS.

2012

 

F.         Action plan for implementing the STRATEGY FOR DISSEMINATION AND COMMUNICATION WITH USERS in 2009

OBJECTIVE 1: satisfied users.

Secondary objectives:

        simple searching and obtaining of statistical data,

        harmonisation of data with the users needs,

        understanding and use of data.

Activities

Deadline

modernising the website and designing new services;

continuous

 

SORS will continue its regular monitoring of user satisfaction with statistical products and services;

upon publication, statistical data will be neutrally explained, presented in simple tables, graphically and cartographically, information on the data will be understandable, easily accessible and updated, demanding users will have the possibility of gaining selected variables and points in time in tabular form according to their needs and if desired, they can use graphic and cartographic presentations.

OBJECTIVE 2: raising statistical literacy.

Secondary objectives:

        establishing an education centre on the website,

        collaborating with universities and libraries in raising the statistical literacy of the population.

Activities

Deadlines

On the website we will set up an education centre, which will enable web learning and working with data, and will be intended for various user groups.

2008

SORS will continue its efforts to implement the project of statistical literacy for the population and in this we will collaborate with universities, libraries and the competent ministry.

continuous

 

OBJECTIVE 3: recognisability and reputation of SORS, confidence of users and use of statistical data.

Secondary objectives:

        recognisability of official statistical data relative to other data,

        use of statistical data in the administration of society and the country.

Activities

Deadline

For the recognisability of SORS and official statistical data, and in order to maintain its reputation, SORS will make even greater efforts to present itself in the mass media, at professional conferences, fairs and in various interest associations, it will develop a corporate graphic image and regularly measure its standing, recognisability and user confidence.

continuous

 

At the request of national and local institutions and interest associations, SORS will arrange additional analyses, and in line with the principle of protecting the information privacy of individuals and the business interests of enterprises, we will also enable the use of statistically protected microdata. For Slovenian researchers we will attempt to ensure the most favourable possibilities for using microdata from other EU countries.

OBJECTIVE 4: effective preparation, promotion and provision of statistical information.

Secondary objectives:

        taking account of data needs, statistical and computer literacy and the communication means of users,

        adhering to uniform substantive, professional and technical standards.

Activities

Deadline

through surveys, at meetings and in direct contact with users (such as members of the Statistical Council, members of statistical advisory committees and others) SORS will monitor their need for data, statistical and computer literacy and the IT and communication means of users, and will take the obtained information into account in designing dissemination products and services;

continuous

 

modernisation of the publication system (content and proportion of paper to electronic publications).

 

G.        Action plan for implementing the STRATEGY OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY UPDATE in 2009

OBJECTIVE 1: properly computerised and effective statistical process, supported by general, user-friendly IT solutions.

Secondary objectives:

        implementation of general and generic solutions,

        methodologically and organisationally well supported development of IT solutions,

        consolidated and standardised development and implementing environment (.NET, Oracle, Microsoft, Blaise, SAS, PC-Axis, etc.),

        appropriate technical infrastructure (servers, memory capacities, network, etc.).

Activities

Deadlines

finalising the transfer of processing and data from a central computer to a client-server architecture in a local environment (LAN);

2009

 

standardising development and implementation platforms (modernising the KLASJE application, the Statistical Register of Agricultural Holdings, etc.) ;

work on projects and implementing general and generic solutions created in ISIS projects (Integrated Statistical Information System) and the Database of Social Statistics in the regular statistical production of the office in all areas;

end of 2012

implementing procedural organisation of development activities, greater specialisation of IT experts in individual expert fields;

2010

implementing established standards and development methodologies that include the complete lifecycle of application software;

2009 – 2010

improving the linkage between individual technological systems and introducing service-oriented architecture; 

continuous to 2012

development and implementation of solutions in the area of standardisation for the exchange of statistical data and metadata (SDMX);

2009 – 2011

long-term ensuring of appropriate technical infrastructure, upgrading computer capacities in terms of planned growth of needs for disk and server capacities;

continuous

 

upgrading the network with security elements and adequate security infrastructure for web servers;

continuous to 2011

planning and implementation of solutions to ensure the uninterrupted operation of SORS.

2010

OBJECTIVE 2: effective and satisfied internal and external users of IT services.

Secondary objectives:

        well organised process of IT support,

        cost-effective and technically adequate software and hardware for users,

        training of users to a sufficiently high level for effective and professional work.

Activities

Deadlines

gradual implementation of ITIL guidelines and good practices in administering IT systems;

2010

creation of a service centre for better assistance to users;

2009–2011

long-term assurance of cost-effective and technically adequate software and hardware (computers, monitors, office and other software);

continuous

 

design and implementation of training workshops for users.

OBJECTIVE 3: qualified IT experts.

Secondary objectives:

        expert knowledge, appropriate working area of IT experts ,

        good awareness of the strategic and tactical guidelines of the office,

        experience necessary for independent and effective work,

        appropriate structure and scope of personnel resources and ensuring permanence of the IT staff.

Activities

Deadline

identifying typical jobs in the IT field in line with the procedural organisation of work;

continuous

 

cooperation in project groups in development projects;

concern for the continuing education of IT experts, bilateral cooperation with other offices, participation and cooperation at professional conferences;

organisation of workshops and brainstorming sessions;

motivation of IT staff;

scholarships for personnel in computing and IT.

 

H.        Action plan for implementing the STRATEGY OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT in 2009

OBJECTIVES:

1.        High professionalism of employees will be ensured through adequate selection procedures for the best candidates, definition of the required knowledge and skills, organisation and consistent implementation of continuing training, education and incentives for employees to pursue lifelong learning.

2.        Motivation of employees will be stimulated through job satisfaction, management and satisfactory working conditions.

3.        Flexibility in the response of employees to new substantive and technological challenges will be achieved by encouraging greater internal mobility of employees, and construction of an organisational memory in the form of documenting the working process for the production of high-quality statistical data. 

4.        By means of modern ICT (intranet) and other modern tools and work organisation, we will ensure the excellent throughput of information at all levels of organisation and on the internet, with the domestic and international environment.

5.        SORS will strive to ensure that the Slovenian Government confirms the personnel plans through a numerically and competence-appropriate structure and scope of human potential.

Activities

Deadlines

development of ideal candidate profile for all typical jobs (definition of education, qualifications, work experience and personal characteristics);

continuous

 

employee satisfaction surveys;

internal training catalogue regularly published in September for the coming year;

career interviews (the right person in the right job);

establishing a base of employee knowledge, competence and skills and career monitoring;

analysing personnel needs relative to tasks;

guided training for managers to obtain appropriate skills for working with people;

ensuring new SORS working premises at one location;

2010

determining the need for enhancement, retraining and new deployment of existing staff;

continuous

 

timely identification of new substantive and technological requirements;

documenting the activities of individual jobs;

2010

completing the modernisation of the intranet;

2008/09

analysing the structure of employees;

2009

 

formulating the “ideal” organisation of jobs at SORS;

drafting a SORS personnel plan based on the two preceding activities.

 

I.           Action plan for implementing the STRATEGY OF FINANCIAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT in 2009

OBJECTIVE 1: ensuring adequate funds for conducting statistical surveys.

Activities

Deadline

monitoring the costs of statistical surveys (human and material resources);

2009

 

planning needs for two years in advance;

obtaining European funds.

OBJECTIVE 2: balance of costs and benefits in carrying out tasks.

Activities

Deadline

regular monitoring of costs and statistical surveys carried out;

2009

analysing how realistic and appropriate the defined tasks are in the plan of statistical surveys.

OBJECTIVE 3: obtaining as much funding as possible from external sources for carrying out projects.

Activities

Deadline

ongoing monitoring of tenders that are current and linked to the content of projects that would be carried out at the office, and that enable complete or partial financing of new projects;

2009

 

in arranging agreements with individual institutions emphasis is needed on the structure of financing individual new projects and this must be stated.

 

 


[1] The new Standard Classification of Activities (SKD 2008) supplements the European classification NACE Rev. 2.

 

[2] Regulation (EC) No. 862/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 July 2007 on Community statistics on migration and international protection and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No. 311/76 on the compilation of statistics on foreign workers.

[3] For more information on the use of the new definition of population and its consequences see: http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=1608 (30 April 2008, Special Publication)

[4] Regarding the intended change to the definition of population in 2009 SORS familiarised the Office of the Prime Minister, all ministries and municipalities in 2008.

[5] SORS was already using certain administrative sources in the Census 2002, while the basic precondition for an entirely register-based census is the implementation of a Register of Dwellings and the ascribing of the residence number to all permanently and temporarily registered persons in the Central Population Register. Moreover there is a need to develop a statistical method for monitoring phenomena that cannot be captured through a register-based census (such as families and households), since for these phenomena there are (still) not adequate data in existing administrative sources and records (Source: SORS, Medium-term Programme of Statistical Surveys 2008-2012, p. 33).

[6] More information on the Register of Real Estate at: Statistics of Living Standards, p. 9.

[7] i.e. the arrangement of micro and macro data, checks of the accuracy and coherence of data, input of missing values (i.e. imputation) etc.

[8] More information on the preparation of the Eurostat projection of the population for Slovenia , 2008-2060, EUROPOP 2008, convergence scenario at: http://www.stat.si/eng/novica_prikazi.aspx?id=1683 ( 13 June 2008, First Publication).

[9] Labour market situation of migrants and their immediate descendants ((EC) No 102/2007)

[10] Grant Labour Market (funds from Eurostat and DG EMPL).

[11] UNESCO-UIS/OECD/EUROSTAT

[12] INES - Indicators of Education Systems: SORS is cooperating in the INES technical group which is intended to develop and select indicators for publication in Education at a glance .

[13] PIAAC – Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competences

[14] See: Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia , No. 59/2007 (63/2007 revised).

[15] In accordance with the ZŠtip, starting in the 2008/2009 academic year the Employment Service is no longer a provider of national scholarships. This is being transferred to the Social Work Centres (for national scholarships) and the Personnel Development and Scholarships Fund (awarding Zois scholarships), which carry out their tasks under the auspices of the MLFSA.   

[16] I.e. on national, Zois and co-financed personnel scholarships.

[17] EHIS – European Health Interview Survey

[18] EDSIM - European Disability Social Integration Module

[19] Eurostat grants for 2008 - Theme 35 - Consolidation of methodologies for collection of the data on accidents at work and occupational diseases

[20] ECHI - European Community Health Indicators

[21] OMC - Open Method of Coordination

[22] SHA - System of Health Accounts

[23] Regulation (EC) No. 763/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 July 2008 on population and housing censuses

[24] European System of Integrated Social Protection Statistics (ESSPROS)

[25] Grant Agreement for an Action - European System of Integrated Social Protection Statistics (ESSPROS): Pilot data collection on net social benefits

[26] The existing indicator took into account the number of payments made in family pensions in certain cases.

[27] Pilot Study on Owner-Occupied Housing (OOH) in the Framework of the Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices – Stage 2

[28] Surveying and Mapping Authority of the Republic of Slovenia

[29] Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs) Group Leaders Western Balkan Group

[30] See Appendix D – Other services (Council Regulation (EC) No. 1165/98 on short-term statistical indicators, amended by the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council (EC) No. 1158/2005

[31] Regulation (EC) No. 638/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 March 2004 on Community statistics relating to the trading of goods between Member States and repealing Council regulation (EEC) No. 3330/91

[32] Eurostat grants for 2008 - XT-NET implementation - XT-net project is a continuation of activities once covered by the EDICOM programme, i.e. the development and upgrading of tools for collecting, processing and disseminating XT data, and thereby an improvement in the quality of such data. The grant will be implemented in 2009.

[33] This statistical group was created owing to the requirements of EMU through the expansion of better known “monetary and banking statistics” and covers: the balance sheet and changes to the state of monetary financial institutions (MFI), MFI interest rates, securities, statistics of non-monetary financial intermediaries (especially investment funds and companies involved in the transfer of funds), statistics of payment systems, the long-term convergence interest rate and so forth.

[34] Regulation (EC) No. 2423/2001 ECB of 22 November 2001 concerning the consolidated balance sheet of the monetary financial institutions sector (ECB/2001/13)

[35] Regulation (EC) No. 63/2002 (ECB/2001/18) concerning statistics on interest rates applied by monetary financial institutions to deposits and loans vis-à-vis households and non-financial corporations (ECB/2004/21)

[36] Regulation ECB (EC) No. 958/2007 of 27 July 2007 concerning statistics on the assets and liabilities of investment funds (ECB/2007/8)

[37] Guideline of the ECB of 15 November 2007 amending Guideline ECB/2002/7 on the statistical reporting requirements of the ECB in the field of quarterly financial accounts (ECB/2007/13) or Council Regulation (EC) No. 2223/96.

[38] Surveying and Mapping Authority of the Republic of Slovenia

[39] The BRS is the data source for the Statistical Business register and various related statistics.

[40] Council Regulation (EC) No 1165/98 of 19 May 1998 concerning short-term statistics, amended by the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council (EC) No. 158/2005 of 6 July 2005 and Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1503/2006 of 28 September 2006 implementing and amending Council Regulation (EC) No.   1165/98 and Regulation (EC) No. 1893/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 December 2006 establishing the statistical classification of economic activities NACE Revision 2 and amending Council regulation (EEC) No. 3037/90 as well as certain EC regulations on specific statistical domains

[41] SI SSN - SafeSeaNet is a system that supports the electronic exchange of information in the area of maritime transport and environmental protection among all the maritime authorities of the EU Member States and with EMSA, the European Maritime Safety Agency.

[42] Eurostat Grants for 2008: Theme 4.07 Pilot Studies on estimating volume of water used for irrigation.

[43] Starting points for the further organisation of collecting these data are set out within the international pilot project on the use of plant protection agents on wheat, which SORS carried out successfully in 2007.

[44] The latest data on market gardening production, provided comparatively for 2000, 2003 and 2006 were published in the SI-STAT database in 2007. Data were collected through a Census of Horticulture carried out every three years.

 

[45] In addition to Slovenia , on 30 November 2007 accession programmes for full membership of the OECD were adopted for Russia , Chile , Israel and Estonia .

[46] OECD - Committee on Statistics, OECD ENLARGEMENT AND ENHANCED ENGAGEMENT: AN ACTION PLAN FOR STATISTICS (proposal sent on 18 April 2008)

[47] OECD- Committee on Statistics, Statistical Requirements Paper: Slovenia , Statistical Requirements for Candidate Countries for OECD Accession (document dated 10 June 2008)

[48] I.e. the Integrated Assessment Reports on the Candidate Countries

[49] SORS, 2007, Internal document prepared for Eurostat: Summary report on the national statistical system compliance with the European Statistics Code of Practice.

 

[50] The Agreement on cooperation in implementing the classification system of education and training was signed in April 2007 by: the minister competent for higher education, the minister competent for education, the minister competent for labour and national professional qualifications and by the Director-General of SORS.

[51] Classification system of education and training - KLASIUS

[52] On the forms data are collected on pension and disability and health insurance, insurance for parental protection, unemployment insurance and on the conclusion of formal employment contracts (M-1, M-2, M-3, M-3A, M-DČ).

[53] International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO).