Eurostat’s assessment and recommendations to KAS
A Eurostat delegation, consisting of the Director Directorate A: Cooperation in the European Statistical System; International Cooperation; Resources in Eurostat, Mr. Pieter Everaers and the Coordinator for Kosovo, Mr. Marius Andersen have visited the Kosovo Agency of Statistics (KAS).
During their stay in Kosovo, in early September, Eurostat delegation had a series of meetings with the KAS’ management and staff.
Through an official letter, Mr. Pieter Everaers, initially thanked the Chief Executive Officer and the KAS’ staff for fruitful discussions during their visit in Kosovo. Then, he considered it important to follow up the discussions in order to give priority to the issues raised in the statistical cooperation between Eurostat and KAS in the coming years.
In the letter sent to KAS, through the Chairwoman of the EU Office in Kosovo, Ms. Nataliya Apostolova, the Director responsible for Cooperation in Eurostat, Mr. Everaers summarized in 5 general points the assessments and recommendations of Eurostat to KAS:
- Population and housing census in four northern Kosovo municipalities which did not participate in Population, Households and Housing Census 2011 - Eurostat together with the EU Office in Kosovo have assessed preparations for conduction of such census. However, due to the lack of progress in adopting the law on the census and the short time up to the next overall Census in 2020 (worldwide round of censuses), Eurostat advices the KAS to concentrate resources now on preparing the next Population Census in 2020.
- Preparations for 2020 Population Census - Eurostat considers that discussions on census methodology should be initiated as soon as possible, because the decision on the methodology will impact the type of legislation required as well as the planning of the required technical support. These discussions should take into account the technical and operational feasibility, as well as the resource requirements for traditional data collection, utilizing administrative data, enumeration via internet surveys or a combination of these options.
- Macroeconomic statistics - Eurostat has addressed in several occasions to Kosovo institutions, the importance of strengthening this sector, both in terms of human resources as well as the statistical products produced. Since statistics and indicators based on National Accounts, Government Finance Statistics as well as Debt and Deficit reporting are becoming increasingly important in the accession progress, KAS should continue its efforts to align these data with the ESA2010 Regulation.
- Law on Official Statistics - Eurostat has underlined that specific recommendations, and the human resource situation were addressed in an official letter to Deputy Prime Minister Kujtim Shala on 24th November 2015 and also raised in an official letter to Prime Minister Isa Mustafa on 26th April 2016. Eurostat considers the strengthening of the legal framework, including guaranteeing the professional independence of KAS, by securing a fixed term (longer term) mandate for the CEO of KAS, increasing the coordination role of KAS in the National Statistical System and easier access to administrative data important. This will improve the basis for further development of the Statistical System in Kosovo.
- Human resource situation in KAS - While this situation in KAS remains broadly unchanged in the recent years, in terms of lack of sufficient staff, Eurostat considers that this should be addressed in the preparation of the next 5-year Program for Official Statistics. In this regard it would be useful to approach to the human resource situation from a strategic point of view, and address the long term needs for additional staff and increasing their qualifications with a view to the objectives of KAS to be achieved at the end of the next 5 year Program. According to Mr. Pieter Everaers it will also be useful to take measures to communicate more effectively the objectives and outputs of KAS to key stakeholders in the process of preparing the next 5 year Statistical Program.