The Lithuanian Department of Statistics (Statistics Lithuania) is a public authority coordinating official statistics in the country that participates in developing and implementing public policy in the field of organisation and methodology of statistics assigned to the Minister of Finance.
In pursuance of the Law on Statistics of the Republic of Lithuania, Statistics Lithuania coordinates the activity of the ministries and other institutions managing official statistics in the field of official statistics.
Agreements with producers of official statistics (in Lithuanian)
Statistics Lithuania applies statistical methods for the collection, processing, analysis of statistical data and releases statistical information on economic, social, demographic, and environmental changes in the country at the national and regional levels. The main tasks of Statistics Lithuania are set in the Regulations of Statistics Lithuania.
Official Statistics Work Programmes (in Lithuanian)
Statistics Lithuania coordinates the activity of ministries and other institutions in the field of official statistics, produces regional and administrative-territorial statistical indicators. Statistical information is accessible to all users interested in the socioeconomic development of Lithuania and is available free of charge on the website of Statistics Lithuania.
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Mission – to prepare and disseminate official statistics necessary for decision-making and stimulating public discussions on issues relevant to the country, to actively participate in the development of international statistics.
Strategic objective – to improve the quality and accessibility of statistical services and products by rationally using resources and without increasing the statistical reporting burden for respondents.
Main trends for 2013-2017:
More efficient production of statistical information
To enhance the efficiency of statistical survey processes
To develop and improve statistical areas
To strengthen relationship with respondents
To strengthen the coordination of institutions managing official statistics
Higher quality services to users
To enhance the accessibility of statistical information
To develop relationship with users
Enhancement of the institutional environment
To improve the institutional environment
To take over and spread best practice
To improve the institution's image
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The general principles of the organisation of official statistics are established by the Law on Statistics of the Republic of Lithuania. The activity of Statistics Lithuania is also regulated by other national and EU legislation.
The Statistical Council is an advisory body to Statistics Lithuania that analyses key organisational and methodological statistics-related issues, work programmes and other strategic documents.
The Advisory Commission of the Director General of Statistics Lithuania discusses key organisational and methodological issues, draft publications, legislation and planning documents, results of the implementation of strategic goals and activity improvement, reports of the executives of the structural divisions of Statistics Lithuania, etc. The members of this commission include the Director General of Statistics Lithuania – the commission chair – and deputies Director General, the executives of some structural divisions of Statistics Lithuania, other public servants. The meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month; if necessary, the date of the meetings can be changed.
In order to analyse and improve other aspects of the performance of the official statistical system, interinstitutional or Statistics Lithuania-based commissions and working groups are formed.
The Lithuanian Statistical System comprises Statistics Lithuania, the Bank of Lithuania and other institutions and agencies managing official statistics that in their activity follow the Law on Statistics of the Republic of Lithuania and the Official Statistics Work Programme.