On 4 June 2015 in the final reading the Latvian Parliament adopted a new legal framework for the statistical system and work organisation, which has been drawn up in accordance with the obligations undertaken by Latvia as a Member State of the European Statistical System. The new Law contains a number of provisions to ensure compliance of the Latvian statistical system with the new legislative requirements stipulated by the amendments to Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on European statistics.
The new Statistics Law was adopted because the previous scope of regulation, which had been in force since 1997, was outdated and did not correspond to the current situation, and in some cases restricted the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) in the application of the Law.
The new Law grants the CSB, as the leading national statistical institute, more rights in the coordination of the Official Statistics System, and a Statistical Council will be established to perform the advisory function. The Statistical Council aims at promoting development of the Production System of Official Statistics, providing recommendations to the statistical institutes, facilitating cooperation between statistical institutes, respondents and users of official statistics, and giving opinion on the draft Official Statistics Programme.
The new Law will set the criteria for assessing what statistics should be included in the National Programme of Statistical Information, and which statistics should be granted the status of official statistics. The programme is scheduled to be elaborated and confirmed for three years instead of the currently used one-year period. As it was pointed out by the draft Law authors, this period corresponds to the medium-term budgetary planning period.
The new Law will set an obligation for administrative data holders to cooperate with the CSB in creating their registers, databases and information systems in order to facilitate the use of administrative data for statistical purposes.
The new Law will also determine the permitted data operations, including data disclosure and privacy issues, as well as protection of data handed over for research purposes.
The Statistics Law will come into force on 1 January 2016.
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