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CONFERENCE BETTER COOPERATION, BETTER DATA QUALITY FOR USERS OF EUROPEAN STATISTICAL INFORMATION IN BULGARIA TOGETHER WITH THE NSI AND EUROSTAT WAS HELD IN SOFIA
Antoaneta Ilkova
Abstract: The National Statistical Institute, together with Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Union, hosted a Conference for users of European Statistics in Bulgaria on ‘Better Cooperation, Better Quality Data’, which took place on 25 June 2018 in Hilton Hotel, Sofia.

The event was held within the framework of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and on the 138th anniversary of the establishment of the statistical institution in Bulgaria.

At the initiative of Eurostat, such conferences are held twice a year - in each country taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The conference is a forum where the producers and users of statistical information met and had the opportunity to exchange ideas and present good practices as well as share their requirements and expectations regarding the statistical data provided. The statistical products and services to which consumers have free, unrestricted access through the Eurostat website, the activities of the Bulgarian Consumer Support Centre for European Statistics and the results achieved in the field of cooperation between the two institutions in the preparation of consumer oriented products and services were presented.
The conference was officially opened by President of the NSI Sergey Tsvetarsky, Director General of Eurostat Mariana Kotzeva and Mr. Oleg Petkov - Deputy Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council 2018.
The winners of the national round of the European Statistical Competition for Students' 2018, in which participated 528 pupils in 195 teams from all over Bulgaria were awarded at the forum.
During the first session of the conference ‘Official statistical data - objective for reality’, Georg Georgiev, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antoaneta Ilkova and Arslan Ahmedov from the NSI and Lilyana Bancheva from the Bulgarian National Bank, made presentations.

In the second session dedicated to ‘The Benefit of European Statistics for the Preparation of Analyses, Decision Making and Monitoring - Good Practices’, participated Sergi Sergiev, Director of the Data Science Society, Boyan Zahariev, Program Director of the Open Society Institute, Angelina Ivanova, lecturer in mathematical linguistics, Yavor Aleksiev, founder and editor-in-chief of Infograf, Ch. Dr. Stoyanka Cherkezova from IINC to BAS and Mihaela Maleeva, Executive Director of the Association of Communication Specialists in the Municipalities.
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Date published: 2018-09-13
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