Technical assistance in 2020

In pursuance of the objective set in the Strategy 2018–2022 – to increase the accessibility and awareness of the services offered by Statistics Lithuania by strengthening the inter-institutional cooperation nationally and internationally – Statistics Lithuania provided technical assistance to foreign statistical offices. The experts of Statistics Lithuania were actively participating in technical assistance projects.

In 2020, together with foreign partners, Statistics Lithuania, as a consortium partner, continued submitting applications for the participation in newly announced tenders and answered calls for proposals for the projects on technical assistance for various countries.

In 2020, Statistics Lithuania, as a junior partner, took part in the selection for the EU twinning project in Azerbaijan “Support to the State Statistical Committee and the State Tax Service under the Ministry of Economy to strengthen collection, harmonization, analysis, publishing and dissemination of business statistics”, led by Statistics Finland, and the EU twinning project for Belarus “Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of the National Statistics System of the Republic of Belarus”, led by Statistics Denmark. Both selections were won, and the projects were awarded.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 pandemic, the EU delegation in Belarus has suspended the project until the end of April 2021.

The project in Azerbaijan has successfully started remotely. Experts of Statistics Lithuania take part in the implementation of the following Components: “A unified approach for improved quality of information exchange with the State Tax Service under the Ministry of Economy databases” and “The production of business statistics/SME statistics in terms of content and organization”. The project will be continued in 2021.

In 2020, the EU project on the assistance to the State Statistical Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan in implementation of the EU standards under the leadership of the ICON-Institute (Germany), in cooperation with statistical offices of Germany, Bulgaria and the Netherlands, was successfully finalized. On 22 January, the representatives of Statistics Lithuania participated in the closing conference in Baku.

In 2020, Statistics Lithuania, together with consortium partners from INSEE, ISTAT, Statistics Denmark and Hungarian Central Statistical Office, led by Expertise France, started implementation of the EU regional project STEP (Statistics through Eastern Partnership) for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus and Georgia. Within the framework of this project, Statistics Lithuania hosted a training course on the EU Business Registers on 28–31 January. From March, due to COVID-19 pandemic, modalities of the project have been changed from on-site activities to on-line, which has no significant influence on the achievement of the project results. On 25 June, experts of Statistics Lithuania organized a webinar – a virtual group session on strengthening the coordination of the national statistical system. On 7 July, Statistics Lithuania, with the participation of the experts from EIGE (European Institute for Gender Equality), Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson of the Republic of Lithuania, UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, Paris21 Secretariat, took part in the workshop on gender statistics. On 22–25 September, Statistics Lithuania hosted an on-line workshop on the identification of local units, kind-of-activity units (KAUs) and groups and on economic variables in statistical business registers. On 30 September–2 October, in cooperation with a colleague from INSEE, a training course on the improvement of the production and dissemination of good quality statistics in the partner countries was carried out. The project will be continued in 2021.

The EU project on support for the promotion of the EU’s statistical legislation and statistical standards in the countries of the Eastern Partnership and Central Asia (EECCA), carried out in cooperation with GOPA Consultants (Germany), has been suspended by the EC and the planned activities have been postponed.

Document updated: 2021-01-25