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Main statistical agency
Main statistical agency name
Croatian Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Croatia
Web address
Position in the government
Croatian Bureau of Statistics is an institution within the system of public administration.
Organizational structure and finance
All activities are financed from the State Budget.
Multi-annual or annual work program
The operation of the Bureau is based on The Official Statistics Act ("Narodne novine", Official Gazette of the Republic of Croatia Nos. 103/2003, 75/2009 and 59/2012). Its regular statistical surveys are based on the Programme of Statistical Activities of the Republic of Croatia 2013 - 2017, which also gathered other institutions and ministries that make, together with the Bureau, the system of the official statistics.

Annual implementation plans define a title, periodicity, contents, implementation method, territorial characteristics, time schedule and relevant national and international standards.
Main duties
Main CBS' duties are production and dissemination of statistical data in conformity with the fundamental principles of official statistics.
CBS provides to the Government, to the economy and to the public, on an impartial basis, reliable statistical data on the economic, demographic, social, health, and environmental situation, and on activities or events that can be measured by using statistical methods, and ensure the meeting by the Republic of Croatia of international obligations concerning the production and dissemination of official statistics.

Brief history and other relevant background information
Brief history and other relevant background information
It was first in 1875 that the institution named the State Statistical Office was founded in the Kingdom of Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia.

Then, in 1924, this institution changed its name to the Statistical Office in Zagreb. As early as 1929 the Office completely lost its financial and professional independence and, since then, it had formally been put under the state statistics of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

In 1939, the Statistical Office was incorporated into the Presidential Office of the Vice-Roy’s Government of the Banovina Hrvatska (the Banate of Croatia).

From 1941 until 1945, there was the Office of the General State Statistics, in organisational sense, within the Government Presidency.

The year 1945 saw the establishment of the Statistical Office of the National Republic of Croatia. In 1951, this name was changed into the Bureau of Statistics and Records, then in 1956 to the Bureau of Statistics of the National Republic of Croatia, while in 1963 the name was changed once again to the State Bureau of Statistics of the Socialist Republic of Croatia. Considering finances and personnel, the Bureau was independent. On the other hand, it was obliged to implement uniform programmes and methodologies prescribed by the Federal Statistical Office.

Finally, in 1992, the Republic of Croatia established the Croatian Bureau of Statistics, which has operated under the same name ever since. The Bureau is completely independent in its work, but with a strong tendency of harmonising, as much as possible, its programmes and methodologies with the statistics of the European Union.

Legal basis
Legal basis
The Act on Official Statistics ("Narodne novine", Official Gazette of the Republic of Croatia Nos. 103/2003, 75/2009 and 59/2012) provides the legal basis for the activities of the Bureau.

Other producers of official statistics
Other producers of official statistics
The Croatian National Bank, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Croatian National Institute of Public Health, the Croatian Environment Agency, the Croatian Post and Electronic Communications Agency and the administrative body of the City of Zagreb.

Data collection
Most recent population census
31 March 2011
Access to administrative data
According to the Act on Official Statistics the Croatian Bureau of Statistics has access to the administrative data.
Data confidentiality
a) According to Articles 59 and 60 of the Act on Official Statistics disclosure of statistical data on natural or legal persons, if these data can directly or indirectly be related to the natural or legal preson, shall be considered statistically confidential and shall represent a official secret.

b) According to the Article 61 of the Act on Official Statistics cofidential statistical data can only be used for statistical purposes and must be presented in aggregated form only.

c) According to the Article 40 of the Act on Official Statistics, confidential data can be exchanged between producers of official statistics if transmission is necessary for the efficient dvelopment, production and dissemination of the official statistics or for increasing the quality of the official statistics of the Republic of Croatia

d) According to the Article 65 of the Act on Official Statistics, producers of the official statistics may provide confidential data (which only allow for indirect idnetification of the statistical units) for scinetific purposes.

Data dissemination
Release calendar (existence, when and how published)
Advance Release Calendar is published annually on the official CBS website.

Once a year Croatian Bureau of Statistics issues the Publishing Programme (bilingual- Croatian and English) that informs data users on its publishing activity. It holds a review of CBS publications accompanied with a short summary, deadlines and periodicity of publishing, the level of data presentation, language, format and media on which the publication is available. The pricelist of CBS publications and services is provided at the end of the Programme. Programme is free of charge and available on web site.

This publication is directly linked to the Publishing Programme. It provides a user with the exact date, day and week when a particular statistical data is to be issued, then a period to which data refer to and the level of presentation. It is also available on web site.

According to the Release Date announced in the Publishing Programme and in the Calendar of Statistical Data Issues, publications of the Croatian Bureau of Statistics are released at 11:00 a.m. precisely, both in electronic format and hard copy, thus abiding by the Principle of Timeliness of the European Statistics Code of Practice, i.e. standard daily time set for the release.
Main publications
Statistical Yearbook, First Releases, Statistical Information, Monthly Statistical Report, Statistical Reports, Methodological Guidelines, Studies and Analyses, Publishing Programme.
Languages of main publications
Croatian and English.
How are data disseminated (Paper, CD Rom, Website, online databases, databanks)?
Data are disseminated in paper, CD Rom, on the official CBS website and via e-mail upon request.
Availability of microdata for research purposes
The Article 65 in the Act on Official Statistics provides availability of microdata for scientific research, but with strong restrictions regarding implementation of statistical confidentiality rules.

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