The Statistics Act of 2000, which is fully harmonised with the provisions of the corresponding statutes in force in the European Union Member States, lays down the legal framework for the collection, processing and dissemination of statistical data in Cyprus.
The Statistical Service of Cyprus (CYSTAT) is the principal body responsible for the production and publication of official censuses and statistics. Research on a specific issue that falls under the jurisdiction of any public or semi-public service, may be conducted by the competent departments following consultation with the Statistical Service.
The Council of Ministers appoints an eleven-member Statistics Council, to advise the Statistics Service and to oversee its work.
Types of statistics
Data collected is used exclusively for statistical purposes, except where the persons providing the information have given their consent to be used for other purposes. They may also be sent to the Statistical Office of the European Communities to help with the compilation of EU statistics.
The Statistics Service may upon request supply statistical data in accordance with the specified Policy for the Dissemination and Pricing of Statistical Data.
According to Cypriot legislation companies are not forced to submit statistical data on their activities. Data dissemination becomes compulsory when the Statistical Service enquires such information through its authorised representatives for the purposes of statistical surveys.
The submission of statistical data is done by sending a completed questionnaire to the Statistical Service or an authorised representative.
The person inquired for statistical data should be informed of the purposes of the survey, the principle of statistical privacy as well as his/her rights and obligations for the duration of the survey.
The main source of statistical information is the Statistical Service website which includes announcements, statistical data classified according to subject, and publications in electronic form.