Malta Statistics Authority

The Malta Statistics Authority (MSA) was set up by Parliament in 2000 and started in 2001, succeeding the Central Office of Statistics established in 1947. Malta’s EU ambitions required a new legislative framework, leading to the creation of the MSA to oversee the collection, compilation, and publishing of official statistics.

The MSA’s key functions are:

  • Regulating the production of official statistics according to international standards.
  • Advising on statistical methods.
  • Setting priorities for statistical needs.
  • Coordinating with other public bodies.
  • Approving and publishing the NSO’s business plan.
  • Disseminating official statistics.
  • Reviewing the NSO’s annual report.
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