REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                     
                                                                                
                               LAW                                              
                                                                                
                          ON STATISTICS                                         
                                                                                
                    12 October 1993, No.I-270                                   
                             Vilnius                                            
                                                                                
     Article 1. Purpose of the Law                                              
                                                                                
     This  Law   shall  regulate   the   general   principles   of              
organization of statistical work of the Republic of Lithuania, the              
duty of legal and natural persons to provide statistical data, and              
the right to use the said data.                                                 
                                                                                
     Article 2. Application of the Law                                          
                                                                                
     In organizing statistical work, the following subjects shall               
adhere to this Law:                                                             
     1) institutions  of state power and government, enterprises,               
institutions  and   organizations  of  all  forms  of  ownership,               
political and  public  organizations,  trade  unions,  and  legal               
persons of the Republic of Lithuania who are beyond the territory               
of Lithuania;                                                                   
     2) citizens  of the Republic of Lithuania, citizens of other               
states, and persons without citizenship who permanently reside in               
the  Republic   of  Lithuania   and  who  must  provide  data  to               
statistical services; and                                                       
     3)  statistical   services  and   institutions  as   well  as              
organizations which engage in statistics.                                       
                                                                                
     Article 3. Levels of Statistics                                            
                                                                                
     Statistics shall encompass the following:                                  
     1) state  statistics -  for  the  evaluation,  analysis  and               
prognosis of  economic,  social,  demographic  and  environmental               
processes in the state;                                                         
     2) departmental  statistics  -  for  meeting  the  needs  of               
separate state  and nongovernmental institutions and coordinating               
the specific features of their activities;                                      
     3) local  government statistics - concerning the appropriate               
territorial derivative  in more detail than provided by state and               
departmental statistics;                                                        
     4)  statistics   of  political  parties  as  well  as  other               
political and public organizations and trade unions - for meeting               
the  needs   of  these   parties,  other   political  and  public               
organizations and  trade unions  and  coordinating  the  specific               
features of their activities; and                                               
     5) private  statistics  -  managed  by  private  statistical               
institutions which have registered this activity in the procedure               
established by the laws of the Republic of Lithuania.                           
                                                                                
     Article 4. Management of Statistics                                        
                                                                                
     In the  Republic of  Lithuania, statistics  shall be managed               
by:                                                                             
     1) the  Department of  Statistics under the Government of the              
Republic of  Lithuania (hereinafter referred to as "the Department              
of Statistics") which shall be financed from the state budget;                  
     2) the  Statistical Council,  which shall  be formed  by the               
Government of the Republic of Lithuania;                                        
     3) town  and regional statistics divisions of the Department               
of Statistics,  which shall  be financed from the funds allocated               
by the Department of Statistics and respective local governments;               
and                                                                             
     4) other  institutions and organizations, political parties,               
political and  public organizations,  trade unions,  and  private               
institutions according  to this  Law or  at  the  behest  of  the               
Government.                                                                     
     Statistical services  shall compile  statistical data  using               
scientific theory,  uniform methodology,  and means of electronic               
information.                                                                    
     Questionnaires for official statistical reporting, censuses,               
and surveys  shall be  completed  and  presented  to  statistical               
services free of charge.                                                        
     Correspondence   with    questionnaires   filled    out   by               
enterprises, institutions,  and  organizations,  as  well  as  by               
private persons,  shall be  sent to  the Department of Statistics               
and town  and  regional  statistics  divisions  free  of  charge.               
Postage shall  be paid  by  the  Department  of  Statistics.  The               
procedure for sending and paying for such correspondence shall be               
established by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.                     
                                                                                
     Independent statistical  surveys shall be conducted upon the               
voluntary agreement of both parties.                                            
                                                                                
     Article 5. The Main Objectives of Statistical Services                     
                                                                                
     The main  objectives of  statistical services  shall  be  as               
follows:                                                                        
                                                                                
     1) to  collect, compile,  analyze and disseminate data about               
economic, social, demographic and environmental processes;                      
                                                                                
     2) to ensure the objectivity, reliability, comparability and               
availability of statistical data; and                                           
                                                                                
     3) to  seek methodological  consistency  with  the  data  of               
statistical services  of  the  United  Nations  Organization  and               
European international organizations.                                           
                                                                                
     Article 6. The Department of Statistics                                    
                                                                                
     The Department of Statistics shall be headed by the Director               
General who  shall  be  appointed  and  dismissed  by  the  Prime               
Minister of  the Republic  of Lithuania. Deputies of the Director               
General shall  be appointed by the Prime Minister of the Republic               
of Lithuania on the recommendation of the Director General.                     
                                                                                
     The Department of Statistics shall:                                        
                                                                                
     1) organize  and manage  official statistics and statistical               
registers, and  collect, compile,  and analyze  statistical  data               
concerning  the   population,  as   well   as   demographic   and               
environmental  processes,   and   production,   commercial,   and               
financial activities  of legal  and  natural  persons  and  their               
conditions;                                                                     
                                                                                
     2) prepare and implement annual statistical work programs;                 
                                                                                
     3) prepare  annual  work  programs  for  town  and  regional               
statistics divisions,  taking into consideration the needs of the               
state and local governments;                                                    
                                                                                
     4)  together   with  ministries,   institutions   of   state               
administration,  and   other   institutions,   consider   general               
methodological issues  concerning the  compilation of statistical               
indicators, and  foster the  development  of  researches  of  the               
statistical science;                                                            
                                                                                
                                                                                
     5)  issue   rules   and   instructions   for   filling   out               
questionnaires  for   official  statistical   reporting,  provide               
respondents (legal  and natural  persons who  provide statistical               
data) with reporting, census and survey questionnaires as well as               
rules and instructions on how to fill them out;                                 
                                                                                
     6)  coordinate   surveys  and  reports  conducted  by  other               
statistical services, as well as their methodology;                             
                                                                                
     7) provide  institutions of  state power and government with               
statistical information  of the established scope free of charge,               
as well as provide statistical information for a fee according to               
agreements;                                                                     
                                                                                
     8) inform  society about  the economic  and social situation               
and changes in the demographic and environmental processes;                     
                                                                                
     9) represent  the Republic  of  Lithuania  in  international               
statistical  organizations,   participate  in   implementing  the               
programs of  these organizations, prepare statistical data of the               
Republic of  Lithuania for  those organizations,  use the methods               
and  recommendations   of  these   organizations  concerning  the               
preparation and announcement of national accounts and statistical               
indicators, adhere  to international  statistical classifications               
and  standards,   and  ensure   that   international   agreements               
regulating  statistics   are  adhered   to  in  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania; and                                                                  
                                                                                
     10) summarize  and apply  the experience  of  activities  of               
statistical services of foreign states.                                         
                                                                                
     The Department of Statistics shall have the right to:                      
                                                                                
     11) approve  the forms  of statistical  reporting, establish               
the procedure  and time  of provision  of  data,  and  check  the               
accuracy of data;                                                               
                                                                                
     12) conduct censuses and other statistical surveys enlisting               
the assistance  of population. said surveys shall be conducted on               
the decision  of the  Government of the Republic of Lithuania and               
in the  established procedure for enlisting the assistance of the               
population; and                                                                 
                                                                                
     13)  exercise   the   publishing   right   and   disseminate               
statistical data.                                                               
                                                                                
     Article 7. The Statistical Council                                         
                                                                                
     The  Statistical   Council  shall   consider  basic   issues               
concerning the  organization and  methodology of  statistics.  It               
shall consider  programs related  to  censuses,  registers,  main               
surveys  as   well   as   annual   statistical   work   programs,               
methodological principles,  basic results of official statistical               
surveys, and  data protection  issues, and shall submit proposals               
to the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and the Department               
of Statistics.                                                                  
                                                                                
     The composition  and regulations  of the Statistical Council               
shall be approved by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.               
Members of the Council shall be provided with all the statistical               
material necessary to perform their work.                                       
                                                                                
     Article 8.  Town and  Regional Statistics  Divisions of  the               
Department of Statistics                                                        
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Town and  regional statistics  divisions shall be within the               
jurisdiction  of   the  Department   of  Statistics   and   local               
governments. They shall:                                                        
                                                                                
     1)  conduct   statistical  works  provided  in  annual  work               
programs of  the Department  of Statistics,  and at the behest of               
the local  government, conduct  other statistical works which are               
financed thereby;                                                               
                                                                                
     2) compile  comprehensive  statistical  information  on  the               
appropriate territorial derivative concerning:                                  
                                                                                
     the size and structure of the population,                                  
                                                                                
     the administrative division,                                               
                                                                                
     the  industrial  potential  of  economic  entities  and  the               
results of their activities,                                                    
                                                                                
     environmental protection,                                                  
                                                                                
     local government economy,                                                  
                                                                                
     memorials, and                                                             
                                                                                
     the activities  of political  parties, political  and public               
organizations, and trade unions.                                                
                                                                                
     For this purpose, statistics divisions shall use statistical               
data which  they have  collected as  well as data which have been               
gathered by  local government  divisions and services, indicating               
sources or authors thereof;                                                     
                                                                                
     3) provide  statistical information  to  town  and  regional               
institutions of  power and  government free of charge, as well as               
provide  statistical   information  for   a  fee   according   to               
agreements; and                                                                 
                                                                                
     4) inform society about the economic and social situation of               
the territorial  derivative and the demographic and environmental               
processes.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 9. Other Institutions and Organizations which Engage               
in Statistics                                                                   
                                                                                
     Statistical  information   which  is   appropriate  to   the               
activities  of   ministries,  state  institutions  of  power  and               
government,   political    parties,    political    and    public               
organizations, and  trade unions  may be collected, analyzed, and               
disseminated thereby,  not duplicating  the official  statistical               
reporting.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Statistical surveys  may be  conducted by other institutions               
and organizations at the behest of the Government of the Republic               
of Lithuania  or town  or regional  local governments if the said               
client pays for them.                                                           
                                                                                
     Separate  surveys   on  economic,   social,  demographic  or               
environmental processes  may be  conducted by  political parties,               
other political and public organizations, trade unions as well as               
private statistical  institutions on  their  own  initiative  and               
resources.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 10. Methods of Obtaining Statistical Data                          
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Statistical  surveys   shall  include  state,  departmental,               
independent, complete enumeration and sample surveys.                           
                                                                                
     State statistical surveys shall be conducted pursuant to the               
statistical work  program or  at the  behest of the Government of               
the Republic  of Lithuania.  The Department  of Statistics  shall               
establish the methods and forms thereof.                                        
                                                                                
     Departmental statistical  surveys shall  be conducted on the               
decision of  ministries, other state administration institutions,               
political parties,  political and public organizations, and trade               
unions in  the procedure established thereby. These surveys shall               
be registered in the Department of Statistics.                                  
                                                                                
     Town, regional  local governments  may  conduct  statistical               
surveys on  their own  territory. The procedure for these surveys               
shall be  established by  statistics divisions  or other services               
conducting these surveys.                                                       
                                                                                
     Independent  statistical   surveys  may   be  conducted   in               
enterprises and  organizations on  the initiative thereof as well               
as on  the initiative  of political  parties, other political and               
public  organizations,  trade  unions,  and  private  statistical               
institutions.  These   surveys  shall   not  be  coordinated  and               
registered in statistical services.                                             
                                                                                
     In the  case of compete enumeration surveys, all respondents               
shall provide  data, and in the case of sample surveys - the part               
of respondents  representing a  certain group.  Sampling  methods               
shall be  established by  the Department  of  Statistics  or  the               
statistical service conducting surveys.                                         
                                                                                
     Article 11. Forms of Presenting Statistical Data                           
                                                                                
     Statistical data shall be presented in questionnaires of the               
established form or in magnetic media and shall have equal power.               
                                                                                
     The  authenticity  of  the  data  provided  in  reports  and               
questionnaires shall  be confirmed  by signatures  of the persons               
who have filled them out. Persons who provide false data shall be               
held responsible  in accordance  with the laws of the Republic of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Information accumulated  in other  data systems (i.e. banks,               
taxes,  customs,   education,  healthcare,   employment,   social               
security, passports,  municipal  economy,  land  cadastre,  local               
governments and  other systems)  may be  used for the purposes of               
state statistics.                                                               
                                                                                
     Article 12. Obligation to Provide Statistical Data                         
                                                                                
     Enterprises  of   all  forms   of  ownership,  institutions,               
organizations,    ministries,    other    state    administration               
institutions,  local   governments,  political   parties,   other               
political and  public organizations,  trade  unions  and  natural               
persons must  provide statistical data to statistical services by               
mail.  Data   shall  be   prepared  according  to  methodological               
instructions and  appropriate documents  and shall be provided at               
the time established by statistical services.                                   
                                                                                
     If necessary,  state  and  state  stock  corporations  shall               
provide statistical  data to  their founders  as well.  In  these               
cases, the  Department of Statistics shall be informed about this               
provision of data, and these activities shall be coordinated.                   
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Statistical data  must be  provided  by  legal  and  natural               
persons who  engage in  business, commercial  or  other  economic               
activity and  or have  economic interests on the territory of the               
Republic of Lithuania, but whose permanent head office is outside               
the boundaries of the Republic of Lithuania.                                    
                                                                                
     Article 13. Confidentiality of Statistical Data                            
                                                                                
     Statistical data  may only  be used for statistical purposes               
and disseminated  in consolidated  reports unless there are other               
agreements with  the providers of the data. Data which is a state               
or  commercial   secret  shall   be  provided  in  the  procedure               
established by  the Department  of Statistics and the Ministry of               
Communications and Electronic Information.                                      
                                                                                
     Statistical services shall protect the anonymity of provided               
data, and  shall not  disclose business  relations  and  personal               
situations which  may  be  established  therefrom.  It  shall  be               
prohibited to  provide data concerning separately indicated legal               
and natural  persons or  economic  entities  to  any  persons  or               
institutions, with  the exception  of legal  and  law-enforcement               
institutions when a criminal prosecution has been brought against               
such persons (a suit has been filed).                                           
                                                                                
     Article 14. Use of Statistical Data                                        
                                                                                
     Data  presented   in  publications   of  the  Department  of               
Statistics  or  provided  to  state  institutions  of  power  and               
government  may   not  be  disseminated  by  other  institutions,               
organizations or  mass media without reference to the statistical               
service which has provided the data.                                            
                                                                                
     Legal and  natural persons  of the Republic of Lithuania may               
only use the statistical data which are published in consolidated               
reports,  except  in  cases  provided  for  in  the  Law  on  the               
Population Register  of the  Republic of  Lithuania and  in other               
laws.                                                                           
                                                                                
     Article   15.    Reliability   of   Statistical   Data   and               
Responsibility for  the Violation  of the Procedure for Provision               
and Use of Statistical Data                                                     
                                                                                
     When respondents  provide unreliable  data of  reports,  the               
Department  of   Statistics  and  town  and  regional  statistics               
divisions may  check the  accuracy of  the  data,  comparing  the               
indicators of  financial statistical  reports with  the forms  of               
financial accounting  and book  records, may get oral and written               
explanations, and,  if necessary,  may invite experts to evaluate               
the data.                                                                       
                                                                                
     Persons who  have violated  the procedure  for provision  of               
statistical data  to  state  statistical  services  or  who  have               
provided fraudulent  statistical data,  as well  as officials and               
employees of  the Department  of Statistics and town and regional               
statistics divisions  who have  violated the requirements of this               
Law, who  have provided  fraudulent data to state institutions of               
power  and   government,  or   who  have   published   fraudulent               
statistics, shall be held responsible in accordance with the laws               
of the Republic of Lithuania.                                                   
                                                                                
     I promulgate this Law adopted by the Seimas.                               
                                                                                
                                                                                
Algirdas Brazauskas                                                             
President of the Republic