Data Collection Programme – 2018

The task and purpose of statistics are to give a true and objective picture on the state of and changes in the society, the economy, the property relations and the environment for state and public authorities as well as for the organisations and members of the society. To achieve this goal, the Hungarian Central Statistical Office compiles its data collection programme and organises the transfer and receipt of data.

Dear Data Provider!

Official statistical activity is regulated by Act CLV of 2016 on Official Statistics entered into force on 1 January 2017 and by Government Decree 184/2017. (VII. 5.) issued for the implementation of this law. The purpose of this activity is to provide, through high-quality statistical information, a true and objective picture on the state of the society, the economy, the environment and their changes for the general public, business organisations, including financial markets, public organisations, local governments, nonprofit institutions, scientists, media stakeholders, institutions of the European Union and other international organisations.

The new law restructured the National Data Collection Programme (OSAP), therefore, the content was published according to the new regulations. The OSAP contains two large chapters. The implementation of mandatory, direct surveys and other data transmissions is based on Articles 26. and 29. of the act and these are published every year in the form of a government decree. The actual Government Decree 388/2017 (XII.15.) is available here.

The other chapter of the OSAP contains statistical data transmissions from administrative sources, not requiring a dedicated government decree. Furthermore it contains the population surveys based directly on the official statistics act, and the list of voluntary surveys.

Simultaneously with the publication of the 2018 National Data Collection Programme (OSAP), HCSO provides an opportunity for organisations with statistical code (tax code) to obtain information in advance on their reporting obligations to the HCSO to be completed by 31 December 2018. Within the meaning of Government Decree 388/2017 (XII.15.) on the data collections and data receptions of the National Data Collection Programme, HCSO accepts the performance of data collections designated in the annexes to the Government Decree exclusively through the HCSO ELEKTRA information system ( designed for this purpose. The HCSO ELEKTRA, the electronic data collection system renewed by the Hungarian Central Statistical Office makes the provision of information simpler and more user-friendly and decreases the administrative burdens of those affected.

The submission method of the questionnaires (through the HCSO ELEKTRA electronic system or other) is shown in the 'to be sent' box of the events calendar containing the reporting obligations. Moving forward from the events calendar, the template of questionnaires to be sent through the HCSO ELEKTRA system in 2018 can be viewed and the questionnaires not to be sent electronically are available to download.

You can find the submission method / address and deadline of each questionnaire also under the menu item of → Adatszolgáltatóinknak → Nyomtatványok (direct link is: