Big or small, cities need reliable and comparable information for urban planning and for their safe, sustainable and prosperous development. Following a pilot project for collection of comparable statistics and indicators for European cities the first full-scale European Urban Audit took place in 2003 and 15 countries of the European Union have participated. Bulgaria started work on the project in 2004. Under Eurostat coordination, the Urban Audit project involves the national statistical offices and some of the cities themselves.
The National Statistical Institute offers to the users of statistical information its newest printed and electronic publication ‘Cities and their urbanised areas in the Republic of Bulgaria’ - in Bulgarian and English.