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Regional Statistics and Geographical Information Department

Arslan Ahmedov
Head of Regional Statistics and Geographical Information Department
Born in 1983, Dobrich, Bulgaria.
Graduated Varna Free University “Chernorizets Hrabar”, Master’s degrees in Arts and Humanities.
He has been working at the NSI since 2006 (with a break between February 2007 and December 2008).
Fluent in English and Turkish.
Contact Information:
Address: Sofia 1038, 2, "P. Volov" Str.
Telephone: +359 2 9857 751


The Regional Statistics and Geographical Information Department (RSMI) shall perform the following activities:

1. ensures the implementation of the relevant part of the National Statistical Programme (NSP) by organizing and conducting statistical surveys in the following thematic areas:
a) regional statistics - characteristics of regions, districts and municipalities; statistics on disasters, accidents of a large scale, accidents and crises that have occurred;
b) territorial surveys - administrative-territorial division; land use distribution; population density;

2. is responsible for operational planning and reporting of statistical surveys and activities included in the NSP, for the thematic areas specified in point 1;

3. prepares and distributes informational products in the specified areas, as well as products produced by merging statistical and spatial data;

4. prepares analyses, analytical reports, methodological developments, propositions and opinions in the specified thematic areas;

5. maintains and enriches sets of spatial data necessary for the production of integrated statistical information and the provision of specialized information services dealing with spatial data;

6. carries out the international exchange of information with Eurostat and the statistical departments of international organizations in the field of regional statistics, crisis events and spatial data;

7. participates in maintaining the Classification of Territorial Units for Statistical Purposes in Bulgaria (NUTS) and the nomenclatures with territorial typologies for Bulgaria, according to European legislation;

8. coordinates the activities in NSI related to the fulfilment of commitments under the Law on access to spatial data and Directive 2007/2/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of March 14, 2007, on the creation of an infrastructure for spatial information in the European Community (INSPIRE);

9. participates in institutional and inter-institutional working groups, projects and initiatives related to providing information and opinions on the following topics: spatial data, merging statistical and geographic information, disaster risk management and other topics of competence.