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National Classifications

Classification of individual consumption by purpose
(COICOP)

Country / Area: Albania

Classification category: Expenditure classifications

 
General information
1 (a)Name of the current national classification (full name in official national languages and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Classification of individual consumption by purpose (COICOP)/Klasifikimi i konsumit iindividual sipas qellimi
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?English and Albanian
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.Yes, only English version http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/ITY_SDDS/Annexes/hbs_esms_an2.pdf
 
Classification structure
2 (a)Please describe the structure of the classification: How many levels does the classification have? (Please provide labels, such as “Division”, “Class”) How many categories exist at each level?COICOP classification is divided in 12 main groups. Each group has a number of divisions according to main group. (see at the end)
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level. 
 
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Yes this classification is based on the Eurostat COICOP.
3 (b)Is the classification structure identical to the international standard or, if not, how does it differ? (e.g. have additional levels been added to the international standard or have changes been made within the level of the international structure, such as aggregations or additional breakdowns)The only difference is that we have added a new divison from 5 digits to 6 digids for our purposes to dissaggregate more the levels.
3 (c)Please describe deviations from the international standard (in terms of structure, methodology or application rules). Please use examples, if a general statement is not possible.No deviations in structure, methodology.
3 (d)At what level of the international standard can data be reported for international comparison? (Please provide examples of programmes / indicators if reporting takes place at different levels of the classification.)The data is comparable at 5 digit level.
3 (e)If no links to international classifications exist or no international standard is used, please state if there are plans to use international norms in the future.See above point 1c.
 
Classification uses
4 (a)Please state for which statistical purposes (surveys etc.) this classification is used and if there are users outside of the Statistical Office. Please indicate at which level the classification is used for data collection and for data publishing.This classification is used on the household buget survey. Also after the data is used to revise the CPI weights and also to help national accounts on calculating the final consumption. They use the same structure as it is in COICOP classification.
4 (b)Please give the names of institutions that use the classification for non-statistical purposes (as opposed to statistical purposes in question 4(a)). Also indicate the kind of use (e.g. tax offices, social security, customs, enterprise register, employment services, work permits etc.)N/A
4 (c)Please indicate if alternative classifications are used by other institutions of the economy. Are these classifications available and useful for the Statistical Office?N/A
 
Implementation / revision status
5 (a)Please state the date of the official adoption of the classification. If not yet adopted, please indicate the current state (e.g. in development, sent for approval, in printing, ready to be distributed etc.)The document is adopted based on 2003 Eurostat recommendation and it is translated for the first time in 2005.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.This classification is used for the first time in 2006 in Household Budget Survey.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?Yes
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)The same name
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classifications 
5 (f)Please describe the structure of the former classification and indicate the number of items at each level of the classification. (similar to question 2(a))Almost the same structure
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?Household Budget Survey 2000
5 (i)Are statistical data still collected or published according to the former classification? Please indicate if this statistical data is collected or published by the Statistical Office or elsewhere.No
 
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Yes
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Yes
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?No
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?No
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)PDF, Word
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?The tables ara available in excel form.
 
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationInstitute of Statistics (INSTAT) / Directory of household surveys
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryFor public information the contact person is:
Altin Xhikneli
Head of Publication Sector
Address: Blvd "Zhan D'Ark" No.3
Tiranë, Albania
Phone: +355 4 2222 411 Ext. 185
Mob: +355 67 20 28 053
E-mail: axhikneli@instat.gov.al
 
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevant 

Source: UN questionnaire, 18/09/2013