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Classification of Individual Consumption According to Purpose

Country / Area: Belgium

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)COICOP-BE
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?Dutch and French
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.No
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?The COICOP-BE classification has the same structure as the COICOP-HBS, but with an additional level represented by a letter.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.
01111Riz01111ARiz et flocons de riz
01111Riz01111BRiz et flocons de riz (bio)
01112Farines et semoules01112AFarine de froment, fleur de farine, fermentante,...
01112Farines et semoules01112BFarine de maïs (maïzena), farine de riz, et autres
01112Farines et semoules01112CSemoule de blé (couscous), blé dur concassé (boulghour)
01112Farines et semoules01112DFlocons d'avoine, gruaux d'avoine
01112Farines et semoules01112EFarine de froment, fleur de farine, fermentante,... (bio)
01112Farines et semoules01112FFarine de maïs, farine de riz, et autres (bio)
01112Farines et semoules01112GSemoule (bio)
01112Farines et semoules01112HFlocons d'avoine, gruaux d'avoine (bio)
01113Pains01113APain blanc
01113Pains01113BPain gris et semi-gris
01113Pains01113CPain spécial
01113Pains01113DBaguette et autre pain
01113Pains01113EPetit pain, pistolet, sandwich
01113Pains01113GPain s.s.
01113Pains01113HPain blanc (bio)
01113Pains01113IPain gris et semi-gris (bio)
01113Pains01113JPain spécial (bio)
01113Pains01113KBaguette et autre pain (bio)
01113Pains01113LPetit pain, pistolet, sandwich (bio)
01113Pains01113MCramique (bio)
01113Pains01113NPain s.s. (bio)
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Yes, COICOP-BE is linked to the COICOP-HBS.

The first 5 digits are identical to the COICOP-HBS, but with an additional level represented by a letter.

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)See question 3(a).
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.See question 3(a).
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.)See question 3(a).
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. 
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.For the Houshold budget survey (HBS).
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.) 
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? 
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.)Ready to be distributed.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes. 
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?There are existing plans for update of the next COICOP-HBS 2014.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Nomenclature INS des dépenses
NIS-nomenclatuur van de uitgaven
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsThere is a conversion table between the "Nomenclature INS des dépenses" and COICOP
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)) 
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?The former classification (Nomenclature INS des dépenses) was always used for all the HBS surveys before 2012.
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?No.
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?No. We only have to remove the additional level represented by a letter.
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)The classification is available in Excel.
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?The correspondence tables are available in Excel.
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationStatistics Belgium
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryWebsite: Statistics Belgium

Contact information: Statistics Belgium http://statbel.fgov.be/en/statistics/organisation/statistics_belgium/contact/

Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevant 

Source: UN questionnaire, 9/14/2012