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Economische activiteitennomenclatuur / Nomenclature des activités économiques / Economic Activity Classification
(NACEBEL 2008)

Country / Area: Belgium

Classification category: Activity 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)Economische activiteitennomenclatuur 2008 (NL) - NACEBEL 2008
Nomenclature des activités économiques 2008 (FR) - NACEBEL 2008
Economic Activity Classification 2008 (EN) - NACEBEL 2008
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.NACEBEL (NL)


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?
 NACE-BEL 2008
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.
 45.1  Handel in auto's
  45.11 Handel in auto's en lichte bestelwagens (≤ 3,5 ton)
   45.111Groothandel in auto's en lichte bestelwagens (≤ 3,5 ton)
   45.112Handelsbemiddeling in auto's en lichte bestelwagens (≤ 3,5 ton)
   45.113Detailhandel in auto's en lichte bestelwagens (≤ 3,5 ton)
  45.19 Handel in andere motorvoertuigen
   45.191Groothandel in andere motorvoertuigen (> 3,5 ton)
   45.192Handelsbemiddeling in andere motorvoertuigen (> 3,5 ton)
   45.193Detailhandel in andere motorvoertuigen (> 3,5 ton)
   45.194Handel in aanhangwagens, opleggers en caravans
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.The NACE is a part of an integrated system of statistical classifications, developed mainly under the auspices of the United Nations Statistical Division. From the European point of view, this system can be represented as follows:
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)NACE is a derived classification of ISIC: categories at all levels of NACE are defined either to be identical to, or to form subsets of, single ISIC categories. The first level and the second level of ISIC Rev. 4 (sections and divisions) are identical to sections and divisions of NACE Rev. 2. The third and fourth levels (groups and classes) of ISIC Rev. 4 are subdivided in NACE Rev. 2 according to European requirements. However, groups and classes of NACE Rev. 2 can always be aggregated into the groups and classes of ISIC Rev. 4 from which they were derived.
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.There are no deviations from the international standard.
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.)Data can be reported for international comparison at 4 digits (classes).
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 some surveys data on 2 digits are provided: Labor Force Survey (LFS), Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (SILC), Structure of Earnings Survey (SES) and Adult Education Survey (AES).

Data from the Structural Business Statistics (SBS) are published on 4 digits.

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.)20 December 2006
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.01 January 2008
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?There are existing plans for an update of the current classification in 2013.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)
Economische activiteitennomenclatuur 2003 (NL)NACEBEL 2003
Nomenclature des activités économiques 2003 (FR)NACEBEL 2003
Economic Activity Classification 2003 (EN)NACEBEL 2003
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))
 NACE-BEL 2003
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes, there are conversion tables between the former and the current classification.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?01 January 2003
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?National explanatory notes have been elaborated in Dutch and French.
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)? 
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)? 
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?Yes.
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)The NACEBEL classification is available in PDF.
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?The correspondence tables and the indexes 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

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

Source: UN questionnaire, 9/14/2012