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Classificazione delle attività economiche
(ATECO 2007)

Country / Area: Italy

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)Classificazione delle attività economiche Ateco 2007 - Classification of Economic Activity (ATECO 2007)
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?Italian
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.Yes. http://www3.istat.it/strumenti/definizioni/ateco/
A brief introduction in English: http://en.istat.it/strumenti/definizioni/ateco/
In a near future also in a specific classification server in the website www.istat.it
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?Six levels.
Sezione (Section) – a letter (capital) – 21 codes
Divisione (Division) – 2 digits – 88 codes
Gruppo (Group) - 3 digits – 272 codes
Classe (Class) – 4 digits – 615 codes
Categoria (Category) – 5 digits – 918 codes
Sottocategoria (Sub-category) – 6 digits - 1224 codes
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Example

4. (class) 35.11 - Produzione di energia elettrica
5. (category) 35.11.0 - Produzione di energia elettrica
6. (sub-category) 35.11.00 - Produzione di energia elettrica

Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Yes. Based on Nace Rev. 2 for the first 4 digits.
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)Identical for the first 4 digits. Two additional 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.-
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.)Maximum level of details for international comparison : four digits (class) in terms of NACE Rev. 2.
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.Statistical purposes: for economic statistics (Business Register; business surveys; indicators; National Accounts) and labour statistics.
The classification is used outside the Statistical Office.
Istat data collection at a maximum of 5 digits.
Publishing according to the different statistical domains (EU Regulations): generally from 2 to a maximum of 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.)The main administrative institutions that use the classification for non-statistical purposes are:
• the Revenue Agency (Agenzia delle Entrate) (6 digits); main kind of use: tax office;
• the Chambers of Commerce (Camere di Commercio) (6 digits); main kind of use: enterprise register;
• the social security Body (INPS).
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.)01/01/2008
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.BR, SBS, STS and NA (and in general all the economic statistics) adopted the new classification following a specific calendar for individual statistical surveys and the same for all EU countries.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?In accordance with future plans for revision or update of ISIC and NACE.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Classificazione delle attività economiche Ateco 2002 - Classification of Economic Activity (ATECO 2002)
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsAteco 2002 was linked to Nace Rev 1.1. Identical for the first four digits.
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))Sections - Sezioni - one letter (capital) – 17 items
Intermediate level - Sub-sections - Sottosezioni 2 letters (capital) - 16 items
Divisions - Divisioni 2 digits – 62 items
Groups - Gruppi 3 digits – 224 items
Classes - Classi 4 digits – 514 items
Categories - Categorie - 5 digits – 883 items
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?01/01/2004
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 data collection according to the former classification by Istat.
Publications in Ateco 2002 (Nace Rev. 1.1) especially for STS and NA to guarantee time series data for a sufficient number of years.
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Yes for the explanatory notes.
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)PDF, XML.
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Indexes in PDF.
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationISTAT - Istituto nazionale di statistica
DICA - Censuses, Administrative and Statistical Registers Department
DCAR - Administrative and Statistical Registers Directorate
DAM - Administrative Data Sources Acquisition, Management and Dissemination Division
DAM/D - Management and implementation of the classifications and their use in the administrative sources
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryateco2007@istat.it
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevant-

Source: UN questionnaire, 7/1/2012