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Country / Area: Estonia

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) 
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available? 
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.The 4 levels are identical, the two additional breakdowns are for specifying Estonian economy. The code consists of six numbers without points
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? 
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Yes
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Estonian Enterprise Register
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)Tiit Ranne Tel. (372-2)45 17 47; e-mail: eer@online.ee
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 Statistical Office of Estonia implemented it from the 01.01.1997
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.The updating due to national needs are made on the 5-th and 6-th level once a year in case needed
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.It is used in most surveys of Statistical Office of Estonia and also by registers
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.)In most surveys in Statistical Office of Estonia
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?The data published by the Statistical Office of Estonia concerning economic activities. Number of levels depends on purpose of surveys and problems of confidentiality
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.)It is published in Estonian
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.It is available in electronic form
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification? 
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Yes
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsThere are problems in interpretation especially by new or small enterprises
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))Consultancies on experience in dealing with this classification and participation in international meetings
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?All institutions that deal with enterprise (especially government units and banks)
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?No
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?Eesti rahvamajanduse tegevusalade klassifikaator (ERTAK) - Estonian Classification of Economic Activities
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?ISIC Rev.3
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?6
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist? 
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes, published in EMTAK, both from EMTAK to ERTAK and to ISIC Rev.3
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationStatistics compiled by Statistical Office of Estonia concerning economic activities
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryEstonian Classification of Economic Activities

Source: EU/Phare project, 10/30/1998