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Country / Area: Bulgaria

Classification category: Product 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.Two levels: - PRODCOM-corresponding (8-digits) level; - The national level is depending on the positions of Custom Tariff of Bulgaria too. 10-digits code on the most detailed level
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?6224
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.National Statistical Institute
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)"Classifications and Nomenclatures" Division, Rayko Batchvarov - head; Svetlana Ganeva, chief expert; tel.: 3592 467555
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.)Experimental implementation in the statistical office:1997. Adopted and being in force since 01.01.1998. Implemented as a nomenclature in statistical surveys of industrial production
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.By the regulation rules, yearly updating by the end of the year after receiving:
-PRODCOM list changes for the next year;
- Custom Tariff Nomenclature of the Republic of Bulgaria changes for the next year.
There is a possibility to make changes for national needs in the yearly updating. Revisions: in accordance with EC-classifications and nomenclatures - especially PRODCOM list.
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.All state institutionsand units. Statistical survey of the industrial production (annual) and (using a nomenclature-sample of NNIP) a monthly survey, used also for PPI. Building up of the commodity balances.
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.)NNIP is in use since 01.01.1998, so there is not available data yet.
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?NNIP is in use since 01.01.1998, so there is not available data yet.
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.)Bulgarian
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.Yes
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)No. For this nomenclature is required to use HS
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsThere are problems with:
- the interpretation of PRODCOM-positions;
- using physical units determined in PRODCOM, some enterprises have different traditions for accounting production
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))We think it would be good to have at least once a year a meeting with EUROSTAT experts to follow up the development of the EC classification system
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?NNIP is adopted and put into force since 01.01.1998. Later it will be possible to to show more correctly the users of NNIP
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?There is no alternative classification
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.-
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Nomenclature of Products, used for planning and accounting in physical units
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?There is no link.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?Fifth-level
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?More than 8,000
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)There are some conversion tables, but there are some positions which could not be involved with them
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationUntil 1997 - all statistical data by industrial production in physical units; also product balance data.
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryNational Nomenclature of the Industrial Production (NNIP)

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