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National Classifications

(NACE.BG - 2003)

Country / Area: Bulgaria

Classification category: Activity classifications

General information
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.Five levels: Sections, one-character alphabetical code; Subsections, two-character alphabetical code; Divisions, two-digit numerical code; Groups, three-digit numerical code; Classes, four-digit numerical code.
The structure of national classification is identical to international standard.
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?514 classes
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Yes, NACE.BG-2003/ISIC Rev.3.1
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 of Bulgaria
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)"Classification and nomenclature" division
Raiko Batchvarov, head of division
e-mail: rbatchvarov@nsi.bg
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.http://www.nsi.bg/
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.)Implementation date of NACE.BG-2003: In force from 01.01.2003, adopted with Order of the President of NSI, promulgated State Gazette No. 1/ 03.01.2003
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.If there are national needs - yearly updating in accordance with adopted national Regulation for apply of NACE.BG,
Revision - depending on the revision of NACE/ISIC (planned for 2007)
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.NSI, other governement bodies of statistics as Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Health, National Social Security Institute etc. NACE.BG is used in business registers and in all NSI statistical surveys as structural business statistics, labour statistics, national accounts etc.
Outside of the Statistical Office, for example, in statistics of professional diseases and accidents at work in administrative registers of Ministry of Health and Social Security Institute.
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.)From 01.01.2003
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)Yes, explanatory notes and recommendations
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsThere are some difficulties due to direct usage of NACE (the character of transition economy, differences from European market economy structure) and problems of interpretation of some activities, mainly services
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))It would be useful to have an assistance for resolve a problem "continuity" in case of massive revision as one of 2007 (common classification tool, repair tool and methods for conversion data from old to new classifications)
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, National Social Security Institute
- for establishing the representativeness on national level of employers’ and syndical organizations;
- for social security needs (minimal obligatory insurance thresholds by branches and professional groups)
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?There is no alternative classification
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Национална Класификация на Икономическите Дейности (НКИД-2001)
National Classification of Economic Activities (NCEA-2001, for international use NACE.BG-2001)
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?NACE Rev.1
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?Five levels - sections, subsections, divisions, groups, classes
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?503 classes
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?In force from 01.01.2001, adopted with Order of President of NSI, promulgated State Gazette, No. 6/ 19.01.2001
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationUntil 2003, all statistical data
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryNational Classification of Economic Activities (NCEA-2003, for international use NACE.BG-2003)

Source: UN questionnaire, 4/1/2003