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National Classifications

(NACE-BEL 2003)

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)-
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?52.48 from NACE Rev. 1.1 = (52.48 + 52.49) from NACE-BEL 2003
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.The structure has one additional level corresponding to further breakdowns of the NACE Rev.1.1
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?800
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Conversion tables are not necessary.
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.National Institute for Statistics (NIS) - Belgium
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)Jean-Pierre GEORGES
Tel.: 00 32 2 548 62 73
E-mail: jeanpierre.georges@statbel.mineco.fgov.be
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.statbel.fgov.be
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 NACE-BEL 2003 was implemented in the business register from January 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.Revisions due to national needs will be combined with the revision of ISIC/NACE 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.Statistics based on activity use the NACE-BEL 2003 (for users outside of the NSI, see question 23)
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 surveys or indicators based on activity use the NACE-BEL 2003, according to a variable detail
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 surveys or indicators based on activity are published according the NACE-BEL 2003, with a variable detail.
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.)French, Dutch, German and English
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?-
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 classificationsThe nomenclature cannot keep up with changing and new activities.
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))The existence of an index and the procedure of “case laws” are very appreciated.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?The Crossroads Bank for Enterprises, the Central Balance Sheet Office of the National Bank and important Belgian administrations like Social Security, VAT and Tax administration used this nomenclature.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?-
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?NACE-BEL
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?NACE Rév.1
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?5
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?794
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)From NACE-BEL to NACE-BEL 2003
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?1993
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationNot any
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryNACE-BEL 2003

Source: UN questionnaire, 9/28/2004