Annual reports and submitting statistical questionnaires to Statistics Estonia

On 1 January 2010, the Commercial Register introduced an electronic data submission system for submitting annual reports. The various statistical questionnaires that are used in the production of enterprise and economic statistics partly contain the same indicators that are included in the annual reports which are submitted to the Commercial Register. Therefore, the burden of submitting data that falls on economic units is reduced, and duplicated data collection will be stopped.

Statistics Estonia has improved its main data collection channel eSTAT, so that the data from the annual report that was submitted to the Commercial Register is already displayed in a pre-filled eSTAT questionnaire. The respondent will only have to enter those indicators which the annual report does not include or which the respondent has not submitted in the report. Thus, it is advisable for the respondents to use eSTAT.

The amount of indicators that economic units need to submit to Statistics Estonia will be reduced but the obligation to submit data still remains.

In order to produce national statistics, Statistics Estonia requires significantly more data than economic units submit in their annual reports. Thus, the introduction of submitting annual reports in a format that enables electronic processing does not mean that economic units are no longer required to submit data to Statistics Estonia. Statistics Estonia makes use of annual reports that have been submitted in a format that enables electronic processing, but for other significant indicators which characterise the economy and business environment, Statistics Estonia will continue to collect data with statistical questionnaires. Data are also to be submitted to Statistics Estonia if the data submitted to the Commercial Register regard a financial year which does not coincide with the calendar year.

For the production of national statistics, Statistics Estonia uses the existing administrative data sources if the data comply with the quality criteria (relevance, accuracy, timeliness, coherence, comparability) prescribed for national statistics. If the criteria have not been met, Statistics Estonia has the right, according to the regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council, and according to the code of practice of European statistics, to collect additional data. Statistics Estonia needs to retain profesional independence, which guarantees the independent development, production and dissemination of statistics, free from any pressures from political or interest groups or from Union or national authorities, particularly as regards the selection of techniques, definitions, methodologies and sources to be used (Article 2 of the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council (EC) No 223/2009 on European statistics).

Statistics Estonia will address an economic unit for data collection also if the deadline for submitting a statistical questionnaire is earlier than the deadline of the annual report, or if an economic unit first submits the questionnaire to Statistics Estonia and only then to the Commercial Register, or if an economic unit submits the annual report to the Commercial Register in the PDF format.