Title of statistical activity: Business register for statistical purposes
Code of statistical activity: 20901
- Metadata update
- Statistical presentation
- Unit of measure
- Reference period
- Institutional mandate
- Release policy
- Frequency of dissemination
- Accessibility and clarity
- Quality management
- Accuracy and reliability
- Timeliness and punctuality
- Coherence and comparability
- Cost and burden
- Data revision
- Statistical processing
1.1. Contact organisation The name of the organisation of the contact points for the data or metadata.
1.2. Contact organisation unit An addressable subdivision of an organisation.
Data Processing and Registers Department
1.3. Contact name The name of the contact points for the data or metadata.
1.4. Contact person function The area of technical responsibility of the contact, such as "methodology", "database management" or "dissemination".
1.5. Contact mail address The postal address of the contact points for the data or metadata.
51 Tatari Str, 10134 Tallinn, Estonia
1.6. Contact email address E-mail address of the contact points for the data or metadata.
1.7. Contact phone number The telephone number of the contact points for the data or metadata.
+372 625 9346
2.1. Metadata last certified Date of the latest certification provided by the domain manager to confirm that the metadata posted are still up-to-date, even if the content has not been amended.
2.2. Metadata last update Date of last update of the content of the metadata.
3. Statistical presentation
3.1. Data description Main characteristics of the data set described in an easily understandable manner, referring to the data and indicators disseminated.
Identification, stratification and demographic data of economic units
3.2. Classification system Arrangement or division of objects into groups based on characteristics which the objects have in common.
Estonian Classification of Economic Activities (EMTAK 2008) based on NACE Rev. 2
Type of owner
Classification of legal forms
Classification of Estonian administrative units and settlements (EHAK)
International Standard Codes for the Representation of the Names of Countries (ISO 3166)
Classification of institutional sectors (ESA_S 2010)
3.3. Sector coverage Main economic or other sectors covered by the statistics.
Includes data on all economic units active in Estonia, except households and embassies of foreign countries
3.4. Statistical concepts and definitions Statistical characteristics of statistical observations.
Calendar year profile — the frame of active economic units which were active during the calendar year. The calendar year profile is compiled in October of the next year, when most of the data on the reference year is available. It is used for production of annual economic statistics.
Economic unit — enterprise, non-profit association, foundation, government institution and local government institution. Enterprise consists of one or more companies (public limited company, private limited company, limited partnership, general partnership, commercial association) or branches of foreign companies or sole proprietors. Active units are units that showed signs of economic activity during the year (turnover, employees, investments, etc.). “Life signs” available from other data sources are also considered.
Statistical profile — the preliminary frame of economic units that were active during the year when the profile was compiled, including units that were active for only a part of the year. The preliminary frame is compiled in October and it is used for the production of annual statistics of the same year and short-term statistics of the following year.
Type of owner — a basis for the classification of owners is capital involvement (majority of votes) in the company.
3.5. Statistical unit Entity for which information is sought and for which statistics are ultimately compiled.
Local kind-of-activity unit
3.6. Statistical population The total membership or population or "universe" of a defined class of people, objects or events.
Economic units that are part of the national accounts and regional accounts system – enterprises and non-profit institutions
3.7. Reference area The country or geographic area to which the measured statistical phenomenon relates.
3.8. Time coverage The length of time for which data are available.
3.9. Base period The period of time used as the base of an index number, or to which a constant series refers.
Statistical units – number
Employed persons – number and size group
Employees – number and size group
6. Institutional mandate
6.1. Legal acts and other agreements Legal acts or other formal or informal agreements that assign responsibility as well as the authority to an agency for the collection, processing, and dissemination of statistics.
DIRECTLY APPLICABLE LEGAL ACTS
Council Regulation (EEC) No 696/93 of 15 March 1993 on the statistical units for the observation and analysis of the production system in the Community
Regulation (EC) No 295/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2008 concerning structural business statistics (recast)
Regulation (EC) No 1893/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 December 2006 establishing the statistical classification of economic activities NACE Revision 2 and amending Council Regulation (EEC) No 3037/90 as well as certain EC Regulations on specific statistical domains
Regulation (EC) No 1158/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 July 2005 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 1165/98 concerning short-term statistics
Regulation (EC) No 1165/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 November 2008 concerning livestock and meat statistics and repealing Council Directives 93/23/EEC, 93/24/EEC and 93/25/EEC
Regulation (EC) No 177/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 February 2008 establishing a common framework for business registers for statistical purposes and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 2186/93
OTHER LEGAL ACTS
7.1. Confidentiality - policy Legislative measures or other formal procedures which prevent unauthorised disclosure of data that identify a person or economic entity either directly or indirectly.
The dissemination of data collected for the purpose of producing official statistics is guided by the requirements provided for in § 32, § 34, § 35, § 38 of the Official Statistics Act.
7.2. Confidentiality - data treatment Rules applied for treating the data set to ensure statistical confidentiality and prevent unauthorised disclosure.
The treatment of confidential data is regulated by the Procedure for Protection of Data Collected and Processed by Statistics Estonia: https://www.stat.ee/66485.
OFFICIAL STATISTICS ACT. § 35. Dissemination of confidential data.
A producer of official statistics may disseminate the following data concerning legal persons registered in Estonia, branches of foreign companies, state and local government authorities and sole proprietors that allow direct or indirect identification without the consent of the person:
1) registry code;
2) name and address;
3) legal form;
4) economic activity;
5) size group of the unit according to the number of persons employed;
6) size group of the unit according to sales revenue.
8.1. Release calendar The schedule of statistical release dates.
8.2. Release calendar access Access to the release calendar information.
8.3. User access The policy for release of the data to users, the scope of dissemination (e.g. to the public, to selected users), how users are informed that the data are being released, and whether the policy determines the dissemination of statistical data to all users.
10. Accessibility and clarity
10.1. News release Regular or ad-hoc press releases linked to the data.
10.2. Publications Regular or ad-hoc publications in which the data are made available to the public.
10.3. Online database Information about on-line databases in which the disseminated data can be accessed.
10.4. Microdata access Information on whether micro-data are also disseminated.
The dissemination of data collected for the purpose of producing official statistics is guided by the requirements provided for in § 33, § 34, § 35, § 36, § 38 of the Official Statistics Act. Access to microdata and anonymisation of microdata are regulated by Statistics Estonia’s procedure for dissemination of confidential data for scientific purposes: https://www.stat.ee/dokumendid/51669.
10.5. Other References to the most important other data dissemination done.
The purpose of the statistical activity is to create and maintain the population of economic units in the system of national and regional accounts, which is used as a frame for statistical activities (based on the data of economic units).
Data serve as input for statistical activities 20902 “Statistics of economic units”, 20903 “Business demography”, 20904 “Enterprise groups” and 21209 “Statistical register of agricultural holdings”.
10.6. Documentation on methodology Descriptive text and references to methodological documents available.
Regulation (EC) No 177/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 February 2008 establishing a common framework for business registers for statistical purposes
Council Regulation (EEC) No 696/93 of 15 March 1993 on the statistical units for the observation and analysis of the production system in the Community
Business Registers Recommendations Manual, Eurostat
International Guidelines on Statistical Business Registers, UNECE
10.7. Quality documentation Documentation on procedures applied for quality management and quality assessment.
11.1. Quality assurance All systematic activities implemented that can be demonstrated to provide confidence that the processes will fulfil the requirements for the statistical output.
To assure the quality of processes and products, Statistics Estonia applies the EFQM Excellence Model, the European Statistics Code of Practice and the Quality Assurance Framework of the European Statistical System (ESS QAF). Statistics Estonia is also guided by the requirements in § 7, “Principles and quality criteria of producing official statistics” of the Official Statistics Act.
11.2. Quality assessment Overall assessment of data quality, based on standard quality criteria.
Statistics Estonia performs all statistical activities according to an international model (Generic Statistical Business Process Model – GSBPM). According to the GSBPM, the final phase of statistical activities is overall evaluation using information gathered in each phase or sub-process; this information can take many forms, including feedback from users, process metadata, system metrics and suggestions from employees. This information is used to prepare an evaluation report, which outlines all the quality problems related to the specific statistical activity and serves as input for improvement actions.
12.1. User needs Description of users and their respective needs with respect to the statistical data.
Ministry of Finance
State and local government institutions
Research and educational institutions
Eesti Pank (central bank of Estonia)
Users’ suggestions and information about taking these into account are available on the website of Statistics Estonia at https://www.stat.ee/statistikatood.
12.2. User satisfaction Measures to determine user satisfaction.
Since 1996, Statistics Estonia has conducted reputation and user satisfaction surveys.
All results are available on the website at https://www.stat.ee/user-surveys.
12.3. Completeness The extent to which all statistics that are needed are available.
Maintenance and development of the business register for statistical purposes are in compliance with the requirements established in Regulation (EC) No 177/2008.
13. Accuracy and reliability Accuracy: closeness of computations or estimates to the exact or true values that the statistics were intended to measure.
13.1. Overall accuracy Assessment of accuracy, linked to a certain data set or domain, which is summarising the various components.
Used source data and thorough checking of the data ensure sufficient accuracy.
13.2. Sampling error That part of the difference between a population value and an estimate thereof, derived from a random sample, which is due to the fact that only a subset of the population is enumerated.
13.3. Non-sampling error Error in survey estimates which cannot be attributed to sampling fluctuations.
14. Timeliness and punctuality
14.1. Timeliness Length of time between data availability and the event or phenomenon they describe.
The data are on time
14.2. Punctuality Time lag between the actual delivery of the data and the target date when it should have been delivered.
15. Coherence and comparability
15.1. Comparability - geographical The extent to which statistics are comparable between geographical areas.
The data are comparable with the data of other European Union countries.
15.2. Comparability - over time The extent to which statistics are comparable or reconcilable over time.
The data are comparable over time.
15.3. Coherence - cross domain The extent to which statistics are reconcilable with those obtained through other data sources or statistical domains.
The register is used as a frame for the production of all economic statistics and partially for social statistics.
15.4. Coherence - internal The extent to which statistics are consistent within a given data set.
The outputs of the statistical activity are coherent.
Cost of statistical activity 81.2 thousand euros (data for 2018)
Total time of filling in reports of the statistical activity, working days: 670.7
Report: Questionnaire for enterpreneurs 0.9
(data for 2016)
17.1. Data revision - policy Policy aimed at ensuring the transparency of disseminated data, whereby preliminary data are compiled that are later revised.
The data revision policy and notification of corrections are described in the dissemination policy of Statistics Estonia at https://www.stat.ee/dissemination-policy.
17.2. Data revision - practice Information on the data revision practice.
18. Statistical processing
18.1. Source data Characteristics and components of the raw statistical data used for compiling statistical aggregates.
The following data are received from the Centre of Registers and Information Systems: data on registered companies, branches of foreign companies, sole proprietors, shareholders of companies, non-profit associations and foundations, government institutions and local government institutions and on their subdivisions and structural units.
Data of the register of taxable persons are received from the Estonian Tax and Customs Board.
Data on subsidiaries of Estonian companies located outside the EU and in other EU countries are received from the Eesti Pank (the central bank of Estonia).
Data on units providing accommodation are received from Enterprise Estonia.
DATA FROM OTHER STATISTICAL ACTIVITIES
Data from statistical activities 20007 “Financial statistics of enterprises (quarterly)”, 20300 “Financial statistics of enterprises (annual)”, 21106 “Labour cost index”, 21301 “Financial statistics of financial service activities and activities auxiliary to financial services (quarterly)”, 22303 “Foreign trade”, 40407 “Museum”, 40411 “Broadcasting” are used.
18.2. Frequency of data collection Frequency with which the source data are collected.
18.3. Data collection Systematic process of gathering data for official statistics.
For the statistical activity “Business register for statistical purposes” data are not collected separately. The data from administrative registers and source data from other statistical activities are used as input.
Data from the Estonian Tax and Customs Board are received via X-Road and FTP-server.
Data from the Centre of Registers and Information Systems are received via X-Road.
18.4. Data validation Process of monitoring the results of data compilation and ensuring the quality of statistical results.
Arithmetic and qualitative controls are used in the validation process, including comparison with the data of previous periods, other surveys and administrative data sources. Before data dissemination, internal coherence of the data is checked.
18.5. Data compilation Operations performed on data to derive new information according to a given set of rules.
The business register for statistical purposes is updated regularly on the basis of legal registers and other data sources – Estonian Central Bank (Eesti Pank), statistical questionnaires, information received from companies by letter or telephone, public databases, the media.
18.6. Adjustment The set of procedures employed to modify statistical data to enable it to conform to national or international standards or to address data quality differences when compiling specific data sets.