- European Community Household Panel
- European Union Labour Force Survey
- Community Innovation Survey
- European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions
- Structure of Earnings Survey
- Adult Education Survey
- European Road Freight Transport Survey
- European Health Interview Survey
- Continuing Vocational Training Survey
- Community Statistics on information Society
- Micro-Moments Dataset
- Household Budget Survey
As from January 2017 the research proposal applications in MS Word format have been replaced by webforms. At once, an automated system to handle the application procedure has been launched. In order to use the system you will need an EU-login (former ECAS).
A link to a 'Quick User Guide' is available in the PDF document 'How to apply for microdata access?'.
The applications for research entity recognition are not affected by these changes, the form for this procedure will remain the same.
What are microdata?
Microdata consist of sets of records containing information on individual persons, households or business entities. Microdata are used in official statistics for the production of aggregate information (usually tables). Access to confidential microdata is restricted in order to protect the anonymity of individual persons or businesses.
Access to microdata
We grant access to our microdata for scientific purposes only.
To apply for access to Eurostat's microdata, your organisation must first be recognised by us as a research entity – a university, research institution or research department in a public administration, bank, statistical institute etc.
Applying for access
- Step 1 – Apply to have your research organisation recognised as a research entity. You only need to do this once, no matter how many access requests you make subsequently (the procedure takes around 4 weeks)
- Step 2 – Apply for access to microdata. Once we have recognised your organisation as a research entity, you can apply for access by submitting a research proposal (the procedure takes around 8-10 weeks)
How are data provided?
Depending on the access type(s) of your choice, we will:
- send your principal researcher files containing anonymised data (scientific-use files) on electronic devices (CD-Rom, DVD, etc.) and/or
- authorise your organisation to access non-anonymised data (secure-use files) in Eurostat's "safe centre".
Access to microdata is only valid for the period specified in the research proposal. At the end of that period, you must:
- destroy any original scientific-use files sent by Eurostat and any confidential data derived from the files, and
- send Eurostat your research results.