Implementation of the Framework Regulation Integrating Business Statistics (FRIBS)


Framework regulation integrating business statistics (FRIBS)

Policy field(s)

Economic and Financial Affairs, Statistics

Target group(s)

Suppliers of data used for compiling business statistics (enterprises) and all types of users of business statistics, such as researchers, academic institutes, national central banks, national competition authorities, EC services, professional associations, enterprises, etc.

Period of consultation

From 17/08/2015 to 16/11/2015 (closed).

Objective of the consultation

In line with the objectives and provisions of the European Statistical Programme (ESP) 2013-2017 and of the Communication from the Commission "on the production method of EU statistics: a vision for the next decade", the so-called Vision Paper - Eurostat is currently developing a cross-cutting legal framework for the systematic collection, compilation, transmission and dissemination of statistics related to the structure, economic activity, competitiveness, global transactions and performance of the European business sector.

The main policy objectives for this new framework are:

1) to streamline and rationalize the reference framework for European business statistics, reducing unnecessary statistical burden on respondents, and

2) to define a new architecture for European business statistics instrumental to the compilation of quality and purpose-relevant European business statistics, including the provision of higher quality statistics on services, globalisation and entrepreneurship.

In this context, a project for establishing a Framework Regulation Integrating Business Statistics (FRIBS) is currently under discussion.

As a preparatory step, a study is being executed to analyse the effects that the changes are expected to have. Indeed, it needs to be ensured that the changes that are considered are in line with users' needs and to a maximum extent will help to resolve problems currently encountered by users of business statistics, all the while improving the regulatory environment for data suppliers.

A consultation of data users, data suppliers and data compilers on FRIBS in general has been conducted during 2014. As a follow up and in close co-operation with the national statistical institutes, the Commission has decided on investigating further improvements of FRIBS for reducing costs and burden and on analysing in more detail the impact on stakeholders of the new data requirements contained in FRIBS. In the view of these changes, the Commission has updated the FRIBS Roadmap and scheduled a supplementary consultation in the second half of 2015.

The objective of this supplementary and web-based open consultation is to collect the views of data users and data suppliers (i.e. businesses) with a specific focus on additional and reduced data requirements in FRIBS.

How to submit your contribution

The deadline for completing and submitting the on-line questionnaire has been extended with one week from the 16th of November 2015 to the 23rd of November 2015.

All contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

Consultation document

Before submitting your contribution, please read carefully the consultation paper which provides the necessary background information:


Online questionnaire for data users:

Online questionnaire for data suppliers:

As an alternative for the online questionnaire, data suppliers may use the more condensed spreadsheet questionnaire:

 Questionnaire for data suppliers  - send the completed questionnaire to

 Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Besides businesses themselves, the questionnaire for the data suppliers may also be filled-in by the associations/federations representing (groups of) businesses.

Data protection

As regards the confidentiality of your filling-in of the questionnaire, please see:

Reference documents

Contact details

Responsible service:     EUROSTAT, Unit G1
Postal address     Business statistics - coordination and registers
European Commission
 L- 2929 Luxembourg

Number of responses received to this consultation

This information will be available after the closing of the consultation period.

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Results of consultation and next steps

The individual replies of users and producers, who objected to publication of their contact details, are anonymized. The results from the previous open web-based consultation of 2014 can be found below.

Individual replies from registered organisations

Individual replies from non-registered organisations

The results from the supplementary open web-based consultation of 2015 which ran until the 23rd of November 2015 can be found below.

Individual replies from registered organisations

Individual replies from non-registered organisations

All these results have been compiled into a summary report on the open public consultations that can be found under the link below:

As a next step these results have been analysed in greater detail and the resulting cost-benefit analysis constitutes one of the building blocks of the final Impact Assessment Report of FRIBS which is expected to be approved in mid-2016. The Publication of this final Impact Assessment Report is part of the inter-institutional agreement on Better Regulations and will be done together with the submission of the FRIBS legislative proposal once adopted by the Commission. The FRIBS legislative proposal may only be submitted to the Council and the European Parliament once the Impact Assessment Report is approved by the Commission.

Archived: FRIBS 2014

Unofficial pre-release of the FRIBS based European Business Statistics manual

Eurostat and the National Statistical Institutes are developing a new cross-cutting methodological manual on European business statistics, referred to as the EBS manual.

The manual is forward-looking in the sense that it incorporates future measures that will be introduced by the new Framework Regulation Integrating Business Statistics (FRIBS). The new framework Regulation should be adopted by the Council and European Parliament in 2018-2019. Until FRIBS is adopted, the EBS manual will be published as an unofficial pre-release in light of its preliminary nature. Once FRIBS is adopted, the manual will be launched as an official Eurostat publication.

The manual is divided into 20 chapters, each covering a specific part of the statistical process cross-cutting European business statistics. Each chapter provides a summary of relevant methodologies as well as hyperlinks to more detailed underlying methodological documents.

During its pre-release the manual will be improved taking into account possible changes to the FRIBS proposal (following discussions in the Council and the European Parliament) as well as feedback from readers/users.

The unofficial pre-release of the manual can be found  here.