For business statistical surveys, the statistical business register (BR) and its connecting satellite registers are used as the main base for their survey frames. The purpose of these statistical registers is to record and maintain the statistical units and their characteristics (identifier, contact, classification, size category, etc. information) for a scope as complete for the economy as possible. The BR has an important role in the European Statistical System because it gives the opportunity to harmonise and integrate European statistics. Usually administrative sources are used for the register maintenance, but statistical surveys and other inputs can also amend information coming from these sources. The frequency of the register maintenance has to be harmonised with the periodicity and reference period of the surveys built on them.
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