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Glossary:Statistical classification of economic activities in the European Community (NACE)

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The Statistical classification of economic activities in the European Community, abbreviated as NACE, is the classification of economic activities in the European Union (EU); the term NACE is derived from the French Nomenclature statistique des activités économiques dans la Communauté européenne. Various NACE versions have been developed since 1970.

NACE is a four-digit classification providing the framework for collecting and presenting a large range of statistical data according to economic activity in the fields of economic statistics (e.g. production, employment and national accounts) and in other statistical domains developed within the European statistical system (ESS).

NACE Rev. 2, a revised classification, was adopted at the end of 2006 and, in 2007, its implementation began. The first reference year for NACE Rev. 2 compatible statistics is 2008, after which NACE Rev. 2 will be consistently applied to all relevant statistical domains.

Previous versions of NACE have been:

  • NACE (1970)
  • NACE Rev. 1, the first revision of the original NACE (1970);
  • NACE Rev. 1.1, a minor revision of NACE Rev. 1.
  • NACE Rev. 2.

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