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Comparable EU-wide statistics on economic activities

Comparable EU-wide statistics on economic activities



Regulation (EC) No 1893/2006 — establishing the statistical classification of economic activities


It establishes a common statistical classification, covering all economic activities in the European Union (EU). This is known as NACE Rev. 2* (see key terms) and ensures compatibility between global, EU and national systems and statistics.


  • NACE Rev. 2 contains 4 different levels (sections, divisions, groups and classes). Each is identified by 1 or 2 alphabetical letters and between 2 to 4 digits.
  • The 21 different sections are subdivided as follows:
    • agriculture, forestry and fishing;
    • mining and quarrying;
    • manufacturing;
    • electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply;
    • water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities
    • construction;
    • wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles;
    • transportation and storage;
    • accommodation and food service activities;
    • information and communication;
    • financial and insurance activities;
    • real estate activities;
    • professional, scientific and technical activities;
    • administrative and support service activities;
    • public administration and defence; compulsory social security;
    • education;
    • human health and social work activities;
    • arts, entertainment and recreation;
    • other service activities;
    • activities of households as employers; undifferentiated goods- and services-producing activities of households for their own use;
    • activities of extra-territorial organisations and bodies.
  • The European Statistical System Committee of national experts:
    • assists, and is chaired by, the European Commission;
    • deals with issues linked to the classification system, such as interpretation, amendments, coordination, drafting explanatory notes and guidelines and cooperation with international organisations.
  • The legislation:
    • only applies to the use of the classifications for statistical purposes;
    • does not, as such, oblige EU countries to collect, publish or supply data.


It has applied since 1 January 2008.


  • The smooth running of the single market requires EU-wide standards on the collection, transmission and publication of national and EU statistics. This ensures that companies, financial institutions, governments and other single market players have access to reliable and comparable statistical data.
  • The information helps companies to assess their competitiveness and EU institutions to prevent distortions of competition.

For more information, see:


NACE: the acronym comes from the French Nomenclature statistique des activités économiques dans la Communauté européenne. Various versions have been developed since 1970.


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 (OJ L 393, 30.12.2006, pp. 1-39)

Successive amendments to Regulation (EC) No 1893/2006 have been incorporated in the basic text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

last update 05.10.2016