Call for proposals - Joint Harmonised European Union Programme of Business and Consumer Surveys - SURVEYS ECFIN/2008/A3-042 Closed!


The European Commission launches a call for proposals for carrying out surveys as part of the Joint EU Harmonised Programme of Business and Consumer Surveys (approved by the Commission on 12 July 2006 COM(2006) 379) in Ireland. This co-operation will take the form of a framework partnership agreement between the Commission and the specialised bodies over a period of two years.

The programme is designed to gather information on the state of the economies in the EU Member States and in the candidate countries so as to be able to compare their business cycles for Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) management purposes. It has become an indispensable tool in the EMU economic surveillance process, as well as for general economic policy purposes.


The joint harmonised EU programme involves specialised bodies/institutes carrying out opinion surveys on a joint financing basis. The Commission is looking to conclude agreements with bodies and institutes suitably qualified to carry out one or more of the following surveys for the next two years:

  • Investment survey.
  • Construction survey.
  • Retail trade survey.
  • Services survey.
  • Industry survey.
  • Consumer survey.

Moreover, ad hoc surveys on topical economic issues will be carried out in addition to the monthly surveys, using the same established samples as the monthly surveys, to obtain information on specific economic policy issues. These ad hoc surveys are by definition more occasional.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 0,75 Million EUR (Annual budget for 2009)

All the important deadlines

  • 20 February 2009 - 12 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Useful documents

  • Call for proposals - Joint Harmonised eu Programme of Business and Consumer Surveys - SURVEYS (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)
  • Candidate Countries

Directorate-Generale responsible


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