Publication of Regulation on rules concerning Community statistics on the information society

The Official Journal of the European Union published on 18 September 2010 EC Regulation Nº 821/2010 implementing Regulation Nº 808/2004 concerning Community statistics on the information society. This Regulation establishes the rules concerning a common framework for the systematic production of European statistics on the information society.

Regulation Nº 821/2010 sets out the basic rules for the application of the procedures of development and provision of data for the production of European statistics on information society, both for businesses and individuals and households. This puts forward the key aspects of implementation of Regulation Nº 808/2004 concerning Community statistics on the information society, for which the Commission presented a proposal for amendment in October 2008.

Enterprises and the information society

The subjects to be covered for the reference year 2011 will make reference to the folowing aspects:

  • ICT systems and their usage in enterprises
  • Use of the Internet and other electronic networks by enterprises
  • E-commerce
  • E-business processes and organisational aspects
  • Use of ICT by enterprises to exchange information and services with governments and public administrations (e-government)
  • Use of ICT and its impact on the environment (Green ICT)
  • Barriers to the use of ICT, the Internet and other electronic networks, e-commerce and e-business processes

Each of these elements includes a number of issues on which data will be collected in the case of companies, such as computer usage, use of open-source software (which in this case is an optional data), use of ERP (Enterprise resource Planning) or CRM (Customer Relationship Management) applications, Internet access, connections, features of electronic commerce companies, etc.

Individuals, households and the information society

For reference year 2011 the following subjects will be covered:

  • Access to and use of ICTs by individuals and/or in households
  • Use of the Internet and other electronic networks for different purposes by individuals and/or in households
  • ICT competence and skills
  • Barriers to the use of ICT and the Internet
  • Use of ICT by individuals to exchange information and services with governments and public administrations (e-government)
  • Access to and use of technologies enabling connection to the Internet or other networks from anywhere at any time (ubiquitous connectivity)

In relation to these elements, the date to be collected range from the type of connection used by households for Internet access it those cases it is used, to the availability of mobile connection, the frequency of usage of a computer at home or in any other place, the usage made and frequency on e-commerce, the place where people use Internet more often, whether at work, at home, in publicly accessible areas, the capacities and skills of citizens using computers, the ways for obtaining e-skills, etc.

The Regulation, in force on the twentieth day after its publication in the OJEU, also establishes the dates on which statistical series are to be transmitted to the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) according to their nature.