Services for Eurostat Data

Eurostat_LogoThe University of Milan-Bicocca is recognized as an authorized research entity and it is allowed to access to Eurostat’s microdata. UniData manages the application, from the submission of research proposals until the reception of data sent by Eurostat.


Who can access the service?

The service is only available for the permanent staff and research fellows of the University of Milan-Bicocca. PhD students can access data only if their supervisor is part of the teaching staff of the University.
To apply for access to microdata a research proposal is to be submitted. Please note that the data can be used for scientific purposes only.
After receiving a request for data from the user, UniData starts the procedure that involves the following steps:


  1. Filling, by users, the “Research Proposal Application Form“, in which they indicate the type of research to be done, what data is required, how many and which members of the University are involved in the project;
  2. Sending the completed form, by UniData, to Eurostat. A reply is expected in 8-10 weeks;
  3. Receiving data from Eurostat (on CD-ROM or DVD) and delivery of the material to the user.


Also, it notes that for some surveys – Community Innovation Survey (CIS) e Structure of Earning Survey (SES) – data not anonymized (secure use file) are available in Eurostat’s safe centre, in Luxembourg.


What data?

At present microdata access through this service are as follows:

European Community Household Panel (ECHP): it’s a panel survey that covers a wide range of topics concerning living conditions. They include detailed income information, financial situation in a wider sense, working life, housing situation, social relations, health and biographical information of the interviewed. The total duration of the ECHP was 8 years, running from 1994 to 2001 (8 waves). As from 2003/2004, the EU-SILC survey covers most of the above-mentioned topics. The Member States involved were Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Sweden and the United Kingdom. For more information please visit the survey’s page on Eurostat website.


Labour Force Survey (LFS): it’s a large household sample survey providing quarterly results on labour participation of people aged 15 and over as well as on persons outside the labour force. The national statistical institutes are responsible for selecting the sample, preparing the questionnaires, conducting the direct interviews among households, and forwarding the results to Eurostat in accordance with the common coding scheme. The data collection covers the years from 1983 onwards. It’s conducted in the 28 Member States of the European Union, 2 candidate countries and 3 countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). At the moment, the LFS microdata for scientific purposes contain data for all Member States in addition to Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. For more information please visit the survey’s page on Eurostat website.


European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC): it’s an instrument aiming at collecting timely and comparable cross-sectional and longitudinal multidimensional microdata on income, poverty, social exclusion and living conditions. Such instrument provides two types of data: cross-sectional data pertaining to a given time or a certain time period with variables on income, poverty, social exclusion and other living conditions; longitudinal data pertaining to individual-level changes over time, observed periodically over a four-year period. Social exclusion and housing condition information is collected mainly at household level while labour, education and health information is obtained for persons aged 16 and over. The core of the instrument, income at very detailed component level, is mainly collected at personal level. The start of the EU-SILC instrument was in 2004. For more information and a full description of the countries coverage in EU-SILC please visit the survey’s page  on Eurostat website.


Adult Education Survey (AES): it’s a household survey which is part of the EU Statistics on lifelong learning. People living in private households are interviewed about their participation in education and training activities (formal, non-formal and informal learning). The target population of the survey is composed of people aged 25 to 64. The survey takes place every five years. Classifications related to education follow the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED97), and classifications related to occupation follow International Standard Classification of Occupation (ISCO98 in 2007 AES and ISCO08 in 2011 AES) and economic activities use Statistical classification of economic activities in the European Community (NACE Rev.1.1 in 2007 AES and NACE Rev. 2 in 2011 AES). For more information please visit the survey’s page on Eurostat website.


Community Innovation Survey (CIS): it’s a survey of innovation activity in enterprises. The survey is designed to provide information on the innovativeness of sectors by type of enterprises, on the different types of innovation and on various aspects of the development of an innovation, such as the objectives, the sources of information, the public funding, the innovation expenditures etc. The CIS provides statistics broken down by countries, type of innovators, economic activities and size classes. It is carried out with two years’ frequency by EU member states and number of ESS member countries. Compiling CIS data is voluntary to the countries, which means that in different surveys years different countries are involved. CIS non-anonymised data can be accessed in the safe centre at Eurostat’s premises in Luxembourg. For more information and a full description of the countries coverage in CIS please visit the survey’s page on Eurostat website.


Structure of Earning Survey (SES): the objective of the survey is to provide accurate and harmonised data on earnings in EU Member States, Candidate Countries and EFTA countries for policy-making and research purposes. The SES is a large enterprise sample survey providing detailed and comparable information on the relationships between the level of remuneration and individual characteristics of employees (sex, age, occupation, length of service, highest educational level attained, etc.) and those of their employer (economic activity, size and location of the enterprise). The statistics of the SES refer to enterprises with at least 10 employees operating in all areas of the economy except public administration. Information on public administration as well as enterprises with less than 10 employees is also available from some countries on a voluntary basis. The survey is conducted in the 28 Member States of the European Union as well as candidate countries and countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). For more information please visit the survey’s page on Eurostat website.


European Health Interview Survey (EHIS): it consists of four modules on health status, health care use, health determinants and socio-economic background variables. EHIS targets the population aged at least 15 and living in private households. The four modules cover the following topics: self-perceived health, chronic conditions, limitation in daily activities, disease specific morbidity, physical and sensory functional limitations, etc.; hospitalisation, consultations, unmet needs, use of medicines, preventive actions, etc.; health determinants such as height and weight, consumption of fruits, smoking, alcohol consumption, etc. The first wave of the survey was conducted between years 2006 and 2009 without any binding Commission regulation. Following EHIS waves after EHIS 1 are regulated by Commission legislation. For more information please visit the survey’s page on Eurostat website.


European Road Freight Transport Survey (ERFT): the microdata were anonymised for the first time in 2013 and the first available reference year is 2011. European countries collect data on vehicles, journeys and goods transport operations with surveys and transmit them quarterly to Eurostat. The anonymised microdata set covers information for an entire year. The dataset includes data from 27 EU countries (EU-28 except Malta) and EFTA countries (except Iceland). For more information please visit the survey’s page on Eurostat website.


Continuing Vocational Training Survey (CVTS): it’s an enterprise survey which is part of the EU statistics on lifelong learning. The survey aims at comparable statistical information on continuing vocational training in enterprises and covers the following topics: continuing vocational training, skills supply and demand, training needs; measurement of the forms, contents and volume of continuing training; the enterprises own training resources and the use of external training providers; the costs of continuing training; initial vocational training. For more information please visit the survey’s page on Eurostat webpage.


Community Statistics on Information Society (CSIS): it’s conducted annually in all Member States, two countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), candidate and accession countries to the EU. The survey gathers information on access and use of information and communication technologies (ICT) from households and individuals. The survey covers households with at least one member in the age between 16 and 74 and individuals with an age between 16 and 74. Information on access to ICT, e.g. connection to the internet, is collected at household level while statistics on the use of ICT, mainly on the use of the internet is gathered for persons. The survey distinguishes between annual core subjects, which are included in the survey every year, and episodic topics on various ICT phenomena, which change in different survey years. The annual core subjects are: access to ICT; use of computers; use of the Internet; eGovernment; eCommerce; eSkills. For more information and the list of the episodic topics in different survey years please visit the survey’s page on Eurostat webpage.