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    About Statbel

    Statbel (Directorate-General Statistics – Statistics Belgium) is the Belgian statistical office. Statbel is commissioned to produce official statistics on Belgium.  This is done under the responsibility of Nico Waeyaert, director-general of Statbel.

    On weekdays, you can contact Statbel:

    Use of databases where possible

    In order to produce its statistics, Statbel uses the existing administrative databases as much as possible. It is sometimes necessary to collect information via surveys. Statbel has a legal mandate to receive administrative databases and to organise surveys.

    This is an overview of the administrative databases used by Statbel:

    • The National Register of the FPS Home Affairs.
    • Databases with the diplomas and certificates obtained delivered by the education departments of the various communities and the Military Academy.
    • Data on employment and pensions from the Crossroads Bank for Social Security.
    • The Land Register from the FPS Finances with information about dwellings.
    • The rental contracts database of the FPS Finance.
    • Data on enterprises from the Crossroads Bank for Enterprises.
    • Fiscal data from the FPS Finances: Belcotax, IPCAL and TVA.
    • DMFA declarations (with information on wages, contributions and paid hours) from the National Social Security Office.
    • Invoicing data of subscribers of Flemish water companies provided by the Vlaamse Milieumaatschappij (VMM)
    • Crossroads Bank of vehicles of the FPS Mobility
    • Data on persons who receive an integration income provided by the Federal Public Planning Service (PPS) Social Integration

    Data from administrative databases are used for various purposes.

    • Statbel couples the various databases to produce its statistics.
    • Statbel draws samples from the databases, for surveys amongst citizens and enterprises.
    • Statbel adds information from databases to surveys carried out. This way, Statbel can make the questionnaires shorter and reduce the response burden to surveys both for the population and the enterprises.
    • Statbel improves the quality of its statistics by also including the information from administrative databases into statistical models. These models are used to draw samples or to calibrate the results that are based on samples.

    Statbel is not responsible for the correctness of the administrative data that it receives and may not, in the framework of statistical confidentiality, inform data providers of possible errors.

    Your data are protected by statistical confidentiality

    All the information collected by Statbel about individuals is protected by statistical confidentiality. These data are only used for statistical and scientific purposes. Consequently, sharing data with Statbel will never lead to administrative consequences. In order to secure statistical confidentiality, all staff members and all surveyors contracted by Statbel have signed a declaration, in which they confirm that they are aware of the obligations arising from statistical confidentiality and that they will comply with this statistical confidentiality.

    Anonymous statistics

    Besides statistical confidentiality, only the employees who organise surveys, or who couple administrative databases, have access to data that can identify a person (such as the national register number, name, address). In the databases of all other employees, the data are anonymised (pseudonymised) so that they cannot know excatly which person is involved.

    Shared data

    Eurostat (the statistical office of the European Union), scientific institutions and research departments of public services can request certain data from Statbel. If Statbel shares information, it is done in such a way that it will be impossible for the person who requested the data to find out who has answered what in a survey. Moreover, Statbel imposes the condition that the information can only be used for statistical or scientific purposes. A contract also stipulates that the data cannot be passed on and that the information must be destroyed after the research.

    Reference Partner Project Contract Advies DPO
    2019/02 POD Maatschappelijke Integratie Enquête naar inkomsten en levensomstandigheden (SILC) en Huishoudbudgetonderzoek (HBS) 2019_02_04 2019_02_03
    2019/03 ULB - Ecole de Santé Publique Bevolking 2010 t/m 2016    
    2019/04 Sciensano Bevolking (geboorte en sterfte) 2004 (verlenging 2009/08)   2019_04_03
    2019/05 Sciensano Bevolking (geboorte en sterfte) 2009 t/m 2012 (verlenging 2013/02)   2019_05_03
    2019/06 Sciensano bevolking (geboorte en sterfte) 2013 t/m 2019 (verlenging 2015/43)   2019_06_03
    2019/07 Sciensano WEBPILOT: Koppeling Gezondheidsenquête met bevolking en Census 2011 gegevens. 2019_07_04 2019_07_03
    2019/08 FOD Economie - AD Energie (E2) Huishoudbudgetonderzoek (HBS) (uitbreiding 2018/54) 2019_08_04 2019_08_03
    2019/09 Nationale Bank van België (NBB) Enquête naar inkomsten en levensomstandigheden (SILC) 2003-   2019_09_03
    2019/11 Centre wallon de Recherches Agronomiques (CRA-W) Enquêtes agricoles 2019_11_04 2019_11_03
    2019/12 FOD Waso Enquête naar inkomsten en levensomstandigheden (SILC) 2018 t/m 2020 2019_12_04 2019_12_03
    2019/13 FOD Waso Enquête naar de arbeidskrachten (LFS) 2018 t/m 2020 2019_13_04 2019_13_03
    2019/15 VL - Financiën en Begroting IPCAL gegevens FOD Financiën 2019_15_04 2019_15_03
    2019/17 Vlaamse Statistische Autoriteit (VSA) Census 2019_17_04 2019_17_03
    2019/18 Vlaamse Statistische Autoriteit (VSA) Bevolking (huishoudens)    
    2019/20 IBSA Enquête sur les revenus et les conditions de vie (SILC)   2019_20_03
    2019/21 IBSA Enquête sur le budget des ménages (HBS)   2019_21_03
    2019/22 ULB-IGEAT Enquête sur les revenus et les conditions de vie (SILC) 2019_22_04 2019_22_03
    2019/23 FOD Economie - AD KMO-Beleid (E5) Monitoring des marchés publics (verlenging 2018/39)    
    2019/24 IBSA Données entreprise DBRIS   2019_24_03
    2019/26 IBSA Données entreprise: Migrations et survie des entreprises   2019_26_03
    2019/27 FOD Economie - AD KMO-Beleid (E5) Données entreprise DBRIS: Enquête sur les financement des PME 2020.    
    2019/28 VL - Departement Werk en Sociale Economie (WSE) Enquête naar de arbeidskrachten (LFS) 2018-2020 2019_28_04 2019_28_03
    2019/30 Vlaamse Statistische Autoriteit (VSA) Bevolking: Huwelijken    
    2019/31 Vlaamse Statistische Autoriteit (VSA) Bevolking: Echtscheidingen    
    2019/32 International Labour Organisation (ILO) Labour Force Survey (LFS)    
    2019/33 ULB-DULBEA SES-SBS-RR 2019_33_04 2019_33_03
    2019/34 IWEPS Données entreprise DBRIS: Migrations et survie des entreprises   2019_34_03
    2019/35 FOD Economie - AD Energie (E2) Huishoudbudgetonderzoek (uitbreiding 2018/54 en 2019/08)   2019_35_03
    2019/36 Luxembourg Income Study database Enquête sur les revenus et les conditions de vie (SILC)    
    2019/37 Accueil Champêtre en Wallonie Enquêtes agricoles de 2010 et 2016 2019_37_04 2019_37_03
    2019/38 Vienna University of Economics and Business Enquête naar inkomsten en levensomstandigheden (SILC) 2017 2019_38_04  
    2019/39 IBSA Toerisme (extension 2018/42)    
    2019/40 Bruxelles Environnement Codes NACE Région Bruxelles-capitale    
    2019/41 Sciensano Koppeling gegevens doodsoorzaken met de Gezondheidsenquëte (HIS)    
    2019/43 KUL - Geografie en toerisme Bevolking gekoppeld met Census    
    2019/44 VUB (Surkyn) Bevolking: Doodsoorzaken 2019_44_04 2019_44_03
    2019/45 Vlaamse Statistische Autoriteit (VSA) Enquête ICT- en internetgebruik bij huishoudens 2018   2019_45_03
    2019/47 Vlaamse Statistische Autoriteit (VSA) Enquête naar de arbeidskrachten (LFS) 2018   2019_47_03
    2019/48 Vlaamse Statistische Autoriteit (VSA) Enquête naar inkomsten en levensomstandigheden (SILC) 2018   2019_48_03
    2019/49 Vlaamse Statistische Autoriteit (VSA) Bevolking 2017-2021   2019_49_03
    2019/50 KUL - Research & Development IPCAL gegevens FOD Financiën (project voor VL FIN&BEG)    
    2019/51 KUL - Research & Development IPCAL gegevens FOD Financiën    
    2019/53 IWEPS NACE - secteur numérique en Wallonie    
    2019/54 FOD Volksgezondheid Huishoudbudgetonderzoek (HBS)    
    2019/55 FOD Economie - AD KMO-Beleid (E5) Census: Onderwijsgegevens 2019_55_04 2019_55_03
    2019/56 ULB-CEESE Census: logements (extension 2017/42 et 2018/58)    
    2019/58 Instituut voor Landbouw- en Visserijonderzoek (ILVO) Landbouwtellingen (verlenging contract 2012/15)    
    2019/59 Instituut voor Landbouw- en Visserijonderzoek (ILVO) Landbouwtellingen (verlenging contract 2013/43)    
    2019/60 Instituut voor Landbouw- en Visserijonderzoek (ILVO) Landbouwtellingen van 2017 tem 2023    
    2019/61 Federaal Kenniscentrum voor de Gezondheidszorg (KCE) Huishoudbudgetonderzoek (HBS) 2019_61_04 2019_61_03
    2019/63 Sciensano Bevolking: geboorten en sterftes (uitbreiding contracten 2015/43 en 2019/06)   2019_63_03
    2019/66 UA - Center for research on Enverimental and Social Changes Enquête naar inkomsten en levensomstandigheden (SILC) 2018 (verlenging 2016/24)   2019_66_03
    2019/67 VL - Departement Werk en Sociale Economie (WSE) Adult Education Survey (AES) 2007-2011-2016-2021 2019_67_04 2019_67_03
    2019/68 IWEPS Enquête annuelle sur la structure et la répartition des salaires (SES) 1999-   2019_68_03
    2019/69 IBSA Enquête sur les forces de travail (LFS) 1999-2023    
    2019/71 SPW – Direction de l’Analyse économique agricole (DAEA) Enquêtes agricoles générales de 2016, 2020, 2023 et 2026 2019_71_04 2019_71_03
    2019/72 SPW - Département de la Géomatique XY-coördinaten 2019_72_04 2019_72_03
    2019/73 VL - Departement Landbouw en Visserij Landbouwenquêtes 1980 tm 2023 2019_73_04 2019_73_03
    2019/74 UCL- Institut Iacchos Revenu du ménage basé sur l'IPCAL en déciles (extension 2016/23 et 2017/10)    
    2019/75 Belgisch Federaal Planbureau Jaarlijkse enquête naar de structuur en de verdeling van de lonen (SES) gekoppeld met gegevens van de RSZ (2011 - 2017)   2019_75_03
    2019/77 Belgisch Federaal Planbureau Bevolking: saantallen en bewegingen 2019 - 2025 (verlenging 2013/17B)    
    2019/78 Belgisch Federaal Planbureau IPCAL-gegevens FOD Financiën    
    2019/80 VUB - Interface Demography Bevolking: doodsoorzaken gekoppeld met Census (uitbreiding 2014/37)    
    2019/86 U. Gent - Vakgroep Sociologie Toevoegen afstamming aan de koppeling van Census 2011 met Rijksregister en IPCAL (Uitbreiding 2016/21)   2019_86_03
    2019/90 IBSA Population liée aux données IPCAL SPF Finance    
    2019/94 Vlaamse Statistische Autoriteit (VSA) IPCAL-gegevens FOD Financiën 2005 - 2015    
    2019/95 IBSA Données entreprise DBRIS    
    2019/98 IWEPS Census 2011   2019_98_03
    2019/99 IBSA Données IPCAL 2017 - SPF Finance   2019_99_03
    2019/102 Vlaamse Statistische Autoriteit (VSA) IPCAL gegevens FOD Financiën (Uitbreiding aanvraag 2019/94)   2019_102_03

    Statistical authorities

    The statistical offices of Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels, within the framework of the Interfederal Statistical Institute, as well as the statistics departments of the National Bank of Belgium and the Federal Planning Bureau can also, from a legal perspective, receive non-anonymous data. This is an exception in the data exchange. However, there is one condition: that the information is necessary to fulfill their legal mandate, the production of statistics.

    Privacy is guaranteed

    Statbel collects information for statistical and scientific purposes only, watches over statistical confidentiality and makes every effort in its organisation to protect information as much as possible. This guarantees the privacy of citizens.

    Statistics should also be produced in a correct and efficient manner. Therefore, some of the rights you have to protect your privacy are not applicable.

    • You can only look in, modify or erase the information collected via surveys as long as the data collection phase is not closed. The files are then anonymised (pseudonymised) and statistics are produced and published.
    • Administrative data collected by Statbel via databases are immediately anonymised (pseudonymised). Statbel is prepared to give access to administrative data only if an express and motivated request provides substantiated reasons.
    • Statbel is prepared to inform citizens about the kind of administrative data that it has at its disposal. Statbel will also inform the citizen about the administrative data provider where he can assert his rights. Indeed, it is best to correct errors in data at the source. Naturally, Statbel will then use the corrected data.
    • You cannot ask Statbel to erase administrative data or impose restrictions on data processing. Statbel has a legal mandate to use administrative and survey data. Only this way will Statbel be able to produce correct and stable statistics for the whole population.
    • You cannot ask Statbel to forward information to another organisation, given that Statbel is bound by statistical confidentiality.

    Complaint or further questions about your privacy

    If you think that the information collected by Statbel for statistical purposes has been used for other purposes, you can file a complaint with the data protection officer of the FPS Economy:

    You can also file a complaint with the Data Protection Authority:

    Should you have further questions about your privacy, you can contact us at: 0800 120 33 or