Italian companies are obliged to provide the statistical data which is required from the National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT).
In recent years the Italian government has launched a series of initiatives with the objective of reducing the economic and administrative burden related to the transmission of this information.
Organisations responsible for statistics
The National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT) carries out statistical surveys and is funded by public and private organisations on a national, regional and local level. This network of organisations, coordinated by the National Institute of Statistics is called SISTAN, National Statistical System.
The released information is only used for statistical purposes and cannot be disclosed to other organisations (private or public) outside the National Statistical System, nor may it be distributed, unless it is grouped and presented in such a way as to ensure anonymity.
Types of statistics
The information collected depends on the sector of the company’s activity and the type of survey conducted.
Through the surveys and the censuses, the National Institute of Statistics produces information on various economic, social, territorial and environmental aspects. This statistical information is then processed and made available to citizens and companies.
Presenting statistical data
Companies that are subject to statistical surveys are initially contacted by mail: they receive a letter from the President of the Italian National Institute of Statistics or from the Mayor of the Town Council. The survey may be conducted by mail, by phone or in person, depending on the object of the survey.
Gradually, the National Statistics Institute is introducing online procedures for all types of statistical surveys.
Statistical information is available on the website of the National Institute of Statistics in the form of press releases, informational brochures, publications, databases, information systems and data files.