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ZA6640: Flash Eurobarometer 417 (European Businesses and Public Administration)

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  • ZA6640_v1-0-0.dta (Dataset Stata) 4 MBytes
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  • ZA6640_bq.pdf (Questionnaire) 274 KBytes
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  • ZA6640_readme.pdf (Other Document) 20 KBytes
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Bibliographic Citation

Citation Citation European Commission, Brussels (2016): Flash Eurobarometer 417 (European Businesses and Public Administration). TNS Political & Social [producer]. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA6640 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA6640
TitleFlash Eurobarometer 417 (European Businesses and Public Administration)
Current Version1.0.0, 2016-4-6,
Date of Collection30.03.2015 - 17.04.2015
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • European Commission, Brussels DG Communication COMM A1 ´Strategy, Corporate Communication Actions and Eurobarometer´ Unit


AbstractEuropean businesses and public administration. Topics: satisfaction with: the way public administration deals with companies in the own country, the ease of getting reliable information from public authorities in the own country; efficiency of public administration in the own country with regard to requests of the company; impact of public administration services in the own country on company’s activities; assessment of each of the following issues as obstacle to the company’s activities in the own country: time needed to obtain permits and licences, costs for permits and licences, tax compliance costs, notary’s fees and stamp duties, customs controls and formality-related costs, proceedings for contract enforcement, procedures for dispute settlement, inspections by authorities, lack of predictable legislation in the own country, existence of an informal economy; assessment of each of the following issues as obstacle to starting a business in the own country: number of procedures, time required, costs of start-up procedures, minimum capital required, need for permits and licences; satisfaction with: availability of online public administration services, user-friendliness of online forms; development of dealing with tax administration in the own country in the last five years; difficulty of filling and paying the following taxes and contributions in the own country: corporate tax, property tax, VAT, social security contributions; assessment of each of the following issues as obstacle to the company’s activities in the own country: labour legislation, health and safety requirements, labour costs; participation of the company in a public procurement procedure in the own country in the past two years; importance of selected costs with regard to taking part in a public procurement procedure: human resources, financial resources; assessment of each of the following issues as obstacle to the company’s participation: time needed for the entire process, insufficient clarity of requirements, excessive qualification requirements, too large contract value, too much weight on the price as award criterion, uncompetitive practices, risks for complaints and litigation by unsuccessful tenderers, low quality of electronic procurements services, risks of late or non-payment; assessment of each of the following issues as obstacle to the company’s participation in national support programmes in the own country: finding information on programmes, administrative documents needed for the application procedure, time needed for selection procedure, fairness of the selection procedure; appropriateness of the national support programmes with the needs of the company. Demography: respondent ID; information about the company: company size, number of employees, year of company establishment; total turnover in 2014; development of turnover since January 2012 (in percent). Additionally coded was: country; NACE-Code; nation group; weighting factor.
Categories Categories
  • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
  • Branches of Economy, Services and Transport
Topics Topics
  • 8 Trade, industry and markets
  • 8.2 Business/industrial management and organisation


Geographic Coverage
  • Belgium (BE)
  • Bulgaria (BG)
  • Czech Republic (CZ)
  • Denmark (DK)
  • Germany (DE)
  • Estonia (EE)
  • Ireland (IE)
  • Greece (GR)
  • Spain (ES)
  • France (FR)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Cyprus (CY)
  • Latvia (LV)
  • Lithuania (LT)
  • Luxembourg (LU)
  • Hungary (HU)
  • Malta (MT)
  • Netherlands (NL)
  • Austria (AT)
  • Poland (PL)
  • Portugal (PT)
  • Romania (RO)
  • Slovenia (SI)
  • Slovakia (SK)
  • Finland (FI)
  • Sweden (SE)
  • Croatia (HR)
  • United Kingdom (GB)
UniverseBusinesses employing 1 or more persons in the sectors of manufacturing (Nace category C), retail (Nace category G), services (Nace categories I/J/K/H) and industry (Nace categories B/D/E/F) sectors within the European Union
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Non-probability: Quota
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Telephone interview: Computer-assisted (CATI)
Data CollectorTNS Dimarso, Brussels, Belgium; TNS BBSS, Sofia, Bulgaria; TNS Aisa s.r.o., Prague, Czech Republic; TNS GALLUP A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark; TNS Infratest Deutschland, Munich, Germany; TNS Emor, Tallinn, Estonia; IMS Millward Brown, Dublin, Ireland; TNS ICAP, Athens, Greece; TNS Demoscopia S.A., Madrid, Spain; TNS Sofres, Montrouge, France; TNS Italia srl, Milan, Italy; CYMAR, Nicosia, Cyprus; TNS Latvia, Riga, Latvia; TNS LT, Vilnius, Lithuania; TNS Dimarso, Luxembourg, Luxembourg; TNS Hoffmann Kft, Budapest, Hungary; MISCO International Ltd, Valletta, Malta; TNS NIPO, Amsterdam, Netherlands; TNS Austria, Vienna, Austria; TNS OBOP, Warsaw, Poland; TNS EUROTESTE, Lisbon, Portugal; TNS CSOP, Bucharest, Romania; RM PLUS, Maribor, Slovenia; TNS AISA Slovakia, Bratislava, Slovakia; TNS GALLUP Oy, Espoo, Finland; TNS SIFO, Stockholm, Sweden; TNS UK, London, United Kingdom; HENDAL, Zagreb, Croatia; TNS Political & Social, Brussels (international co-ordination)
Date of Collection
  • 30.03.2015 - 17.04.2015 (total)
  • 30.03.2015 - 16.04.2015 (Belgium)
  • 30.03.2015 - 17.04.2015 (Bulgaria)
  • 30.03.2015 - 14.04.2015 (Czech Republic)
  • 30.03.2015 - 17.04.2015 (Denmark)
  • 30.03.2015 - 17.04.2015 (Germany)
  • 30.03.2015 - 14.04.2015 (Estonia)
  • 30.03.2015 - 17.04.2015 (Ireland)
  • 30.03.2015 - 16.04.2015 (Greece)
  • 30.03.2015 - 17.04.2015 (Spain)
  • 30.03.2015 - 16.04.2015 (France)
  • 30.03.2015 - 14.04.2015 (Croatia)
  • 30.03.2015 - 15.04.2015 (Italy)
  • 30.03.2015 - 16.04.2015 (Republic of Cyprus)
  • 31.03.2015 - 17.04.2015 (Latvia)
  • 30.03.2015 - 16.04.2015 (Lithuania)
  • 30.03.2015 - 17.04.2015 (Luxembourg)
  • 30.03.2015 - 14.04.2015 (Hungary)
  • 30.03.2015 - 16.04.2015 (Malta)
  • 30.03.2015 - 14.04.2015 (Netherlands)
  • 30.03.2015 - 16.04.2015 (Austria)
  • 30.03.2015 - 17.04.2015 (Poland)
  • 30.03.2015 - 17.04.2015 (Portugal)
  • 30.03.2015 - 15.04.2015 (Romania)
  • 30.03.2015 - 14.04.2015 (Slovenia)
  • 30.03.2015 - 15.04.2015 (Slovakia)
  • 30.03.2015 - 17.04.2015 (Finland)
  • 30.03.2015 - 16.04.2015 (Sweden)
  • 30.03.2015 - 16.04.2015 (United Kingdom)

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.0.0 (current version)2016-4-6 Archive release
Errata in current version
Version changes

Further Remarks

Number of Units: 10603
Number of Variables: 120
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


  • European Commission: Flash Eurobarometer 417. European business and public administration. Conducted by TNS Political & Social at the request of the European Commission, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). Survey co-ordinated by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Communication (DG COMM “Strategy, Corporate Communication Actions and Eurobarometer” Unit). Brussels, April 2015.
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  •  EB - Flash Eurobarometer
    The Flash Eurobarometer were launched by the European Commission in the late eighties, turning out a Monthly Monitor between in 1994 and 1995. These “small scale” surveys are conducted in all EU member states at times, occasionally reducing or enlarging the scope of countries as a function of specific topics. The typical sample size is 500-1000 respondents per country and interviews are usually conducted by phone in the respective national language. The Flash Eurobarometer include series on special topics (Common Currency, EU Enlargement, Information Society, Entrepreneurship, Innovation) as well as special target group polls, particularly company managers with enterprise related topics.