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Flash Eurobarometer 451 (Business Perceptions of Regulation)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • European Commission, Brussels
Publication Date
  • European Commission, Brussels DG Communication COMM A1 ´Strategic Communication´ Unit (Researcher)
  • NID, Brussels, Belgium (Data Collector)
  • TNS BBSS, Sofia, Bulgaria (Data Collector)
  • TNS Aisa s.r.o., Prague, Czech Republic (Data Collector)
  • TNS Gallup DK, Copenhagen, Denmark (Data Collector)
  • TNS Infratest, Munich, Germany (Data Collector)
  • TNS Emor, Tallinn, Estonia (Data Collector)
  • Millward Brown IMS, Dublin, Ireland (Data Collector)
  • TNS ICAP, Athens, Greece (Data Collector)
  • TNS Spain, Madrid, Spain (Data Collector)
  • TNS Sofres, Montrouge, France (Data Collector)
  • TNS Italia, Milan, Italy (Data Collector)
  • CYMAR, Nicosia, Cyprus (Data Collector)
  • TNS Latvia, Riga, Latvia (Data Collector)
  • TNS LT, Vilnius, Lithuania (Data Collector)
  • NID, Luxembourg, Luxembourg (Data Collector)
  • TNS Hoffmann Kft, Budapest, Hungary (Data Collector)
  • MISCO International Ltd, Valletta, Malta (Data Collector)
  • TNS NIPO, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Data Collector)
  • TNS Research Austria, Vienna, Austria (Data Collector)
  • TNS Polska, Warsaw, Poland (Data Collector)
  • TNS Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal (Data Collector)
  • TNS CSOP, Bucharest, Romania (Data Collector)
  • Mediana, Ljubljana, Slovenia (Data Collector)
  • TNS Slovakia, Bratislava, Slovakia (Data Collector)
  • TNS Gallup Oy, Espoo, Finland (Data Collector)
  • TNS SIFO, Stockholm, Sweden (Data Collector)
  • TNS UK, London, United Kingdom (Data Collector)
  • HENDAL, Zagreb, Croatia (Data Collector)
  • TNS Political & Social, Brussels (international co-ordination) (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • International Institutions, Relations, Conditions
    • Legal system, Legislation, Law
    • Economic Policy, National Economic Situation
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Trade, industry and markets
    • Economic policy
  • Abstract

    Attitudes of businesses towards EU legislation on companies. Topics: assessment of EU legislation with regard to own company as supportive or as an obstacle; attitude towards the following statements on EU legislation on companies: companies benefit from reducing differences between EU member states, legislation is an obstacle to innovation, improves access to suppliers and customers, increases the cost of administrative processes, helps companies to be competitive, increases bureaucracy in the company, encourages investments, hampers growth of the company, creates equal conditions for competition, helps ensure quality and safety of products and services; development of regulatory costs in selected areas in the last financial year: VAT, workplace health and safety, consumer protection, safety, labour market, environment, energy and climate; assessment of the difficulty to comply with legislation in the aforementioned areas; assessment of the amount of time needed for selected tasks: understanding requirements, completing paperwork, provision of the same information to different authorities, keeping up to date with regulatory changes; reasons for not complaining about administrative tasks with regard to legislation. Demography: information about the company: number of employees, year of company establishment, development of the number of employees since January 2015; independent or part of national or international group; activities of the company in the following locations in the last twelve months: country where business is established, one or two other EU countries, three or more other EU countries, outside the EU; total turnover in 2016; development of turnover since January 2015; intention to do the following within the next two years: launch new products or services, use new selling channels, expand to other EU countries, expand to countries outside the EU, invest in fixed assets, create new jobs; self-rated knowledge of the origin of legislation applying to company; awareness of actions aiming at simplifying administrative tasks linked to legislation: in the own country, in other EU countries, at EU level; complaints with regard to administrative tasks linked to legislation made in the last two years. Additionally coded was: respondent ID; country; NACE-Code; nation group; weighting factor.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2017-03-13 / 2017-03-23
  • 2017-03-13 / 2017-03-22
  • 2017-03-13 / 2017-03-22
  • 2017-03-13 / 2017-03-22
    Czech Republic
  • 2017-03-13 / 2017-03-22
  • 2017-03-13 / 2017-03-22
  • 2017-03-13 / 2017-03-22
  • 2017-03-13 / 2017-03-22
  • 2017-03-13 / 2017-03-22
  • 2017-03-13 / 2017-03-22
  • 2017-03-13 / 2017-03-22
  • 2017-03-13 / 2017-03-23
  • 2017-03-13 / 2017-03-22
  • 2017-03-13 / 2017-03-22
  • 2017-03-13 / 2017-03-22
  • 2017-03-14 / 2017-03-22
  • 2017-03-13 / 2017-03-22
  • 2017-03-13 / 2017-03-23
  • 2017-03-13 / 2017-03-23
  • 2017-03-13 / 2017-03-22
  • 2017-03-13 / 2017-03-23
  • 2017-03-13 / 2017-03-22
  • 2017-03-13 / 2017-03-22
  • 2017-03-13 / 2017-03-23
  • 2017-03-13 / 2017-03-22
  • 2017-03-13 / 2017-03-22
  • 2017-03-13 / 2017-03-22
  • 2017-03-13 / 2017-03-22
  • 2017-03-13 / 2017-03-22
    United Kingdom
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)
Sampled Universe
The survey covers businesses in manufacturing (NACE category C), services (NACE categories G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, R) and the industry sector (NACE categories B, D, E, F) within the European Union.
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview: CATI
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Organization
    Number of Units: 10614
    Number of Variables: 143
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6857 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Internationale Umfrageprogramme (Type: FDZ)
  • European Commission: Business perceptions of regulation. Conducted by TNS Political & Social at the request of the European Commission, Secretariat-General. Survey co-ordinated by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Communication (DG COMM “Strategic Communication” Unit). Brussels, October 2017. DOI: 10.2792/229240

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 16 | Registration Date: 2017-10-27

European Commission, Brussels (2017): Flash Eurobarometer 451 (Business Perceptions of Regulation). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Data Archive. Dataset.