The Joint Harmonised EU Programme of Business and Consumer Surveys
Harmonisation is essential to allow the comparison of business cycles in the (different member states and the calculation of a meaningful business cycle index for the euro area and for the EU as a whole, in order to inform the EU authorities, the member states and the various economic agents about the present economic situation. Today, business and consumer surveys are also carried out in the FMSs. Integration of their surveys in the EU programme is in line with their integration into the Union. The business and consumer surveys have become an indispensable tool for economic surveillance in the EU and for monitoring the evolution of the European Monetary Union as well as the development of the FMS' economies. (fragment of text)
- Bureau of Economic Analysis, Statistical Indicators Division, Handbook on Business Indicators, Washington D.C., 1977.
- See Supplement B: "Business and Consumer Suvey Results", № 8/9, Aug./Sept. 2001.