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2013. 11. 26.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

Smarter, greener, more inclusive? - Indicators to support the Europe 2020 strategy

This is the first of a new series of annual Eurostat publications providing statistical analyses related to important European Commission policy frameworks or other phenomena in society. The purpose of this first publication is to provide statistics to support the Europe 2020 strategy and to back up the monitoring towards its headline targets.

A broader picture of the headline indicators of the Europe 2020 strategy

The publication contains a chapter for each of the five headline indicators of the Europe 2020 strategy - on employment, research & development, climate change & energy, education and poverty & social exclusion. In each chapter, past trends are presented, covering the period since 2000 or 2005 to the latest data available (2011 or 2012). The purpose of the publication is not to predict whether Europe 2020 targets will be reached, but to help to understand the factors behind the changes observed so far in the headline indicators, by providing additional related statistics. Each chapter also links to various European Commission initiatives and reports which support the different areas.


What is the situation on a national level?

After the thematic chapters at EU level, follows a country profile for each Member State. These country profiles give a detailed picture of the situation at national level inrelation to their national Europe 2020 targets. The profiles also set out the country-specific recommendations already given by the European Commission after their assessment of the national programmes.


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