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Snapshot of the EU regions with a view to selected Europe 2020 targets

Written by Frederik Scholaert, Giulio Sabbati and Sorina Silvia Ionescu, Updated on 4.10.2019 In 2014-2020, €461 billion from the EU budget is allocated to EU regions for investments in support of the strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth (Europe 2020). The NUTS 2 classification (Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics) divides EU territory into … Continue reading

Energy consumption in the EU

Written by Eulalia Claros The EU Energy Efficiency Directive sets targets to cut primary and final energy consumption, with countries required to submit action plans to achieve national targets. Whilst progress has been made, the overall picture of fuel sources and user consumption in the EU remains fragmented along national lines. Energy consumption statistics measure … Continue reading

A snapshot of industry in Europe

Written by Eulalia Claros This document draws on the recently published study How can European Industry contribute to Growth and Foster European Competitiveness?, aiming to complement it by presenting an overview of specific indicators that further illustrate the current situation of Europe’s industry. Beginning with a snapshot of the distribution of employment by sector and the contribution of industry to the gross value added in … Continue reading

Tourism in the EU economy

Tourism plays a major role in the EU and global economies. The UNWTO estimates the impact of tourism in the world economy as 9% of world GDP, while in the EU it is the third-largest socio-economic sector and has generally remained robust throughout the financial crisis. Measuring the precise impact of tourism-related activities on GDP or employment does, however, pose certain challenges. Although tourism is officially … Continue reading

Small Farms

In 2015 farmers will have the possibility to opt for the small farmers’ scheme, which will regroup into one lump-sum  all direct payments for approximately 2,3 million eligible farms, whose support does not exceed €1 250. The European Parliament resolution on the future of small agricultural holdings highlights the role of small farms in preserving Europe’s countryside and biodiversity, as well as … Continue reading

Selected indicators on the economic impact of the crisis

From average annual growth of 2.9 percentage points (pp) during the 2005-08 period, the recession brought average EU28 annual GDP growth down to 0.1pp in the years 2009-12. The drop was also significant for other global players, with growth slowing down in all major economies. The debt to GDP ratio increased in all European Union Member States, leading to the revision of the Excessive Deficit Procedure. … Continue reading

Ageing population: projections 2010 – 2060 for the EU27

Ageing of the European Union (EU) population has a major impact on society and in terms of economics. A decreasing birth rate and an increase in life expectancy are expected to transform the shape of the EU’s age pyramid and also raise the median age. In the 50 years from 2010 to 2060, the population … Continue reading

Plastic waste

Research shows that plastic production increases with GDP: production during the past decade equalled that of the entire 20th century. The same characteristics that make plastic ubiquitous – durability, light weight and low cost – make its disposal problematic. In this context, ongoing discussions on better handling the problem of plastic waste are part of … Continue reading

The g7+ group of fragile states

The g7+ is an association of 18 fragile and conflict-affected states that have joined forces to share experiences and promote a new development framework based on five peace-building and state-building goals. The group brings together: Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Papua … Continue reading

EU car industry

This document aims to provide a picture of the EU car industry, in particular by looking at car production trends since 2000, at the number of enterprises and the turnover they generated in 2011, and at certain specific developments in the years 2008 to 2011. We learn that the sector employs more than 2 million … Continue reading

Analysis of EU-India trade

Negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the EU and India – two of the world’s four largest economies, with more than 1.7 billion people altogether – were launched in June 2007 and continue today. This paper aims to show levels of trade between the two. It looks at the trade in goods from … Continue reading

Migration in the EU

A migrant is “any person who lives temporarily or permanently in a country where he or she was not born and has acquired some significant social ties to this country,” UNESCO. This document focuses on migration within the EU, in the context of both EU citizens’ rights of free movement and residence, and of Member … Continue reading

Analysis of EU-US trade

The European Union and the United States (US) are the two largest economies in the world in terms of GDP and are each other’s major partners in trade of goods, services and investment. To further improve these relations the European Commission has proposed the launch of negotiations with the US on a Transatlantic Trade and … Continue reading

Young Farmers in the European Union

This document explores some of the major trends of the agricultural sec­tor and its role in the economy of the European Union in comparison with other major actors in the world. In particular, it focuses on the position of young farmers in the EU. It looks at some of the indicators established in the Common … Continue reading

The EU’s eastern neighbours

This Spotlight gives statistical background for the six partner countries in the European Union’s Eastern Neighbourhood: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Using different indicators, the paper looks at the aid paid by the EU to the six countries, under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) as well as other instruments. It shows … Continue reading

EU-ASEAN trade relations

This paper aims to show levels of trade between the EU and the ASEAN countries – Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma/Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. It looks at their trade in both goods and services with the EU, China and the NAFTA countries (USA, Canada and Mexico), to measure the importance of … Continue reading

The EU’s southern Mediterranean neighbours

This paper gives statistical background for ten partners in the South Mediterranean neighbourhood: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT, the West Bank and Gaza Strip), Syria and Tunisia. This Spotlight aims to visualise different indicators: firstly it shows the amount of aid paid by the EU institutions to the … Continue reading

Tourism in times of crisis

The European Commission pub­lished the European tourism strategy in June 2010. Coming in the wake of the financial and economic crisis, its aim was to maintain Europe as the world’s top tourist destination. The strategy proposed, among other initiatives to extend tourism seasons, diversify the offer and improve the professional skills of the tourism workforce. Furthermore, … Continue reading

EU-Asia trade relations beyond China

While the focus is often on China, the EU is also deepening trade relations with other Asian countries. This paper aims to show levels of trade between the EU and nine Asian countries – India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam – the selected countries. Taking EU, US and China in … Continue reading

The Single Market: 20th anniversary

The European Single Market celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. On 1 January 1993 the then 12 Member States abolished the border controls between them, launching free movement of people, goods, services and capital. This spotlight aims to celebrate the Single Market’s anniversary, looking at the history of the European Union (EU) in terms of … Continue reading

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