European indicators

Europe 2020

Europe 2020 is a strategy for the EU to develop as a smarter, knowledge based, greener economy, delivering high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion. Statistics is integral part of the Europe 2020 strategy. Europe 2020 is based on five EU headline targets which are currently measured by eight headline indicators. The Eurostat website presents these headline targets and headline indicators, including quality profiles.

An overview of the results for all Europe 2020 indicators (short and long list of indicators) can be found in the Statistical Yearbook 2013, Chapter 38 (PDF 126 KB).


The Euro-Indicators provide economic researchers, policy makers, the media, researchers, students and other interested users with comprehensive, well structured and high quality short term statistics. The core of the Euro-Indicators is formed by a set of statistical short term indicators which gives a reliable and up-to-date overview of economic trends in the euro area, the European Union and the member states. In addition, metadata, quality reports, publications and working papers, press releases, the release calendar and information on methodology are designed to facilitate understanding of the data and its analysis.

More information on the Euro-Indicators is available on the Euro-Indicators website. Individual short term statistics can be found in the EUROIND database, which is divided into the following eight areas: balance of payments; business and consumer surveys; consumer prices; external trade; industry, commerce and services; labour market; monetary and financial indicators; and National Accounts. The database currently contains more than 50 000 series, which can be downloaded in various formats. The easiest way of accessing the latest data is through user-friendly predefined tables (“key short term indicators”, also referred to as SHORTIES) and graphics with brief explanatory notes.

PEEIs (Principle European Economic Indicators)

The Principle European Economic Indicators are a list currently comprising 19 key indicators which have been selected from the Euro-Indicators and are indispensable for current short term analysis (consumer prices, National Accounts, short term statistics, labour market statistics and external trade indicators). The PEEIs are thus part of the Euro-Indicators and give a concise overview of the economic situation and economic trends in Europe. A table with all key indicators (PDF, 11 KB) is available; data and more information can be found on the Eurostat website.

The indicators were selected by Eurostat and the national statistical offices after consultation with the ECB and the European Commission. The PEEIs also set goals in terms of periodicity and timeliness for euro area aggregates, some of which go beyond the requirements of existing EU-harmonised regulations in the field of statistics with the result that in some cases, countries only contribute to the PEEIs on a voluntary basis (provided that this is nationally possible).

Sustainable development indicators

The EU Sustainable Development Strategy, adopted by the European Council in Gothenburg in June 2001 and renewed in June 2006, aims to reconcile economic development, social cohesion and environmental protection.

Progress towards achieving this overall goal is monitored, assessed and reviewed using a set of sustainable development indicators. These indicators can also be used to inform the general public about commonly achieved objectives of sustainable development.

Eurostat provides comprehensive information and data on these indicators at the following link: Sustainable development indicators.

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