19 Jul 2017
EUROPE 2020 TARGETS – 19 JULYBrussels Daily
Smarter, greener, more inclusive?-How is the European Union progressing towards its Europe 2020 targets?-A mixed picture
The Europe 2020 strategy, adopted by the European Council in June 2010, is the European Union‘sagenda for jobs and growth for the current decade. As a main objective, the strategy strives to deliver high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion in the Member States, while reducing the impact on the natural environment. To reach this objective, the EU has adopted targets to be reached by 2020 in five areas: employment, research & development (R&D), climate change & energy, education and poverty reduction. These have been translated into national targets in order to reflect the situation and possibilities of each Member State to contribute to the common goal. A set of nine headline indicators and additional sub-indicators, compiled by Eurostat, give an overview of how close the EU is to its overall targets.
Today Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, issues the 2017 edition of the publication “Smarter, greener, more inclusive?” which provides information on past trends and latest statistics useful to support the Europe 2020 strategy and to back up the monitoring towards its Europe 2020 targets. Full EUROSTAT text available here