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Summary: March 22, 2005: EU sustainable development strategy - Sustainable development in figures - 120 indicators available on-line on the Eurostat website (Brussels)
To coincide with the European Council meeting of 22 and 23 March 2005, which will cover, amongst other topics, the revision of the sustainable development strategy adopted by the European Union in Gothenburg in 2001, Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities, is making available to all users on its website the sustainable development indicators recently adopted by the European Commission. Some 120 indicators are currently available, for the most part since 1990. They cover Europe as a whole as well as the EU Member States, the Candidate Countries and the members of the European Economic Area.
The indicators have been developed with the help of national experts. They reflect the various priorities adopted in Gothenburg (climate change, public health, management of natural resources, transport, ageing society, social exclusion and poverty) and subsequently in Barcelona in 2002 (global partnership for sustainable development), as well as the commitments which the EU made at the Johannesburg summit on sustainable development, again in 2002 (patterns of production and consumption, good governance).
Depending on the data available, the indicators show the changes seen since 1990 at both European and national level. They thus shed light on the nature of the problems described in the EU sustainable development strategy and will be used to monitor the implementation of the strategy. This information is therefore of vital significance for policy-makers and also for anyone interested in sustainable development issues.
The indicators are presented in the form of predefined tables, together with explanatory text on the methodology used, and will be regularly updated. The data mainly come from the national statistical offices, but also from other available sources (Commission services, national administrative sources, non-governmental organisations, research projects). Commission services and the European Statistical System will continue to develop new indicators and to improve the quality of existing indicators.
Some examples of the indicators which can be found on the Eurostat website are shown below.
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