Statistical Indicators for Europe 2020: Development and Use
AlesĀ Capek, PieterĀ Everaers
Eurostat, European Commission, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Europe 2020 is a policy strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Statistics is an essential part of the strategy. Statistical indicators were used in relation to defining the objectives and targets of the strategy and they will be used for monitoring and surveillance of its implementation. In this respect the headline indicators related to the thematic coordination reflect the 5 headline targets of the strategy. The indicators illustrating the competitiveness and internal and external macroeconomic imbalances are used for macroeconomic surveillance of the countries. The statistics is used within the annual surveillance cycle within the European semester which is a formal policy monitoring framework combining thematic and macroeconomic surveillance with fiscal surveillance within the Stability and Growth Pact. In the process of setting up the statistical support for the strategy Eurostat cooperated closely with the stakeholders. This enabled to establish set of indicators which meet the quality criteria for statistics used for policymaking. The paper will especially look to the issue from the perspective of presentation of the indicators.

Keywords: Europe 2020; Statistical indicators; Official statistics

Biography: Ales Capek is Head of Unit: Key Indicators for European Policies in Eurostat. In this position he is responsible for the coordination of work related to sets of statistical indicators used in difefferent policy frameworks in the EU such as the Europe 2020 indicators, Sustainable Development Indicators or the Principal European Economic Indicators. He previously worked in Eurostat in the area of International Trade in Goods statistics. Before joining Eurostat in 2005 he worked in different management positions in the Czech National Bank in the areas of monetary policy and statistics.