The NUTS classification (Nomenclature of territorial units for statistics) is a hierarchical system for dividing up the economic territory of the EU for the purpose of :
- The collection, development and harmonisation of EU regional statistics.
- Socio-economic analyses of the regions.
- Framing of EU regional policies.
The current NUTS classification valid from 1 January 2012 until 31 December 2014 lists 97 regions at NUTS 1, 270 regions at NUTS 2 and 1294 regions at NUTS 3 level.