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Theme 1: Socioeconomic development

Sustainable socio-economic development is a core element of the European Union's Sustainable Development Strategy (EU SDS). The strategy sets out the objective of promoting a prosperous, innovative, knowledge-rich, competitive and eco-efficient economy, which provides high living standards and full and high-quality employment throughout the European Union.


Headline indicator Operational objectives and targets Actions/explanatory variables
Real GDP per capita, growth rate and totals Table, Graph and Map  Explanatory text (Metadata)   Economic development
Investment by institutional sectors Table, Graph and Map    Explanatory text (Metadata)  Dispersion of regional GDP per inhabitant Table, Graph and Map   Explanatory text (Metadata) 
Net national income Table, Graph and Map   Explanatory text (Metadata)
Household saving rate Table, Graph and Map   Explanatory text (Metadata)
Innovation, competitiveness and eco-efficiency
Real labour productivity growth per hour worked Table, Graph and Map  Explanatory text (Metadata)  Total R&D expenditure Table, Graph and Map   Explanatory text (Metadata) 
Real effective exchange rate - 37 trading partners Table, Graph and Map   Explanatory text (Metadata)
Turnover from innovation Table, Graph and Map   Explanatory text (Metadata)
Energy intensity of the economy Table, Graph and Map   Explanatory text (Metadata)
Employment
Total employment rate Table, Graph and Map   Explanatory text (Metadata) 
Employment rate, by sex Table, Graph and Map   Explanatory text (Metadata) 
Employment rate, by highest level of education attained Table, Graph and Map  Explanatory text (Metadata)
Dispersion of regional employment rates, by sex Table, Graph and Map   Explanatory text (Metadata)
Unemployment rate, by sex Table, Graph and Map    Explanatory text (Metadata)
Unemployment rate, by age group Table, Graph and Map    Explanatory text (Metadata)

 

Evaluation of changes in socio-economic development (2013 monitoring)


The picture of the socio-economic development theme during the period 2000-2013 is mixed and some areas show slow, or even no progress:

  • Economic activity picked up in 2010 and 2011, but slowed again the following year;
  • Reduction in investment, largely driven by a sharp fall in private investment in the aftermath of the economic crisis;
  • As a result of slow growth and high household debt in some Member States, household saving rate fell significantly after 2009;
  • Labour productivity stalled during the economic downturn before picking up again slowly in 2010;
  • R&D expenditure increased, but further progress is needed to meet the EU 2020 target;
  • Absolute decoupling of energy consumption from economic growth;
  • Progress towards the 75 % employment target hindered by recent economic downturn; more people became jobless since 2007

 

More information on the evaluation of changes for the EU Sustainable Development Indicators (EU SDIs) on socio-economic development is available on Statistics Explained: Sustainable development - socioeconomic development.


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Last update 01.04.2014