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New Eurostat flagship publication – Facts and views about quality of life in the EU – A multi-dimensional measurement of well-being

June 2, 2015 Comments off

New Eurostat flagship publication – Facts and views about quality of life in the EU – A multi-dimensional measurement of well-being
Soure: Eurostat

Traditionally official statistics describe economic and social developments by using indicators such as GDP. However, today it is widely accepted that GDP alone is not enough to show how well or badly people are doing. Quality of life is indeed a broader concept which includes a full range of factors which people value in life and their subjective assessments of these factors.

EU — Social protection statistics – net expenditure on benefits

May 29, 2015 Comments off

Social protection statistics – net expenditure on benefits
Source: Eurostat
This article presents statistics on net social protection expenditure in the EU. These statistics are collected through the European system of integrated social protection statistics (ESSPROS).

In 2011, in EU Member States EUR 3 689 thousand million gross, or 29.0 % of their GDP, were spent on social protection benefits[1]. The income provided by some benefits paid in cash is, however, potentially subject to levies imposed through the fiscal system. The deduction of levies, such as income taxes or social contributions, from the gross amounts received by beneficiaries means that some of the original expenditure is returned to the government coffers and that net expenditure on social protection benefits may therefore be considerably lower than the gross amount disbursed. Indeed, in 2011 around 7.6 % of gross expenditure on social protection benefits in the EU was recouped through the fiscal system making the net cost 92.4 % of gross expenditure.

EU — Hourly labour costs

April 28, 2015 Comments off

Hourly labour costs
Source: Eurostat

This article provides recent statistics on hourly labour costs in the European Union (EU).

In 2014, average hourly labour costs were estimated at EUR 24.6 in the EU-28 and at EUR 29.2 in the euro area (EA-18). However, this average masks significant gaps between EU Member States, with hourly labour costs ranging between EUR 3.8 and EUR 40.3.

EU — Material deprivation statistics – early results

April 3, 2015 Comments off

Material deprivation statistics – early results
Source: Eurostat

Eurostat disseminates early results for severe material deprivation rates so that trends in poverty levels can be tracked more closely. 2014 data are available for over half the European Union (EU) Member States, and Iceland. The coverage and the timeliness is expected to increase in the coming years. Latvia and Hungary have provided final data for the early results, while Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Italy, Malta, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland, the United Kingdom and Iceland have transmitted provisional data. Early EU-28 aggregates are not yet available for 2014, as not all Member States have transmitted final or provisional material deprivation variables.

In 2014, of the countries that sent data to Eurostat, early severe material deprivation rates increased for Greece (+1.4 percentage points), Belgium and Spain (both +0.8 pp) and for Malta (+0.7 pp) The rates fell significantly in Bulgaria (-9.9 pp), Latvia (-4.8 pp), Poland (-1.5 pp), Hungary (- 2.9 pp), Estonia (-1.4 pp), Italy and United Kingdom (both -1.0 pp). No large variations were seen in the other countries for which data is available.

Renewable energy in the EU – Share of renewables in energy consumption up to 15% in the EU in 2013 – Three Member States already achieved their 2020 targets

March 12, 2015 Comments off

Renewable energy in the EU – Share of renewables in energy consumption up to 15% in the EU in 2013 – Three Member States already achieved their 2020 targets
Source: Eurostat

In 2013, the share of energy from renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy reached 15.0% in the European Union (EU), compared with 8.3% in 2004, the first year for which the data is available.

Foreign Direct Investment stocks at the end of 2013 – EU was a net investor in the rest of the world – The United States, by far the main partner of the EU

February 16, 2015 Comments off

Foreign Direct Investment stocks at the end of 2013 – EU was a net investor in the rest of the world – The United States, by far the main partner of the EU
Source: Eurostat

Data on FDI stocks help to quantify the impact of globalisation and provide a measurement of longstanding economic links between countries. They measure the accumulated value of all FDI carried out in the past.

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EU — Acquisition of citizenship statistics

December 16, 2014 Comments off

Acquisition of citizenship statistics
Source: Eurostat

This article presents recent statistics on the acquisition of citizenship in the European Union (EU).

In 2012, 818 100 people obtained citizenship of an EU-28 Member State, an increase of 4.0 % compared with 2011; More people had acquired the citizenship of an EU Member State than in any other year during the period from 2002 to 2011. The main contribution to the increase at EU level came from United Kingdom (+16 300), followed by Ireland (+14 300) and Sweden (+13 500). The increase in Ireland, however, is a consequence of the efforts in the past two years to reduce the backlog of citizenship applications.

Most new citizenships in 2012 were granted by the United Kingdom (193 900 or 24 %), Germany (114 600 or 14 %), France (96 100 or 12 %), Spain (94 100 or 12 %) and Italy (65 400 or 8.0 %).

Of those acquiring citizenship of an EU-28 Member State, 87 % had previously been citizens of non-EU countries. Of these, citizens of Morocco and Turkey made up the highest numbers, followed by citizens of India, Ecuador and Iraq.

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