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Europe 2020 targets

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To measure progress in meeting the Europe 2020 goals, 5 headline targets have been agreed for the whole EU.

This limited set of EU-level targets is translated into national targets pdf - 87 KB [87 KB] български (bg) čeština (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti keel (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) français (fr) italiano (it) latviešu valoda (lv) lietuvių kalba (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) in each EU country, reflecting different situations and circumstances.

The 5 targets for the EU in 2020

  1. 1. Employment
    • 75% of the 20-64 year-olds to be employed
  2. 2. R&D / innovation
    • 3% of the EU's GDP (public and private combined) to be invested in R&D/innovation
  3. 3. Climate change / energy
    • greenhouse gas emissions 20% (or even 30%, if the conditions are right) lower than 1990
    • 20% of energy from renewables
    • 20% increase in energy efficiency
  4. 4. Education
    • Reducing school drop-out rates below 10%
    • at least 40% of 30-34–year-olds completing third level education
  5. 5. Poverty / social exclusion
    • at least 20 million fewer people in or at risk of poverty and social exclusion

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Features of the targets

  • They give an overall view of where the EU should be on key parameters by 2020.
  • They are translated into national targets pdf - 87 KB [87 KB] български (bg) čeština (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti keel (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) français (fr) italiano (it) latviešu valoda (lv) lietuvių kalba (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) so that each Member State can check its own progress towards these goals.
  • They do not imply burden-sharing – they are common goals, to be pursued through a mix of national and EU action.
  • They are interrelated and mutually reinforcing:
    • educational improvements help employability and reduce poverty
    • more R&D/innovation in the economy, combined with more efficient resources, makes us more competitive and creates jobs
    • investing in cleaner technologies combats climate change while creating new business/job opportunities.

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