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This article takes a look at electricity markets in the European Union (EU), presenting recent statistical data on the number of electricity generating and retailing companies across EU Member States and Norway, FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey. More ...
Waste shipment statistics
Updated 11/02/2016
This article presents statistics on transboundary waste shipments in the European Union (EU). Transboundary waste shipments very often concerns illegal shipments: the waste – often hazardous – has been sent to another EU country or to a developing country in order to avoid the costs of appropriate treatment. However, a lot of shipments of hazardous waste are performed legally, i.e. where the waste has been notified to the authorities in advance. This article gives an overview of these notified waste shipments. More ...
One of the five headline targets of the Europe 2020 headline indicators is to reduce poverty by lifting at least 20 million people out of the risk of poverty or social exclusion by 2020. This article presents geographical and temporal comparisons of the monetary and non-monetary elements of the indicator that describes poverty and social exclusion in the European Union (EU) using the most recent data (2013 and 2014) from the EU statistics on income and living conditions (EU-SILC). Comparisons over the most recent years enable, inter alia, analysis of the impact of the economic crisis and the austerity measures taken to overcome the crisis on the Europe 2020 headline target. More ...
This article presents a detailed statistical overview of the production and consumption of energy from renewable sources in the European Union (EU). It is based on data compiled in accordance with accounting rules set down in the Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources. The statistical information presented in this article is coherent with statistical information reported under Regulation (EC) No 1099/2008 on energy statistics. More ...
This article presents the main trends in road freight transport up to 2014 in the European Union (EU). The analysis is carried out for national, international, cross-trade as well as cabotage transport. Road freight transport by type of goods and distance classes are also presented in this article, as well as goods moved on countries’ territories and country-to-country flows. More ...
This article provides an overview of the development of the services turnover indicator in the European Union (EU), the euro area and the European Member states over recent years and describes how it is calculated. The index of turnover in (other) services is a business cycle indicator which measures the quarterly development of turnover in the European service industries with the exception of financial services and services in retail and wholesale trade for which a separate indicator exists (hence "other" services; in this article the "other" will be omitted for easier readability). More ...

Did you know that....

In 2014, the top four most popular tourism destinations in the EU were Spain (260 million nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments by people coming from abroad), Italy (187 million nights), France (131 million nights) and the United Kingdom (105 million nights). Read more...

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Education statistics at regional level
Participation rates of four year-olds in early childhood education and primary education (ISCED levels 0 and 1), by NUTS level 2 region, 2013 (¹) (% share of all four year-olds) RYB15.png
This article is part of a set of statistical articles based on the Eurostat regional yearbook publication. Education, vocational training and more generally lifelong learning play a vital role in the economic and social strategies of the European Union (EU).

Eurostat compiles and publishes education and training statistics for EU Member States and their regions; in addition, a subset of information is available for EFTA and candidate countries. This article presents data for participation rates among four year-olds and vocational education programmes, the proportion of early leavers from education and training, and the share of persons aged 30–34 with tertiary educational attainment. These statistics are generally presented at a regional level by NUTS level 2 region, although data on participation are only available at the national level for Croatia and by NUTS level 1 region for Germany and the United Kingdom.

Main statistical findings

In 2012, figures for the EU-28 indicate that there were approximately 109 million children, pupils and students enrolled across the whole of the education system, from pre-primary education through to postgraduate studies.

Participation of four year-olds in education

Early childhood education plays an essential role in tackling inequalities and raising proficiency in basic competences. Policymakers argue that a higher proportion of young children should be encouraged to attend pre-school education rather than informal, non-professional care. The education and training 2020 (ET 2020) strategic framework has set a headline target, whereby at least 95 % of four year-old children should participate in early childhood education.

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