- Overview 'Regions & cities'
- Principles and Characteristics
- History of NUTS
- NUTS Maps (.pdf)
- Tercet – Territorial typologies
- Local Administrative Units (LAU)
- Statistical regions outside the EU
- Correspondence tables
- Statistics Illustrated
At the beginning of the 1970s, Eurostat set up the NUTS classification as a single, coherent system for dividing up the EU's territory in order to produce regional statistics for the Community. For around thirty years, implementation and updating of the NUTS classification was managed under a series of "gentlemen's agreements" between the Member States and Eurostat.
The regulation also specifies stability of the classification for at least three years. Stability makes sure that data refers to the same regional unit for a certain period of time. This is crucial for statistics, in particular for time-series.
However, sometimes national interests require changing the regional breakdown of a country. When this happens the country concerned informs the European Commission about the changes. The Commission in turn amends the classification at the end of period of stability according the rules of the NUTS Regulation.
A first regular amendment to the annexes, was adopted by Commission Regulation (EC) No 105/2007 and, the NUTS version 2003 was replaced by version 2006 on 1 January 2008. This was preceded by completions of the NUTS classification with the regional breakdowns of the countries that joined the EU in 2004 and 2007 (please see Commission Regulation (EC) No 1888/2005 and Commission Regulation (EC) No 176/2008).
The second regular amendment to the annexes was adopted by Commission Regulation (EU) No 31/2011, entered into force on 7 February 2011 and shall apply, with regard to the transmission of data to the Commission (Eurostat), from 1 January 2012.
The third regular amendment to the annexes was adopted by Commission Regulation (EU) No 1319/2013, entered into force on 31 December 2013 and shall apply, with regard to the transmission of data to the Commission (Eurostat), from 1 January 2015.
The fourth, extraordinary amendment to the annexes was adopted by Commission Regulation (EU) No 868/2014, entered into force on 8 August 2014 and applies, with regard to the transmission of data to the Commission (Eurostat), from 1 January 2015. Please note that any mentioning of 'NUTS 2013' here, in our databases or elsewhere includes the changes of the extraordinary amendment of 2014, thanks to an agreement with the Member State concerned.
The fifth amendment to the annexes (a regular one) was adopted by Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/2066, entered into force on 19 December 2016 and shall apply, regarding the transmission of data to the Commission (Eurostat), from 1 January 2018.
The NUTS Regulation was amended by the Tercet Regulation on 18 January 2018, which introduced a number of territorial typologies into it; see the section "Tercet – Territorial typologies" for more details. The consolidated version of the amended NUTS Regulation is available on EUR-Lex.
Download the lists of changes between the various NUTS versions:
|NUTS 2013 - NUTS 2016|
|NUTS 2010 - NUTS 2013|
|NUTS 2006 - NUTS 2010|
|NUTS 2003 - NUTS 2006|
|NUTS 1999 - NUTS 2003|
|NUTS 1995 - NUTS 1999|
|NUTS 1981 - NUTS 1999|
In case of an amendment to the classification, the Member State concerned has to replace historical data by time series according to the new regional breakdown within two years. The decision on the list of the time series and their lengths is subject to feasibility evaluation.