Regional economic accounts (reg_eco10)

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Compiling agency: Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat)

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1. Contact
2. Metadata update
3. Statistical presentation
4. Unit of measure
5. Reference Period
6. Institutional Mandate
7. Confidentiality
8. Release policy
9. Frequency of dissemination
10. Accessibility and clarity
11. Quality management
12. Relevance
13. Accuracy
14. Timeliness and punctuality
15. Coherence and comparability
16. Cost and Burden
17. Data revision
18. Statistical processing
19. Comment
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Annexes (including footnotes)

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1. Contact Top
1.1. Contact organisation

Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat)

1.2. Contact organisation unit

C2: National accounts production

1.5. Contact mail address

2920 Luxembourg LUXEMBOURG

2. Metadata update Top
2.1. Metadata last certified 07/03/2019
2.2. Metadata last posted 07/03/2019
2.3. Metadata last update 26/02/2020

3. Statistical presentation Top
3.1. Data description

Regional accounts are a regional specification of the national accounts and therefore based on the same concepts and definitions as national accounts (see domain nama10). The main specific regional issues are addressed in chapter 13 of ESA2010, but not practically specified. For practical rules and recommendations on sources and methods see the publication "Manual on regional accounts methods": .

Gross domestic product (GDP) at market prices is the final result of the production activity of resident producer units. In regional accounts it can be calculated from:

1. Output approach

GDP is the sum of gross value added of the various institutional sectors or the various industries plus taxes and less subsidies on products (which are not allocated to sectors and industries). It is also the balancing item in the total economy production account.

2. Income approach

GDP is the sum of uses in the total economy generation of income account: compensation of employees plus gross operating surplus and mixed income plus taxes on products less subsidies plus consumption of fixed capital.

Contrary to national accounts GDP is not compoled from the expenditure side in regional accounts due to data limitations on the inter-regional flows of goods and services.

The different measures for the regional GDP are absolute figures in € and Purchasing Power Standards (PPS), figures per inhabitant and relative data compared to the EU Member States average.

3.2. Classification system

Regional classification: NUTS Level 2 and Level 3:

Economic classification: High-level aggregation (A6/A10) of NACE Rev 2: 

3.3. Coverage - sector

Regional Accounts are not available for all institutional sectors. There are only regional accounts for the household sector, and transactions are limited to income distribution and redistribution.

3.4. Statistical concepts and definitions

The regional gross domestic product (GDP) is used in order to measure and compare the economic activity of regions. It is the most important indicator for the selection of regions eligible for support under the investment for growth and jobs goal of the EU's regional policy.

Regional gross domestic product data are Eurostat estimates based on a harmonized methodology. Figures for gross value added at basic prices are used as the basic variable for the estimates. Extra-regio data (i.e. value added created in national regions than on national territory, e.g. in embassies, foreign army bases, offshore energy production, etc.) is treated like any other region; however as there is no population in the extra-regio there is no GDP per capita for the extra-regio.

The conversion to purchasing power standards (PPS) is based on national purchasing power parities (PPP) which are also regularly calculated and released by Eurostat. Regional PPP are not available. All regional accounts data published by Eurostat are based on PPP for the EU Member States.

For the methods of data compilation and collection see the publication "Manual on regional accounts methods":

3.5. Statistical unit

National accounts deal with the economy (or large sub-sectors) as a whole. They combine data from a host of base statistics, and thus have no common sampling reference frame. The elementary building block of ESA2010 statistics is the institutional unit, which is defined as an elementary economic decision-making centre characterised by uniformity of behaviour and decision-making autonomy in the exercise of its principal function. This can be, inter alia, a household, a corporation or a government agency. Institutional units producing goods and services are often engaged in a combination of activities at the same time. As regards the regional GDP, the economy is considered as a whole but the regional level is calculated according to the regional breakdown, called NUTS 1, 2 and 3 (see this website:

3.6. Statistical population

Regional Accounts combine data from many source statistics. Per inhabitant figures are obtained by dividing absolute figures by the total population. With the implementation of ESA2010, i.e. since the end of 2014, NSIs have to transmit this data as part of the mandatory ESA2010 data transmission programme.

When the annual regional GDP release is prepared, the regional population data is grossed up to the corresponding national population data which NSIs transmitted as part of the ESA2010 data transmission programme for national data. This grossing up ensures coherence between regional and national population data at the time of the regional GDP release. Due to this grossing up the regional population data (Table nama_10r_3popgdp) disseminated under the heading Regional economic accounts (nama_10r) is not identical with the regional population data available under the regional demographic statistics.

3.7. Reference area

European Union Member States, Candidate and potential Candidate Countries, United Kingdom and Norway .

3.8. Coverage - Time

Regional accounts according to ESA2010 is available as from the reference year 2000 with a few exceptions which are listed in the annex. In general the series for France and Poland are shorter as they have not provided NUTS 2016 historical series.

3.9. Base period

not applicable.

4. Unit of measure Top

Depending on the variable values are shown in in National Currency, Euros, Purchasing Power Standards, thousands of persons and thousands of hours worked.

5. Reference Period Top

The periods referred to are calendar years. Data cover the  period from 2000 to 2018 for GDP, total Value Added and total employment for NUTS 2 regions.

For NACE breakdowns, NUTS 3 and other variables the reference period is 2000-2017, but in some cases, countries voluntary transmitted also 2018 data.

6. Institutional Mandate Top
6.1. Institutional Mandate - legal acts and other agreements

The Council Regulation (EC) No 549/2013 of 21 May 2013 on the European System of National and Regional Accounts - OJ L 174 of 26.6.2013, is the legal base for the calculation of the regional Gross Domestic Product:

6.2. Institutional Mandate - data sharing

Regional GDP data released by Eurostat are public and not sent to any other institution.

7. Confidentiality Top
7.1. Confidentiality - policy

Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 on European statistics (recital 24 and Article 20(4)) of 11 March 2009 (OJ L 87, p. 164), stipulates the need to establish common principles and guidelines ensuring the confidentiality of data used for the production of European statistics and the access to those confidential data with due account for technical developments and the requirements of users in a democratic society.

7.2. Confidentiality - data treatment

If Member States transmit data with a confidentiality flag or an embargo date, these data are not disseminated until the confidentiality flag is removed or the embargo has expired.

Regional accounts data is very rarely confidential but in some cases NSI's include a confidentiality flag.

8. Release policy Top
8.1. Release calendar

The annual Regional GDP dataset is released between 15 of February and 31 of March of each year.

8.2. Release calendar access

Link to website:

As the precise date of release of the regional GDP dataset depends on the data availability and national release dates, the regional GDP dataset is treated as a so-called ad-hoc release and is not listed in the release calendar.

8.3. Release policy - user access

In line with the Community legal framework and the European Statistics Code of Practice Eurostat disseminates European statistics on Eurostat's website (see item 10 - 'Accessibility and clarity') respecting professional independence and in an objective, professional and transparent manner in which all users are treated equitably. The detailed arrangements are governed by the Eurostat protocol on impartial access to Eurostat data for users.

In line with this protocol and on a strictly regulated basis, figures on Eurostat's press release are sent for information to the European Commission Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) under embargo the evening before official release of data.

9. Frequency of dissemination Top


Regional accounts are released based on data transmissions by Member States at the end of December of each year. Data are processed and checked and disseminated only on the day of the GDP release (between mid-February and end of March).

10. Accessibility and clarity Top
10.1. Dissemination format - News release

News releases online.

10.2. Dissemination format - Publications

Free publication online (Regional Yearbook).

10.3. Dissemination format - online database

Please consult the respective section of Eurostat’s public database.

Please consult NSI's websites to obtain national dissemination calendars. Releases of regional accounts data at Member State level are not synchronised, but in general Member States always release before Eurostat.

10.4. Dissemination format - microdata access

Not applicable, as regional accounts only consist of aggregated data.

10.5. Dissemination format - other


10.6. Documentation on methodology

European legislation and guidelines are explained in ESA2010:

Specific guidelines for regional accounts are available from the Manual on regional accounts methods:

10.7. Quality management - documentation

Regional accounts are subject to Eurostat’s process quality management.

11. Quality management Top
11.1. Quality assurance

Quality is assured by strict application of ESA 2010 concepts and by thorough validation of the data delivered by countries.

11.2. Quality management - assessment

ESA 2010 data transmissions are subject to regular quality assessment reviews. Article 4 of Regulation (EU) No 549/2013 (ESA 2010 Regulation) specifies that the data covered by that Regulation is subject to the quality criteria, namely relevance, accuracy, timeliness and punctuality, accessibility and clarity, comparability and coherence, as set out in Article 12(1) of Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council. Member States are to provide the Commission with a report on the quality of the transmitted data on national and regional accounts. The modalities, structure, periodicity and assessment indicators of the quality reports on data transmitted have been specified in a Commission Implementing Regulation 2016/2304 of 19 December 2016. The implementation of the quality reporting and assessment exercise started in 2017 and is carried out annually. As part of the annual exercise, Eurostat assesses the results, prepares and publishes an overall assessment based on the national quality reports and other available information. The Commission also, on a 5 year basis, reports to the European Parliament and the Council on the application of the ESA 2010 Regulation, including the quality of data on national and regional accounts. The first of such reports was published in 2018: REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL on the application of Regulation (EU) No 549/2013.

12. Relevance Top
12.1. Relevance - User Needs

Users of regional accounts data are typically interested in cross-region and cross-country comparisons and in analysing structural changes in the economy from a medium-term perspective.

12.2. Relevance - User Satisfaction

User Satisfaction is monitored regularly in the context of Eurostat’s user satisfaction surveys. For regional accounts it is generally high.

12.3. Completeness

Regional GDP data are complete as from reference year 2000 with the exception of some historical data. For Switzerland and Iceland ESA2010 regional GDP is not yet available.

For other variables please refer to the annex.

13. Accuracy Top
13.1. Accuracy - overall

Overall accuracy increases with the size of the region concerned, e.g. NUTS2 data is more accurate than NUTS3 data.

13.2. Sampling error

Not applicable as regional accounts consist of aggregated data only.

13.3. Non-sampling error

Not applicable as regional accounts consist of aggregated data only.

14. Timeliness and punctuality Top
14.1. Timeliness

The deadline for the transmission of basic data from NSIs to Eurostat is at the moment T + 12, for NUTS 2 data for total Value Added, total employment and population, and T + 24 months, for all the other data.

14.2. Punctuality

Punctuality improved in recent years. Nearly all Member States meet the deadlines; late arrivals of the most important indicators are a matter of days rather than weeks.

15. Coherence and comparability Top
15.1. Comparability - geographical

The comparability is ensures by the application of common concepts and definitions (European System of Accounts ESA2010). Between regions comparability is ensured by the NUTS classification.

15.2. Comparability - over time

In case of revisions, NSIs usually revise the entire time series. If this is not feasible immediately the break in the time series is shown by the flag “b”. It is important to note that GDP data revisions at national level, which are published in domain nama10, also lead to revisions of regional GDP data at the next release, even if the regional source data may not have been revised.Eurostat uses the latest national available figures for GDP and population to gross-up the regional figures.

15.3. Coherence - cross domain

Regional data is broadly coherent with national accounts figures when they are released. However national data is revised throughout the year, mainly between May and October, whereas Regional GDP is revised only once per year. As a result the revisions of national data that occur after the regional release lead to differences between the data in domain nama10_r and nama_10 and nasa_10.

15.4. Coherence - internal

Regional data are coherent between NUTS0, NUTS1, NUTS2 and NUTS3 levels.

16. Cost and Burden Top

Regional GDP data are based on other statistics, in particular national accounts and business statistics data, i.e. there is no additional burden on respondents. Production costs for NSIs depend on the number of regions and the data sources. For EU Member States human resources requirements for all regional accounts data (i.e. regional GDP, regional branch data and regional household accounts) are normally limited, normally between 1 and 5 full time equivalents per Member State.

17. Data revision Top
17.1. Data revision - policy

Basic data are revised according to national schedules, i.e. when Member States transmit revised data. Revisions are also published when changes of the NUTS classifications are implemented. When a new NUTS classification is implemented, those Member States for which the regional breakdown has changed have two years to transmit back data.

Revisions of regional GDP and regional population data are applied to Eurostat's reference database when a new set of regional GDP data is released, i.e. only once per year.

17.2. Data revision - practice

Revisions of data other than regional GVA, GDP and population are published when Member States transmit the revised data.

Revisions of regional GDP and regional population data are applied to Eurostat's reference database when a new set of regional GDP data is released, i.e. only once per year. Revisions to other variables different from GDP will be published if sent by countries, but with few exceptions only one annual data transmission is done by countries.

Changes in methodology may also occur as a result of implementing new EU Regulations. Any such change will be commented at the time of the first data release after the changes.

 More specific information for the release of a particular year is available in the Annex.

18. Statistical processing Top
18.1. Source data

Basic data (i.e. gross value added, population data and the national GDP) used for the calculation of the regional gross domestic product are provided by the National Statistical Institutes' Accounts Departments. The basic statistics come from many sources, including administrative data from government, censuses, and surveys of businesses and households. Sources vary from country to country and may cover a large set of economic, social, financial and environmental items, which need not always be strictly related to National Accounts. In any case, there is no one single survey source for National Accounts.

For further information about sources and collection methods in National Statistical Institutes (NSIs), please refer to National Statistical Institutes.

18.2. Frequency of data collection

Data are transmitted at the end of December, though updates can be sent throughout the year.

18.3. Data collection

Data in ESA 2010 are transmitted via SDMX which introduced standardised codes. National Accounts combine data from many source statistics.

18.4. Data validation

Source data undergo a sequence of checks within NSIs. Eurostat checks the data transmitted by NSIs for completeness (coverage of reference periods and variables), internal consistency (accounting consistency and consistency over time and/or branches), external consistency (coherence with national data from annual national accounts), various plausibility checks and revisions.

In some cases, issues cannot be resolved quickly and are followed up by Eurostat and NSIs in order to solve them in future transmissions.

18.5. Data compilation

Aggregates for the EU are taken from annual national accounts at the time of the regional release and not updated until the next regional accounts release.

18.6. Adjustment

Before every release regional GDP data are adjusted to the national GDP values by Eurostat. This adjustment only takes place once per year with the regional GDP release.

19. Comment Top

Geographical consistency:  The sums of regional GDP data coincide with the national data published in national accounts at the time of the regional GDP release.

However, national GDP data are more frequently updated than regional GDP. This means that there may be a difference between the national and/or European aggregates and the corresponding sums of the regions.

Purchasing Power Standards (PPS): It is important to note that PPP are calculated at national level only; this means that for a given country and a given year the same PPP is applied for all regions of that country.

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Annual national accounts (, Purchasing power parities (  ).


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Annexes Top
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