Note aux utilisateurs

As of 1 February 2020, the United Kingdom is no longer part of the European Union. This has a significant impact on the dissemination of statistics by Eurostat and on the database.

Users are advised to carefully read the following information to understand the changes that have been made to the Eurostat database.

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Aggregate for European Union with 27 Member States

Following user requests, on 10 April 2018 Eurostat began to publish in its database an aggregate for the EU with 27 Member States for around 50 of the most in-demand indicators, such as population, GDP growth rate and unemployment.

Eurostat has now made this aggregate available for more than 2500 datasets, covering around 90% of all datasets which included EU28 aggregates. For a limited number of datasets containing historic data, or for datasets for which there are methodological issues in calculating the EU27 aggregate, there are no data available.

Data for the former EU28 aggregate

For reference periods February 2020 or later, Eurostat no longer calculates or publishes the former EU28 aggregate. This means that the final time periods for which the EU28 aggregate is published are January 2020, fourth quarter 2019 or the year 2019 depending on the frequency of the dataset.

Eurostat will maintain historic data for EU28 in the database and will update as revisions are received.

Data for the UK

During the transition period until the end of 2020, the UK is continuing to send data to Eurostat. These data are being loaded in the database and made available to users.

In publications, Eurostat is presenting data for the UK after, and separated from, the Member States.

Codes and labels of the EU aggregates

Eurostat is using the following codes for the various EU aggregates. Users making use of automated access to the database through web services or bulk download should pay particular attention to these changes.

More detailed lists of all the codes affected are available here.

Codes in use from 27 February 2020

Geo code Label
EU27_2020 European Union - 27 countries (from 2020)
EU28 European Union - 28 countries (2013-2020)
EU27_2007 European Union - 27 countries (2007-2013)


Publications and other website content created before 1 February 2020 refer to periods when the UK was a Member State, and therefore remain valid.

Eurostat is progressively issuing new editions of publications and revising other website content to refer to the new aggregate for the EU with 27 Member States over the coming months.