Europe 2020 indicators - Hungary

Data extracted in June 2018.

Planned article update: September 2019.

Figure 1: Change since 2008 in relation to national targets (*)
Source: Eurostat (see dedicated web section: Europe 2020 headline indicators)
Explanations on this radar chart are available here.

This article is part of a set of statistical articles on Europe 2020 strategy, focusing on the situation in Hungary.

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By reducing its GHG emissions in non-ETS sectors by 12.3 % between 1990 and 2016, Hungary remained well within its target to limit emission increases to 10 % by 2020. In 2016, the country also remained within its target on primary energy consumption and fulfilled its renewable energy commitments. Progress towards the national education targets has been ambiguous since 2008. Although Hungary met its national target on tertiary education in 2014, a decline in the attainment rate in 2016 and 2017 reopened the gap by 1.9 percentage points. An increase in the share of early leavers from education and training over the past three years also widened the target gap. In terms of R&D expenditure, Hungary was 0.6 percentage points below its national target in 2016, putting it closer to its target than the EU was to its overall target. Despite the gradual reduction in poverty levels since 2014, about 121 000 people still need to be lifted out of the risk of poverty or social exclusion for Hungary to meet its 2020 target. Although the country has improved its employment rate by 11.8 percentage points between 2008 and 2017, it remains 1.7 percentage points from its 2020 target of 75 %.

Table 1: National Europe 2020 indicators: most recent data and targets
Source: Eurostat (see dedicated web section: Europe 2020 headline indicators)

Data sources

More information about the origin of the data and the calculation of indicators can be obtained via the Europe 2020 indicators dedicated website.

Under 'Main tables', click on the icons next to the indicators:

  • 'Explanatory texts (metadata)' for a detailed overview of the collection and compilation methods;
  • 'Information on the leaf' for data availability per country.

A more general overview of quality procedures can be found in Implementation of standard reference metadata for indicators - the ESMS Indicator Profile (ESMS-IP) (PDF file).


Europe 2020 is the EU’s agenda for jobs and growth for the current decade. It emphasises smart, sustainable and inclusive growth as a way to strengthen the EU economy and prepare its structure for the challenges of the next decade. As a main objective, the strategy strives to deliver high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion in the Member States, while reducing the impact on the natural environment.

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