Europe 2020 indicators - Malta

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 Malta.

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A steady increase in the employment rate since 2014 helped Malta to reach its respective Europe 2020 target in 2017. The share of 30 to 34 years olds with tertiary education increased continuously between 2008 and 2017, bringing the country within 3.0 percentage points of its national target. Despite a significant drop in the share of early leavers from education and training since 2008, in 2016 Malta had further to go to reach its national 2020 target than other Member States. In 2016, the country met its primary energy consumption target of 0.7 Mtoe. Between 1990 and 2016, Malta increased its GHG emissions in non-ETS sectors by 20.3 %, greatly exceeding its Europe 2020 target of limiting emission increases to 5 %. Malta also lags behind the EU as a whole in terms of renewable energy and R&D expenditure. The number of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion increased by 4.9 % between 2008 and 2016, moving the country further away from its Europe 2020 goal.

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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