Europe 2020 indicators - Cyprus

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 Cyprus.

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Cyprus exceeded its national target on tertiary educational attainment by 9.8 percentage points in 2017. In the same year, the country had also surpassed its target on early leavers from education and training by 1.4 percentage points. In 2016, Cyprus was the only Member State that met its target on R&D expenditure. Although the country had already met its goal on primary energy consumption in 2015, the situation deteriorated in 2016 and Cyprus was 0.2 percentage points away from its goal. By 2016, the country had reduced the distance to its renewable energy goal to 3.7 percentage points. Despite a reduction in non-ETS GHG emissions between 2008 and 2016, Cyprus is still some distance from its Europe 2020 commitment. Although Cyprus’s employment rate has been growing since 2013, in 2017, it was still 4.3 percentage points below its 75 % national target. Moreover, the country would need to lift 80 000 more people out of the risk of poverty or social exclusion to meet its 2020 commitment.

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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