Europe 2020 indicators - France

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 France.

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In 2017, France met its Europe 2020 target for early leavers from education and training for the fourth consecutive year. Progress has also been achieved in tertiary educational attainment; however, the indicator used at the EU level cannot directly be compared to the French target value of 50 %, which refers to the population aged 17 to 33. By 2016, the country had moved closer to its target on primary energy consumption. In terms of renewable energy, France was the Member State that was the second furthest from its national target (7.0 percentage points). Despite an overall reduction in GHG emissions in non-ETS sectors, by 2016 the country was still 3.6 percentage points away from its Europe 2020 goal. In 2017, France was also further from its employment target than the EU as a whole was from the EU target but slightly closer to its target on R&D expenditure (2016 data). Between 2008 and 2016, the number of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion increased by about 313 000, moving the country away from its 2020 goal to reduce the number of people at risk by 1.9 million (compared to 2007).

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.

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  • 'Explanatory texts (metadata)' for a detailed overview of the collection and compilation methods;
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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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