Europe 2020 indicators - Malta

Data extracted in August 2019.

Planned article update: September 2020.

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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Malta met its employment target in 2016 and exceeded it by 5.0 percentage points in 2018, reaching an employment rate of 75 %. In 2018, the country also met its tertiary education target as the result of a continuous increase in the tertiary educational attainment of 30- to 34-year-olds since 2008. Despite a significant drop in the share of early leavers from education and training since 2008, in 2018 Malta had further to go to reach its national 2020 target than other Member States. In 2017, the country was 0.1 Mtoe above its primary energy consumption target of 0.7 Mtoe. By 2017, Malta had increased its GHG emissions in ESD sectors by 28.3 % (compared with the ESD base year), 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 and social exclusion increased by 9.9 % between 2008 and 2018, 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.

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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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