Europe 2020 indicators - Poland

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 Poland.

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Despite the crisis, Poland has continuously reduced the number of people living at risk of poverty or social exclusion since 2008 and in 2016 exceeded its target for a fourth consecutive year. In 2017, the country met its tertiary education target for the first time. Only 5.0 % of the population aged 18 to 24 left school early in 2017, which is the third best result in the EU but still above the national target of 4.5 %. In addition, Poland was just 0.1 percentage points below its employment target the same year. The country performed slightly better than the EU in terms of R&D expenditure with a distance of 0.7 percentage points to its 2020 target. In 2016, the country continued to meet its goal on primary energy consumption. Despite the improvements since 2008, in 2016 Poland was still some distance away from its renewable energy target. Although Poland increased its GHG emissions in non-ETS sectors by 7.1 % between 1990 and 2016, it remained within its target of limiting the increase to 14 % by 2020.

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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