As of 1 February 2020, the United Kingdom will no longer be part of the European Union. This will have a significant impact on the dissemination of statistics by Eurostat and in particular on the database.
New aggregate for European Union with 27 Member States
From 1 February 2020, Eurostat will make a new aggregate for the EU with 27 Member States available for some 2530 datasets, covering around 90% of all those datasets that currently include EU28 aggregates. For a limited number of datasets containing historic data, or for datasets for which there are methodological issues in calculating the new aggregate, there will be no data available for the new aggregate.
To avoid confusion with the code used for the composition of the EU between 2007 and 2013 (EU27 including the United Kingdom, before accession of Croatia), changes are needed in the codes used in the database. If you are a user of the database, you are advised to read the detailed note on the changes, which can be found here.
Data for the United Kingdom
During the transition period until the end of 2020, the United Kingdom will continue to send data to Eurostat. This data will be loaded in the database and made available to users. However, no EU28 aggregate will be calculated for reference periods after 1 February 2020.
You may still find reference to EU28 in our publication and website content. In particular, content created before 1 February 2020 refers to periods when the United Kingdom was a Member State, and therefore remains valid. Eurostat will progressively issue new editions of publications and revise website content to refer to the new aggregate for the EU with 27 Member States over the coming months.
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