Policy applications and tools

Regional statistics, policy applications and tools

Regional statistics find frequent and large-scale uses in socioeconomic analysis and policy-making. Directorates General of the Commission, as well as other institutions of the EU and its Member States, utilise them to derive their own products, often describing the situation of the regions and its citizens - sometimes going beyond unilateral points of views by bringing together different indicators into a unique statement. Here a few examples:

  • The Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) publishes, every three years, the Regional Competitiveness Index (RCI), measuring “the ability of a region to offer an attractive and sustainable environment for firms and residents to live and work”. It shows the regional competitiveness of regions on a map, has scorecards for each region and a region benchmarker:


  • DG REGIO also works on the Social Progress Index, which “aims to measure social progress for each region as a complement to traditional measures of economic progress.” It is based on 50 indicators, primarily sourced from Eurostat:


  • The Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) maintains the Regional innovation scoreboard (RIS), as “a regional extension of the European innovation scoreboard, assessing the innovation performance of European regions on a limited number of indicators.” Aside from an overview map, DG GROW puts together regional innovation profiles for each NUTS 2 region (Bratislavský kraj (SK01) is shown in the example below):


  • The Directorate General Joint Research Centre (DG JRC) fills data gaps with scientific methods and complements statistics from Eurostat with projections in the Urban and Territorial Dashboard:
  • DG JRC also developed a handy tool, the NUTS Converter, for converting “European regional statistical data between different versions of the Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS) classification.”