To monitor and measure progress on sustainable development, the statistical office of the European Union, Eurostat, determined a set of indicators and regularly publishes information on where the EU stands.
Citizens have basic needs: being able to buy enough food, to pay the rent on a regular basis, to keep their home warm during the winter, to make necessary telephone calls, to do the laundry or to watch the news. Thanks to a decline in recent years, there are currently 33 million people in the European Union (EU) who cannot fully cover their basic needs – a positive development. On the other hand, 85 million people across the EU have such a low income that they are constantly at risk of poverty. These indicators are two of the more than 120 used by Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU, to show on a regular basis whether and how quickly sustainable development is progressing in Europe.
Background: The international community has committed itself to sustainable development by defining 17 goals within the '2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'. To monitor and measure progress, the statistical office of the European Union, Eurostat, determined a set of indicators and regularly publishes information on where the EU stands. If you would like to know more, then read the latest Eurostat publication for 2019 (short version, long version), which INFRAS drew up in a consortium with the Vienna University of Economics and Business, the Ecologic Institute and the Haymarket Media Group.