Smarter, greener, more inclusive - indicators to support the Europe 2020 strategy

The analysis shows that almost 28% of children and young people in the EU are at risk of poverty or social exclusion

The 2015 edition of ‘Smarter, greener, more inclusive? — Indicators to support the Europe 2020 strategy' continues the series of Eurostat flagship publications providing statistical analyses related to important European Commission policy frameworks or important economic, social or environmental phenomena.

It provides statistical support for the Europe 2020 strategy and backs up the monitoring of its five headline targets: Employment, Research & Development, Climate change, Education, and Poverty & Social Exclusion.  Each is analysed in a dedicated thematic chapter.

According to the analysis, by 2013 almost 123 million people — about 24.5 % of the EU population — were at risk of poverty or social exclusion. The same rate for people under 18 years is 28%. The document mentions that “the absence of children seems to lower the risk of poverty or social exclusion.”

The analysis in this publication is based on the Europe 2020 headline indicators chosen to monitor the strategy's targets. Other indicators focusing on subgroups of society or on related issues showing underlying trends help deepen the analysis and present a broader picture.

The publication presents official statistics produced by the European Statistical System and disseminated by Eurostat. The updated 2015 edition covers the period from 2002 or 2008 up to the most recent year for which data are available (2012 or 2013).

Download here Eurostat's analysis.