Commission presents new set of structural indicators

The Commission has set out the indicators it will use to assess the EU’s progress in becoming the “most competitive and dynamic” economy. The Communication includes indicators in the field of employment, innovation and research, economic reform, social cohesion and sustainable development.

The new set of indicators will allow for an assessment of progress across the five policy domains mentioned in the Lisbon and Gothenburg conclusions:

  • Employment, e.g. gender pay gap;
  • Innovation and research, e.g. e-society;
  • Economic reform, e.g. public procurement;
  • Social cohesion, e.g. regional cohesion;
  • Environmental aspects of sustainable development, e.g. climate change.

Compared to last year’s list 9 new indicators have been added and 8 indicators dropped.


The Commission's Communication on structural indicators is part of its framework to identify areas of weakness, and of strength, in efforts by Member States and the EU as a whole to achieve the Lisbon target of "becoming the most competitive economy globally". This is the second year in which the Commission presents a list of structural indicators.


The mentioned set of indicators will be included in the synthesis report for the spring 2002 European Council in Barcelona.


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