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Eurozone industrial production down 0.8 pct
In February 2016 compared with January 2016, seasonally adjusted industrial production fell by 0.8% in the euro area and by 0.7% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the EU's statistical office.

Euro area house prices grew 2. 9 pct in Q4 2015
House prices rose 2.9 per cent in the euro area and 3.8 per cent in the EU in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared with the same quarter of the previous year, according to the EU's statistical office Eurostat.

Winter 2016 Economic Forecast: Weathering new challenges
The European Commission's winter forecast shows that the overall growth outlook has changed little since the autumn but that the risk that growth could turn out worse than forecast has risen, mainly as a result of external factors. In the euro area, growth is projected to increase to 1.7% this year from 1.6% last year, and to climb to 1.9% in 2017. EU economic growth is forecast to remain stable at 1.9% this year and rise to 2.0% next year.

Spring 2015 Economic Forecast: Tailwinds support the recovery
Economic growth in the European Union is benefitting from positive economic tailwinds. According to the European Commission's Spring 2015 Economic Forecast, these short-term factors are boosting an otherwise mild cyclical upswing in the EU. Europe’s economies are benefiting from many supporting factors at once. Oil prices remain relatively low, global growth is steady, the euro has continued to depreciate, and economic policies in the EU are supportive.

ECB Survey of Professional Forecasters
The Survey of Professional Forecasters (SPF) from the European Central Bank is a quarterly survey of expectations for the rates of inflation, real GDP growth and unemployment in the euro area for several horizons, together with a quantitative assessment of the uncertainty surrounding them.

ICT usage in enterprises in 2014 - Eurostat survey
Instead of building their own IT infrastructure, enterprises have the possibility to access computing resources hosted by third parties on the internet. This shared pool of resources is most commonly known as "cloud computing". As cloud computing services are delivered on-line, enterprises must have internet access to be able to use them, which was the case in 2014 for almost all enterprises (97%) employing 10 persons or more in the EU28. Although the share of firms with internet access was at very similar high levels across Member States, only a fifth (19%) used cloud computing services in 2014.

Autumn forecast 2014: Slow recovery with very low inflation
The European Commission's autumn forecast projects weak economic growth for the rest of this year in both the EU and the euro area. In the course of 2015, a gradual strengthening of economic activity is expected and growth is projected to rise further in 2016. All EU countries are set to register positive growth in 2015 and 2016. This is also when the lagged impact of already implemented reforms should be felt more strongly.

European Statistical programme 2013-2017 - guide
In order to ensure reliable, comparable and cost-effective statistics in the years ahead, the European Commission has adopted a proposal for the European Statistical Programme 2013-17. With a budget of €299.4 million, the programme will run for 5 years from 1 January 2013.

Italy's Tremonti to meet eurozone's Juncker Wednesday
Italian finance minister Giulio Tremonti will hold talks on Wednesday in Luxembourg with eurozone chief Jean-Claude Juncker, as pressure intensified on Rome on government bond markets.

EU set to release more loans to keep Greece afloat
Eurozone finance ministers, gathering in Luxembourg Sunday, were set to release more loans to keep Athens from default in the summer and mull the shape of a second major bailout to appease nervous markets.

Eurostat - EU grants and loans in the field of statistics

Preventing abuse in wholesale energy markets - guide
The European Commission has today proposed rules on wholesale energy markets to prevent market manipulation and insider trading. The Regulation seeks to ensure market transparency by obliging energy traders to respect clear market rules. Wholesale markets, where gas and electricity is traded between companies producing energy and traders, are key to the prices consumers finally pay.

EU to make cross border transportation of euro cash easier
The European Commission has adopted today a proposal for an EU Regulation to lift regulatory obstacles to professional cross-border transportation of euro cash by road between euro-area Member States.

Euro-MPs call for food price transparency
New legislation is needed to ensure fair returns to farmers and transparent prices to consumers, by enforcing fair competition throughout the food supply chain, said the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee on Monday.

Lisbon strategy for growth and jobs
Before the financial and economic crisis hit the EU, the Lisbon strategy had helped create more than 18m new jobs. When the economy slumped, the EU acted to stabilise the financial system and adopted a recovery plan to boost demand and restore confidence. The plan is delivering a major fiscal stimulus, with measures to keep people in work and public investment in infrastructure, innovation, new skills for the workforce, energy efficiency and clean technologies to meet the goals of the Lisbon strategy.

EU Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) statistics for 2002-2007
This Eurostat article presents an overview of EU Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) statistics for annual flows, stocks at year-end and annual income for the period 2002-2007. Both outward and inward flows increased in 2007 (+53% and +79% respectively), and outflows exceeded inflows by EUR 124 bn. FDI towards the EU's main partners increased significantly. At EUR 269.3 bn, income from extra-EU FDI reached a record high, exceeding income paid to foreign investors by EUR 139.0 bn.

EU-China trade in facts and figures
China is now the third biggest national exporter in the global economy after Germany and the US. China now accounts for about 8 % of all imports and 12% of all exports in world trade in goods. More than half of China's exports are currently capitalised by foreign companies. Most of this capitalisation comes from neighbouring Asian companies in Japan and South Korea. 8% of it is European.

EU-Mediterranean Trade
Trade relations between the EU and the neighbouring Southern Mediterranean (MED) countries are governed by the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (also referred to as the Barcelona Process), which was launched in November 1995. The partner countries are Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia and the Palestinian Authority, as well as Turkey.

The life of women and men in Europe - A statistical portrait
This is a very interesting publication on gender statistics. It describes the situations of women and men at different stages of their lives. It begins by covering children, their education and initial training. Possible differences between women and men in the age at which they leave the family home and in their lifestyles are also shown. It then examines women and men in their professional life, focusing on their differing career paths, the respective positions they occupy and their abilities and strategies for reconciling the pursuit of a working career with family responsibilities. The final analytical part is a review of women and men beyond retirement age, including the income they receive from pensions and other sources. Whether or not they are still working, their household circumstances, their health and social relations are further matters dealt with in the publication.

Europe in Figures - Eurostat Yearbook 2008
What was the population growth in the EU27 over the last 10 years? In which EU Member State is it most common to own a house? Which Member State has the highest hourly labour cost? Which Member States are the most popular tourist destinations? The answers to these questions and to many more can be found in the 12th edition of the Eurostat Yearbook1, published by Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities. Europe in Figures - Eurostat Yearbook 2008 provides users of official statistics with an overview of the wealth of information that is available on Eurostat's web site and within its online databases. It shows how key indicators have developed during the last eleven years in the EU27, the euro area, the Member States and the Candidate countries. Data for the EFTA countries, the US and Japan are included when available.

Services to citizens in the EU in facts and figures
How many EU households have only mobile phones? For how long do they talk per day on their mobile phones? How many inhabitants are served by each post office in the Member States? How many Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) are there per inhabitant in the EU? How do Europeans prefer to pay for their purchases? - Answers to these questions and many more can be found in the publication "Consumers in Europe – facts and figures", jointly published by Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities and the General Directorate Health & Consumer Protection of the European Commission. This third edition of "Consumers in Europe" focuses on network industries providing services of general interest to the European consumers. These services are utilities such as transport, energy, water, electricity, telecommunications, internet, postal services and banking services, which play a fundamental role in the economic and social lives of citizens.

Eurobarometer on Safer Internet for Children: qualitative study 2007
In a pan-European qualitative study covering 29 European countries, children of 9-10 and 12-14 years old were interviewed about their use of online technologies, such as the Internet and mobile phones, and how they see and deal with risks. The study was commissioned by the European Commission and covers 29 countries (the 27 Member States, as well as Iceland and Norway). It aims at improving knowledge about Internet usage by children, as well as mobile phone usage (by those who own a mobile phone); their on-line behaviour; their perceptions of risk and safety related questions. The results of the study are to be used to contribute to designing the EU's Safer Internet Programme, and to increase the impact of awareness building actions.

EU crop yield forecasts for 2007
he European Commission's in-house scientific service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), on 25 July 2007 released its annual crop yield forecast for Europe. The central prediction is that the 2007 total cereal harvest will be 276 million tonnes or 1,6 per cent below the average of the last five years with Central and Eastern Europe losing out the most. This Memorandum provides information, maps and graphs on the forecast of cereal production. During the agricultural season, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) regularly issues forecasts for the main crop yields and produces analyses of the impact of weather conditions on crop production. These are based on advanced methodologies using satellite remote sensing and mathematical models which simulate crop growth.

China - EU trade - background note
EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson met Chinese Commerce Minister Bo Xilai in Brussels on 12 June 2007 for the annual EU-China Joint Trade Ministerial Meeting. China and the EU have one of the fastest growing trading relationships in the global economy: Europe is now China's largest trading partner, and China Europe's largest source of manufactured imports. The Minister and the Commissioner reviewed bilateral trade relations. Commissioner Mandelson urged his Chinese counterpart to continue to address barriers to EU exporters and investors in the Chinese market and to protect EU businesses in China from intellectual property theft. Although China has now been in the WTO for six years, EU exporters and investors continue to face persistent problems entering and operating in the Chinese market.

Spring economic forecasts 2007 - 2008
Growth outlook raised - unemployment and public accounts to improve further as growth stays solid - The economic prospects look even brighter than six months ago: the European Commission lifts its forecast for economic growth in the European Union to 2.9% in 2007.