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Sustainable development in Germany

The 2002 national strategy for sustainable development of the Federal Government has made sustainability a fundamental principle of Germany’s policy. To measure the effectiveness of the strategy, a set of sustainability indicators was specified for several thematic fields at the political level. Furthermore, both target values and years were assigned to the majority of these indicators. At two-year intervals, the indicator trends have been reflected and analysed in an indicator report. The Federal Statistical Office has been responsible for compiling the reports the latest of which is the 2014 indicator report.

Indicator Report 2014

Sustainable development in Germany
Indicator Report 2014
Data relating to the Indicator Report 2014
Indicators on the environment and the economy 2014 (only in German)

The complete time series can be accessed as part of the Office’s GENESIS database (GENESIS-Online) under Code 9/Indikatorensysteme.

Eurostat’s structural indicators

Until 2010, the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat) provided the structural indicators as an instrument for objectively measuring the progress made in the Member States of the European Union. The indicators made it possible to measure the extent to which the Lisbon objectives formulated by the European Council had been reached. The renewed Lisbon Strategy of 2006 has four basic objectives: investing in knowledge and innovation, unlocking the business potential, investing in people and modernising labour markets, and a more environmentally-friendly economy. Accordingly, indicators were presented for the general economic background, employment, innovation and research, economic reform, social cohesion and the environment in the European Union, the euro area and the Member States.

In the summer of 2010, the European Council adopted the "Europe 2020" growth strategy (Europa 2020, German only). After that, the structural indicators were discontinued.
In the context of the Lisbon Strategy for growth and jobs in the European Single Market and its successor strategy "Europe 2020" with the three priorities of "smart", "sustainable" and "inclusive growth", a study commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology analysed whether monitoring in the form of market observation may support the strategy and how this may be done.

Additional Information

More information

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Bulletin board (IMF)
NSDP | Data in national presentation
economic and financial data for Germany

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Principal European Economic Indicators - PEEI
on the Eurostat-website

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