The 20th October 2016 marks the first ever European Statistics Day. The Destatis portal Destatis portal Europe in Figures enables comparisons between countries and regions and provides a quick and easy access to European statistics.
Data also play an important part in many aspects of european policy: Regional GDP is the key factor when it comes to deciding which regions receive EU subsidies. Eurozone countries face sanctions if their government finance exceeds the agreed debt or deficit limits. Corrective measures can also be triggered, if EU Member States have an extreme trade deficit or surplus over a long time period.