According to Eurostat, the EU has, over the past five years, made progress towards most of the 17 sustainable development goals it had previously set. Progress for some goals has been faster than for others. While in most areas progress was registered, some areas registered a movement away from the objectives.
Among the more interesting national statistics, Malta ranks highest for the number of people living in households where they suffer noise. Although the statistics show that this has decreased between 2011 and 2016, it is still the highest in Europe.
The number of asylum applications in Malta has also decreased substantially between 2012 and 2016, as have Austria, Sweden and Belgium. On the other hand countries like Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Spain and Slovenia have seen an exponential increase.
The EU made strongest progress over the last 5 years towards the overall achievement of good health and well-being, quality education and affordable and clean energy.
Overall moderate progress over the past five years was registered in sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, gender equality, decent work and economic growth, partnership for the goal and no poverty.
Based on the selected indicators, the EU appears to have regressed in the area of reduced inequalities over the past five years. This is due, according to Eurostat, to the continued rise of income inequalities within EU Member States, a development that is not specific for the past five years but that has already been visible since 2005.
Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, issued the publication “Sustainable development in the European Union — Monitoring report on progress towards the SDGs in an EU context – 2018 edition”. It provides a statistical overview of progress towards the SDGs in the EU.