European regional statistics are an important instrument for targeted policy-making and a useful tool for understanding and quantifying the impact of political decisions in specific territories. Territorial typologies stemming from European statistics play an important role in regional policy as they can contribute to evidence-based policy interventions and more integrated territorial approaches that reflect the diversity of EU regions.

The opinion in general welcomes the European Commission’s initiative to amend Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 as regards the territorial typologies (Tercet) and praises the proposal for compliance with both principles of subsidiarity and proportionality. However, it calls for addressing the specific situation of territories with particular geographic, economic, social and demographic features, which should be adequately covered within the framework of European regional statistics.

This would provide them with a chance to support the implementation of public policies targeted at challenges they are facing‘ – states the rapporteur, who additionally proposed an amendment adding additional territorial typologies related to the territories with specific geographic, economic, social and demographic features, which have already been developed and used.

Struk believes more flexibility should be given to Member States and regional or local authorities with the possibility to submit complementary new typologies based on evidence and experience in the implementation of public policies. ‘Should there be a justified need identified by Member States or CoR and confirmed by the European Commission, they should be allowed to propose such changes‘ – he argues.


2016/0393 (COD), COM (2016) 788 final

  • First discussion and adoption in the COTER commission on 17 May 2017
  • Final adoption at the Plenary session of 12-13 July 2017

Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 1059/2003 as regards the territorial typologies (Tercet)

The proposal of the Commission on Territorial typologies (Tercet) includes laying down the core definitions and statistical criteria for the different territorial typologies, ensuring their harmonised and transparent application and their use at EU level and in Members States. This is extremely important when planning the future policies and policy responses.

Iskra Mihaylova
MEP and REGI Committee Chair

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