Our fortnightly digest of facts and rumours from Brussels and beyond.
Devil in the detail
The Commission proudly issued a report last week on the progress to date of its Europe 2020 Strategy for Growth and Jobs. Readers of it couldn’t help but notice, however, that most of the data in it were from 2010—the year when the Europe 2020 Strategy for Growth and Jobs was introduced. Eurostat, which gathered the data, quickly brushed off all responsibility, issuing a statement saying that the data weren’t meant to measure the strategy’s success or failure. The Commission isn’t deterred: “What we show here is what has happened in the past until 2010,” one official helpfully explained.