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Press Release: EU non-household electricity and gas prices

The average price for electricity for non-household consumers in the European Union (EU), calculated excluding VAT and other recoverable taxes and levies, has increased around 2.8% on average between the second half of 2017 and the second half of 2018. On average, in the EU, non-household natural gas prices, excluding VAT and other recoverable taxes and levies, grew an 11.0% between the second halves of 2017 and 2018. 

Press Release: Energy prices in 2018 – Household energy prices in the EU increased compared with 2017 – +3.5% for electricity and +5.7% for gas

On average, household electricity prices in the European Union (EU) increased to €21.1 per 100 kWh (+3.5%), between the second half of 2017 and the second half of 2018. Nevertheless, the average EU household electricity price was only €0.1 per 100 kWh higher than in the second half of 2015, the former peak in the last ten years. Across the EU Member States, household electricity prices in the second half of 2018 ranged from €10 per 100 kWh in Bulgaria to around €30 per 100 kWh in Denmark, Germany and Belgium.

Press Release: Euro was the most used currency for EU exports

Goods imported and exported by the European Union (EU) can be invoiced in a range of currencies. In 2018, the euro was the most used currency for EU exports with a share of 48% of the total value of goods exported to non-EU countries and a share of 35% invoiced in US dollars. The picture was reversed for imports, with 56% of imports paid in US dollars and around a third in euros (35%). For total trade (exports plus imports) the US dollar (45%) was used slightly more often than the euro (41%).

Press Release: Back ICT specialists are predominantly male

In 2018 around 8.9 million people were employed in the European Union (EU) as ICT specialists. The profession was predominately male, as only 17 % (1.5 million) of the ICT specialists were women.

Across the EU Member States, the lowest proportions of female ICT specialists were in Hungary (9 %), Czechia (10 %) and Greece (11 %). The highest shares were in Bulgaria (28 %), Lithuania (25 %) and Romania (24 %).

Press Release: Electric cars: EU trade surplus of € 3 billion

In 2018 the European Union (EU) exported € 4.7 billion worth of electric cars and hybrid electric cars that can be driven in combination with a petrol or diesel engine.  Imports of electric and hybrid electric cars were worth € 1.6 billion, resulting in a trade surplus of € 3.0 billion.

Press Release: In 2018, CO2 emissions in the EU decreased compared with 2017

Eurostat estimates that in 2018 carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel combustion significantly decreased by 2.5% in the European Union (EU), compared with the previous year. CO2 emissions are a major contributor to global warming and account for around 80% of all EU greenhouse gas emissions. They are influenced by factors such as climate conditions, economic growth, size of the population, transport and industrial activities.

Press Release: Number of electric cars is on the rise

In 2017 there were 262 million cars registered in the European Union (EU) Member States. Around 2 million (0.8 %) of these were classified as either electric cars or hybrid electric cars that can be driven in combination with a petrol or diesel engine.

Press Release: Price of communications falls 10 % in ten years

The price of communications (postal services, telephone and telefax equipment, telephone and telefax services) for consumers in the European Union (EU) fell by 10 % in the period March 2009 – March 2019. This fall contrasts with an increase of 16 % over the same period for total consumer prices, as measured by the monthly Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP).

Press Release: Female students under-represented in ICT

About 1.3 million people were studying Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the European Union (EU) in 2016. Girls and women were largely in a minority, accounting for only 17 % of all ICT students.

Across the EU Member States, their share ranged from less than 10 % in Netherlands (6%) and Belgium (8 %) to over 30 % in Bulgaria (33 %) and Romania (31 %).

Press Release: Are you part of the collaborative economy?

According to 2018 survey results on the usage of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) 19 % of individuals in the European Union (EU) arranged accommodation (room, apartment, house, holiday cottage, etc.) via websites or apps from another private individual for private purposes in the preceding 12 months. Most of the individuals used dedicated websites or apps, but other websites or apps (including those of social networks) have also been used. These peer-to-peer services are part of the so called ‘collaborative’ or ‘sharing economy’.

Press Release: Production in construction up by 3.0% in euro area

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