The GDP of the EU took six years to recover from the 2008/2009 recession.

 

Since 2008, labour productivity in the EU has increased by 5%. 

 

In the last decade the employment rate of people aged 55 to 64 in the EU has grown steadily to over 50%.

 

Nine out of ten enterprises in the EU are micro enterprises employing fewer than 10 persons. 

 

Since 2000, employment in the environmental economy in the EU grew on average 8 times faster than in the overall economy.