The Treaty of Lisbon states that the European Union (EU) ‘shall work for the sustainable development of Europe’. The EU’s sustainable development strategy aims at ‘continuous improvement of the quality of life and well-being on Earth for present and future generations’. This Eurostat article presents recent statistical data on the sustainable development of cities, focusing on the demographic aspects.
The data presented were collected by the Urban audit covering more than 300 cities from the EU, plus 26 Turkish, five Croatian, six Norwegian and four Swiss cities. It is complemented with the Large city audit, using a more limited set of variables, for all EU cities with more than 100 000 inhabitants not present in the Urban audit.
Keywords: Economic Geography, Eurostat, Global Economy, The Treaty of Lisbon, Urban Audit