EUROSTAT L-2920 Luxembourg — Tel. (352) 43 01-1 — website http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat Eurostat is the Statistical Office of the European Communities. Its mission is to pro- vide the European Union with high-quality statistical information. For that purpose, it gathers and analyses figures from the national statistical offices across Europe and provides comparable and harmonised data for the European Union to use in the defi- nition, implementation and analysis of Community policies. Its statistical products and services are also of great value to Europe’s business community, professional organisations, academics, librarians, NGOs, the media and citizens. Eurostat's publications programme consists of several collections: • News releases provide recent information on the Euro-Indicators and on social, economic, regional, agricultural or environmental topics. • Statistical books are larger A4 publications with statistical data and analysis. • Pocketbooks are free of charge publications aiming to give users a set of basic figures on a specific topic.