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Review Of Nomenclature Of Units For Territorial Statistics Boundaries

Review Of Nomenclature Of Units For Territorial Statistics Boundaries

Monday, November 9, 2015

ISBN: 9781785448096

Eurostat are carrying out a review of NUTS boundaries. The purpose of this consultation is to help inform the Scottish Government’s response to this review and to ensure that stakeholders views are taken into account before submitting proposals.

Executive Summary

The Nomenclature of Units for Territorial Statistics (NUTS) is a set of geographical

boundaries set and regulated by the European Union. The core purpose of NUTS

boundaries is the reporting of regional statistics to Eurostat, however those statistics

are often used to inform regional policy development and determine regional funding

allocations.

Eurostat are carrying out a review of NUTS boundaries. The purpose of this

consultation is to help inform the Scottish Government’s response to this review and

to ensure that stakeholders views are taken into account before submitting

proposals.

The NUTS geography is a hierarchical geography with 3 levels. NUTS1 is the

highest level of the NUTS geography and Scotland is a NUTS1 region. NUTS levels

2 and 3 are sub-divisions of Scotland and should align to local administrative

boundaries. Maps 1 on the following pages show the current boundaries of NUTS2

regions.

The Scottish Government will only be submitting proposals for changes to NUTS2

boundaries. This consultation is to gather views on the creation of a fifth NUTS2 area in the south of Scotland.