Nomenclature of territorial units for statistics. Units defined by EUROSTAT, the statistical office of the European Union, created for ascertaining statistical data within the Union. This division consists of various levels called NUTS levels.
The nomenclature of territorial units for statistics was created by Eurostat, the EU statistical office, in order to create a single and coherent structure for the management of the Structural Funds. Currently there are three NUTS levels: NUTS 1 covers 78 larger regions, such as the German Länder, Scotland and Wales; NUTS 2 covers 210 smaller regions, such as the Austrian Länder and Dutch provinces; and NUTS 3 covers 1,093 smaller units, such as the French departments and Italian provinces. Eligibility for Objective 1 funding is principally defined with reference to NUTS level 2, whereas eligibility for Objective 2 funding refers to NUTS level 3. (See also Objectives 1,2,3; Structural Funds.)