The EU Sustainable Development Strategy, adopted by the European Council in Gothenburg in June 2001, and renewed in June 2006, aims to reconcile economic development, social cohesion and protection of the environment. Monitoring progress towards this overarching goal is an essential part of the Strategy. The aim of these pages is to present a set of indicators being developed to monitor, assess and review the EU’s Sustainable Development Strategy. A parallel objective is to inform the general public about progress in attaining the commonly agreed objectives of sustainable development. The indicators were developed with the help of a group of national experts, known as the ‘Sustainable Development Indicators Task force’. They are organised within 10 themes reflecting the political priorities of the Strategy, and related subsequent political commitments.