On 26th of May 2003 REGULATION (EC) No. 1059/2003 of The European Parliament and of the Council on the establishment of a common classification of territorial units for statistics (NUTS) was adopted. The purpose of this Regulation is to establish a common statistical classification of territorial units in order to enable the collection, compilation and dissemination of harmonized regional statistics in the Community.
On 20 February 2008 a new Regulation (EC) No. 176/2008 of the European Parliament and Of the Council for changing the annexes of Regulation (EC) No. 1059/2003 on the establishment of a common classification of territorial units for statistics (NUTS) by reason of the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the European Union in 2007.
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