Acacia Consulting staff rewrote and updated many Eurostat’s ‘Statistics Explained’ articles about the ‘Candidate countries and potential candidates’ and ‘European Neighbourhood Policy’ countries in Eastern Europe and around the Mediterranean. Eurostat is the statistics office of the European Union. ‘Statistics Explained’ is an official Eurostat portal for occasional and regular users that presents statistical topics in an easily understandable way. Its articles include links to further information and the latest data. ‘Statistics Explained’ articles select and illustrate subjects of general interest by comparing data between countries and analysing data trends over time. The challenge in writing the articles is to be relevant, accurate and interesting to the general reader.