The BSR has far outperformed its peer regions in economic growth primarily due to the rapid catch-up of eastern BSR.
The 2008 crisis hit the BSR severely, but not as much as the NSR.
Despite rapid catch-up, the material welfare gap of the BSR is still in a league of its own compared to the peer regions. This gap is so large primarily due to increasing discrepancies in the eastern BSR rather than the traditional east-west gap of the region.
Three million new jobs in the BSR 2005-2008 implying twice the growth rate as e.g. in the NSR.
Post-2008 job losses in the BSR similar as those in the NSR.
The BSR inaccessible in comparison to peer regions, but gradually gaining in on them.
The BSR on the whole not as attractive to migrants as its peer regions …
… albeit east-west differences are marked: east is loosing, west is gaining.
The BSR lags behind its peer regions in the general health status of its population. Interregional differences in the BSR are pronounced in comparison.
The rate of increase of built-up surface is fast in the EU parts of the BSR in comparison to the peer regions. No data on non-EU parts of the BSR exist.
The air quality of the BSR appears not markedly different from that of its peer regions. However, no comparable data on the non-EU parts of the BSR are available.
Benchmarking the BSR against other transnational or macro regions by utilising information in the monitoring system is both possible and in all probability also beneficial.