Guidance notes - Government finance statistics and EDP statistics

Guidance notes and clarifications

Eurostat provides additional methodological guidance documentation on the accounting rules for the EDP statistics and the GFS complementing or interpreting the general rules of ESA 2010.

Guidance notes are released under the responsibility of Eurostat, after the consultations with EU Member States, and explain the accounting rules for some specific issues.

Guidance on statistical treatment of Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs)

Guidance on statistical treatment of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs)

European Commission Press conference by Commissioner Marianne Thyssen and European Investment Bank (EIB) Vice-President Jan Vapaavuori (29 September 2016)

Press statement by Commissioner Marianne Thyssen Press statement by EIB Vice-President Jan Vapaavuori
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+ Guidance notes issued under ESA 2010

+ Clarifications issued under ESA 2010

+ Guidance notes issued under ESA 1995

+ GFS interpretations

GFS interpretations are clarifications of ESA methodology released by Eurostat that concern government finance statistics while generally not impacting the measurement of government deficit and debt (for example only impacting total expenditure together with total revenue, or the composition of expenditure and revenue, financial instruments, etc.). These GFS interpretations are consulted with the GFS TF and agreed by the EDPS WG.

+ Consultation draft

Recently, a number of EU governments have announced major active policy measures in order to mitigate the economic and social impact of the shutdown of businesses enforced across the EU due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This note is a consultation draft that aims at examining the arguments for and against potential recordings and at ensuring a harmonised recording of similar policy measures across EU Member States, to the extent possible. The draft note is launching a consultation within the GFS and EDP compilers community.