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Data presentation - Summary description

The concepts and definitions used in balance of payments (b.o.p.) and international investment position (i.i.p.) statistics are generally in line with the IMF Balance of Payments Manual (fifth edition, October 1993), the ECB Guideline of 16 July 2004 on the statistical reporting requirements of the ECB (ECB/2004/15), and Eurostat documents. Additional references about the methodologies and sources used in the euro area b.o.p. and i.i.p. statistics can be found in the ECB publication entitled"  European Union balance of payments/international investment position statistical methods

Methodological information
Time period

Monthly, quarterly and annual

Statistical concepts and definitions

For information about the naming convention (series key dimensions and metadata), refer to the BOP underlying DSD (ECB_BOP1) maintained by the ECB.

Statistical processing

non-adjusted as well as seasonally and working day adjusted

Data validation

Manual checks


Verification of processing: Automatised FAME processing


Consistency with other indicator: Money and Banking; BIS

Administrative Information

BOP - Euro Area Balance of Payments and International Invetsment Position (discountinued) test

Data source

National Central Banks and/or National Statistics Offices and European Central Bank (ECB)

Contact organisation

European Central Bank

Quality documentation
Coherence - cross domain

Money and Banking; BIS

Technical Information

Download the series catalogue containing a full list of series and associated metadata of the dataset BOP in CSV format (zipped)

Dataset last update
20 October 2014 10:00 CEST
Metadata last update
13 January 2023 14:09 CET