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Data presentation - Summary description

The EDP dataset includes data on government debt and deficit reported under the Excessive Deficit Procedure (EDP), which is a part of the corrective arm of the European Union's Stability and Growth Pact (link). Three series are available for EU Member States, the euro area and the European Union: deficit/surplus, consolidated general government debt, and interest expenditure. The data are available in euro or national currency, and as a percentage of GDP.

The reference values for government deficit and debt are based on concepts defined in the European System of Accounts (ESA 2010). The surplus (+)/deficit (-) of the general government sector is referred to in the national accounts as net lending (+)/borrowing (-) (B.9). The government debt is defined as the total consolidated gross debt at face value in the following categories of government liabilities (defined in ESA 2010): currency and deposits, debt securities and loans. EU aggregates do not cover EU institutions debt and euro area aggregates do not cover euro area government institutions debt.

Reference area coverage

Euro area, EU and all EU Member States.

Time coverage

Last four years.

Methodological information
Time period


Statistical concepts and definitions

For information about the naming convention (series key dimensions and metadata), refer to the EDP underlying DSD (NA_SEC) maintained by the ESTAT.

Statistical unit

National currency or EUR, and percentage of GDP.

Statistical processing

Not adjusted.

Administrative Information

Excessive Deficit Procedure (EDP) (Eurostat) - EDP

Data source

European Commission (Eurostat).

Technical Information

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

Dataset last update
22 April 2024 13:00 CEST
Metadata last update
30 June 2023 15:35 CEST