ECB’s monthly statistical press release on Monetary developments in the euro area is available.
EU DataViz 2019 is an international conference taking place on 12 November 2019 in Luxembourg, organised by the Publications Office of the European Union. It addresses for the first time the specific needs of the community engaged in data visualisation for the public sector in Europe, bringing together experts, practitioners and solution seekers.
Significant differences can be observed across the European Union (EU) regarding the sector in which government debt is held. Among Member States for which data are available, the share of public debt held by non-residents in 2018 was highest in Cyprus (76%), followed by Latvia (74%) and Lithuania (73%). In contrast, the largest proportion of debt held by the (resident) financial corporations sector was recorded in Denmark (72%), ahead ofSweden (70%) and Italy (65%).
The annual growth rate of the outstanding amount of debt securities issued by euro area residents was 2.3% in April 2019, compared with 2.4% in March. For the outstanding amount of listed shares issued by euro area residents, the annual growth rate decreased from 0.4% in March 2019 to 0.0% in April.
The euro’s international role strengthened in 2018 and early 2019 reversing a declining trend in recent years. This was one of the principal findings in the latest annual report on The international role of the euro, published today by the European Central Bank (ECB).
Today, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) and the European Central Bank (ECB) published Common Minimum Standards for Data Revisions agreed between the ECB, EIOPA, the National Central Banks (NCBs) and the National Competent Authorities (NCAs).
Total assets of euro area insurance corporations increased to €8,246 billion in the first quarter of 2019, from €7,884 billion in the fourth quarter. Debt securities accounted for 41.4% of the sector’s total assets in the first quarter. The second largest category of holdings was investment fund shares (26.0%), followed by equity (10.7%) and loans (7.0%).
For the period from October 2018 to March 2019 the net percentage of euro area SMEs reporting higher turnover declined (21%, down from 25% for the previous period). At the same time, euro area SMEs reported unchanged profits in net terms (0%, down from 3%), while more SMEs reported growing labour costs (52%, up from 51%), increases in other costs (i.e. material and energy) (57%, unchanged), and rising interest expenses (5%, up from 4%).
the first quarter of 2019 the outstanding amount of debt securities issued by euro area financial vehicle corporations (FVCs) engaged in securitisation decreased to €1,449 billion, from €1,451 billion at the end of the previous quarter.
In the first quarter of 2019 the outstanding amount of shares/units issued by investment funds other than money market funds stood at €11,790 billion, which was €776 billion higher than in the fourth quarter of 2018.
The current account of the euro area recorded a surplus of €25 billion in March 2019, a decrease of €3 billion from the previous month. Surpluses were recorded for goods (€24 billion), services (€8 billion) and primary income(€4 billion). These were partly offset by a deficit for secondary income (€11 billion).