PRESS RELEASE

European Union balance of payments/international investment position statistical methods

8 November 2000

An updated version of the annual publication "European Union balance of payments/international investment position statistical methods" ("B.o.p. book") is released today. It provides documentation on the statistical methodologies applied in Member States for compiling balance of payments and international investment position statistics and, as such, improves the transparency of the compilation of euro area statistics.

It was first published by the European Monetary Institute (EMI) on 31 January 1998 and updated by the ECB in August 1998 and in November 1999.

In addition to updated individual country chapters, this version includes two new chapters on the compilation and methodological standards for the euro area balance of payments and international investment position.

The book is primarily intended for use by central banks, statistical institutes and international organisations.

The B.o.p. book is available on the ECB's web site [in the section Publications]. Copies of the B.o.p. book in hardcopy form are available from the ECB, at the following address:

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