PRESS RELEASE

European Union balance of payments/international investment position statistical methods

5 November 2001

A revised 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.

The B.o.p. book was first published by the European Monetary Institute (EMI) on 31 January 1998 and updated by the ECB in August 1998, in November 1999 and in November 2000. In addition to revised individual country chapters, this version includes amendments of the general chapters (Chapters 2 and 3).

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 [pdf 1740 kB].

Copies of the B.o.p. book in hardcopy form are available from the ECB, at the following address:

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