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Bond markets and long-term interest rates in non-euro area Member States of the European Union and in acceding countries – addendum incorporating 2004 figures

2 January 2006

The European Central Bank (ECB) is today publishing an addendum to the November 2004 report entitled “Bond markets and long-term interest rates in non-euro area Member States of the European Union and in accession countries” (third edition). The report gives an overview of the capital market structures in those countries, particularly in relation to the bond markets. It presents the results of a statistical survey designed jointly by the ECB and the European Commission (Eurostat) and carried out with the help of the national central banks of the non-euro area EU Member States and of the countries acceding to the European Union.

While the descriptive parts of the report are updated once every few years, the statistical data are updated annually, in cooperation with the national central banks concerned. The addendum published today incorporates the figures for 2004.

The report and the addendum can be downloaded from the ECB’s website.

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