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Statistical Press Release – Public debt - December 2019

Today, Banco de Portugal publishes statistics, in Table A.15 of the Statistical Bulletin and in BPstat, on public debt for December of 2019.

At the end of 2019, public debt stood at €249.7 billion (Chart 1), a €0.6 billion increase from 2018.

This increase was driven by a rise in debt securities (€2.3 billion) and deposit liabilities (€1.0 billion), mainly in Treasury certificates. These changes were partly offset by a decline in liabilities arising from loans through the early repayment of €2.0 billion of loans granted under the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) of the Economic and Financial Assistance Programme (Chart 2).

General government deposits declined by €2.1 billion in 2019, with public debt net of deposits increasing by €2.7 billion from the previous year, to a total of €235.3 billion.

Next update: 2 Mar. 2020