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  Source agency European Central Bank (ECB)
  Periodicity Monthly and quarterly
  Catalog Download the series catalogue (complete list of series) of the dataset BOP (Public) (including the metadata): Excel 2013 or the earlier Excel versions.
  ECB dataset naming convention

The series keys related to the balance of payments items in the ECB database are 23 characters long, each dimension being separated by a dot:

Positions Dimension Example


Key family

BOP (euro area and euro area countries)



M (monthly), Q (quarterly), A (annual)


Reporting area

e.g. U2 (euro area), A3 (Belgium + Luxembourg), DE (Germany).


Adjustment indicator

N (non-seasonally adjusted) or Y (working day and seasonally adjusted) or S (seasonally adjusted, not working day adjusted)


Type of flow or stock

2 (credit flow), 3 (debit flow), 4 (net flow), 8 (i.i.p., end-period stocks)


B.o.p. item

e.g. 703 (other investment assets)


Residency of issuer

N (not applicable)


Counterpart area

A1 (rest of the world)



E (euro) or N (national currency)

Example: The series key of the net current account for the euro area would be: BOP.M.U2.N.4.993.N.A1.E

Access by the public
  Means of release Statistical press releases of the Euro area balance of payments
Quality references
  Title Annual quality report
  Electronic Annual Quality Report
  Nature of the basic statistical data The concepts and definitions used in balance of payments (b.o.p.) and international investment position (i.i.p.) statistics are generally in line with the IMF Balance of Payments Manual (fifth edition, October 1993), the ECB Guideline of 16 July 2004 on the statistical reporting requirements of the ECB (ECB/2004/15), and Eurostat documents. Additional references about the methodologies and sources used in the euro area b.o.p. and i.i.p. statistics can be found in the ECB publication entitled “ European Union balance of payments/international investment position statistical methods
  Adjustments none
  Seasonal adjustment non- , seasonally as well as seasonally and working day adjusted
  Verification of data Manual checks
  Consistency with other indicators Money and Banking; BIS

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