Bulgaria with Second Lowest Debt-to-GDP Ratio in EU in Q1, 2014

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria with Second Lowest Debt-to-GDP Ratio in EU in Q1, 2014 Photo by bnr.bg

At the end of the first quarter of 2014, Bulgaria's government debt increased by 1.4 percentage points from the last quarter of 2013 and by 2.3 pp from the first quarter of 2013, to 20.3% of the GDP, according to Eurostat.

In the last quarter of 2013 the government debt amounted to 18.9% of the GDP and in the first quarter of 2013 it stood at 18.0% of the GDP.

At the end of the first quarter of 2014, the government debt to GDP ratio in the euro area (EA18) stood at 93.9%, compared with 92.7% at the end of the fourth quarter of 2013. This increase comes after two consecutive quarters of decrease.

In the EU28, the ratio increased from 87.2% to 88.0%. Compared with the first quarter of 2013, the government debt to GDP ratio rose in both the euro area (from 92.5% to 93.9%) and the EU28 (from 86.2% to 88.0%).

The highest ratios of government debt to GDP at the end of the first quarter of 2014 were recorded in Greece (174.1%), Italy (135.6%) and Portugal (132.9%), and the lowest in Estonia (10.0%), Bulgaria (20.3%) and Luxembourg (22.8%).

Compared with the fourth quarter of 2013, nineteen Member States registered an increase in their debt to GDP ratio at the end of the first quarter of 2014, six a decrease and Estonia no change. The highest increases in the ratio were recorded in Slovenia (+7.0 percentage points – pp), Hungary (+5.0 pp), Belgium and Portugal (both +3.9 pp). The highest decreases were recorded in Poland (-7.6 pp), Germany (-1.1 pp) and Greece (-1.0 pp).

Compared with the first quarter of 2013, sixteen Member States registered an increase in their debt to GDP ratio at the end of the first quarter of 2014, and ten a decrease. The highest increases in the ratio were recorded in Cyprus (+24.6 pp), Slovenia (+23.9 pp), Greece (+13.5 pp) and Croatia5 (+9.9 pp), while the largest decreases were recorded in Poland (-7.7 pp), Germany (-3.2 pp), the Czech Republic (-2.2 pp), Latvia (-1.4 pp) and Belgium (-0.9 pp).

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