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Parliamentary questions
30 August 2018
E-004404-18
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nikolaos Chountis (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Revision of the general government deficit in Greece for the year 2009

According to the most recent Eurostat data(1) (29/08/2018), Greece's general government deficit for 2009 is 15.1% of GDP.

However, if one looks at Eurostat’s announcements(2) on public statistics and the excessive deficit procedure, one will find that the deficit for that year, having started at 13.6% in 2010, shot up to 15.4% in the same year with the inclusion of some public services and utilities, rose again to 15.8% in 2011 and then fell to 15.6% in 2012 until 2013 and today stands at 15.1% of GDP.

In view of the above, will the Commission say:
1. Can it provide statistical evidence of the cause of the reduction in the general government deficit for 2009 from 15.8% in 2011 to 15.1% today?
2. Based on which rules of the ESA95/ESA2010 statistical methodology is the above revision of the 2009 deficit data justified?

(1) https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/tgm/table.do?tab=table&init=1&language=en&pcode=tec00127&plugin=1
(2) https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/government-finance-statistics/publications/press-releases

Original language of question: EL 
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