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This section provides information on the international investment position (i.i.p.). The euro area i.i.p. is compiled by the ECB on both a quarterly and an annual basis. Recent quarterly data should be regarded as provisional. I.i.p. statistics are revised when figures for the following quarter and/or detailed annual i.i.p. data are published. Earlier statistics are revised periodically or as a result of methodological changes in the compilation of the source data.
Until 2014, statistics relating to the euro area’s balance of payments (b.o.p.), i.i.p. and international reserves template will be compiled in accordance with ECB Guideline ECB/2004/15.
The concepts and definitions used in b.o.p. and i.i.p. statistics are generally in line with the IMF’s Balance of Payments Manual (fifth edition, October 1993), the reference manual for the compilation of balance of payments statistics worldwide. The ECB’s reporting requirements in the field of b.o.p., i.i.p. and international reserves statistics are laid down in Guideline ECB/2004/15, which is addressed to the national central banks of the euro area, as amended by Guideline ECB/2007/3. Additional information on the methodologies and sources used in the euro area’s b.o.p. and i.i.p. statistics can be found in the ECB publication “European Union balance of payments/international investment position statistical methods” [2.91 MB] .