At the end of the second quarter of 2012, the government debt1 to GDP ratio2 in the euro area3 (EA17) stood at 90.0%, compared with 88.2% at the end of the first quarter of 2012. In the EU273 the ratio increased from 83.5% to 84.9%. Compared with the second quarter of 2011, the government debt to GDP ratio rose in both the euro area (from 87.1% to 90.0%) and the EU27 (from 81.4% to 84.9%). These data are released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
At the end of the second quarter of 2012, securities other than shares accounted for 78.6% of euro area and for 80.1% of EU27 general government debt. Loans made up 18.6% of euro area and 16.1% of EU27 government debt. Currency and deposits represented 2.8% of euro area and 3.7% of EU27 government debt.
Due to the involvement of EU governments in financial assistance to certain Member States, and in order to obtain a more complete picture of the evolution of government debt, quarterly data on intergovernmental lending (IGL)4 is also published. The share of IGL in GDP at the end of the second quarter of 2012 amounts to 1.6% for the euro area and to 1.2% for EU27.