According to the central bank, this reduction - for the fourth consecutive month - "reflected, essentially, debt securities repayments in the amount of €500 million".

In October, government deposits declined by €2.6 billion. After deducting these deposits, public debt increased by €2.3 billion from the previous month to €251.200 million.

In year-on-year terms, compared to October 2020, public debt from the perspective of Maastricht increased by €3,035 million.

In the third quarter of this year, public debt, from the perspective of Maastricht, fell to 131.4% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), a reduction of four percentage points from the previous quarter, according to data released by the BdP.