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ESA 2010 – the Swedish national accounts adapt to the new EU regulations

The ESA 2010 regulations will be introduced in September 2014 to update and adapt the national accounts with the develop­ment of methods in the area of economic statistics. The update and adaptation will also reflect the changes in economic conditions that the national accounts intend to describe.

General information

The national accounts are steered by the regulations in the System of National Accounts (SNA) that have been prepared by the UN. The regulations are updated regularly and are adapted to the economic developments. SNA2008 was approved in 2008.

The national accounts within the EU are controlled by the ESA (The European System of National and Regional Accounts) which is an adaptation of SNA to European conditions. The EU Commission proposed in December 2010 that a revision of these regulations should be made. ESA 2010 is largely in agreement with BPM6 (Balance of Payments Manual). This manual is used to make calculations of the balance of payments, and publishing according to BPM6 will occur in December 2014.

The new regulations will be put into use during 2014, and the Swedish national accounts according to the new ESA will be published for the first time in September 2014.

In connection with the new regulations, a review of data sources in the current national accounts will be made. The results of this work will be presented at the same time as the switch-over to ESA 2010.

Handbooks about the national accounts

The national accounts in the European Union are based on the ESA 2010 manual, which is a part of the ESA 2010 regulation. The manual has been approved by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers.

ESA 2010 is based on the global recommendation for national accounts, SNA 2008, prepared by the UN.

Eurostat's website about ESA 2010