Government expenditure and consumption; functions, transactions, sectors

Government expenditure and consumption; functions, transactions, sectors

Transactions Functions of general government Institutional sectors Periods Government expenditure and consumption (million euros)
Total government expenditure 4. Economic affairs General government 2020* 53,418
Total government expenditure 4. Economic affairs Central government 2020* 40,456
Total government expenditure 4. Economic affairs The State 2020* 37,912
Total government expenditure 4. Economic affairs Other central government 2020* 5,135
Total government expenditure 4. Economic affairs Local government 2020* 13,631
Total government expenditure 4. Economic affairs Social security funds 2020* 15,671
Total government expenditure 4.5 Transport General government 2020* 18,695
Total government expenditure 4.5 Transport Central government 2020* 10,959
Total government expenditure 4.5 Transport The State 2020* 10,161
Total government expenditure 4.5 Transport Other central government 2020* 2,862
Total government expenditure 4.5 Transport Local government 2020* 9,220
Total government expenditure 4.5 Transport Social security funds 2020* 67
Total government expenditure 4.8 R&D Economic affairs General government 2020* 3,954
Total government expenditure 4.8 R&D Economic affairs Central government 2020* 3,597
Total government expenditure 4.8 R&D Economic affairs The State 2020* 2,116
Total government expenditure 4.8 R&D Economic affairs Other central government 2020* 1,723
Total government expenditure 4.8 R&D Economic affairs Local government 2020* 357
Total government expenditure 4.8 R&D Economic affairs Social security funds 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 4.9 Economic affairs n.e.c. General government 2020* 74
Total government expenditure 4.9 Economic affairs n.e.c. Central government 2020* 74
Total government expenditure 4.9 Economic affairs n.e.c. The State 2020* 76
Total government expenditure 4.9 Economic affairs n.e.c. Other central government 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 4.9 Economic affairs n.e.c. Local government 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 4.9 Economic affairs n.e.c. Social security funds 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 4. Economic affairs General government 2020* 8,662
P2 Intermediate consumption 4. Economic affairs Central government 2020* 4,329
P2 Intermediate consumption 4. Economic affairs The State 2020* 2,796
P2 Intermediate consumption 4. Economic affairs Other central government 2020* 1,533
P2 Intermediate consumption 4. Economic affairs Local government 2020* 4,333
P2 Intermediate consumption 4. Economic affairs Social security funds 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 4.5 Transport General government 2020* 5,636
P2 Intermediate consumption 4.5 Transport Central government 2020* 2,748
P2 Intermediate consumption 4.5 Transport The State 2020* 1,754
P2 Intermediate consumption 4.5 Transport Other central government 2020* 994
P2 Intermediate consumption 4.5 Transport Local government 2020* 2,888
P2 Intermediate consumption 4.5 Transport Social security funds 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 4.8 R&D Economic affairs General government 2020* 322
P2 Intermediate consumption 4.8 R&D Economic affairs Central government 2020* 280
P2 Intermediate consumption 4.8 R&D Economic affairs The State 2020* 11
P2 Intermediate consumption 4.8 R&D Economic affairs Other central government 2020* 269
P2 Intermediate consumption 4.8 R&D Economic affairs Local government 2020* 42
P2 Intermediate consumption 4.8 R&D Economic affairs Social security funds 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 4.9 Economic affairs n.e.c. General government 2020* 17
P2 Intermediate consumption 4.9 Economic affairs n.e.c. Central government 2020* 17
P2 Intermediate consumption 4.9 Economic affairs n.e.c. The State 2020* 17
P2 Intermediate consumption 4.9 Economic affairs n.e.c. Other central government 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 4.9 Economic affairs n.e.c. Local government 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 4.9 Economic affairs n.e.c. Social security funds 2020* 0
D1 Compensation of employees 4. Economic affairs General government 2020* 6,535
D1 Compensation of employees 4. Economic affairs Central government 2020* 3,386
D1 Compensation of employees 4. Economic affairs The State 2020* 2,180
D1 Compensation of employees 4. Economic affairs Other central government 2020* 1,206
D1 Compensation of employees 4. Economic affairs Local government 2020* 3,149
D1 Compensation of employees 4. Economic affairs Social security funds 2020* 0
D1 Compensation of employees 4.5 Transport General government 2020* 3,169
D1 Compensation of employees 4.5 Transport Central government 2020* 1,352
D1 Compensation of employees 4.5 Transport The State 2020* 998
D1 Compensation of employees 4.5 Transport Other central government 2020* 354
D1 Compensation of employees 4.5 Transport Local government 2020* 1,817
D1 Compensation of employees 4.5 Transport Social security funds 2020* 0
D1 Compensation of employees 4.8 R&D Economic affairs General government 2020* 794
D1 Compensation of employees 4.8 R&D Economic affairs Central government 2020* 645
D1 Compensation of employees 4.8 R&D Economic affairs The State 2020* 21
D1 Compensation of employees 4.8 R&D Economic affairs Other central government 2020* 624
D1 Compensation of employees 4.8 R&D Economic affairs Local government 2020* 149
D1 Compensation of employees 4.8 R&D Economic affairs Social security funds 2020* 0
D1 Compensation of employees 4.9 Economic affairs n.e.c. General government 2020* 53
D1 Compensation of employees 4.9 Economic affairs n.e.c. Central government 2020* 53
D1 Compensation of employees 4.9 Economic affairs n.e.c. The State 2020* 53
D1 Compensation of employees 4.9 Economic affairs n.e.c. Other central government 2020* 0
D1 Compensation of employees 4.9 Economic affairs n.e.c. Local government 2020* 0
D1 Compensation of employees 4.9 Economic affairs n.e.c. Social security funds 2020* 0
D41 Interest; definition National Acco.. 4. Economic affairs General government 2020*
D41 Interest; definition National Acco.. 4. Economic affairs Central government 2020*
D41 Interest; definition National Acco.. 4. Economic affairs The State 2020*
D41 Interest; definition National Acco.. 4. Economic affairs Other central government 2020*
D41 Interest; definition National Acco.. 4. Economic affairs Local government 2020*
D41 Interest; definition National Acco.. 4. Economic affairs Social security funds 2020*
D41 Interest; definition National Acco.. 4.5 Transport General government 2020*
D41 Interest; definition National Acco.. 4.5 Transport Central government 2020*
D41 Interest; definition National Acco.. 4.5 Transport The State 2020*
D41 Interest; definition National Acco.. 4.5 Transport Other central government 2020*
D41 Interest; definition National Acco.. 4.5 Transport Local government 2020*
D41 Interest; definition National Acco.. 4.5 Transport Social security funds 2020*
D41 Interest; definition National Acco.. 4.8 R&D Economic affairs General government 2020*
D41 Interest; definition National Acco.. 4.8 R&D Economic affairs Central government 2020*
D41 Interest; definition National Acco.. 4.8 R&D Economic affairs The State 2020*
D41 Interest; definition National Acco.. 4.8 R&D Economic affairs Other central government 2020*
D41 Interest; definition National Acco.. 4.8 R&D Economic affairs Local government 2020*
D41 Interest; definition National Acco.. 4.8 R&D Economic affairs Social security funds 2020*
D41 Interest; definition National Acco.. 4.9 Economic affairs n.e.c. General government 2020*
D41 Interest; definition National Acco.. 4.9 Economic affairs n.e.c. Central government 2020*
D41 Interest; definition National Acco.. 4.9 Economic affairs n.e.c. The State 2020*
D41 Interest; definition National Acco.. 4.9 Economic affairs n.e.c. Other central government 2020*
D41 Interest; definition National Acco.. 4.9 Economic affairs n.e.c. Local government 2020*
D41 Interest; definition National Acco.. 4.9 Economic affairs n.e.c. Social security funds 2020*
D62+D632 Social benefits and social tr.. 4. Economic affairs General government 2020*
D62+D632 Social benefits and social tr.. 4. Economic affairs Central government 2020*
D62+D632 Social benefits and social tr.. 4. Economic affairs The State 2020*
D62+D632 Social benefits and social tr.. 4. Economic affairs Other central government 2020*
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table contains information on expenditure and consumption broken down into functions of the general government sector. The terms and definitions used are in accordance with the framework of National Accounts. National Accounts are based on the international definitions of the European System of Accounts (ESA 2010). The Classification of the Functions of Government (COFOG 1999) is used for the classification of the functions. The second level function determines whether consumption of government is collective or individual. Small temporary differences with publications of National Accounts may occur due to the fact that government finance statistics are sometimes more up to date.

Data available from:
Yearly figures from 1995.

Status of the figures:
The figures for the period 1995-2019 are definite. The figures for 2020 are provisional.

Changes as of 18 March 2022:
The expenditure of the State on social benefits (D.62) for reporting year 2019 has been corrected. The amounts allocated to function groups of the division education (COFOG division 9) were wrongly classified due to a compilation error. The total amount of social benefits of the State allocated to the function education in 2019 has not been revised.

Changes as of 26 November 2021:
The provisional figures for 2020 have been added.
The figures for 2019 are definite.

When will new figures be published?
New figures will be published in the second half of the year. Provisional figures will become final and final figures can be revised at the same time. More information on the revision policy of National Accounts can be found under 'relevant articles' under paragraph 3.

Description topics

Government expenditure and consumption
Government expenditure and final consumption expenditure.

Government expenditure consists of intermediate consumption, compensation of employees, interest, social benefits, social transfers in kind via market producers, paid subsidies, other current expenditure and capital expenditure.

Government final consumption expenditure is equal to the the total of their output plus the expenditure on products supplied to households via market producers minus the sales of goods and services. The output of government is equal to the sum of its costs of production: Compensation of employees, intermediate consumption, consumption of fixed capital, and taxes on production paid net of subsidies on production received.