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 1.2 Foreign economic aid General government 2020* 3,979
Total government expenditure 1.2 Foreign economic aid Central government 2020* 3,992
Total government expenditure 1.2 Foreign economic aid The State 2020* 4,054
Total government expenditure 1.2 Foreign economic aid Other central government 2020* 51
Total government expenditure 1.2 Foreign economic aid Local government 2020* 0
Total government expenditure 1.2 Foreign economic aid Social security funds 2020* 0
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 4.1 General economic, commercial and l.. General government 2020* 24,057
Total government expenditure 4.1 General economic, commercial and l.. Central government 2020* 21,360
Total government expenditure 4.1 General economic, commercial and l.. The State 2020* 21,165
Total government expenditure 4.1 General economic, commercial and l.. Other central government 2020* 342
Total government expenditure 4.1 General economic, commercial and l.. Local government 2020* 1,309
Total government expenditure 4.1 General economic, commercial and l.. Social security funds 2020* 15,604
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 1.2 Foreign economic aid General government 2020* 134
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.2 Foreign economic aid Central government 2020* 134
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.2 Foreign economic aid The State 2020* 112
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.2 Foreign economic aid Other central government 2020* 22
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.2 Foreign economic aid Local government 2020* 0
P2 Intermediate consumption 1.2 Foreign economic aid 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 4.1 General economic, commercial and l.. General government 2020* 974
P2 Intermediate consumption 4.1 General economic, commercial and l.. Central government 2020* 526
P2 Intermediate consumption 4.1 General economic, commercial and l.. The State 2020* 380
P2 Intermediate consumption 4.1 General economic, commercial and l.. Other central government 2020* 146
P2 Intermediate consumption 4.1 General economic, commercial and l.. Local government 2020* 448
P2 Intermediate consumption 4.1 General economic, commercial and l.. 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 1.2 Foreign economic aid General government 2020* 25
D1 Compensation of employees 1.2 Foreign economic aid Central government 2020* 25
D1 Compensation of employees 1.2 Foreign economic aid The State 2020* 1
D1 Compensation of employees 1.2 Foreign economic aid Other central government 2020* 24
D1 Compensation of employees 1.2 Foreign economic aid Local government 2020* 0
D1 Compensation of employees 1.2 Foreign economic aid 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 4.1 General economic, commercial and l.. General government 2020* 1,262
D1 Compensation of employees 4.1 General economic, commercial and l.. Central government 2020* 798
D1 Compensation of employees 4.1 General economic, commercial and l.. The State 2020* 651
D1 Compensation of employees 4.1 General economic, commercial and l.. Other central government 2020* 147
D1 Compensation of employees 4.1 General economic, commercial and l.. Local government 2020* 464
D1 Compensation of employees 4.1 General economic, commercial and l.. 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.. 1.2 Foreign economic aid General government 2020*
D41 Interest; definition National Acco.. 1.2 Foreign economic aid Central government 2020*
D41 Interest; definition National Acco.. 1.2 Foreign economic aid The State 2020*
D41 Interest; definition National Acco.. 1.2 Foreign economic aid Other central government 2020*
D41 Interest; definition National Acco.. 1.2 Foreign economic aid Local government 2020*
D41 Interest; definition National Acco.. 1.2 Foreign economic aid Social security funds 2020*
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*
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 29 November 2021:
The provisional figures for 2019 have been added.
The figures for 2019 are definite.

In the context of the revision policy the figures from 1995 of the expenditure of general government by function have been revised. Figures of "The State" in the function education are changed by a new recording of the conditional Student Loans. Figures of the local government are changed by the introduction of new source data for recent years, and a repair of the break in the time series.

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.