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Current account deficit went down by 12.85% to 22.69 billion euros in 2023

March 12, 2024

In 2023, the current account of the payment balance recorded a deficit of 22.694 billion euros, 12.85% lower than the one of 26.040 billion euros in 2022, the National Bank of Romania informed on Tuesday.   In its structure, the balance of goods recorded a deficit lower by 2.990 billion euros, the service balance recorded an excess higher by 204 million euros, the primary income balance had a deficit lower by 9 million euros, while the secondary income balance recorded an excess higher by 143 million euros.   Over January-December 2023, the total foreign debt grew by 24.926 billion euros, to 168.812 billion euros. The long term foreign debt was 121.162 billion euros on December 31, 2023 (71.8% of total foreign debt), on the rise by 22.8% against December 31, 2022; the short term foreign debt on December 31, 2023 was 47.650 billion euros (28.2% of total foreign debt) on the rise by 5.3% compared to December 31, 2022.   The long term foreign debt service was 17.4% over January- December 2023, compared to 17.9% in 2022. The coverage degree of imports of goods and serviceson December 31, 2023 was 5.6 months, compared to 4.4 months on December 31, 2022. The short term foreign debt coverage, calculated as residual value, with BNR foreign currency reserves on December 31, 2023 was 97.4%, compared to 82.4% on December 31,2022.  

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