Portugal: 3rd highest deficit, 2nd highest debt in 2015

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Public Debt   Public Deficit

Brussels, Oct. 21 (Lusa) – Portugal had the third highest deficit in the European Union (EU) in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2015 (4.4%) and the second highest public debt (129%), Eurostat said on Friday.

The EU statistics office said that the 4.4% deficit in Portugal was the third highest after Greece (7.5%) and Spain (5.1%).

The other three countries with deficits of over 3% of GDP were the UK (4.3%), France (5.1%) and Croatia (3.3%).

In terms of public debt, Italy had the highest ratio (177.4% of GDP), followed by Portugal (129%), Cyprus (107.5%) and Belgium (105.8%).

Portugal and Spain are under the excessive deficit procedure and run the risk of having structural and investment funds suspended, even though the fines have been suspended.