The public debt (or general government debt) is the consolidated gross nominal value of the liabilities of the general government sector, outstanding at the end of each year.
The debt is constituted by currency and deposits, securities other than shares – excluding financial derivatives – and loans, as defined in ESA 2010.
Source: Ministry of Economy and Finance – Reporting of government deficit/surplus and debt levels to the European Commission in accordance with Council Regulation (EC) N° 3605/93 as amended by Reg, N° 479/2009, The ratios have been updated after the GDPseries revision operated by Istat due to the adoption of ESA 2010.
The government bonds outstanding is the amount of the securities issued by the Treasury on the domestic market (BOTs, CTZs, CCTeus, BTPs, BTPs Italia and BTP€is) and in the international capital markets (Global Bond, MTN and Commercial Paper programs).
As of 31 December 2014 the government bonds account for 83 per cent of public debt.