Romania’s total external debt grew by 4.4 percent in the first seven months of this year compared with December 2017, to EUR 97.58 billion, due mainly to rising short-term debt, National Bank of Romania (BNR) data show.
Long-term public debt declined by EUR 371 million, to EUR 33.163 billion at the end of July, while the non-publicly guaranteed debt (mostly private) declined by EUR 1.29 million, to EUR 32.616 billion.
The total long-term external debt amounted to EUR 66.959 billion in July, down 2.4 percent compared with December 2017.
But the short-term external debt increased by 23.2 percent to EUR 30.62 billion.
The external rate service ratio on the long term was 22.5 percent in January-July, compared with 23.9 percent in 2017.
The coverage level of goods and services imports at end-July was 4.7 months, compared with 5.4 months in December 2017, according to the central bank.