During the course of 2014, changes will be made to external sector statistics in the European Union in order to bring them into line with the revised international standard of the International Monetary Fund, which is laid down in the sixth edition of the Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Manual (BPM6). The changes comprise, inter alia, full methodological harmonisation with the concept of the European System of Accounts (ESA 2010), which will enter into force in Germany on 1 September 2014.
In July 2014, the Deutsche Bundesbank will publish the balance of payments data for the reporting month of May in accordance with the new standard. At the end of September 2014, the international investment position will also be published in line with the new standard. The results of the foreign direct investment stock statistics are scheduled to be published in accordance with the new fourth edition of the Benchmark Definition of Foreign Direct Investment (BD4) of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) at the end of April 2015.