Romania, alongside three other EU Member States, had a government deficit (calculated based on ESA methodology, the European Accounts system - e.n.) of 3 pct or more of the GDP, according to a preliminary estimate released on Monday by Eurostat. In contrast, at the end of 2016, Romania was among the EU Member States with the lowest level of government debt against the Gross Domestic Product (37.6 pct). Eurostat points out that it has not made any changes to the data reported by the Member States. The Eurostat data differ from the figures presented in the execution of the consolidated general budget for 2016, according to which last year ended with a 18.3 billion lei deficit, 2.41 pct of the GDP respectively, on the increase by almost one percentage point as compared to the negative balance of 1.47 pct of the GDP in 2015.