Note 25 Other operating expenses
Added to/released from provisions
Premises and transport
Rent and leases
Corporate staff and IT
Sufferance tax and other tax
Other operating expenses amounted to €331 million in 2019 compared with €343 million in 2018. This €12 million decrease was mainly due to the implementation of IFRS 16, which led to a €20 million shift, compared to 2018, of other operating expenses to depreciation. The amount recognised for rent and leases includes €2 million in short-term leases and €0.2 million in low-value leases, while the remainder concerned service charges relating to leases.
Sufferance and other tax in 2019 amounted to €154 million compared with €160 million in 2018. This €6 million drop came as a result of a additional asessment of tax in 2018 on the part of several municipal authorities in respect of prior years.
The auditors’ fees were as follows:
Description of services:
Audit of the financial statements
Other assurance services
The above fees relate to the activities carried out by the accountancy firms and external auditors in connection with the parent company and the companies included in the consolidation, as referred to in Section 1, subsection 1, of the Audit Firms Supervision Act (WTA), and the fees charged by the entire network of which the accountancy firm is part. These fees relate to the audit of the financial statements for 2018 and 2019.