The Manual on quarterly non-financial accounts for general government (QNFAGG Manual) complements the already existing Manual on compilation of taxes and social payments on a quarterly basis (published in 2002). These manuals establish an inventory of sources and methods used for compiling short-term public finance statistics but do not recommend "best practice". The compilation of the short-term public finance statistics is required by Commission Regulation (EC) 264/2000 of 3 February 2000 and by Regulation (EC) No 1221/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 10 June 2002.
The first edition of the QNFAGG Manual was published in 2006. The present second edition (2011 edition) takes into account recent changes in the national compilation systems for QNFAGG statistics, with a view to reflect current practices. The update of the Manual was jointly carried out by Eurostat and by the statisticians responsible, in the National Statistical Institutes, for the compilation of QNFAGG statistics.