Note 25 Other operating expenses

€ million

2019

2018

Added to/released from provisions

18

2

Premises and transport

15

21

Rent and leases

24

40

Corporate staff and IT

66

69

Sufferance tax and other tax

154

160

Other

54

51

   

Total

331

343

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:

Auditors’ fees

€ million

2019

2018

Description of services:

  

Audit of the financial statements

0.7

0.7

Other assurance services

0.2

0.2

   

Total

0.9

0.9

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.