Bulgaria and Romania had the lowest GDP per capita in the EU in 2013. According to the preliminary data published on Wednesday by the European Statistics Office (Eurostat), the GDP per capita expressed in purchasing power parity (PPP) represented 54 per cent of the EU average in Romania, up slightly from 50 per cent in 2012. Romania continues to hold the penultimate place in the EU, ahead of Bulgaria, where the GDP per capita expressed in PPP stood at 47 per cent of the EU average, similar to the level registered in 2012. Last year Luxembourg was the most prosperous EU member state, its GDP per capita expressed in PPP being 264 per cent of the EU average. Luxembourg was followed by Germany, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Finland, France, Great Britain, Netherlands and Ireland, where the GDP per capita expressed in PPP surpassed the EU average. Italy, Cyprus, Spain and Malta were slightly below the EU average.