Note 25 Other operating expenses

€ million

2021

2020

Added to/released from provisions

2

12

Premises and transport

16

16

Rent and leases

18

21

Corporate staff and IT

77

75

Sufferance tax and other tax

160

163

Other

60

56

   

Total

333

343

Other operating expenses amounted to €333 million in 2021 compared with €343 million in 2020. The decrease in the expenses was mainly due to released provisions amounting to €8 million, which related, among other things, to a loss-making maintenance contract in one of the business units.

The amount recognised for rent and leases in 2021 includes €2 million in short-term leases and €0.2 million in low-value leases, these amounts are the same as in 2020. The remainder of the costs concerns the service costs under the lease contracts.

Auditors’ fees

The auditors’ fees were as follows:

€ million

2021

2020

Description of services:

  

Audit of the financial statement

0,8

0,8

Other assurance services

0,2

0,2

   

Total

1,0

1,0

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 2020 and 2021.