32) Cash and cash equivalents

The bank balances denominated in euros with various banks mostly earned interest at a rate of 0.4 to 1.5 per cent (previous year: 0.3 to 1.5 per cent). USD balances were invested at an average interest rate of 0.4 per cent (previous year: 1.5 per cent) and balances in Swiss francs at an average rate of 0.35 per cent (previous year: 0.25 per cent).

EUR 17m of the bank balances (previous year: EUR 47m) was pledged as collateral for liabilities.

Bank balances in foreign currencies are translated at the exchange rate on the balance sheet date.

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