22. Provisions for employee benefits and other current provisions

At 31 December 2013, this item totaled €10,677 thousand, a net decrease of €4,574 thousand over 31 December 2012 consisting of the following:

(€ thousand)31 December 2012AccrualsUtilizations and Other changes31 December 2013
Provisions for employee bonuses and similar provisions 15,251 8,081 (12,655) 10,677
Total provisions for employee benefits and other current provisions 15,251 8,081 (12,655) 10,677

This item essentially reflects the best estimate for variable components of compensation.

Changes in provisions for employee benefits and other current provisions during 2012 were as follows:

(€ thousand)31 December 2011AccrualsUtilizations and Other changes 31 December 2012
Total provisions for employee benefits and other current provisions 19,380 7,430 (11,559) 15,251