10 Operating expenses by nature

The table below illustrates certain items of expense recognized in the income statement using a classification based on their nature within the Group:

 

 

 

 

€ million

Note

2018

2017

Employee benefit expenses

11

1 180

1 200

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

21

117

74

Amortization of intangible assets

19

170

160

Impairment of non-financial assets (net)

13

0

1

Total

 

1 467

1 435