Finance Ministry’s draft budget revision says deficit could reach 4.3 pct, plans cuts for Education, Transport, Agriculture

Anca Alexe 26/11/2019 | 10:35

The Romanian Finance Ministry has published a draft ordinance for an upcoming budget revision of a strongly negative nature, planning cuts to several major ministries and estimating a budget deficit that could rise to 4.3 percent this year, much higher than the previous government’s earlier set deficit target of 2.76 percent of GDP.

“Revenues of the consolidated general budget are lowered, on balance, by RON 18.35 billion, of which RON 10.48 billion are resulting from internal revenues and RON 7.86 billion from revenues originating in external non-reimbursable funds,” the document shows.

According to the draft revision, the expenditures of the general consolidated budget are reduced, on balance, by RON 2.09 billion, and the deficit of the general budget consolidated in cash terms increases by RON 16.26 billion. The estimated budget deficit for 2019 represents 4.3 percent of GDP.

“Commitment to the construction of the initial budget of some budgetary expenses based on additional incomes with a high degree of uncertainty regarding their collection during the fiscal year has led to fiscal slippages which caused the increase of the budget deficit in 2019 to 4.3 percent of GDP, compared to the initial deficit target of 2.76 percent of GDP. The short time remaining until the end of the year does not make it possible to apply structural measures that will lead to keeping the budget deficit target within the initial limits,” the Finance Ministry writes.

PM Ludovic Orban said on Monday that the budget revision ordinance would be approved by the end of the week.

Planned budget cuts: 

Education Ministry: -RON 2.1 billion

Internal Affairs Ministry: -RON 1.19 billion

Transport Ministry: -RON 1.08 billion

Agriculture & Rural Development Ministry: -RON 1.07 billion

European Funds Ministry: -RON 302.3 million

Government General Secretariat: -RON 227.5 million

Planned budget increases:

Labour & Social Justice Ministry: +RON 3.98 billion

Health Ministry: +RON 2.89 billion

Regional Development & Public Administration Ministry: +RON 1.76 billion

Public Finance Ministry: +RON 388.3 million

Business Environment, Trade & Entrepreneurship Ministry: +RON 299 million

 

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