The Slovenia Times

Supplementary Budget Envisages Redistribution of Funding


The EUR 25m would be saved on the EUR 9.6bn expenditure planned for this year in the original document in order to achieve the government's goal of keeping the budget deficit at EUR 1.5bn for the year.

After the meeting, Prime Minister Alenka Bratušek said that the parties agreed on the government's proposals, which will allow the document to be adopted as early as on Thursday.

While the total savings are limited, the proposal put to the coalition includes major redistribution of funds among departments, with cuts expected at most of the ministries on account of additional spending for the Finance Ministry.

Under the proposal, the Finance Ministry would be provided EUR 328m more for the year and the Interior Ministry EUR 35m. Meanwhile, the biggest cut would be achieved at the Infrastructure and Spatial Planning Ministry, which would see its budget reduced by EUR 102m.

The Agriculture and Environment Ministry would see its budget cut by EUR 87m, the Econonomic Development and Technology Ministry by EUR 62m and the Justice Ministry by EUR 59m.

Bratušek said that some minor corrections agreed on at today's meeting are still expected to be entered into the bill by Thursday.

While none of the four coalition partners was completely happy with the document, agreement was achieved, she stressed.

Bratušek would not provide additional details on the spending plan but to say that the budget currently in place had not been prepared realistically. "We have a EUR 1.8bn gap between what is realistic and what was planned," she said.

She added that the supplementary budget was being prepared in line with pledges given to the European Commission in the country's Stability Programme for this year. "There are no measures on top of this."


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