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Expert: budget harmonization in Saeima might delay its adoption

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Latvian Employers' Confederation Director General Elīna Egle

The Cabinet of Ministers has approved a strict schedule providing 2011 state budget is submitted to Saeima on December 7, while its adoption might be delayed by the harmonization of it by the Saeima, Latvian Employers’ Confederation Director General Elīna Egle said today, November 10, in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

«There is strong opposition in the Parliament capable of providing good proposals for the next year’s budget. Negotiations in the Saeima not necessarily have to be formal only,» says Egle, adding the political association Harmony Center (Saskaņas Centrs) has had alternative budget drafting proposals already previously, and as the opposition is strong enough – the harmonizing of the budget might turn out to be difficult, reports LETA.

Egle also admits the government’s adopted speed for the budget drafting is very rapid; however some issues, for example, functional audit was already conducted in summer, which should facilitate the work. «We understand the possibilities of reducing cuts by 80 millions, but this is a very cautious result of the audit. In separate positions ministers can find much bigger cuts,» says Egle, indicating, «if the ministers are ready to review expenditure, instead of comparing who is financed more – we can manage a lot».

As reported, today, November 10, at 9.30 AM an emergency meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers will place, where budget base expenditure for 2011-2012 will be discussed. After the closed meeting, the Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis and the Minister of Finance Andris Vilks will inform journalists about the decisions taken.

LETA has already reported the government approved the Ministry of Finance drafted schedule for 2011 budget drafting, in order it could be submitted to Saeima on December 7.

Currently it is planned the Saeima will hold the first reading on December 9, while the second – on December 17.

Anothet two government emergency sessions are planned this week – on November 12, when it will decide on the average term of macro-economic and fiscal policy framework for 2011-2013 and the amount of fiscal consolidation for 2011. Discussions on 2011 and 2012 fiscal consolidation measures are planned for November 13.

After that the Ministry of Finance will start negotiations with the Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Harmony Center (Saskaņas Centrs) has had alternative budget drafting proposals already previously, – I suggest being caution about these “alternative” proposals…

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  2. Hans F. says:

    Really, the budget adoption will happen faster if those disagreements are settled, isn’t this in the interests of the government?

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