Skopje, 28 September 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Naser Pajaziti
FYROM’s 2017 budget has started to be discussed today in parliament. This debate comes at a time when the political crisis is returning, although early parliamentary elections have been scheduled to take place on 11 December.
The 3,4 billion euro budget has only been voted by VMRO-DPMNE and BDI MPs, while the opposition’s ministers, who are part of the government, have voted against.
According to them, this budget must be voted after the elections and not before.
Minister of Finance, Cyril Minovski said that the budget offers development and it provides capital projects. But, the majority of funds are used for salaries of the public sector, social assistance and pensions.
Meanwhile, deputy minister of Finance, Kire Naumov, who is from the ranks of SDSM, said that this budget has been drafted for electoral purposes.
The budget projects a 3% deficit, a 3% economic growth, while inflation remains at 1%. /balkaneu.com/