Hungary’s cash-based general government budget, excluding municipalities, posted a HUF 949bn (EUR 3.2bn) deficit in the first nine months of 2013, accounting for 90.3% of the annual target, the economy ministry informed.
Hungary raised on September 24 the annual cash-based deficit target by HUF 171bn to HUF 1,050bn, which was related to the state purchase of E.ON’s local gas business and the integration of savings co-operatives.
In September alone, the general government, excluding local councils, had a surplus of HUF 12.1bn. This resulted from a HUF 13.9bn surplus of the central government balance, a HUF 6.6bn surplus of the social insurance and a HUF 8.4bn deficit on the extrabudgetary accounts.
The ministry said that the monthly fiscal position was in line with the government’s expectations. The revenue and expenditure forecasts for the next months, including a very large surplus expected for December, support the projection that the deficit target of below 3% of GDP will be met this year, the ministry said. The ministry has not provided detailed figures of the budget execution in September.
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