Parliamentary Budget Office – 2022 fiscal adjustment at 9.6 billion euros

The Budget Office notes that the report shows marginal changes from the draft

The draft budget report 2022 presents marginal changes in relation to the draft, according to the Budget Office of the Parliament.

“The estimated growth rate of this year has increased to 6.9% (compared to 6.1% in the Preliminary Plan), while the forecast for 2022 has remained unchanged at 4.5%,” it said.

The authors of the report state that “in terms of budgetary data, for 2022 an increase in revenues compared to 2021 by 5 billion (compared to 4.6 billion in the Preliminary Plan) and a decrease in expenditure by 4.65 billion (compared to 6 , 35 billion in the Preliminary Draft).

Consequently, the extent of the 2022 fiscal adjustment (in ESA terms) is limited to 9.66 billion (5.7% of GDP) compared to 10.98 billion (6.3% of GDP) in the Preliminary Draft, and its primary result for “2022 (always in ESA terms) is expected to be in deficit of 2.68 billion (1.4% of GDP) compared to 2.03 billion (1.1% of GDP) provided by the Preliminary Plan”.

Uncertainties

The State Budget Office points out that for the Preliminary Draft Budget, the implementation of the projected budget divs contains significant uncertainties stemming from the alarming development of the pandemic (with our country remaining in the worst European positions in terms of repercussions to public health and the course of vaccinations), the possible permanent losses of the recession caused by the pandemic, the degree of ability of taxpayers to meet their obligations and, finally, and the possibility of a reversal of monetary policy due to inflationary pressures.

The additional element included in the 2022 Budget Report is the full presentation of public expenditure in terms of programs and operational classification (Classification of the Functions of Government – COFOG).

This classification, described in Chapter 2 of the Report, is a particularly useful tool for allocating public resources between alternative uses, and provides a documentation that can help to speed up the parliamentary debate on the Budget.

At the same time, the completion of the presentation of the performance of the Budget for the year 2022 for all the Bodies of the Central Administration is a positive development.

This is because it will help in the coming years to formulate new rules for voting, implementation, monitoring, management and control of the Budget in order to monitor and evaluate on the basis of their performance the actions and programs financed from public resources.

In addition, the gradual integration of the environmental dimension into the Budget will help to reflect the environmental footprint of the programs and actions of the
public policies.

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