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Ministries may get extra 11 billion next year

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Prague, Aug 16 (CTK) – Czech ministries may receive about 11 billion crowns more next year than is set by the 2017 state budget drafted by Finance Minister Andrej Babis (ANO), Babis told journalists yesterday after negotiations with individual ministers.
Babis said he can see no major controversy between the demands of individual ministries and the capacity of the budget.
He said he would like to submit the 2017 budget bill to the cabinet on August 24.
The Finance Ministry proposed that the deficit of the budget be 60 billion crowns next year. According to the budget bill, the salaries of teachers, nurses, doctors and civil servants will be raised, pensions will go up and the health insurance that the state pays for children, students, unemployed and pensioners will increase in 2017.
The cabinet will send the budget bill to the Chamber of Deputies by the end of September.
Babis said representatives of the Labour and Social Affairs Ministry still negotiated about their demands at the Finance Ministry yesterday. They wanted 6.5 billion crowns more for a pro-employment policy, he said.
Babis had talks with several ministers in the past few days.
Babis said ten billion crowns will be saved in the administration of the state debt, while originally he expected approximately seven billion to be saved.
This year, the budget deficit is projected at 70 billion crowns.
($1=24.162 crowns)

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