Hungary’s Fiscal Council said the deficit target in the 2021 budget would have to be raised. The government earlier said it would raise the 2021 deficit target, calculated according to European Union accounting rules, from 2.9% to 7.5% of GDP.
The council said it agreed that the deficit target, in light of the third wave of the pandemic, necessitated greater spending on health care and the economy than initially planned, and it welcomed that the target was lower than last year’s. The draft amendments will raise the 2021 cash-flow deficit target to 2,288 billion forints, it said, noting however that the number was inconsistent with the ESA deficit target of 7.5% of GDP. The cash-flow target should be changed to 3,990 billion, it said. The public debt target of 79.9% of GDP in 2021, down from 80.4% in 2020, was “in line with expected economic growth”, it said.