At today’s plenary session, MPs voted 61 in “favour” and two votes “against”, and adopted the budget re-balance. MPs from VMRO-DPMNE, although they had participated in the five-day debate on the budget re-balance, during voting they abandoned the session. As MP Ilija Dimovski left the session, he said they were leaving the whole responsibility to the parliamentary majority.
According to Minister of Finance, Dragan Tevdovski, the biggest cuts have been made for unproductive spending, travel and advertising promotions. For the first time, the prime minister’s cabinet received the largest cut from its budget, which is a 420 million denars cut.
Tevdovski says that reducing the unproductive spending will provide an opportunity for budgeting new measures that will mean support for citizens or domestic firms. These measures are the minimum wage, a solution for the redundant workers, support for small and medium enterprises and farmers, the abolition of the broadcasting fee, and likewise.
According to VMRO-DPMNE, with the budget re-balance, there will be no economic growth and not one project will be completed.
Opposition MPs believe that with the reduction of capital investments there will be money for employing party staff.