Prague - The Czech draft 2015 budget counts with lower spendings of most ministries compared with this year, according to a document that CTK has at its disposal and that does not include money from EU funds and other financial mechanisms.
Předseda vlády Bohuslav Sobotka přichází na zasedání vlády, které se uskutečnilo 28. dubna v Praze. ČTK Krumphanzl Michal
The biggest cut of almost 6.8 billion crowns is to be made in the Agriculture Ministry´s expenditure, while the Labour and Social Affairs Ministry´s spendings are to rise by 18 billion crowns.
The Finance Ministry proposes overall spendings, not including EU money, at 1,126 billion crowns for next year, which is 15 billion crowns more than this year.
The Finance Ministry proposes to cut offices´ expenditure on external consultancy and legal services by more than a half, or more than 300 million crowns.
The draft budget counts with a 100 billion crown deficit.
The government must approve the draft budget by end-September. Today it discusses expenditure frameworks for the years to come.
The Labour and Social Affairs Ministry should get over 537 billion crowns for spendings, which is traditionally almost a half of overall budgetary expenditure.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) would like the education and interior ministries to get more moeny next year than this year, as proposed by his party fellow members, Marcel Chladek (education) and Milan Chovanec (interior).
According to the draft budget, however, the Interior Ministry´s expenditure is to be decreased by 3.2 billion crowns and the Industry and Trade Ministry´s spending is to be cut by 1.5 billion crowns.
Sobotka wants to keep the Defence Ministry´s budget on this year´s level.
Representatives of the United States and NATO have recently criticised the Czech Republic for decreasing expenditure on defence.
According to the draft budget the ministry´s expenditure is to drop by about half a billion crowns, to 41.3 billion crowns.
The Transport Ministry´s expenditure is to decrease by 2.5 billion crowns according to the latest proposal, while the original plans spoke about a cut of more than eight billion crowns.