MF: The additional revision of the budget is approved, the amendments for health, environment and infrastructure projects are incorporated
Twenty-five million denars additional funds in health, living environment and infrastructure have been provided with the additional review of the Budget for 2022, which was approved today by the Government and must be submitted to the Assembly for approval. The funds were provided through the acceptance of amendments during the discussion in the Parliamentary Commission for Financing and Budget after the proposed revision of the Budget for 2022.
With these tools, among other things, the problem with the industrial landfill in Jugohrom is permanently solved, mammogram equipment is provided for the hospitals in Strumica and Negotina, the cleaning of the Vardar and Treska river beds, the reconstruction of the Moroishta bridge and the construction of the roundabout, the design documentation for the Çegran cultural center and others.
The revision of the Budget for 2022 is a reaction to the crisis, namely additional intervention is possible to protect the standard of citizens and the liquidity of companies until the end of the year, in the conditions of a prolonged energy and price crisis.
With the changes and additions to the Budget for 2022, general revenues are planned to be at the level of 245.8 billion denars and are 6.9 billion denars higher compared to the initial projections of the Budget or 2.9%. General expenditures are planned to be at the level of 288.5 billion denars or for 5.9% more, respectively for about 16 billion denars more compared to the initial projections of the plan for 2022. Based on these revenues and expenditures, the deficit is planned to be at the level of 42.7 billion denars, or 5.3% of GDP.
With the revision of the budget, 19 billion denars more have been secured in the items related to the implementation of economic measures to support citizens and the economy.
Among them are the additional financial support of 4.7 billion denars for the protection of the standard of citizens and the liquidity of companies, 3.2 billion denars for the support of the agricultural sector, 2.4 billion denars for the guaranteed minimum income, more funds for the anticipated increase in pensions, for wages in education and childcare, as well as for supporting companies to subsidize contributions to the minimum wage.
Capital expenditures are planned at the level of 32.1 billion denars, in which case investments are planned in reconstruction and modernization with equipment in public health institutions, capital investments in the field of education, social and child protection, in the field of road, railway and municipal infrastructure, realization of agreements in the field of defense and security, as well as increasing the value of means for rural development, namely for hydro systems, water supply and sewage systems and the rest of the infrastructure of the water economy.
Economic growth in 2022 is projected at 3.2%, driven by domestic consumption, which is expected to increase by 3.3%. Gross investments are expected to have an increase of 5%, in which case, in addition to budget capital expenditures, a corresponding contribution is also expected from private investments.