Hungary Revises 2020 Deficit Target to 2.9% of GDP


Hungary now targets its 2020 budget deficit, calculated according to the European Union’s accrual-based accounting standards, at 2.9% of GDP, according to a report submitted by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) to Eurostat

Finance Minister Mihály Varga said late in March that Hungary would not be able to achieve its target of 1% of GDP this year due to the impact of novel coronavirus. But the shortfall would likely be kept to below the 3% threshold stipulated by the EU’s Maastricht criteria, he said, adding that the budget has more than 400 billion forints (EUR 1.09bn) in reserves, leaving sufficient room to manage a 3% deficit. But if the economy needs to be restarted, the deficit could be higher, he added.


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