Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Spain backs budgetary discipline

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's ruling socialist party and its opposition have agreed to back budgetry discipline

Spain's two main parties have reached an agreement to amend the constitution and enshrine the principle of budgetary discipline.

The aim is to give assurances that Spain has and will retain control on its debt-heavy public finances and not follow Greece, Ireland and Portugal in needing a bailout.

A spokeswoman for the ruling Socialists said that they and the centre-right Popular Party agreed the deal as part of a frantic negotiating and legislative process which will presumably see the amendment voted on and passed on September 2.

The amendment will not mention budgetary numbers. Instead, the deal calls for parties to approve a separate law under which, starting in 2020, Spain's deficit cannot surpass 0.4% of GDP.

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