2013 budget with deficit of 400 million
Bern, 27.06.2012 - Today, the Federal Council materially approved the 2013 budget and the 2014-2016 financial plan. With receipts of 64.5 billion and expenditure of 64.9 billion, the budget shows a deficit of approximately 400 million. The debt brake would permit a higher deficit, resulting in a structural surplus of just over 100 million. The financial plan is more or less balanced from a structural perspective. This improved outlook is due primarily to the Federal Council's resolution not to raise the expenditure ceiling of the armed forces until 2015 (instead of 2014) and to raise it to 4.7 billion rather than 5 billion. Nevertheless, the financial situation from 2014 onwards remains strained. The Federal Council thus wishes to adopt a collective dispatch with abandonment and reform measures that should structurally ease the burden on the budget.
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