The figures from the Monitoring Committee are the first revised figures to have been published for many months. In the light of this the civil servants that work for the Monitoring Committee decided that it would be a useful exercise to do so.
The results of their work form the basis of articles in a number of Tuesday morning’s newspapers.
Charles Michel’s (Francophone liberal) minority caretaker Federal Government had hoped to end 2019 with a budget deficit of 0.7% of GDP (Gross Domestic Product), as was agreed with the European Commission. However, according to the figures released by the Monitoring Committee on Monday, Belgium will end 2019 with a budget deficit of 1.5% of GDP.
Finance Minister blames fall of the government
The Federal Finance Minister Alexander De Croo (Flemish liberal) blames the fall of the government at the end of last year for the poor budget deficit forecast. Speaking on VRT television, Mr De Croo said that as the outgoing caretaker government doesn’t have a majority it is unable to take measures to get the budget back on track. He added that this is an important reasons why a new federal coalition needs to be formed as soon as possible.