The forecast for this year is bad news for the Belgian government. As recently as this spring the commission thought the deficit could be limited to 1.3% of GDP.
If government policy fails to change and change is unlikely as long as the country is governed by a caretaker administration the deficit is forecast to rise to 2.3% next year and 2.6% in 2021.
The commission is forecasting economic growth of 1.1% this year, a touch lower than this spring. With this figure Belgium exactly hits the growth average for the Eurozone.