Civic Democrats will not back additional expenditures in 2010

The centre-right Civic Democrats have pledged not so support any bills that would increase the 2010 budget deficit. After a meeting on Thursday with Prime Minister Jan Fischer, Civic Democrat leader Mirek Topolánek said his party would pull its weight to prevent a further increase of the already exorbitant budget deficit for 2010. The draft budget now envisages a 163 billion crown deficit, but the end figure could be much higher due to the efforts of centre-left parties to increase social spending. Three parties have so far pledged to follow a policy of fiscal prudence – the Greens, TOP O9 and the Civic Democrats.