Lower house debating 2010 budget

The Chamber of Deputies has been debating next year’s budget in its third and final reading, ahead of a vote expected later on Wednesday. The draft 2010 budget includes a projected record deficit of CZK 163 billion. While the finance minister in the caretaker Czech government, Eduard Janota, has said he could agree to the proposed transfer of 3 billion crowns to pay for social services, he says he will not accept any calls for further changes. During Wednesday’s debate – which has been heated at times – Minister Janota threatened to quit if the budget was not passed.

Author: Ian Willoughby