PM to present Parliament with policy programme and draft budget

Caretaker Prime Minister Jan Fischer is to present Parliament with his government’s policy programme and a draft budget for 2010 on Wednesday. The draft budget is expected to pass smoothly through its first reading in the lower house after four parties pledged to support it in the first vote.

The 2010 budget proposal envisages a deficit of 163 billion crowns, which is 5.3 percent of GDP, revenues of 1,022 billion crowns and expenditures of almost 1,185 billion.