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Spain sets public deficit target at 3.6% of GDP

Staff writer ▼ | April 20, 2016
Spanish government said it is setting a new public deficit target of 3.6 percent of GDP for this year and 2.9 percent for 2017.
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Europe   Spain will cut spending by 2 billion euros
Sources from the Spanish Ministry of Economy reported that these new figures will be sent to Brussels which has been asking for more efforts to reduce the country's public deficit.

The Spanish government announced on Friday that it would cut spending by 2 billion euros after missing 2015 deficit target, while the European Commission (EC) and the European Central Bank (ECB) asked for additional measures to reduce the deficit.

The Spanish government's new predictions are 0.8 percent and 1.5 percent higher than the deficit target agreed with the European authorities, while in 2015 the Spanish public deficit stood at 5 percent of GDP, above the deficit target of 4.2 percent.

The government has recently revised down its predictions for the Spanish economic growth to 2.7 percent for 2016 from a previously-predicted 3 percent and to 2.4 percent for 2017 from a previously forecasted 2.9 percent.