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The Basque Parliament passes the 2011 Budget with an easy majority

2010 December 23

The Budget reflects the era of austerity and seeks to stimulate business and jobs.

The Government has three fundamental targets with this budget: to progress in the endeavour to consolidate taxes, increase economic competitiveness by improving productivity and guarantee the current levels of services and benefits of the Welfare State.

The Basque Parliament has passed the 2011 Budget with 38 votes in favour (PSE and PP) and seven votes against (Aralar, EB & EA & UPyD), while the 30 PNV members of parliament abstained. The Budget passed through parliament with an easy majority and will provide the Basque Government to 10,549.5 million euros to work with, the majority of which is to be spent on social spending.

This is the second consecutive budget passed by the Basque Government led by Lehendakari Patxi López.

In 2011, the Basque Government will have 10,549.5 million euros to work with, 2.3 per cent up on the previous year. The government's accounts include the 472 million euros transferred by the active employment policies and the Instituto Social de la Marina (Social Institute of the Merchant Navy).

During today's plenary session, the vote has held on the ruling issued by the Economy, Treasury and Budget Commission, regarding the bill for the 2011 General Budget of the Autonomous Region of the Basque Country. The total of the PSE and PP votes, which accounted for 38 of the 75 seats in the Chamber, and the abstention of the Basque Nationalist Group guaranteed that the budget got through.

The 2011 Budget reflects the era of austerity and seeks to stimulate business and jobs. The emphasis is on innovation and training.

The Government has three fundamental targets with these budgets: to progress in the endeavour to consolidate taxes, increase economic competitiveness by improving productivity and guarantee the current levels of services and benefits of the Welfare State.

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