EU sees Hungary’s 2013 deficit overshooting target-report


BUDAPEST (Reuters) – The European Commission expects Hungary’s 2013 budget deficit could be almost double the government’s target, a website reported on Friday, as Prime Minister Viktor Orban continued to dismiss lenders’ conditions for a financing backstop. EU officials, in a letter about initial talks with Budapest last month on a financing agreement, said Budapest’s growth projections were overly optimistic and its deficit could exceeder 4 percent of gross domestic product next year, website reported. The letter, dated August 31, also called for Hungary to scrap a new transaction tax on its central bank as a condition of securing a backstop but did not mention proposals for…

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