Government faces €2bn extra shortfall

Finance minister Wouter Bos is preparing for a tough round of negotiations for the government’s 2010 spending plans because of an extra €2bn overspend, the Telegraaf reports on Thursday.

The paper bases its claims on internal finance ministry documents. The extra overspend means ministers will have to start making cuts earlier than the 2011 deadline agreed in last week’s spring accord, the paper says.
Under government spending rules, ministries which have overspent their budgets have to find their own cuts.
The biggest extra overspend – €800m – has been made by the health ministry, the paper says. Half of the money has gone on paying higher fees to medical specialists.

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