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Danish government confirms delay to 2022 budget

Denmark’s budget for 2022 is subject to a delay of around two weeks, the Ministry of Finance said on Friday.

Danish finance minister Nicolai Wammen. The 2022 budget has been delayed amid ongoing negotiations.
Danish finance minister Nicolai Wammen. The 2022 budget has been delayed amid ongoing negotiations. Photo: Nils Meilvang/Ritzau Scanpix

The delay was confirmed in a note from Finance Minister Nicolai Wammen to the Speaker of the parliament.

The government’s plan to see the budget passed in parliament in a final vote on December 15th or 16th will not come to pass, the minister admitted in the note.

“On behalf of the government I must therefore request a new date for the third [standard voting procedure, ed.] treatment – likely in week 51 [commencing December 20th, ed.],” the minister wrote.

In fact, the government is yet to table a new budget at all, broadcaster DR writes. Negotiations are ongoing between the minority Social Democrat administration and its primary parliamentary allies, the three left wing parties Social Liberal, Socialist People’s Party (SF) and Red Green Alliance.

Denmark’s constitution requires a new budget to voted through parliament by the new year.

When combined with Denmark’s tradition of parliamentary agreements, often across the political divide, this means the budget normally contains funding for proposals and measures desired by parties outside the government. 

The process starts with the government making a “budget proposal”, before entering talks with all the other political parties during which time the budget can change quite substantially. 

The parliament normally votes through the next year’s budget in December, but proposals are normally tabled in early autumn – the original proposal for 2022 was presented at the end of August

If the government is unable to secure a majority for a new budget, a temporary spending law is tabled.

READ ALSO: What was in the Danish government’s 2022 budget proposal?

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Italy expands €200 payment scheme and introduces public transport bonus

Italy's government will extend its proposed one-time €200 benefit to more people and introduce a €60 public transport payment, Italian media reported on Thursday.

Italy expands €200 payment scheme and introduces public transport bonus

Seasonal workers, domestic and cleaning staff, the self-employed, the unemployed and those on Italy’s ‘citizens’ income’ will be added to the categories of people in Italy eligible for a one-off €200 payment, ministers reportedly announced on Thursday evening.

The one-time bonus, announced earlier this week as part of a package of financial measures designed to offset the rising cost of living, was initially set to be for pensioners and workers on an income of less than €35,000 only.

However the government has now agreed to extend the payment to the additional groups following pressure from Italy’s labour, families, and regional affairs ministers and representatives of the Five Star Movement, according to news agency Ansa.

Pensioners and employees will reportedly receive the €200 benefit between June and July via a direct payment into their pension slip or pay packet.

For other groups, a special fund will be created at the Labour Ministry and the procedures for claiming and distributing payments detailed in an incoming decree, according to the Corriere della Sera news daily.

One new measure introduced at the cabinet meeting on Thursday is the introduction of a one-time €60 public transport bonus for students and workers earning below €35,000. The bonus is reportedly designed to encourage greater use of public transport and will take the form of an e-voucher that can be used when purchasing a bus, train or metro season pass.

Other provisions reportedly proposed in the energy and investment decree (decreto energia e investimenti), which is still being adjusted and amended, include extending energy bill discounts, cutting petrol excise duty and rolling on the deadline to claim Italy’s popular ‘superbonus 110’.

The €14 billion aid package, intended to lessen the economic impact of the war in Ukraine, will “fight the higher cost of living” and is “a temporary situation”, Prime Minister Mario Draghi has said.

The Local will report further details of the payment scheme once they become available following final approval of the decree.

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