Denmark unveils draft budget for 2016

Copenhagen, Sep 29 (IANS) The Danish government presented a draft 2,115 kroner (about $315 billion) budget for 2016 on Tuesday, promising more spending on health care and economic growth.

Denmark’s budget expenditure is projected at 1,086 billion kroner while incomes will be 1,029.4 billion kroner, while the budget deficit is expected to reach 2.8 percent of the gross domestic product next year, Xinhua news agency reported.

According to the draft still yet to be approved by the Danish parliament, the government will set aside a further 2.4 billion kroner for health care with a focus on chronic patients, cancer and dementia treatments.

It will also launch a number of initiatives to promote growth in areas outside the major cities, “so that the growth and prosperity is not just a city phenomenon but is something going on throughout the country,” said Danish Finance Minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen when announcing the draft budget.

However, it will make cuts in such areas as green initiatives, childcare and development aid.

“We need to get fiscal policy back on track. It has been necessary to make some tough decisions. But it is necessary if you want to prioritize health and growth while ensuring sound public finances,” Frederiksen said, adding that “we must ensure the taxpayer’s money is being most appropriately used.”

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