Hungary’s government is further reducing the public debt and the budget deficit, keeping the country on a growth path both this year and the next, the finance minister said at a conference organised by Erste Group in Budapest on Tuesday.
Hungary’s development level has increased to 77.7 percent of the European Union average from 66.1 percent in 2010, allowing the country to overtake Portugal, Romania and Slovakia, among others, Mihály Varga said, according to a ministry statement. This gives the government the foundation it needs to manage the crisis caused by sanctions, Varga said.
Hungary’s economy grew by 4.6 percent last year in spite of the war in Ukraine and without the recovery funds, well above the EU average of 3.5 percent, Varga said. The government assumes a growth rate of around 1.5 percent for this year, “and next year we can return to the pre-pandemic growth path of around 4 percent”, he added.
Varga said the budget deficit would be reduced to 3.9 percent of GDP this year, while public debt relative to GDP would be lowered to below 70 percent, to be followed by further reductions in the following years.
Hungary’s credit ratings and successful bond issuances show that investor confidence in the Hungarian economy is unbroken, the minister said, adding that the Hungarian banking sector remained strong and functional even in a deteriorating international environment. Inflation is on a downward path thanks to the measures introduced by the government and the central bank, and will be pushed into the single digits by year-end, he said.
So inflation has dropped by 0.2% to 25.2%, and they reckon it’s going to be in single digits by the end of the year ……?