A 2020 draft budget, outlined by the government on Thursday, plans HRK 145.1 billion on the revenue side and HRK 147.3 billion on the expenditure side, and a majority of government departments can expect a rise in their funding from the state budget.
The largest individual outlay from the next year's budget, HRK 47.8 billion, is planned for the ministry of labour and pension system, which means that it will get 4.7% or 2.1 billion kuna more than in 2019.
Finance Minister Zdravko Maric explained that HRK 42.6 billion would be set aside for pensions in 2020.
The second biggest recipient is the finance ministry, HRK 43.6 billion, or 4.4% more than what it received from the original budget for 2019.
The budget outlays for the science and education ministry are budgeted at HRK 18.6 billion in 2020, up by 7.6% or by 1.3 billion kuna in comparison to the original budget for 2019.
The health ministry is to get HRK 12.4 billion, which is a rise of 5 percent compared to its budget funding in 2019.
The projected budget outlays for the ministries of defence and interior stand at HRK 5.3 billion (up 5%) and HRK 5.9 billion respectively.
The tourism ministry can expect the biggest increase, 29%, in the funding which is budgeted at HRK 258 million in 2020.
One of the few ministerial departments with a drop in the funding from the state budget is the agriculture ministry, and it can expect the lowering of its sum by 4% to HRK 7.4 billion. The ministry for the management of state property can expect a 10-percent decline in the funds from the state budget to HRK 72.1 million.
The government plans 6.7% higher revenues in the draft 2020 budget in comparison to the original 2019 budget, that is 5.4% more in comparison to the revised 2019 budget, which was also tabled to the parliament on Thursday.
The expenses in next year's budget are higher by 5%, that is by HRK 7 billion, in comparison to this year.
(€1 = HRK 7.46)