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PM Ponta: I categorically rule out new support from the IMF

Premier Victor Ponta yesterday announced that he rules out signing a new agreement with the IMF. “I categorically rule out seeking support from the IMF, except for one condition, which is crisis in the euro zone. I am saying this first because we will not have elections and political clashes anymore, and second because data show draught will end,” the prime minister said on Antena 3. Ponta added that the budget for 2013 is built around an economic growth of approximately 2 pc of the GDP, while the budget deficit must further drop to 1.8 – 1.7 pc of the GDP. “Based on what I talked to the acting Minister of Finance, I think we will keep the forecast of approximately 2 pc economic growth, but we must see whether we update it or not, because we should not be over optimistic. We’d better be pessimistic and see things turning for the better,” Ponta said. The government currently works on integrating the ruling programmes of proposed ministers so the ruling programme – as a whole – can be sent in Parliament together with the list of ministers, he added. Recently, the premier announced that a new mission of the European Commission and the World Bank will come to Romania around January 10, to discuss with the government also about the draft budget for next year.

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