The government has submitted to the Parliament for consideration initial draft of 2011 state budget, which is subject to further revision before its finally approval by lawmakers in December.
According to the draft, revenues for the next year are set at GEL 5.9 billion (GEL 5.4 in 2010), including GEL 5.3 billion of tax revenues and expenditures - at GEL 5.7 billion (GEL 5.69 billion in 2010).
Defense funding, according to the draft, will be further cut next year, while ministries of interior, regional development, energy, justice and agriculture will received increased funding next year against 2010.
Breakdown of spending in the draft for 2011 per ministry is as follows:
According to the draft, the president’s and government’s reserve funds will receive GEL 50 million each, instead of GEL 55 million this year. Funding of the president’s administration, as well as the one of government will be slightly reduced to GEL 14.1 million and GEL 8.5 million, respectively.
The Parliament will keep the same funding next year and receive GEL 33.9 million, plus about GEL 6.2 million for funding of various institutions or agencies affiliated with, or operating at the legislative body.
The Central Election Commission will receive reduced funding next year, as no elections are scheduled – GEL 12.4 million of which GEL 4.7 million is envisaged for state funding of political parties.
The Public Defender’s Office will receive GEL 2.1 million next year, instead of this year’s GEL 2 million, according to the initial draft.
GEL 25 million is allocated for the Georgian Public Broadcaster next year.
The Georgian Orthodox Church will keep its current annual funding from the state of GEL 25 million next year, according to the draft.
The government plans to spend GEL 10 million on program Teach and Learn with Georgia, involving bringing of 1,000 native English-speakers to teach English in the Georgian schools.
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