Parliament hinted at what the passing of Heger’s reforms will look like

Matovič’s first state budget also clears parliament, but the finance minister keeps part of the money on hold.

Finance Minister Igor Matovic (left) during the parliamentary session on his first state budget. Boris Kollar (bottom right) and his Sme Rodina did not support the reforms in parliament. Finance Minister Igor Matovic (left) during the parliamentary session on his first state budget. Boris Kollar (bottom right) and his Sme Rodina did not support the reforms in parliament. (Source: SITA)

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Heger’s government ticks off three major votes

Even though an array of issues have exposed the ruling coalition’s rather precarious majority in parliament lately, MPs got to work last week and passed some key laws ahead of the Christmas break.

With 91 votes from the 146 MPs present, parliament passed next year’s state budget, as drafted by Finance Minister Igor Matovič. Officially, the budget counts on a deficit of 4.94 percent of GDP, but only on condition that parliament passes three constitutional laws that should ensure a more frugal approach to the public debt in the future: a pension reform, an expenditure cap, and a debt brake.

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