Delivering the budget to the Verkhovna Rada, finance minister Serhiy Marchenko pledged to slash governmental borrowing in 2022 by 60 billion hryvnas to mend pandemic-hit state finances.
Public spending will also be marked down by 48 billion and will stand in 2022 at 574 billion hryvnas.
Cutbacks in borrowing combined with lower public spending will result in smaller government budget deficit that is projected to be down to 3,5% next year that amounts to 188 billion hryvnas.
‘It is going to be the first time in the last four years when we will have initial state budget surplus meaning our revenues will fully cover our expenses except [state] debt service,’ stressed the finance minister.
With projected 1277,7 trillion hryvnas in revenues and 1465,7 trillion hryvnas spending bill, the 2020 budget targets 3,8% growth. Other projected key budget figures for 2020 include 6,2% inflation and cheaper hryvna set to be averaging 28,6 -to-$1 conversion rate.
The government though will keep borrowing money, with the government projections putting a next year’s figure at 546 billion hryvnas.
Serhiy Marchenko urged the MPs to support the policy #5600 bringing in tax measures that can help the government to rake in extra 30 billion hryvnas in revenues.
Key budget expenses in 2020
As defense remains a top priority for Ukraine, the government is commited to spend 7,5 billion on weapons and defense-related programs while 7,7 billion will be spent on military pay; the extra 5,5 billion hryvnas will fund housing program for Donbas war veterans and refugees.
Health care system will get 190 billion hryvnas in 2022 as the government promises a pay rise to teachers while 531 billion hryvnas will be put into state-funded pensions.
Infrustructure projects also feature prominently next year and are set to receive over 120 billion hryvnas with almost 4 billion hryvnas allocated for road construction.
Culture and arts will enjoy an uptick in funding getting 13 billion hryvnas. Expanses on science and technologies will also be scaled up amounting to 18,3 billion hryvnas in 2022.