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Statistical office to publish EDP reports sent to Brussels after court ruling

After a court ruling last week, the Central Statistics Office (KSH) will publish past and future excessive-deficit procedure (EDP) reports it sends to Eurostat, not just the final form of the reports published after Eurostat's review, KSH said in a statement on Tuesday, adding that the differences between the two reports, if any, were not significant.

Comparisons published by the office on Tuesday reveal that the EU statistical office Eurostat made alterations in four of the 12 EDP reports sent to Brussels since Hungary's accession to the EU in 2004, except for the correction of an insignificant mistake. The alterations were for a bigger deficit in each of the four cases.

Eurostat made the largest correction in the report submitted in September 2005 regarding 2004, raising Hungary's deficit by HUF 92.7 billion, or 0.45% of GDP, compared to the submitted report to HUF 1,098 billion, or to 5.3% of GDP.

Eurostat made no changes to the originally submitted reports since the one submitted in October 2008, the KSH list shows.

KSH said it will publish the past reports retroactively according to the deadline set in the court ruling it has yet to receive in writing.

In a non-appealable decision, the Budapest Court of Appeals last Wednesday that KSH must ensure public access to the reports sent to Eurostat as well, declaring it to be information of public interest. The case was initiated by the plaintiff, a journalist, three years ago.

KSH must submit an EDP report, prepared jointly with the National Bank of Hungary and the Finance Ministry, to Eurostat twice a year, on April 1 and October 1. KSH may modify the report based on Eurostat's review. Since 2006, KSH publishes the modified report parallel to the publication by Eurostat. (MTI-Econews)