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Cabinet to discuss tax, social reforms on February 15

  The government will discuss steps necessary for a far-reaching tax, social and employment reform at a cabinet meeting on February 15, Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány said after talks with business leaders and union representatives at a meeting of the Interest Coordinating Council (OET) on Thursday.

The government has seen materials from many experts and will also consider opposing views, but neither the cabinet nor the government has negotiated on these issues, he said.

Gyurcsány reiterated that changes must be made to the internal structure of the budget. The government is preparing the biggest model correction of the past 20 years, he added. Because of the need to create a social and economic program for the next 3-4 years, a national agreement ought to be reached, Gyurcsány said.

The goal is to set a clear road map to introduce the euro in Hungary in a way to improve employment levels and the country’s growth potential, the PM said. (MTI-Eco)