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No budget increase for public institutions till 2008

Hungary's Finance Ministry is not planning to increase the 2006 operating costs of the public sector in the next two years. This applies to both wages and other expenses, Magyar Nemzet wrote yesterday, citing Finance Minister János Veres as its source. According to the minister, the forthcoming restructuring of the public sector, involving the cutting back spending, will create the basis for implementing this decision. Veres also said that as of this fall, the government intends to modify the salary structure in the public sector, which will include taking various aspects into consideration when determining the salary of public servants. According to Veres, no public institution will get more budget in 2007 and 2008. According to the Cooperation Platform of Trade Unions, the announcements made by Veres are new information. The leader of the platform criticized the budget freezing plans of the government, and warned of possible protests scheduled for this fall. (Portfolio)