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Socialists call for alternative draft budgets, higher reserves

The government should prepare several alternative drafts for the 2012 central budget and select the best in view of the actual economic situation at a later date, Imre Szekeres, a Socialist Party MP, told a press conference on Tuesday.

Next year's budget should also be based on higher reserves than indicated in the government's budget guidelines, Szekeres added. The guidelines, he said, indicate that "the government is at a loss, searching in vain for responses to uncertainty in the global economy and to its own mistakes."

Szekeres said his party would submit its detailed proposals for improving the budget draft to the government before August 15.