Spain's government in deal on crucial 2011 budget

22nd September 2010, Comments 0 comments

Spain's ruling Socialist Party government said Wednesday it has struck a political deal that could allow it to pass the 2011 budget, crucial to its plan for slashing the public deficit.

The head of the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV), Inigo Urkullu, said the government has agreed to transfer 472 million euros for "active employment policies" in the Basque Country, describing it as an "historic event".

The parliamentary spokesman for the Socialist Party, Jose Antonio Alonso, said the deal was essential for securing the PNV's support in parliament for the 2011 budget.

However, he emphasised "we will not take (the PNV's support) for granted, we must continue working."

© 2010 AFP

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