Parliament to vote on 2013 budget balancing bill

BELGRADE -- The Serbian parliament will on Friday in Belgrade vote on the 2013 budget balancing bill.

The proposal puts expected revenue at RSD 873.4 billion, spending at RSD 1051.7 billion, and the deficit at RSD 178.3 billion or 4.7 percent of GDP.

Opposition parties said they will not support the bill, which they described as forced and lacking ideas while the budget was "beyond repair."

After the vote, parliament will resume debate on accompanying legislation.

They include draft amendments to the law on taking over the debt of healthcare institutions to wholesale pharmaceutical distributors and ratification of the agreement amending the agreement between Serbia and Italy on a loan for the realization of the program loans for small and medium businesses through the Serbian banking sector.