With its decision, the government approved the report on the cash execution of the consolidated fiscal program for the first half of 2019.
On the basis of the quarterly cash reports for the implementation of the budgets of the first budget spending units, the budget balance under the Consolidated Fiscal Program for the first half of 2019 is positive at BGN 3 223,3 million and is formed by an excess of revenues over expenditures under the national budget in the amount of BGN 3 107,6 million and by European funds in the amount of BGN 115,7 million.
The receipts, grants, and donations under the CFP as of June 30 amount to BGN 22 285,8 million or 50,8% of the annual estimates, reporting an increase of 16 percent compared to the same period of the previous year. Tax receipts increase in nominal terms by 10.4 percent compared to the first half of 2018. Non-tax revenues have increased by 38.4 percent compared to those reported for the first six months of 2018, while receipts from grants and donations have increased by 64.9 percent compared to those reported as of June of the previous year. The total amount of tax receipts (including social security income) as of the end of June amounted to BGN 17 686.3 million, which represents 51.2% of the annual estimates. In structural terms, the most significant growth was recorded in contributions from social security contributions and indirect taxes. Non-tax revenues amount to BGN 3 448.4 million, which represents 52.0% of the annual estimates. It should be noted that the non-tax revenues show a base effect in the part of the revenues from the budget of the Electricity Security Fund “due to the amendments to the Energy Act of 01.07.2018, which changed the collection mechanism. Therefore, the revenue from the budget of the Fund for the first half of 2019 is higher than the revenue for the same period of 2018. The revenue from grants and donations is 1 151,1 million. the lion.
The expenditures under the consolidated fiscal program (including the contribution of the Republic of Bulgaria to the EU budget) at the end of June amounted to BGN 19 062.5 million, which is 42.9% of the annual estimates. Non-interest expenses amount to BGN 17,931.9 million, which is 42.4% of the annual estimates. Current non-interest expenses as of June 30 amount to BGN 16 418.3 million, capital expenditures (including the net increase of the government reserve) amount to BGN 1 499.8 million, current and capital transfers provided abroad are in Interest payments amount to BGN 413.1 million or 61.7% of the plans for 2019.
The part of the Republic of Bulgaria’s contribution to the EU budget paid as of 30 June from the central budget, amounts to BGN 717.5 million, which is in implementation of the current EU own resources legislation.
The amount of the fiscal reserve as of June 30 is BGN 11.7 billion, incl. BGN 11.3 billion of fiscal reserve deposits with the BNB and banks and BGN 0.4 billion of claims on European Union funds for certified expenditures, advances and more.