Romania Paid Overdue Debt in December to Ease 2012 Burden

Jan. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Romania paid its overdue debt to private companies in December and met its 2011 budget deficit target of 4.4 percent of gross domestic product, Finance Minister Gheorghe Ialomitianu.

The Balkan nation has taken advantage of higher than estimated revenue, which helped it keep the budget gap to about 3 percent of GDP at the end of November, and paid its arrears to companies as agreed with the International Monetary Fund, Ialomitianu told reporters today in Bucharest.

“We paid our debts in December and we reduced the payment burden for this year,” Ialomitianu said.

The government plans to narrow its budget deficit to about 1.9 percent of GDP this year to meet pledges to the International Monetary Fund and the European Union, from which it secured a 5-billion-euro ($6.4 billion) precautionary accord.

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