Spain unveils $125 billion savings plan

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gestures during a news conference at Madrid's Moncloa Palace August 3, 2012. (REUTERS/Susana Vera)

MADRID: The Spanish government has unveiled a savings package worth $125 billion over three years as it tries to restore confidence in its public sector finances.

A statement on Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's official website late Friday said the government had submitted to the European Commission an outline of spending cuts and revenue increases to 2014.

The "adjustment" will save $16 billion this year, $47.8 billion in 2013 and $61.4 billion in 2014. The total is 57 percent greater than previously forecast and Spain's regional governments will be required to contribute to the savings, the government said.

The statement also said Spain's economy would grow at a rate of 1.2 percent in 2014 by which time it is expected to begin creating jobs.





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