"Terror" about debts that new mayors might discover
An endlessly indebted "broader" Public Sector has a habit of sending the bill to the Minister of Finance every time the situation gets out of control.
This "randomness factor" terrorizes even the Troika auditors, who have previously stated that " You make a budget report in order to know how far off you are in the end". For this exact reason, the Troika has demanded that all public debtors give evidence of their debt every month, in order to avoid a miscalculated budget at year's end.
According to facts publicized by the Ministry of Finance, this form of gathering information shows that "general government" debts were pushing 7.6 billion euro by October 2010. At the end of September, spending was at 7.2 billion, which means that it rose by almost half a billion within the space of a month!
While the mayoral elections were taking place in October, the evidence-gathering ground to a halt instead of increasing. Only 905 bodies had given data on September, whereas in August that number was 967. This, in turn, proves that previous mayors had ben withholding information, whereas new mayors had not yet discovered debts left behind by their predecessors. Added to this are the Ministries, with debts up to 620.5 million euro in October. All this, amounts to a total of 8.2 billion Euro in the red for the public sector.
All debts, according to the Memorandum, must be paid in full immediately (no debts after 90 days).
According to the ministry of Finance, the country owes 6.5 billion to hospitals, 660.1 million to insurance funds, 365.2 million to Regional Government Organisations (OTA), and another 116.2 million to various legal persons.
Where the dust will settle remains to be seen though, since only 781 out of a total of 1061 public sector carriers have provided information and fiscal data, meaning that 1 out of 5 bodies is still holding on to "secret documents".
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