Action must be taken quickly to approve the 2020 and 2021 budgets


“I would like to make it clear that there is room for action at the required speed, each within its own powers and functions, to advance the 2020 budget bill and the 2021 budget bill, and bring them up for discussion in the cabinet,” Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit wrote today to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Deputy Prime Minister Bnei Gantz and Finance Minister Israel Katz.

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In the letter, Mandelblit referred to a petition filed on the subject and wrote that “a few days ago, on November 24, 2020, the Supreme Court addressed the difficulty arising from the fact that the said provisions of Basic Law: State Economy are not complied with by the government.” Times in recent months.

Spokesman Avichai Mandelblit Photo: Moti Kimhi

The Basic Law stipulates that the government is required to place the budget bill (on the Knesset table) on the date set by the Knesset Finance Committee. In addition, the said section also sets a deadline for the proposal. It is known that these dates have passed – both in relation to the 2020 budget (On 9.11.2020) and in relation to the 2021 budget (on, without the government putting a budget bill on the Knesset table. ”

The purpose of the dates set is to allow a reasonable time of 60 days for the Knesset to discuss budget proposals before the fiscal year begins.

Mandelblit adds that “things are certainly more true when the intention is to put alongside the budget bill, also proposals for structural changes (the Arrangements Act) and fiscal legislation that requires an additional stay in the Knesset.”

Tomorrow, Katz is expected to present the budget frameworks and arrangements law to Prime Minister Netanyahu, when according to Katz the 2021 budget will be approved by the government in December, but Netanyahu has not yet reached an agreement with Ganz to allow the 2020 budget split from the 2021 budget. The 2020 budget must pass Knesset approval by December 23, ie 8 days before the end of the budget year


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