The Deputy Attorney General of the Public Prosecutor’s Office at the Federal Court of Auditors (TCU), Lucas Rocha Furtado, asked the Court this Monday (30) to monitor the actions of the Ministry of Finance to achieve the objective of zero budget deficit in 2024 .and report progress made to the National Congress.
“Considering that this is a very topical subject, recent and constantly evolving, I understand that it is up to the TCU to monitor the issue in order to understand the risks and difficulties in achieving the possible zero deficit” , says Furtado.
“It is certain that to evaluate such a complex subject, expertise would be required. This knowledge can be obtained from the high technical staff of this Court. Therefore, this Court has the opportunity to add and contribute to the case.
In the representation, Furtado cites the speech of the Minister of Finance, Fernando Haddad, this morning, in which he declares that the budgetary objective is “maintained”, despite the declarations of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT). During a breakfast with journalists on Friday (27), the president of the Palácio do Planalto said that the government will “barely” reach the zero target.
“’Zero deficit’, that is, a balance of public accounts, without negative or positive results, is provided for in the budgetary framework, a new rule approved this year to control government spending. It turns out that to achieve this goal, the government encountered certain obstacles,” writes the deputy prosecutor.
Furtado says the economic team’s “promise to eliminate the deficit in 2024 depends on a significant increase in revenues next year.” “It will take 168 billion reais in additional revenue,” but part of the measures listed by the government to increase revenue still need to be approved by Congress.