Cyprus posted a fiscal deficit of €1.19 billion, which corresponds to 5.7% of GDP, as the government tried to borrow its ways out of the pandemic, the Statistical Service said on Thursday.
Affected by the Covid pandemic, Cyprus’ public debt rose to €24.83 billion at the end of 2020, while the island’s GDP in current prices amounted to €21 billion with a debt to GDP ratio of 118.2%.
For 2021, the fiscal deficit is projected to be reduced to €700 million while the public debt is estimated to slightly decline to €24.68 billion, with GDP at current market prices estimated to rise to €22.10 billion (giving a GDP ratio of 111.6%).
The preliminary data have been audited and verified within the Excessive Deficit Procedure framework of the European Commission.
Source: Financial Mirror