NBS raps Slovak government for spending plans

The Slovak central bank (NBS) sees 2001 inflation at between 6.8% to 7.7%, local news agency SITA reported on Thursday, citing an NBS document commenting on the government's 2001 budget proposal. In October, NBS vice governor Elena Kohutikova said that preliminary data showed the central bank would set its end-2001 forecast at 6.0%-7.5%.

SITA said that in the document, the NBS rapped the government for 2001 spending plans that could push the total fiscal deficit next year past its self-imposed