Spain’s 2023 Financial Year: A Balancing Act of Deficit Reduction and Social Protection Expansion

Spain meets deficit goal and finishes 2023 with 3.64% GDP.

Spain has closed the 2023 financial year with a public deficit of 3.64% of GDP, slightly lower than the provisional 3.66% reported last week by the Minister of Finance, Mara Jess Montero. The Ministry stated that the data changed minimally after receiving the definitive national accounting data, with the deficit standing at 3.65% excluding financial aid.

Despite this reduction in deficit, Spain has continued to reinforce its Welfare State and social protections to combat the effects of various challenges, including war in Ukraine and ongoing economic uncertainties. Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, Spain has reduced its deficit by over 60 billion euros while expanding public services. The Social Security system closed 2023 with a deficit of 8,627 million euros, equivalent to 0.59% of GDP, despite record contributions and increased employment.

The closing data for 2023 show a negative balance of 8,211 million euros, equivalent to 0.56% of GDP, for the Social Security Funds, which include the Salary Guarantee Fund (Fogasa) and the Spanish Public Employment Service (SEPE). Social Security received 43,908 million euros in transfers last year, showing a 2.8% increase.

In addition to these developments on social security fronts, Spain’s financial landscape also displayed a mix of deficit reduction efforts and economic growth throughout 2023. Despite challenges such as high inflation rates and geopolitical tensions with neighboring countries like France and Morocco

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