The draft was endorsed on Thursday by the Portuguese cabinet without EU prior approval. The country needs to coordinate its budget plans with Brussels to meet the austerity terms of the Commission’s 2011-2014 bailout program.
"The government's plans are at risk of non-compliance with the rules of the Stability and Growth Pact. The Portuguese Government is invited to take the necessary steps to ensure that the 2016 budget is compliant," Commission Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue Valdis Dombrovskis was quoted in the Commission's statement as saying.
The European Commission is scheduled to reassess Portugal's compliance with its obligations under the Stability and Growth Pact in spring. Under the EU rules on fiscal policy coordination, Portugal was to submit its budget proposals by October 15, 2015, but failed to do so due to general elections.