Deputy: The contested budget law articles have nothing to do with the Kurdistan region’s share
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A member of the Finance Committee in the House of Representatives, Sherwan Mirza, announced that the articles of the federal budget law that the federal government challenged have nothing to do with the Kurdistan region’s share of the budget, indicating that the federal government can implement the law, "but that requires a visit by a technical delegation from Erbil to Baghdad." .
Mirza said, "The Iraqi government has problems with the law, and it has challenged ten articles of it while it is awaiting a decision on these appeals, and the contested articles have nothing to do with the share of the Kurdistan region, so Article 11 is not among them. He visited Baghdad and met with the prime minister and the technical delegation of the Iraqi government and decided on the method of implementing Article 11, "according to Rudaw.
On May 9, 2021, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi announced that there is a committee working to disburse the Kurdistan Region’s share of the federal budget and said: “The agreement on the draft budget law was very good, and Article 11 of it was good.” The Kurdistan Region announced its readiness to implement its obligations and commitment By law.
Shirwan Mirza, a member of Parliamentary Finance, said: “It is true that Iraq has not spent the Kurdistan Region’s share yet, but the Budget Law has entered into force, and it has no political or legal problems in front of it. ".
The Kurdistan Region needs 895 billion dinars to secure the salaries of salary recipients, which means that salary coverage needs 10.74 trillion dinars annually.
Mirza pointed out that appealing to other articles of the Federal Budget Law does not legally prevent the implementation of the rest of the law’s articles, and it is natural for the government to challenge the law and continue its implementation until the Federal Court’s decision in the appeal case is issued, so there are no problems preventing the implementation of the law.
Regarding whether there are political problems between Baghdad and Erbil that hinder the implementation of Article 11 of the Iraqi Federal Budget Law for the year 2021, Mirza said: “We in Baghdad do not see that there is a political problem between Iraq and the Kurdistan region, so that the implementation of this article is used as a pressure card. Only laziness on the part of the Iraqi government. The Kurdistan Regional Government must be determined to resolve this issue quickly, because it has a relationship with the sustenance of the citizens of the Kurdistan Region.
Under Article 11 of the Iraqi Federal Budget Law for the year 2021, the Kurdistan Region must produce from its fields 460 thousand barrels of oil per day, and after deducting the expenses of extraction and transportation and the quantities necessary to meet the local need, it must deliver 250 thousand barrels of oil per day at the price of the SOMO company to the federal government . The Kurdistan Region should also hand over 50% of its non-oil revenues to the federal government. Then Baghdad will spend the Kurdistan Region’s share of the budget.