Belgium reaches deal on austerity budget, prime minister says

BRUSSELS Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:07am EST

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BRUSSELS Nov 20 (Reuters) - Belgium has reached a deal on its 2013 austerity budget, Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo said on his Twitter feed on Tuesday, after about a month of negotiations.

"We have a deal on the 2013 budget and on supplementary measures for employment and competitivity," he wrote in the Tweet.

Belgium needs to save 3.7 billion euros ($4.74 billion) in 2013 if it is to reach its goal of cutting its deficit to 2.15 percent of output during the year.

($1 = 0.7803 euros) (Reporting by Ben Deighton; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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