The Spanish government has announced the country's most severe round of budget cuts yet.
The new batch of measures and reforms are aimed at convincing international authorities and investors that it is on track to meet its deficit reduction targets.
As concerns mounted that the country will soon seek a bailout, Finance Minister Cristobal Montoro said today the draft budget for 2013 would cut overall spending by 40 billion euro (£31.8 billion). He said cuts for ministries would average 8.9 %.
"This is a budget in times of crisis but one to help get out of the crisis," said deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria.
Many think the measures are a precursor to Spain seeking European Central Bank help.