Bulgaria turned to a consolidated budget surplus of 67.4 million levs ($42.8 million/34.5 million euro) in the first five months of 2012, finance ministry data indicated.
In January-May 2011 the country ran a consolidated budget deficit of some 598 million levs.
The budget surplus through May was formed by a surplus of 334.5 million levs in the national budget and a deficit of 267.0 million levs on the EU funds, the finance ministry said.
Bulgaria's nominal budget expenditures grew by 3.3% on the year through May due to the increased costs under EU-funded programmes, while national budget expenditures contracted by 39.9 million levs.
Fiscal reserves amounted to 5.0 billion levs at the end of May.