Portugal is still expected to cut its budget deficit to 4% of economic output this year, even after the country's top court rejected some austerity measures, Fitch said today. 

"The latest ruling reduces a key near-term risk to consolidation and keeps the sovereign on track to hit its fiscal targets this year," the ratings agency said in a statement. 

Portugal's Constitutional Court last week rejected part of planned austerity measures in a blow to efforts by the government to cut its deficit to levels agreed with the European Union. 

The country's top court rejected a pensions tax that was expected to bring in €372m in 2015, but approved a temporary reduction in civil servants' pay. 

"The ruling reinforces our view that Portugal will hit its 2014 fiscal target of a general government deficit of 4% of GDP," Fitch said.
For 2015, the agency predicted that Lisbon will reduce its public deficit even further to 2.75%, despite "the capacity of the court to constrain fiscal policy". 

Portugal is still struggling to rein in its finances after exiting a three-year international aid plan in May. 

Lisbon plans to cut public expenditure to 43% of GDP in 2018, down from more than 48% last year, including by cutting jobs and salaries.