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Italy promises to obey EU fiscal rules in next budget as debt rises

Responding to a letter from the EU Commission questioning why Italy's already huge debt grew last year, Economy Minister blamed an economic downturn

Reuters  |  Rome 

Italy has vowed to respect the European Union’s fiscal rules in its next budget despite deteriorating public finances and a pledge by the anti-austerity government for swingeing tax cuts. Responding to a letter from the EU Commission questioning why Italy’s already huge debt grew last year, Economy Minister Giovanni Tria blamed an economic downturn and said additional belt-tightening measures would make things worse. “I wish to reiterate that the 2020 budget will be SGP (Stability and Growth Pact) compliant,” Tria said in his letter to Brussels, published ...

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First Published: Sat, June 01 2019. 19:29 IST
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