Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Monti meets party leaders for talks on crisis

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(ANSA) - Rome, July 25 - Premier Mario Monti started
meetings with the leaders of the three main parties supporting
his emergency government for talks on measures to combat the
eurozone crisis and the pressure Italy's bonds are coming under
on the money markets.
The premier met Pier Luigi Bersani of the centre-left
Democratic Party early on Wednesday and saw Angelino Alfano, the
secretary of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right People
of Freedom (PdL) party, later in the day.
He will meet Pier Ferdinando Casini of the centrist UDC on
Thursday.
"We reflected together on a very, very worrying general
situation," Bersani said after his meeting.
"There is a need to follow up on the decisions made at the
European summit and for a state of alert by all the
institutions".
European leaders agreed on a number of measures to combat
the eurozone crisis at a summit late in June, including plans to
allow EU rescue funds to be used to support the bonds of
countries facing soaring borrowing costs.
This mechanism, the so-called spread shield, has been
thrown in doubt after the governments of the Netherlands and
Finland expressed reservations.
Bersani added that he had asked to changes to parts of the
government's plans to save 26 billion euros over the next three
years after conducting a review of public spending.
"We talked about spending review and I pointed out that
there are things that we support and we want to strengthen, and
two to three points on health and regional governments (that
must change)", Bersani said.
"We hope that on a couple of points there is very careful
consideration".
Alfano said he "reiterated to the premier that the PdL will
support the government until its term ends (next year)",
deflating speculation that the crisis could bring about early
elections in the autumn.
Monti is also thought to have encouraged the leaders to
find an agreement for a new electoral law to replace the
much-criticised current system in time for next year's
elections.
The PdL and PD blamed each other for the impasse on
Wednesday.

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