Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018
ROME

Napolitano calls for fairness in govt spending review

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(ANSA) - Rome, August 14 - Italian President Giorgio
Napolitano on Tuesday called on the government to make "socially
balanced choices" in its 26-billion-euro spending review.
In a letter Tuesday from Napolitano's secretary-general to
the secretary to the Italian Premier Mario Monti, Napolitano
asked the government to be fair in its application of the
program that aims to cut billions from Italy's budget over the
next three years.
The package was passed earlier this month by both the House
and the Senate.
The cuts, which among other things aim to avert a 2%
increase in VAT scheduled for October, include a 10% reduction
of staff and 20% reduction of managers in Italy's large public
administration, as well as trimming benefits.
The bill includes cuts to health-care spending and defence,
slashing chauffeured cars for public officials and raising
higher-education tuition fees, with university students behind
in their coursework getting hit particularly hard.
The International Monetary Fund has called the plan "a step
in the right direction" that will help Italy's budget in the
short term, but added that deeper measures would be necessary to
"reinforce prospects for the medium term."
Labor unions have called the cuts "a meat cleaver" and have
threatened to stage a public-sector strike.

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