Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018

Govt working for growth, but has no magic wand, says Grilli


(ANSA) - Rome, October 3 - The government is working to pull
Italy out of the recession and boost growth but it does not have
a magic wand, Economy Minister Vittorio Grilli told parliament
on Wednesday.
Premier Mario Monti's emergency technocrat government has
passed a series of structural economic reforms that should boost
growth in the long term. The IMF has said the reforms will add
4% to the country's GDP over the next 10 years.
But the government has also approved austerity measures,
including several tax hikes that have further raised Italy's
already high tax burden.
These were aimed at cutting the budget deficit but they
have also contributed to deepening the recession that started
last year.
"The ongoing situation of crisis demands a strong
commitment from the government to give concrete responses to the
urgent need to revive the economy, not just in the medium and
long term, but also in the short term," Grilli said.
He said the government was aware of the risk that the
austerity measures would fail to hit their target of eliminating
Italy's deficit next year if the recession continues to hit
public revenues.
He also said he agreed with the recent assessment of the
Audit Court, which said the current tax burden is unsustainable,
and recognised that it is necessary to "give back a more
balanced setting to economic policy".
But he also stressed that: "growth is a magic word and
everyone would like for there to be a magic wand too, but there

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