Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italian government approves slashing number of provinces

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Rome, October 31 - The Italian government agreed to
almost halve the number of provinces to 51 in a bid to cut
public spending, Civil Service Minister Filippo Patroni Griffi
said after Friday's cabinet meeting.
Italy currently has 86 provinces, each with its own
government.
The measures are part of a wider range of reforms
introduced by Premier Mario Monti since he took the helm of a
government of non-political technocrats almost a year ago after
Silvio Berlusconi was forced to resign amid a peak in the euro
crisis.
Since his appointment, Monti has been under pressure to
tackle Italy's 1.9-trillion-euro public-debt load.
Italy, which is the eurozone's third-largest economy, has
over the past year seen its borrowing costs soar to levels
considered unsustainable by most analysts.
An Italian default has been indicated by many as a likely
prelude to the collapse of the 17-member eurozone.

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