Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
ROME

Italy must do better to help youth flourish, says Monti

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Rome, December 17 - Premier Mario Monti admitted on
Monday that Italy must work harder to help young people flourish
by investing more in the country's human capital.
Young people here are suffering the effects of a decade of
sluggish economic growth and over a third of Italian
15-to-24-year-olds are jobless.
"We have to do more and do better," Monti said in a radio
message to Italian students.
"To get going again we could start with an extraordinary
investment in human capital, which all the forces of the country
could participate in, above all the businesses.
"The fact that the State cannot resolve every problem on
its own does not mean the Italian people cannot together, as a
country.
"I was the first to say that it's not enough to tell you to
be hopeful and call on you to cultivate this hope. We have to
organise the hope and stimulate fresher creativity, more
liberating imagination, and the heady joy of initiative.
"We have to convince ourselves that we have to throw open
the window of the future in order to grow, be daring together,
change together".
Monti, who came to power at the helm of emergency
government of unelected technocrats last year, is set to resign
when the 2013 budget law is passed after ex-premier Silvio
Berlusconi's People of Freedom party withdrew its support.
The former European commissioner, who does not belong to a
political party, is said to be considering standing at elections
likely to take place in February with a special electoral list
of his own.
He added on Monday that he was hopeful Italy would pull out
of a recession made deeper by his government's austerity
measures in the new year.
"I hope 2013 can finally be the year in which Italy starts
to see the concrete prospect of growth again and look to the
future with hope, not fear," Monti said.
"Let's hope we can be among the leading players of a
recovery that gives back certainty to you young people, as the
time comes closer for you to make decisions and find stable,
dignified work".

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