Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
BRUSSELS

Italy didn't respect public-debt rules - Tajani (3)

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Brussels, December 7 - Italy did not respect EU
rules on public debt, European Parliament President Antonio
Tajani said Thursday.
"Even in 2013," he said, "when Brussels granted the
possibility of breaching the Stability Pact to pay civil-service
and public-sector creditors, this opportunity was not used," he
said.
It was thus "inevitable" that Italy be reported to the
European Court of Justice almost five years after a European
Commission directive, he said.
Now, he said, what was needed was a "swift change of course".
The European Commission said earlier that it has referred
Italy to the EU Court of Justice over late payments by the
Italian public authorities to private-sector suppliers.
Under the EU's Late Payment Directive, public authorities
have to pay for the goods and services they procure within 30
days or, in very exceptional circumstances, within 60 days of
receiving the bill.
"The Commission acknowledges the efforts made by the Italian
government to improve the situation since the launch of the
infringement procedure with a letter of formal notice in June
2014 and the subsequent reasoned opinion sent in February 2017,"
the EC said.
"However, more than three years after the launch of the
infringement procedure, the Italian public authorities still
take on average 100 days to settle their invoices, with peaks
which can considerably exceed this figure".
It said the decision to refer Italy to the court was aimed at
protecting European businesses, particularly small- and
medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

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