Italy's government starts to work, Conte meets EU chiefs

Italy's PM Giuseppe Conte said on Wednesday that his new government is getting straight down to work after winning the second of two confidence votes in the upper house of parliament on Tuesday, ANSA reported. On Wednesday Conte is meeting European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen, the outgoing EC chief Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk for talks in Brussels.

"We do not have any time to waste in the EU”, he said ahead of the talks. Conte pointed out that he will work to achieve three fundamental objectives for Italy and for the interests of the Italian people: to modify the Stability Pact to favour growth, to go beyond the Dublin Regulation (on managing migrants) and to have an extraordinary regime of interventions that help growth and the development of southern Italy.

Conte's second government is based on the alliance between the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) and the centre-left Democratic Party (PD). The PD and the M5S, traditionally fierce rivals, made a pact after League leader and former interior minister Matteo Salvini pulled the plug on Conte's first League-M5S government last month.


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