Letta tells Confindustria he can't wreck Italy's accounts
Premier responds to criticism of 2014 budget package19 December, 15:44
Confindustria has repeatedly said the package does not do enough to revive the recession-battered economy and is too timid with labour-tax cuts.
Letta pointed out that his government has to ensure the budget deficit-to-GDP ratio remains within the 3% threshold allowed by the EU and act to reduce Italy's huge public debt.
"I have the responsibility to keep the Italy boat steady," said Letta ahead of a European Union summit in Brussels.
"I want tools for growth, without wrecking the accounts".