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Reforms are 'great opportunity' says Letta

'Others say we're cool but won't do business with us'

06 February, 18:07
Reforms are 'great opportunity' says Letta (see previous on Renzi, govt).

(ANSA) - Rome, February 6 - Planned reforms to make the Italian political system and government more effective are a "great opportunity", as long as they are done "swiftly", Premier Enrico Letta said Thursday.

Letta said Italy needed to have a new electoral law in place before May's European elections and also to have kicked off the process of reforming the Constitution to take back powers from the regions and scrap the Senate as a lawmaking chamber equal to the House, saving billions of euros.

"We have to attack problems with great force, there is a lot of attention on our country, all things being equal between us and others, they choose us, they say we're cool, it's the coolest place in the world, but then they say that if you're so disorganised it's impossible to do business with you," Letta told bigwigs in his Democratic Party (PD).

Letta downplayed alleged tensions with new PD leader Matteo Renzi, as Florence Mayor Renzi had done shortly before Letta spoke.

The reforms, which were the fruit of a deal between Renzi and centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi, will be achieved "by playing as a team," he said.