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Renzi starts 'serious' work with visit to Treviso school

Premier also to meet mayors, businesses after confidence votes

26 February, 10:40
Renzi starts 'serious' work with visit to Treviso school (ANSA) - Treviso, February 26 - Premier Matteo Renzi got down to what he has described as the "serious" work of government on Wednesday with a visit to a school in the northern city of Treviso.

The coalition government of the leader of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) is fully operational after it won confidence votes in the Lower and Upper Houses of parliament on Tuesday.

Renzi, Italy's youngest-ever premier at 39, has stressed that government should go outside Rome and he has pledged to visit a school every week, stressing that education is the key to reversing the economic decline the country has experienced in recent years.

"Education is the engine of growth," Renzi, who is married to a teacher, said in a speech in the Senate Monday ahead of the confidence vote there. "It's essential the government is not only in Rome".

Renzi visited Treviso's Coletti middle school with Education Minister Stefania Giannini and Labour Minister Giuliano Poletti and met teachers and pupils.

The school is in the suburbs of Treviso and has a high percentage of children born to migrants. "It went well, very well," he said afterwards.

Renzi is also set to meet workers, entrepreneurs and local government representatives in Treviso.