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Renzi to present Jobs Act, two-bn schools boost on March 12

Govt also set to announce housing plan

05 March, 12:09
Renzi to present Jobs Act, two-bn schools boost on March 12 (see related story) (ANSA) - Siracusa, March 5 - Premier Matteo Renzi said Wednesday that his new government would present a big series of measures on March 12, including a Jobs Act to combat record unemployment levels and two-billion-euro plan for Italy's schools.

He said the package will also feature help for Italy's ailing housing and construction sector, which has been hit particularly hard by the economic crisis.

"Next Wednesday we'll have a meaty press conference to launch some measures that are very important, because we are ready," said the leader of the Democratic Party (PD), who was sworn in last month after unseating his PD colleague Enrico Letta as premier.

"On Wednesday we'll present the housing plan... and we'll present the Jobs Act and measures for the school.

"We are putting them together not to chain down city mayors, but to unleash them," Renzi added in the Sicilian city of Siracusa following the second of what he has pledged will be weekly visits to Italian schools. Renzi, who is married to a teacher, is giving great importance to education, saying it is "the engine of growth", and to revamping the nation's often decaying schools.

"Two billion euros are ready for school buildings," he said.

"And we have to boost energy efficiency at schools because its possible to pay a lot less in fuel bills".