(ANSA) - Rome, March 18 - Education Minister Stefania
Giannini confirmed Tuesday that the government would spend 3.5
billion euros in its first year on repairing the country's
dilapidated schools, with work expected to start this summer.
If all goes to plan, a first batch of renovated schools
would be ready for the start of the new school year, she added.
Giannini said the education ministry already had 1.2
billion euros of available funds, in addition to money recovered
under Italy's internal stability pact for local administrations
that aims to reduce public debt.
Premier Matteo Renzi announced his fledgling government's
intention to spend 3.5 billion euros on schools as part of an
ambitious package of proposals presented last Wednesday.
Other measures on the table include slashing income taxes
by 10 billion euros, investing 1.74 billion euros in social
housing programs and repaying 68 billion euros owed by the
public administration for services.