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Italy risks two EU infraction procedures over debt to firms

European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani warns

19 March, 19:46
Italy risks two EU infraction procedures over debt to firms (ANSA) - Brussels, March 19 - The European Union could open two infraction procedures against Italy over its repayment of government debt to firms, European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani told ANSA on Wednesday.

Tajani said the Italian government had been unclear on whether it was implementing EU directives correctly in a letter sent to Brussels on March 10 after the European Commission had asked for information over its delay in paying off public administration debts.

Italian Premier Matteo Renzi last month said repaying the government's longstanding debt to firms to help revive the economy was the first pledge of his new administration.

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