(ANSA) - Rome, March 19 - Premier Matteo Renzi told the
Senate Wednesday his government was not focused on surviving
until elections, but on reforms to jumpstart the economy.
"The measures we've started don't correspond to a wish to
last until a vote," he said. "We're faced with a problem of
(youth) unemployment at 42%, a lack of growth that starts at our
shoelaces, and energy costs that are too high for businesses".
Renzi, who was sworn in last month, forced out his
predecessor, Enrico Letta, after repeatedly accusing him of
focusing on nothing more than surviving in office rather than on
Renzi's fledgling government has since been marked by a
drive to implement a series of reforms, ranging from the
election process to the justice system and the economy.