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'Very positive' meeting between Renzi, Van Rompuy

Labour market reforms in Italy key topic

21 March, 14:38
'Very positive' meeting between Renzi, Van Rompuy (See related) (ANSA) - Rome, March 21 - Premier Matteo Renzi had a "very positive" meeting Friday with the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy where the pair discussed reforms to the country's labour market, Italian sources said.

Van Rompuy showed strong interest in reform plans that Renzi has outlined, including 10 billion euros in tax breaks for low-income Italians, sources said.

The pair also discussed Italy's plans when it assumes the rotating presidency of the European Union in July for a six-month stint, the sources said.

Further meetings are planned between Renzi and Van Rompuy before then.