Govt to ensure regions spend EU infrastructure funds

'We will step in if regional officials don't' sources say

(ANSA) - Rome, September 1 - The government will substitute regional authorities as needed to make sure EU-funded infrastructure projects are completed, government sources said Monday.
    The exercise of the so-called "power of substitution" is contained in Premier Matteo Renzi's Unblock Italy decree, which is designed to eliminate red tape, stimulate the economy, and attract investors.
    As part of the decree, the government will take it upon itself to act as a watchdog, making sure regions comply with EU norms and spend funds they are allocated, the sources said.


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