Juncker says Italian EU presidency was 'inspiring' - update2

EC president says union would be in budget crisis without Rome

(ANSA) - Brussels, January 13 - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday hailed Italy's duty president of the European Union as having "inspiring elements", adding that Rome had "done a good job". He said that Italy had been crucial in the approval of his 300-billion-euro investment plan and said the union would be in the midst of a "budget crisis" without Rome's work on a budget agreement for 2014 and 2015. "Many elements inspiring the actions of the Commission are due to the enthusiasm of the Italian presidency," he said. "Viva Italia".


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