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Confindustria slams 'suffocating' bureaucracy in Italy

Red tape taking country 'hostage'

04 February, 14:45
Confindustria slams 'suffocating' bureaucracy in Italy (ANSA) - Rome, February 4 - The head of Italy's influential industrial confederation said bureaucracy was "suffocating" the country. "Italy is a country that for years has been a hostage to suffocating bureaucracy, one that sucks up vital energy from businesses and citizens and diverts time and resources from more productive uses," said Confindustria chief Giorgio Squinzi. "We need to change course. Otherwise we'll float adrift and sink". Cutting Italy's notorious red tape is at the center of a recent proposal meant to boost employment by Matteo Renzi, the head of the center-left Democratic Party (PD), the biggest group in parliament.