Bloomberg the Company

Bloomberg Anywhere Login


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000

Follow Us

Industry Products

Monti Reiterates Budget-Rigor Goal as He Pushes Plan for Growth

Don't Miss Out —
Follow us on:

Aug. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti said his government must remain focused on budget discipline as it set out a plan for policies to stimulate economic growth.

The government will focus on debt reduction and asset sales in the coming months as it puts together measures to boost competition, bring down energy costs and support start-up companies, Monti’s Cabinet said late yesterday in an e-mailed statement after a meeting in Rome.

“There is no chance of growth if public finances are not under control,” Economic Development Minister Corrado Passera told reporters after the meeting. “We have found, once again, that each minister has ways to contribute both to the goal of discipline and the goal of growth.”

Monti, who imposed austerity in the first half of his 18-month term, is calling on ministers to formulate policies to pull Italy out of its fourth recession since 2001. Since taking over from Silvio Berlusconi in November, he has reined in Italy’s deficit and lowered borrowing costs through a program that included tax increases on fuel, real estate and luxury goods.

Passera didn’t say when the new government measures to stimulate the economy would be finalized.

“We’ll talk about it,” he said when asked about the timing. “There will be occasions to do it.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew Frye in Rome at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.