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Italy must stick to Monti reforms: OECD

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) says Italy must resist temptation to reverse earlier reforms carried out by PM Mario Monti's government

AFP, Monday 24 Sep 2012

Italy must resist the temptation to go back on key reforms launched by Prime Minister Mario Monti's government since they are crucial for the country and the future of Europe, the OECD said on Monday.

"No to the temptation to go back and dismantle the reforms that have been accomplished!" Angel Gurria, the head of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), said as he presented a report in Rome.

Gurria said the reforms "have been necessary for a long time" and were "courageous, ambitious and vast", adding: "This is not just about the future of Italy but also the future of the European construction."

The mandate given to Monti last November to form a technical government to drag Italy out of crisis following Silvio Berlusconi's resignation runs out when a general election is held as scheduled in the spring of 2013.

Monti has focussed on overhauling the labour market and restoring public finances for what is one of the most indebted countries in Europe.

As Italy's election season heats up, there have been calls to reverse some of the main reforms he has imposed such as a new property tax.

Gurria said Italy could increase its gross domestic product by four percentage points over the next decade if it carried through the reforms.

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