New PM Letta says Italy must reform, extend welfare provision

ROME, April 29 Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:54am EDT

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ROME, April 29 (Reuters) - Italy must reform an outdated and inadequate welfare system, new Prime Minister Enrico Letta said in his maiden speech to parliament on Monday.

"We need a welfare system which is more universal, more focused on young people and women, extending it to those who are not covered, especially temporary workers," Letta said, adding that he would work with trade unions to find ways to cut unemployment.

Letta also announced that the first measure of his government would be to reduce the salaries of parliamentarians.

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