ROME, June 17 Italian government undersecretary
for EU Affairs Sandro Gozi said on Tuesday that Italy welcomed
as a "positive signal" remarks from Germany's Economy Minister
indicating greater flexibility on EU budget rules.
German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday that
the costs of implementing reforms should be taken into account
when considering countries' budget deficits.
On Tuesday German State Secretary for Europe Michael Roth,
speaking together with Gozi at an event in the Italian
parliament, said Germany supported Italy's agenda that the
priorities for Europe must be employment and economic growth.
Italy takes over the rotating presidency of the EU from July
and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is seeking to obtain greater
flexibility on rules governing fiscal deficits.
(Reporting by Giselda Vagnoni and James Mackenzie, writing by