ROME, April 30 Italy cannot change the fiscal
commitments made with its European partners for this year,
Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said on Tuesday, adding to a range
of views on public finance pledges expressed by Enrico Letta's
"Italy cannot re-negotiate the 2.9 percent," Emma Bonino
told reporters in parliament in reference to the 2013 budget
deficit target of 2.9 percent of gross domestic product.
Earlier on Tuesday, Industry Minister Flavio Zanonato said
Italy had to talk to the EU to allow it to exclude investment
spending from deficit calculations. That view was echoed by
regional affairs minister Graziano Delrio.
Centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi, a crucial stakeholder
in the coalition government then said Italy "must go to Europe
... to re-negotiate the deficit commitments that we made."