BRUSSELS Dec 13 Prime Minister Mario Monti
urged the next Italian government to continue his reform agenda
and declined to comment on Silvio Berlusconi's announcement that
he would withdraw plans to stand in next year's election if
Monti runs for a new term.
Asked about Berlusconi's remark, Monti, speaking in
Brussels, said it was not the time or place to respond and said
he was committed to leading the government in the brief time
remaining before the 2013 budget is approved and he resigns.
He said that the elections, expected to be called early
after his technocrat government lost the support of Berlusconi's
centre-right party in parliament, would produce a government
committed to Europe.
"Whatever the result of the Italian elections, there will be
a government in Italy in line with the tradition of Italy's
strong support for European integration," he told reporters.