ROME Jan 18 Swiss Foreign Minister Didier
Burkhalter said on Friday that he expects to reach a tax deal
with Italy soon and that he hopes that Feb. 24-25 parliamentary
elections will not interrupt talks.
The two countries have been negotiating since May as Italy
seeks to bring home tax revenue lost when Italian tax evaders
moved their savings to Switzerland.
"I'm confident along with the entire Federal Council that an
accord can be reached soon on the entire fiscal package,"
Burkhalter said in a speech in Rome.
"I hope that the Italian election campaign does not
interrupt the talks" centered "not on an amnesty but on a
payment covering the entire capital, taking into account some
parametres, like how long ago the deposit was made."
(Reporting by Roberto Landucci. Writing by Steve Scherer.)