MILAN Jan 25 Italy's outgoing Prime Minister
Mario Monti has pledged to resume talks on a tax deal with
Switzerland if he serves a second term after next month's
election, a Swiss spokesman said.
Rome and Bern have been negotiating on a tax agreement since
May as Italy seeks to recoup tax revenues from Italian citizens
it believes have evaded tax by moving savings to Switzerland.
"On the political level Monti isn't authorized to negotiate
during the period until the elections in Italy," a spokesman for
the Swiss Federal Department of Finance said on Friday.
"He promised, however, that he would reinforce these
negotiations should he be also the next prime minister of
Since Monti announced in December that he was resigning as
prime minister, talks have continued only to examine technical
aspects of a possible deal.
The spokesman confirmed that Monti and Swiss Finance
Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf met on Thursday at the World
Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and discussed fiscal
Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter said last week he
expected a tax deal with Italy to be reached soon and hoped the
Italian election on Feb. 24-25 would not interrupt talks.
(Reporting by Elvira Pollina, writing by Francesca Landini;
Editing by Susan Fenton)