Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has easily won a final parliamentary vote of confidence after pledging to slash red tape and “revolutionise” the economy.
The Chamber of Deputies approved the motion by a comfortable margin of 378 in favour to 220 against. Renzi had been expected to win the vote easily due to the Democratic Party’s (PD) lower house majority.
In his maiden address to the Chamber of Deputies, Renzi who at 39 is Italy’s youngest prime minister, said radical steps were needed to revive an economy that’s barely grown over the past 15 years.
He also said Italy’s 6-month presidency of the EU from July was “a gigantic opportunity”.
“The Europe that we want, as we’ve often said, is a Europe where Italy doesn’t receive the line it needs to follow and instructions on what it must do. Instead, we what a Europe where Italy makes a fundamental contribution because there can be no Europe without Italy,” he said.
However, his speech, which gave little details, was greeted coolly by the chamber, with little applause even from his parliamentary majority.
Renzi won his first confidence vote in the upper house Senate on Monday.