VIENNA (Reuters) – Italy has to cut its structural deficit, the European Union economics commissioner said on Friday, stressing that it was in the country’s interest to prepare a budget that would decrease its large debt.
“Italy has to reduce its structural deficit,” Pierre Moscovici told journalists on arrival for a meeting of euro zone ministers in Vienna.
He declined to comment on specific numerical targets, but insisted that Italy had already benefited of a lot of flexibility under EU fiscal rules.
Italy, as all other euro zone countries, will have to submit its draft budget for next year by mid-October. The Commission could reject it if it found it not in line with EU rules, a power that the EU executive has so far never used.
(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio)