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Italy targets budget deficit to rise next year, debt to fall - source

Italy targets budget deficit to rise next year, debt to fall - source
FILE PHOTO - Workers are seen on top of a building under construction in a commercial area in Casalpusterlengo, near Cremona, Italy, March 10, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini -
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ROME (Reuters) – Italy will target its budget deficit at around 2.2% of gross domestic product next year, falling to 1.8% in 2021 and 1.4% in 2022, a political source said on Saturday.

Economic growth is seen around 0,6% next year, and rising to 1.0% in each of the following two years, according to a draft of the targets seen by the source.

Cabinet is due to sign off on the new targets contained in the Treasury’s Economic and Financial Document (DEF) at a meeting on Monday.

The targets are still subject to possible marginal revisions ahead of Monday’s meeting, the source said. In particular the 2020 deficit goal could be lowered to 2.1% depending on ongoing negotiations with the European Commission.

(Reporting by Gavin Jones, writing by Giulio Piovaccari)

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