Italy PM Monti says no need for additional budget

ROME Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:11am GMT

Italy's Prime Minister Mario Monti speaks during a news conference at the end of an European Union leaders summit meeting to discuss the European Union's long-term budget in Brussels February 8, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Vidal

Italy's Prime Minister Mario Monti speaks during a news conference at the end of an European Union leaders summit meeting to discuss the European Union's long-term budget in Brussels February 8, 2013.

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ROME (Reuters) - Outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti dismissed suggestions that emergency budget measures could be needed to keep Italy's public finances in order, saying the government's balanced budget target would not be affected by worsening economic conditions.

Italy is aiming to achieve a balanced budget in structural or growth-adjusted terms in 2013 and would not be required to make allowance for an unexpected deterioration in its already dim growth prospects this year, he said.

"If the economic cycle is worse than expected, the European Commission takes account of this and it does not change the objective so it doesn't require an additional budget," he told RAI state television.

(Reporting By James Mackenzie)

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