October 1, 2018 / 1:04 PM / in 19 days

Italy, all states should stick to common fiscal rules - France's Le Maire

LUXEMBOURG, Oct 1 (Reuters) - The French Finance Minister said on Monday all euro zone states should abide by European Union fiscal rules, when asked about Italy’s plans to run a large deficit next year.

Bruno Le Maire said “All states have to do their best to stick to commitments” and stressed that fiscal rules are the same for all and, if respected, strengthened the euro zone.

He added that the first decisions on the Italian budget will be made by the European Commission. Then states will react with a “step-by-step” approach. (Reporting by Francesco Guarascio; editing by Philip Blenkinsop)

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