September 13, 2018 / 8:03 AM / 8 months ago

Italy must cut wasteful spending, prioritise investment - EU's Moscovici

PARIS, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Italy needs to cut wasteful spending and prioritise investment and infrastructure spending that will help stimulate growth and productivity, European economics affairs commissioner Pierre Moscovici said on Thursday.

“It’s in Italy’s interest to reduce its very high public debt,” Moscovici said, speaking at a European Commission event in Paris.

“It would be a lie to think one can invest more with a higher deficit. If that happens, you end up with more debt and less capacity to invest.”

Moscovici added that he was working closely with Italy’s finance minister in what he described as a “constructive climate” and said he hoped that would continue. (Reporting by Yann Le Guernigou; writing by Luke Baker; editing by Richard Lough)

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