November 20, 2018 / 10:59 AM / 23 days ago

Italy ought to seek economic commissioner role after 2019 EU vote - deputy PM

FILE PHOTO: Matteo Salvini attends a news conference after a cabinet meeting at Chigi Palace in Rome, Italy, October 20 2018. REUTERS/Remo Casilli/File Photo

ROME (Reuters) - Italy should seek to nominate a commissioner with an economic role after the 2019 European elections, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Tuesday.

“I think that the government of change should go to Brussels indicating a commissioner that will deal with the economy, work, transports, industry, agriculture. Let’s leave the talk to others, Italy needs facts, and jobs,” Salvini said, speaking at a conference in Rome.

European parliamentary elections are due at the end of May.

He criticised Italy’s decision in the past to focus on the high-ranked Commissioner post of EU foreign policy chief, held by Federica Mogherini since 2014.

“This is what I think, and I believe we will obtain it,” Salvini said.

Reporting by Giulia Segreti, editing by Davide Barbuscia

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