August 13, 2018 / 10:19 AM / a year ago

ECB's Draghi has not had a discussion with Italy's Savona since late July

FILE PHOTO: European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi speaks during the news conference following the governing council's interest rate decision at the ECB headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany July 26, 2018. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - European Central Bank President Mario Draghi met Italy’s European Affairs Minister Paolo Savona at the end of July but they have not had a discussion since, an ECB spokesperson said on Monday.

The ECB’s comments come after newspaper La Stampa reported on Monday that Italy’s government has opened up a “useful” communication channel to Draghi, who “regularly” speaks to Italian officials, including Savona and Giancarlo Giorgetti, an undersecretary in the prime minister’s office.

Reporting by Balazs Koranyi; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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