ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s new prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, made his first address to parliament on Tuesday, seeking a confidence vote in the upper house Senate.
Highlights of his comments are below.
- This is a project for the change of Italy.
- I take up this responsibility with humility and determination ... I am motivated by nothing but a spirit of service ... like a lawyer representing all of Italy’s people.
- This is not a simple novelty. The truth is that we have brought a radical change, of which we are proud.
- We will put an end to the immigration “business” which has grown out of control under the guise of solidarity.
- We want to reduce public debt by increasing the wealth of our economy, not through austerity.
- We intend to preliminarily restate our convinced membership of our country of NATO, with the United States of America as a privilege partner.
- The elimination of the gap in growth between Italy and the European Union is our objective, which must be followed in a framework of financial stability and the trust of markets.
- This government intends to act with determination (against political privileges). The struggle against the privileges and waste is not a merely symbolic question.
- Italian public debt is fully sustainable today. However, its reduction must be pursued, but with a view to economic growth. Fiscal and public spending policy should be geared towards the pursuit of the objectives set for stable and sustainable growth. In Europe, these issues will be strongly pushed forward with the aim of change of its governance, a change already at the centre of reflection and discussion in all EU member states.
Reporting By Philip Pullella