‘Italy’s new govt will pursue constructive EU role’

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BRUSSELS, July 2, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Belgian Prime Minister and president-elect of the European Council Charles Michel attends a press conference after the special summit of the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, on July 2, 2019. The European Union leaders on Tuesday agreed on the future leadership of the EU institutions, proposing Ursula von der Leyen, the female German Defense Minister, to be the next European Commission President. Charles Michel, the Prime Minister of Belgium, was elected to be the next President of the European Council. Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, was nominated to be President of the European Central Bank. Josep Borrell Fontelles, the Foreign Minister of Spain, was nominated to be the EU's foreign policy chief. Except Michel, other candidates would have to go through formalities to get on the job. (Photo by Thierry Monasse/Xinhua/IANS)

Entertainment Magazine’s News Desk || IANS || September 13, 2019

Italy’s new left-leaning government “has a clear mandate” and intends to “play a constructive role within the European Union”, the European Council’s President-elect Charles Michel has said.

“I look forward to working closely with Italy and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to address common challenges.

“The new government in Italy has a clear mandate and is determined to play a constructive role within the European Union,” he said in a tweet.

Michel, who is Belgium’s Premier, had met Conte in Brussels on Wednesday during his first visit there since his pro-European coalition between the centre-left Democratic Party and the grassroots 5-Star Movement was approved by parliament earlier this week.

Conte also held talks in Brussels on Wednesday with European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Parliament President David Sassoli.

In his talks with von der Leyen, Conte urged Brussels to allow Rome “a little bit of time” to cut its debt by investing in economic growth. But he vowed a “transparent” pact with the EU on Italy’s programme and pledged not to jeopardise financial stability.

In a Facebook post ahead of his visit, Conte said that reforming the EU’s budgetary and asylum rules, investment to boost growth and develop Italy’s south will be the country’s priorities during the next European Commission’s five-year period of office beginning in November.