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Monti unveils agenda to 'change Italy, reform Europe'

Published on Dec 23, 2012 7:34 PM
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Italian resigned Prime Minister Mario Monti gives his end of the year press conference in Rome on Dec 23, 2012. Mr Monti unveiled an agenda to "change Italy, reform Europe" at a year-end presser on Sunday and said the country had managed to pull itself out of the euro zone debt crisis, without having to call for aid. -- PHOTO: AFP

ROME (AFP) - Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti unveiled an agenda to "change Italy, reform Europe" at a year-end presser on Sunday and said the country had managed to pull itself out of the eurozone debt crisis, without having to call for aid.

"The agenda focuses on avoiding very dangerous steps backwards", and will take the reforms already begun forward, said Mr Monti, who stepped down on Friday after a year in which he dragged the eurozone's third largest economy out of a fiscal mire.

"The financial crisis has been overcome. . . I was always sure that Italy had all the resources needed to make it on its own, and so it was," said the former eurocrat, who many European leaders hope will play a role in any future government to keep the reform accomplished on track.

Mr Monti, who took over the reins of power after Mr Silvio Berlusconi was ousted amid a sex scandal and the financial crisis, also commented that he was 'perplexed' by the ex-premier.

 
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