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Apr 3, 2014

Italy’s Renzi cuts local government in first step of ambitious agenda

ROME, April 3 (Reuters) – Italy passed legislation on
Thursday to eliminated wasteful layers of government at the
provincial level in the initial step of Prime Minister Matteo
Renzi’s ambitious reform agenda.

Renzi has said his bill would cut the number of elected
politicians by 3,000 and save around 800 million euros annually,
calling it “a way of restoring hope and trust among our
citizens”.

Mar 26, 2014

Italy’s Renzi wins confidence vote on cutting local government

ROME (Reuters) – Prime Minister Matteo Renzi won a vote of confidence in the Senate on Wednesday on a proposal to reduce the powers of provincial governments as part of his pledge to cut the cost of Italy’s political apparatus.

The provinces have for many years been considered a wasteful and largely superfluous layer of local government whose tasks could be redistributed among the smaller town councils and the larger regional authorities.

Mar 12, 2014

Italy’s Renzi prepares new tax cuts as vote hurdle cleared

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s lower house of parliament approved a new electoral law on Wednesday aimed at ensuring more stable governments, giving a boost to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi as he prepares to unveil a package of tax cuts and economic reforms.

The reform, aimed at preventing a repeat of last year’s deadlocked election by favoring bigger parties and stronger coalitions, must now go to the Senate, where it is likely to face additional amendments from Renzi’s own center-left Democratic Party (PD).

Mar 12, 2014

In a boost for PM Renzi, Italy approves new electoral law

ROME, March 12 (Reuters) – Italy’s lower house of parliament
approved a new electoral law aimed at ensuring more stable
governments on Wednesday, giving a boost to Prime Minister
Matteo Renzi as he prepares to unveil a fresh package of tax
cuts and economic reforms.

The reform, aimed at preventing a repeat of last year’s
deadlocked election by favouring bigger parties and stronger
coalitions, must now go to the Senate where it is likely to face
additional amendments from Renzi’s own centre-left Democratic
Party (PD).

Mar 11, 2014

Italian parliament inches towards approving electoral reform

ROME (Reuters) – Italian lawmakers edged closer on Tuesday to approving a new electoral law seen as a test of new Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s ability to enact wider structural reforms needed to stabilize government in Italy.

Overhauling the complicated voting system blamed for leaving Italy with a deadlocked parliament has been a top priority for Renzi since he became leader of the main center-left Democratic Party (PD) last year.

Mar 10, 2014

Italy lawmakers wrangle but set to pass Renzi electoral law

ROME (Reuters) – Italian lawmakers rejected a bid on Monday to set minimum quotas for women in parliament under a new electoral law but are expected to pass the package as a whole, advancing Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s quest for wider economic reforms.

Reforming the system blamed for leaving Italy with a deadlocked parliament has been a top priority for Renzi since he took over leadership of the main center-left Democratic Party (PD) last year.

Feb 20, 2014

Italy’s Renzi says on track to form government

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s center-left leader and impending prime minister said on Thursday he expected to have his new cabinet in place by the weekend, dismissing speculation that wrangling with his likely coalition partners was holding up an agreement.

“In a matter of hours, we’ll have everything wrapped up,” Matteo Renzi told reporters as he left the Rome headquarters of his center-left Democratic Party.

Feb 19, 2014

Italy’s Renzi says expects government in place by Monday

ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister-designate Matteo Renzi said he expected his new government to be in place in time for a formal vote of confidence in parliament on Monday, after he wrapped up consultations with the main political parties.

“I’m convinced that the conditions are in place to do good work,” Renzi told reporters on Wednesday after completing talks with parliamentary groups.

Feb 18, 2014

Italy’s man in a hurry faces questions as he starts coalition talks

ROME (Reuters) – Italian center-left leader Matteo Renzi began the delicate task of trying to form a new government on Tuesday, facing questions about how he will fill key ministerial posts and the details of his ambitious reform agenda.

Renzi has promised a rapid program of reforms, pledging to tackle the electoral and constitutional system, overhaul the public administration and reform labor market and tax rules, all within four months of taking office.

Feb 12, 2014

Italy PM Letta in showdown with party boss Renzi

ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta met center-left leader Matteo Renzi on Wednesday for a showdown that could decide whether the premier cedes his place as head of the fragile coalition government less than a year after taking office.

The two met in Letta’s office in Palazzo Chigi a day before a meeting of the 140-strong leadership group of the center-left Democratic Party (PD) that is due to decide whether the largest party in the coalition will continue to support the prime minister.