Monti promises balanced anti-corruption reform in Italy

'Inertia understandable but not excusable,' PM says

Monti promises balanced anti-corruption reform in Italy

(ANSA) - Rome, September 24 - Italian Premier Mario Monti responded to mounting pressure for anti-corruption reforms Monday promising balanced, reasonable action. Scandal broke in recent days over alleged misuse of millions of euros' worth of public funds intended for the centre-right People of Freedom party in the Lazio region - the latest in a string of scandals, covering the political spectrum, from Milan to Naples. Lazio Governor Renata Polverini, who saw Monti at the weekend, is under pressure to quit. In addition, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) called for the Italian government to make tackling corruption a high priority at a Rome presentation Monday. "The inertia of a political party is understandable but not excusable," Monti said, speaking at the OECD conference. "There will be a balanced package on justice," Monti added. The OECD had said businesses and citizens "see corruption as an aggravating factor that contributes to the debt crisis. This question is a priority for the current (Italian) government."

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