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Italy's political future on the agenda of Reggio event

Conference on future organized by Italia Futura

Italy's political future on the agenda of Reggio event

Reggio Emilia, December 4 - Italy's political future is on the agenda of a conference by a new centrist civil-society movement next Tuesday in Reggio Emilia. Organized by the association Italia Futura, the location of Reggio Emilia was selected because the city is home of Italy's tricoloured flag, Luca di Montezemolo, president of Italy Futura, said Tuesday. Montezemolo, who is also president of Ferrari, will be among the speakers at next week's conference, which organizers claim is designed to help return the country to growth and stronger civic development. The group was founded in July 2009 by Montezemolo and includes leaders from business and culture who say they would like to improve Italy's political situation and the well-being of its citizens. Italia Futura describes itself as a think-tank for developing new ideas, and organizers of next week's event say they hope premier Mario Monti will take note of the event and its outcome. They also offered an endorsement of Monti, who was appointed one year ago to head a caretaker government of technocrats. "We want serious people with serious policies and for us, Monti embodies this model," Italia Future said in a statement. Participants in next week's event will include Montezemolo, Stefania Giannini, rector of the University for Foreigners in Perugia, and Andrea Olivero, national president of the Italian Christian Workers Association (ACLI). Montezemolo has toyed himself with running in the next elections for premier, slated for April. Montezemolo has hinted he could run if that would serve to "unite" conservatives who have lost their main rallying point because of turmoil in ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party. He has said the time for uniting conservatives and "regenerating politics" after a string of scandals that has deepened public disaffection with traditional parties was "now or never again".

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