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Italian government meets to discuss economic blueprint

DEF document likely to leave issues open, given impasse

Italian government meets to discuss economic blueprint

Rome, April 10 - Outgoing Premier Mario Monti's technocrat government started a cabinet meeting to discuss its economic blueprint, the Economy and Finance Document (DEF), on Wednesday. The DEF will provide a snapshot of the state of the recession-hit Italian economy, indicate policies and measures Rome intends to put into place to promote growth and outline the national plan of structural economic reform. The document is likely to leave some aspects open-ended, given the political deadlock that has followed February's inconclusive general election, so the future executive can knock it into the shape it sees fit. The DEF needs to be approved quickly to meet a European Union deadline that says it must be delivered to Brussels by April 20. Monti is expected to give a press conference after the cabinet meeting.

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