Letta blasts scandalous salaries of public-sector bosses

Tax evasion is a target, says premier

Letta blasts scandalous salaries of public-sector bosses

Rome, June 25 - Italian Premier Enrico Letta said Tuesday that the salaries of some senior public sector managers and executives at State-controlled firms was scandalous. ''I think it is intolerable that in private and public companies there are managers who earn salaries that are so many times higher than any civil servant,'' Letta said. The premier added that his bid to curb excessive pay in the public sector will be helping by him leading by example and stopping the practise of paying double salaries to MPs who also serve as ministers. ''Being as I only have my salary as a parliamentarian, it will be easier for me to say to a public manager that you earn 30 times more than the premier who nominated you,'' Letta said. In comments to the Senate, Letta also complained that the amount of Italian capital hidden abroad in tax havens ''is simply scandalous'' but said they will be traced and taxed. In fact, there is increasing pressure to halt tax evasion, a topic that was high on the agenda last week for Letta and other world leaders attending a G8 summit in Northern Ireland, the premier noted.

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