Matteo Salvini

Salvini: we are ready to break EU rules to reduce unemployment by half

Italian authorities should consider reducing unemployment to be their main goal.

To achieve this goal, one can violate some EU rules, said on Tuesday, May 14, Vice Premier of Italy, League leader Matteo Salvini.

The goal should be to reduce unemployment from the current 10% to 5%, and if this requires increasing the budget deficit to 3% of GDP and temporarily increasing the national debt of the country, both should be done, the interests of Italian citizens should be a priority, and not opinions of euro bureaucrats, said Salvini.

In the fall of 2018, the Italian government came into conflict with the European Commission, which refused to approve the draft budget of the country: the government laid a deficit of 2.5% of GDP in the project in order to fulfill key social promises – reducing the retirement age and introducing a minimum citizen income.

After a long exchange of acute attacks, the parties reached a compromise, the budget deficit was reduced to 2.04% of GDP, and both social reforms began to be implemented. Observers believe that this statement of Salvini is more of a pre-election character (elections to the European Parliament will be held on May 26), but in reality, the parties will again agree.