Italy Economy Minister Giovanni Tria said today that the while the budget deficit will increased compared with previous forecast in 2019, “there will be a gradual reduction in the following years”. His comments echo reports that the populist government has revised their original plan after strong pressure from the EU.

Originally, the plan was to have budget deficit target at 2.4% of GDP in the three years from 2019. But according to unnamed government sources, the plan now is to keep 2.4% in 2019, but lower to 2.2% in 2020 and then 2% in 2021.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is due to meet with key ministers today. The details could then be defined after the meeting.

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