Italy’s Di Maio calls for EU rule change to allow more public spending

5 Star leader and Deputy PM Di Maio presents EU election program
FILE PHOTO: 5 Star leader and Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi di Maio presents his EU election program in Rome, Italy, May 2, 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

May 10, 2019

ROME (Reuters) – Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Friday that the European Union’s fiscal rules should be changed to allow more public spending on health, research and education.

Di Maio leads the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement that governs with the far-right League, and both parties are calling for more spending leeway as they campaign ahead of this month’s European Parliament elections.

In an interview with La7 television channel, Di Maio said the EU’s budget deficit ceiling of 3 percent of gross domestic product “is okay for certain thing but spending on education, health and research have to come out of the calculation.”

(Reporting by Gavin Jones; Editing by Crispian Balmer)

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