TRENTO, Italy, June 1 (Xinhua) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Sunday pledged to make public administration in his country efficient and transparent, which he said is a fundamental condition for Italy to have a lead role in the construction of a stronger Europe.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi attends the Trento Economics Festival in Trento, Italy, June 1, 2014. Renzi on Sunday pledged to make public administration in his country efficient and transparent, which he said is a fundamental condition for Italy to have a lead role in the construction of a stronger Europe. (Xinhua)
Renzi made the remarks speaking to an audience of citizens, including many students, at the Trento Economics Festival, an annual event which runs from Friday to Monday in the Italian northern city of Trento.
The ninth edition of the festival, titled "Ruling classes, growth and common good," gathered dozens of economists, political leaders and top managers from all over the world to discuss how quality of a nation's ruling class is one of the decisive factors in removing the obstacles to economic growth.
Renzi said that traditionally Italy's public administration has been hampered by heavy bureaucracy and complex interaction between different bureaus, which has caused investors and citizens huge loss of resources and opportunities.
The first immediate step to "revolutionize the rules of the game" will come before the summer with "a specific measure to unblock a series of public works which have been suspended for dozens of years" due to bureaucratic quibbling, the Italian premier announced at the festival.
"Every time I step in front of a public property and my son asks me why that building is still in the rubble, I feel bad. What should I answer?," Renzi pointed out. "It is enough. We have no alibi anymore," he highlighted.
Other fundamental objectives of his ambitious commitment over the coming months, the 39-year-old premier added, will be "total transparency" of the public administration at all levels, which also implies incisive fight to corruption, as well as simplification of the justice and fiscal systems.
More than 40.8 percent of Italian voters in the recent European Parliament (EP) elections cast ballots for Renzi's center-left Democratic Party (PD), which won more absolute votes for the elections than any other party throughout the European Union (EU).
Renzi, who has pressed for a focus in the EU on jobs and growth in place of pure budget austerity, said on Sunday his government aims at taking over the rotating six-month presidency of the EU on July 1 with a "package of concrete measures" in its hands.
"Politics must return to do its job, otherwise no economic measures will be able to save Europe," he said. "Citizens have neither voted for the PD nor for me, they have voted for a change," he stressed.