About: Giuseppe Conte

Economy & Jobs 15-07-2020

Recovery money is not a gift, says Italy’s EU ambassador

The EU’s proposed €750 billion recovery fund should not be seen as a gift to EU member states. Rather, it is a financial instrument to fund the greening, digitalisation and competitiveness of the European economy, Italy's Permanent Representative to the EU, Maurizio Massari, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Economy & Jobs 14-07-2020

For Italy, time is of the essence, Conte tells Merkel

Five days before an EU summit that could adopt a historic EU budget and a recovery fund, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte met Angela Merkel in Berlin. Both support a generous aid fund and both want an agreement at the weekend. But for Conte, the economic survival of his country is at stake. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 08-07-2020

Italy will not accept ‘weak compromise’ on EU recovery fund, PM says

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Tuesday (7 July) the European Union must act decisively to build a common response to the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, urging that support measures be activated rapidly.
Economy & Jobs 17-06-2020

Conte reassures EU that virus recovery funds will be spent wisely

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Tuesday (16 June) sought to reassure Europe that forthcoming coronavirus recovery funds would be spent wisely to revive the battered economy after a crippling lockdown.
Global Europe 11-05-2020

Coronavirus or not, African migrants push on toward Europe

Many Africans are managing to evade coronavirus lockdown barriers in Niger, the Sahel's migrant crossroads, as they press on with their perilous desert trek to the Mediterranean Sea and ultimately Europe.
Economy & Jobs 08-05-2020

EU proposes scrapping usual conditions for ESM use in virus battle

The European Commission on Thursday (7 May) proposed scrapping the usual conditions for countries using the eurozone’s bailout fund as they try to revive their economies hit by the coronavirus epidemic. The proposal may make the fund more palatable for...

Russian COVID-19 aid to Italy: PR stunt or covert operation?

Russia’s aid operation to Italy over the Covid-19 crisis was named “From Russia with Love”, after a James Bond movie. Ironically, what was assumed to be a public relations stunt looks more like espionage, according to sources quoted by EURACTIV Bulgaria.
Economy & Jobs 24-04-2020

COVID-19 hits Italy’s finances: New deficit target set at 10.4% of GDP

Italy is bracing for a major financial blow from the COVID-19 crisis. The government is now planning a budget deficit of 10.4% of gross domestic product this year and sees the public debt rising to 155.7% of GDP, according to a draft forecasting document.
Coronavirus 22-04-2020

Conte signals longer lockdown

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte prepared Italians for a longer lockdown Tuesday (21 April) despite a second successive drop in the number of registered coronavirus cases.
Future EU 18-04-2020

Will Italy’s coronavirus epidemic fuel the far right?

Italy is staring down the barrel of the worst recession since World War II, which could bolster the far-right and damage the country's love affair with the European Union, analysts say.
Future EU 09-04-2020

Italy PM warns virus puts EU project at stake

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte warned Thursday (9 April) that the European integration project was at risk if EU member states do not find an economic response to the coronavirus crisis.
Economy & Jobs 09-04-2020

Italy PM rebuffs employers’ call to ease coronavirus lockdown

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Wednesday (8 April) that Italy must stick with its rigid lockdown to try to curb the COVID-19 epidemic, rejecting calls from businesses to reopen factories.
Coronavirus 06-04-2020

Italy’s virus deaths plunge to lowest since 19 March

Italian officials said Sunday (5 April) they may soon have to consider easing restrictions after seeing the daily coronavirus death toll plunge to its lowest in over two weeks.
Economy & Jobs 02-04-2020

Von der Leyen apologises to Italy but baulks at ‘coronabonds’

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen told Italy on Thursday (2 April) that European nations were ready to help it deal with the coronavirus after initially focusing on "their own home problems".
Economy & Jobs 01-04-2020

‘We are writing history, not an economics textbook’, Conte tells Germans

In an interview with German TV channel ARD, Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte called on Europe to show "common house" and demonstrate it can respond to the epoch-making challenge of coronavirus.

‘We have to eat’: Sicily police crack down on looting

Police with batons and guns have moved in to protect supermarkets on the Italian island of Sicily after reports of looting by locals who could no longer afford food.
Economy & Jobs 27-03-2020

Italian papers slam ‘Ugly Europe’ over delayed economic plan

The failure of EU leaders to come up with a joint economic response to the coronavirus crisis unleashed widespread criticism in Italy on Friday, with newspapers slamming Europe's foot dragging.
Economy & Jobs 27-03-2020

Leaders clash over stimulus against pandemic, pass hot potato to Eurogroup

EU leaders on Thursday (26 March) continued to disagree over the economic response to the coronavirus as Northern countries rejected the idea of issuing joint debt, known as "corona bonds", proposed by nine member states to finance the recovery.
Coronavirus 26-03-2020

Italy coronavirus deaths pass 7,500 amid fears of spread to south

More than 680 people have died from coronavirus in Italy in the last 24 hours, the Civil Protection Agency said on Wednesday (25 March), as concerns grew that the disease was spreading more towards the south of the country.
Economy & Jobs 20-03-2020

Italy’s Conte calls for EU’s ‘full firepower’ against virus

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte called Friday (20 March) for the European Union to tap the "full firepower" of its rescue fund to combat the coronavirus outbreak.
Coronavirus 18-03-2020

Italian PM floats idea of ‘corona-bonds’ to restart EU economy

Giuseppe Conte, the Italian Prime Minister, urged EU leaders on Tuesday (17 March) to take extraordinary measures and consider issuing joint debt at EU level in order to help Europe's economy recover from the coronavirus crisis.
Economy & Jobs 13-03-2020

Italy death toll jumps past 1,000 as Milan bourse nosedives

Italy's death toll from the coronavirus epidemic shot past 1,000 on Thursday (12 March) as the economic impact worsened, with much of the country at a standstill and the Milan bourse posting its largest ever one-day fall.
Coronavirus 12-03-2020

Italy shuts stores across country to fight virus

Italy on Wednesday (11 Mach) shut all stores except for pharmacies and food shops in a desperate bid to halt the spread of a coronavirus that has killed 827 in the the country in just over two weeks.
Elections 26-02-2020

Italy’s coronavirus outbreak spreads south, death toll rises

Italy's coronavirus crisis spread south on Tuesday (26 February) beyond its original epicentre in the north, as the death toll from the worst outbreak in Europe rose to 11 and the number of new cases jumped above 320, officials said.
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