Proceedings against Italy incomprehensible, says minister

(AGI) Rome, June 18 - News that proceedings were opened againstItaly by the EU Commission for breaking a directive on publicadministration payments to private companies came as a surpriseto Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan. "I'm surprised becausethe government took action to speed up public administrationpayments. This is why I find it incomprehensible that aninfringement procedure has been brought", Mr Padoan said duringa press conference at the ministry building. (AGI) . .

(AGI) Rome, June 18 - News that proceedings were opened againstItaly by the EU Commission for breaking a directive on publicadministration payments to private companies came as a surpriseto Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan. "I'm surprised becausethe government took action to speed up public administrationpayments. This is why I find it incomprehensible that aninfringement procedure has been brought", Mr Padoan said duringa press conference at the ministry building. (AGI) . .