EU’s executive body refrains to comment on developments in Italy

BRUSSELS,The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union (EU), Wednesday declined to comment on the current political turmoil in Italy.

“It is not the role of the Commission to get involved in internal political debates in member states. It is not our role to make any comments on a constitutional process which is ongoing in Italy and it is not the Commission’s role to give any advice to the Italians,” European Commission spokesman Alexander Winterstein told a news conference today.

“The destiny of Italy is in the hands of Italians. The Commission will not intervene in the debates taking place between voters and politicians,” he stressed.

There is absolutely no doubt about Italy’s key role in the EU. It is a major EU member and a big country and what takes place in Italy is going to be important, he added European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, in a statement on Tuesday said “Italy’s fate does not lie in the hands of the financial markets.” “Regardless of which political party may be in power, Italy is a founding member of the European Union that has contributed immensely to European integration,” he said.

According to media reports, talks are taking place in Rome today to overcome political turmoil in Italy – the EU’s fourth largest economy. Financial markets in Europe have been hit because there is still no government in the country.

Italy has been without a government since elections in March because no political group won a majority.

The two big winners in that election – Five Star and The League – attempted to join hands to form a coalition government on Sunday but abandoned their efforts after President Sergio Matarella vetoed their choice of finance minister.

Source: Kuwait News Agency