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Brussels, 13 November 2011

Joint statement by European Commission President Barroso and European Council President Van Rompuy on the decision to ask Mario Monti to form the next Italian government

We welcome the decision by the President of the Italian Republic to ask Senator Mario Monti to form a government of national unity. We believe that it sends a further encouraging signal – following the swift adoption of the 2012 Stability Law – of the Italian authorities' determination to overcome the current crisis.

As agreed at the Euro Summit on 26 October, the Commission will continue to monitor the implementation of measures taken by Italy with the aim of pursuing policies that foster growth and employment.

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