OECD - Paris, 30 May 2007
The OECD’s latest economic survey of Italy, to be publishedon Monday 4 June 2007, includes an assessment of the reforms needed to improve public finances and boost competition in the services sector.
The survey will be available to journalists in English on the OECD's password-protected website at 11.00 a.m. Paris time (09.00 a.m. GMT) for immediate release.
A presentation of the report – open to the press – will be made by the OECD’s Secretary-General, Angel Gurría, at a seminar in Rome at 10.00 a.m. the same day. Hosted by the Italian Prime Minister, Romano Prodi, with the participation of Italian Economy and Finance Minister Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, it will take place at the Sala Monumentale, Palazzo del largo Chigi, 19, Rome. Journalists wishing to register for this event should contact the protocol services of the Palazzo Chigi (tel: +33 6 67793621).
A Policy Brief with the main conclusions of the survey will be freely accessible in pdf format (in English and French) on the OECD’s web site at www.oecd.org/eco/surveys/italy. You are invited to include this internet link in reports on the survey.
Among the questions investigated by the survey are:
· What are the main challenges?
· How could the functioning of product markets be improved?
· How should fiscal policy consolidate?
· Are fiscal policy and the pension system sustainable?
· Should the fiscal federalist framework be reformed?
Journalists will be allowed advance access to the electronic version of the publication, by e-mail and under embargo, four hours ahead of release time. For journalists in Asia/Pacific time zones such advance access is allowed 12 hours ahead of release time.
The study will be sent by e-mail on request only. In asking to receive the survey under embargo, journalists undertake to respect the OECD’s embargo procedures. Requests to receive the survey by e-mail under embargo or to obtain a password to access the website should be sent by e-mail to Louise Fietz (mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org) in the OECD’s Media Relations Division.