Italy-France: Preserve euro zone, Monti and Holland agree

'Italy, EU at end of tunnel,' Monti says

31 July, 18:13

(ANSAMed) - PARIS, JULY 31 - Italy and France will do everything in their power to ''defend, preserve and consolidate'' the euro zone, French President Francois Holland said after meeting with Italian Premier Mario Monti on Tuesday.

''Member countries as well as European institutions must maintain their obligations in order to maintain the euro zone and the internal European market stable and in good working order,'' Hollande said, adding that ''The quality of Italy-France relations is very important in regulating issues that are our responsibility in the coming days.'' ''I agree with every word President Hollande has said,'' Monti declared. ''The stakes are vital for each and every one of us.

We're talking about the strength and stability of the euro zone, and its ability to contribute to Europe's social and economic growth.'' In an interview earlier on Tuesday with RAI Radio Anch'io news program, Monti said that ''Italy and the EU are at the end of the tunnel. It is very important that all of Europe commit to avoiding the disintegration of the euro zone. And immediate implementation of the decisions taken in Brussels is key.'' (ANSAMed).

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