EU OK to mini-budget, Italy met rules

The European Commission said in its spring package Monday that "Italy has confirmed that its additional budget measures requested for 2017 have been taken and that therefore, in this phase, no further step is deemed necessary to respect the debt rule". After this long-awaited green light to a 3.4-billion-euro mini-budget, the EC said "further efforts were needed in 2018" to keep Italy on track. ANSA