Italy's Salvini says idea to use gold reserves "could be interesting"
ROME, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Italian Deputy Prime Minister
Matteo Salvini said on Monday that the idea of plugging budget
holes by using the country's gold reserves, which are held by
the Bank of Italy, could be a good idea.
Earlier, La Stampa newspaper reported the government was
considering using part of the country's gold reserves to avoid a
budget correction for this year and a VAT increase in 2020.
"It's not an issue that I am following, but it could be an
interesting idea," Salvini told reporters in Rome after being
asked about the possibility of tapping gold reserves.
(Reporting by Angelo Amante, writing by Steve Scherer; Editing
by Crispian Balmer)
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