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Letta Says Italy’s Civil Justice Must Speed to Lure Investment

June 20, 2013

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said he’d seek to speed up the civil-justice system and crack down on informal associations that undermine the rule of law.

“My goal, possibly my primary goal, is to work for a trustworthy Italy,” Letta said today at Rome’s Foreign Press association. “The issue of the slowness of civil justice is one of the key questions determining the trustworthiness or otherwise of a country.”

Letta, installed in April with support from former premier Silvio Berlusconi, announced a bill last week to increase mediation of pending cases and boost court staffs with interns. The administration will also seek to eliminate what Letta called “shortcuts,” which allow insiders to skirt the rules.

“The shortcut is the way in which some people who have friendships and connections can obtain results,” Letta said. “The word shortcut must be eliminated from our vocabulary.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew Frye in Rome at afrye@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net


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